R. Parker McRae MD, FACP, FACC
Medical School: Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee
Fellowship: Rush Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois
- Transplant cardiology
- Heart failure management
- Nuclear cardiology
Born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida, Dr. McRae says he wanted to be a physician for as long as he can remember. He was particularly interested in cardiology, he says, because "cardiac diseases are very measurable and treatable.. and eventually will be preventable."
Dr. McRae received his M.D. from Vanderbilt University in 1976. He went on to complete his internship and internal medicine residency at the University Of Colorado Health Science Center. From 1980-1984, he practiced internal medicine in Peoria, then spent the following two years finishing his cardiology fellowship at Rush Presbyterian and St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago. He joined HeartCare Midwest in 1986.
Along the way, Dr. McRae has earned numerous honors, including induction into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society and a Purple Heart in Vietnam. Today, he continues that tradition of distinguished service as a cardiac teacher/lecturer at the University Of Illinois College Of Medicine at Peoria. He is also a member of the American College of Cardiology.
Dr. McRae and his wife Ellen have three children, Drew, Collin, and Annie. In his free time, he likes to snow ski, travel, golf, and play classical guitar.
- Internal medicine
- Cardiovascular disease
Best part of job
"The feeling that I've made a difference in my patients' lives."