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VOL. 125 | NO. 135 | Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Parker Joins Management of Semmes-Murphey

By Taylor Shoptaw

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Photo: Lance Murphey

Dr. Autry Parker has joined the pain management team at Semmes-Murphey Neurologic & Spine Institute. Parker is a board certified, fellowship trained anesthesiologist, specializing in the treatment of severe and chronic pain.

Hometown: Memphis
Education: Howard University, B.S.; Yale University School of Medicine, MD; Yale University School of Public Health, MPH; Johns Hopkins Hospital, Anesthesiology and Pain Fellowship
Work Experience: Director of a private practice, multidisciplinary pain clinic
Family: Married 20 years to Denise; three daughters Lindsey, Paige and Kayla
Favorite quote: “Our lives are not determined by what happens to us, but how we react to what happens.”
Last book read: “Game Change: Obama & the Clintons, McCain & Palin and the Race of a Lifetime” by John Heilman & Mark Halperin
Favorite music: Jazz with a funky bass
Favorite movie: The first “Matrix”
Activities you enjoy outside of work: Watching movies with my family and playing bass guitar
What talent do you wish you had? I wish that I could play the bass like Marcus Miller.
Who has had the greatest influence on you? My father, because he instilled into me my sense of responsibility.
Why did you pursue a career in medicine? As a child I was told that I was smart enough to be a “doctor or a lawyer.” After I broke my arm at age 7 and underwent a number of operations to save it, the decision was made for me.
What drew you to Semmes-Murphey? We have collaborated for years, they have been my go-to-guys for tough cases and I like to think likewise I have been theirs.
What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishments? Being chosen as the first Blaustein Pain Fellow at Johns Hopkins.
What do you most enjoy about your work? It may sound cliché, but giving people with pain their lives back.


Amy Beth Dudley has joined The Salvation Army as the director of volunteers and special events. Before joining The Salvation Army, Dudley worked as an administrator for the Germantown Arts Alliance, as a retail manager for Natural Body Spa and Shoppe and as a marketing consultant for Smith & Nephew.

Dr. Reginald Coopwood, who recently joined the Regional Medical Center at Memphis as president and chief executive officer, has named the senior leadership team at The MED. It includes Robert Sumter, executive vice president and chief operating officer; Rick Wagers, senior executive vice president and chief financial officer; Pam Castleman, senior vice president and chief nursing officer; Tish Towns, senior vice president and advocacy and external relations; and Monica Wharton, senior vice president and chief legal counsel.


Kim Cherry and John G. Dunavant have been named to the board of directors for the Memphis Athletic Ministries. Cherry is executive vice president of corporate communications, First Tennessee Bank. Dunavant is vice president Memphis World HUB, FedEx Express.

John Good, Richard Spore and John Stemmler, from the Memphis office of Bass, Berry & Sims PLC, have been listed in Chambers USA. Good is ranked n the area of Corporate/M&A, while Spore and Stemmler are ranked in Real Estate. The firm received a No. 1 ranking for Tennessee in Banking & Finance, Corporate/M&A, Environmental, Healthcare, Labor & Employment, Litigation (General Commercial) and Real Estate.


Katherine Joslin has joined the interior design department at TRO Jung/Brannen. Joslin previously worked at Belz Architecture and Construction.

Steve South has been appointed chief operating officer and director of business development of Bott Radio Network. Bott Radio Network has an affiliate station in Memphis.

PROPERTY SALES 83 405 4,276
MORTGAGES 104 424 4,814
BUILDING PERMITS 148 883 10,151
BANKRUPTCIES 53 264 3,149