Dr. Sarah Parsons grew up in Lexington, Ky. She attended Centre College in Danville, KY, where she served as President of the Pre-Medical Society and Hospital Volunteer Coordinator. Dr. Parsons was drawn to osteopathic medicine due to the holistic approach to medicine and the ability to incorporate both Eastern and Western medical philosophies, attending medical school at Pikeville University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Pikeville, Ky. She served as class president and was on the Executive Council. Dr. Parsons then attended internship and Psychiatry Residency at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN, where she was Chief Resident for her last two years and was awarded Best Resident Grand Rounds. She went on to Fellowship in Consultation/Liaison Psychiatry at University Hospitals/Case Medical Center in Cleveland, OH, focusing on the psychiatric care of patients with significant medical illness.
After Fellowship, she returned to Kentucky to be near family, settling in Louisville, Ky and serving as Medical Director of Behavioral Oncology at Norton Cancer Institute. Dr. Parsons has been active with several statewide and national organizations, publishing regularly over the past 10 years. Research has been focused on psychiatric care of cancer patients and their spouses, with 70+ papers and/or posters presented over the past 10 years.
She is an active member of the American Psychiatric Association, serving on the Committee for RBRVS, Codes, and Reimbursement for the past 7 years, advocating for mental health parity for patients and the role of psychiatry in the evolving landscape of medicine. She is also active in the Academy for Consultation/Liaison Psychiatrists, serving as Chair of the Business Committee for several years. Dr. Parsons is active in the Kentucky Medical Association, currently serving as Chair of the Commission of Young Physicians and Physicians-in-Training. Dr. Parsons is triple board certified in Psychiatry, Consultation/Liaison Psychiatry, and Hospice Palliative Medicine. She recently became a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and the Academy of Consultation/Liaison Psychiatry. Dr. Parsons is adjunct faculty at the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky.
Her interests include psychiatric care of the medically ill with expertise in treating patients with cancer, HIV, transplants, and pregnancy. She is a Christian and is passionate about her faith and its role in coping strategies and existential contemplation during times of distress. She has been a member of Sojourn Community Church since relocating to Louisville in 2009.