Training and Prior History:
Dr. Parsons

Darrell S. Parsons, M.D., is from Kansas City, Missouri. He completed his undergraduate work at the University of Missouri in Kansas City. During his undergraduate years, Dr. Parsons received multiple awards including a certificate of outstanding achievement in Spanish, certificate of outstanding achievement in psychology, CRC Press General Chemistry Award for the most outstanding student, and certificate of outstanding achievement in biology. He graduated with honors from the University of Missouri with distinction in June, 1993.

Dr. Parsons attended medical school at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He then entered the internal medicine residency program in July, 1997 where he received the James J. Bergin resident award during his senior year of residency in June, 2000. In addition, he received the supervising resident of the year award, also in June, 2000.

In July, 2000, Dr. Parsons moved to Alpine, Texas, due to the good weather and beautiful scenery. He was the only resident from his class to enter private solo practice.

Dr. Parsons acquired privileges at Big Bend Regional Medical Center in July, 2000, and in August, 2001, was appointed as Physician Advisor for Big Bend Hospital. In November, 2001, he was elected Chief of Staff. As Physician Advisor and Chief of Staff, Dr. Parsons assisted with Quality Improvement by developing and implementing admission protocols to improve quality scores for Medicare Quality Indicators. He continued to be Physician Advisor until August, 2005, at Big Bend Regional Medical Center and in November, 2006, was again appointed Chief of Staff.

In 2009, Dr. Parsons became the Chief Medical Officer for Presidio County Health Services. There he developed and implemented a rigorous quality improvement program and quality reporting program and trained the entire staff in quality improvement. He also was the project manager for implementation Electronic Health Records (ERH) allowing the clinics to go “paperless” and utilize EHR to assist in quality tracking and reporting.

Current Activities:

Dr. Parsons focuses on the specialties of preventative medicine, cardiology, endocrinology, nephrology and rheumatology including: Hypertension, hyperlipidemia, congestive heart failure, atrial fibrillation, coronary artery disease, dilated cardiomyopathy, diabetes, thyroid disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, and chronic renal failure especially associated with diabetes or hypertension.

Board Certification:

Dr. Parsons is Board Certified in Internal Medicine with the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). Click on the ABIM Icon to verify his board certification.

How Can an Internist Help Me?

Preventative Care: Internal Medicine doctors specialize in preventative care that not only improves longevity but also decreases expensive procedures and hospitalizations. Preventative care means detections and treatment of conditions before they are causing symptoms. Because preventative care is relatively inexpensive, it is a wise investment for everyone.

Chronic Condition Management: Internal Medicine doctors specialize in the detection, evaluation, and management of chronic conditions. Specialized treatment of chronic conditions not only decreases mortality, but improves the quality of life. An internist may also help coordinate care with other specialists.

Diagnostic Care: Internal medicine doctors specialize in the diagnosis of conditions and disease. An internist can reduce the stress of an illness by guiding a patient and family through the complex maze of referrals and tests and explaining the findings in language that is easy to understand. An internist can expedite the diagnosis so timely treatment can begin