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Dr. Parry, a Pennsylvania native, graduated from Abington Friends School in 1957. She went on to attend Beaver College (now Arcadia University), where she graduated in 1961 before coming to Jefferson Medical College, becoming a member of the first class to accept women. After graduating in 1965, Dr. Parry completed an internship at Chestnut Hill Hospital before returning to Jefferson to complete her residency in Radiology.

Dr. Parry went on to become an Assistant Professor in Radiology at Jefferson Medical College and subsequently a Clinical Associate Professor of Radiology at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine. At Pennsylvania Hospital, Dr. Parry became an Associate Radiologist, a member of the Executive Committee, Chairman of the Credentials Committee, Radiology Residency Program Director, Deputy Chairman of the Department of Radiology (1986-97) and Acting Chairman (1997-98). While at Pennsylvania Hospital, Dr. Parry established and ran a Breast Imaging Center, which provided prompt results and established a treatment plan for abnormal findings before the patient ever left the center. This mammography center was the first of its kind in Philadelphia. After her year as Acting Chairman of the Department of Radiology, Dr. Parry retired from Pennsylvania Hospital in 1998. Six months later, she returned to work for 2 to 3 days a week at Lehigh Valley Hospital in the section of Breast Health services, finally retiring in 2003.

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History of Science, Technology, and Medicine | Oral History


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Interview was conducted by Kelsey Duinkerken with Dr. Carolyn Decker on January 16, 2015

Carolyn Parry Decker