Guaranteed to Make You Feel Better, an evening at Great Conversations

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 from 6pm to 9:30pm
The Birchwood Manor, Whippany, NJ (directions)

Seats are $250 each

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Explore the new frontiers in medicine from Mental Health to Melanoma with Donald Parker and Dr. Eric Whitman.

Donald Parker, LCSW, Hackensack Meridian Health Carrier Clinic/Behavioral Health Integrative Medicine – President
In this newly created role at the Carrier Clinic, Parker is responsible for four hospital-based in-patient units, crisis units and outpatient services in 16 community hospitals, as well as an acute care mental health hospital, a residential treatment center for adolescents, a special needs school (grades 7-12), and an inpatient unit focused on addiction recovery.  Prior to Carrier, he was the VP for Physician Services and Ambulatory Care at St. Joseph’s Health System (Paterson) and previously, was President/CEO of Atlantic Mental Health for 15 years. Subsequently merging into the AtlantiCare Health System, he was VP of Business Development and President of AtlantiCare Health Services, leading over 20 ambulatory businesses with 42 locations and served on AtlantiCare’s Health System Leadership Team when it won the Malcolm Baldrige Award, Presidential recognition for quality and achievement.  A licensed clinical social worker, Parker serves such civic and volunteer organizations as The National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems, New Jersey Hospital Association, the Boy Scouts and even chaired a NJ Supreme Court Committee rewriting the State’s divorce regulations. In addition to his outstanding community service and leadership, Parker lectures widely, on topics ranging from compassion to brain stimulation. Named by NJ Biz to 2017’s “Power 50 Health Care” list and ROI-NJ’s “Health Care Influencer’s List,” Parker is hailed for his efforts in creating and influencing change within NJ’s healthcare industry.


Eric Whitman, M.D., Atlantic Health System Cancer Care – Medical Director & founding Director of Atlantic Melanoma Center
Whitman provides physician leadership, changing/improving cancer treatment in northern New Jersey; easing access to novel and effective therapies, expanding research programs, creating new paradigms, and maintaining a patient-centered focus in all cancer care across AHS. A board-certified general surgeon, fellowship-trained in surgical research and surgical oncology, he is credentialed for chemotherapy, immunotherapy and gene therapy administration. Whitman also specializes in endocrine surgery (principally involving thyroid and parathyroid). Widely published, he is a certified physician investigator and accomplished speaker internationally known for his melanoma clinical and research work. He is also the founding director of the Atlantic Melanoma Center, a clinical/research center which treats more than 400 newly diagnosed melanoma and skin cancer patients and participates in multiple national and international clinical research trials for advanced melanoma. Previously, he held medical leadership positions in Atlantic Health System, Washington U School of Medicine, founded the Melanoma Center of St. Louis, and was senior staff fellow at the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health. A Haverford graduate, he earned his medical degree from Penn State’s College of Medicine. Whitman’s lifelong connection to the arts derives from his artist mother, Shirley, and his calligrapher/painter/illustrator wife, Amy, whose pen and ink drawings garnered a 2019 solo show in Manhattan and won recognition from the Salmagundi Club.