Julie Parsons, MD
Professor of Clinical Practice, Pediatrics-Neurology

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Medical School:
  • MD, University of Colorado Denver Health Sciences Center (1989)
Graduate School :
  • MS, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center (1979)
Undergraduate School:
  • BA, Stanford University (CA) (1975)
Residencies:
  • University of Colorado, Neurology (1994)
  • University of Colorado, Pediatrics (1991)
Fellowships:
  • University of Colorado (University Hospital) Program, Neuromuscular Medicine (1995)
Languages: English
Department: Pediatrics-Neurology

Professional Titles

  • Professor of Clinical Practice, Pediatrics-Neurology
  • Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Neurology
  • Haberfeld Family Endowed Chair in Pediatric Neuromuscular Disorders
  • Co-Director, Neuromuscular Clinic

Recognition & Awards

  • Four Star Excellence Award, Professional Research Consultants, (2018)
  • Career Teaching Scholars Award, Department of Pediatrics, (2017)
    Awarded by the Department of Pediatrics for outstanding contributions in pediatric education throughout a career
  • Strength in Healthcare Nominee, Denver Post Newspaper, (2014)
  • Five Star Excellence Award, Professional Research Consultants, (2013)
    Scoring in the top 10% nationally for "Excellent" responses in overall quality of Doctor Care
  • Show of Strength Award, Muscular Dystrophy Association, (2013)
  • Top Doctor in Denver, 5280 Magazine 2000-2004, 2008-2018, (2000)
    Voted a 5280 best doctor by my peers in response to the question, "Which physician would you trust to treat you and your family?"

Publications

  • Bielsky AR, Fuhr PG, Parsons JA, Yaster M. A retrospective cohort study of children with spinal muscular atrophy type 2 receiving anesthesia for intrathecal administration of nusinersen. Paediatr Anaesth. 2018 Oct 4. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30284761
  • Bartlett A, Kolb SJ, Kingsley A, Swoboda KJ, Reyna SP, Sakonju A, Darras BT, Shell R, Kuntz N, Castro D, Iannaccone ST, Parsons J, Connolly AM, Chiriboga CA, McDonald C, Burnette WB, Werner K, Thangarajh M, Shieh PB, Finanger E, Coffey CS, Yankey JW, Cudkowicz ME, McGovern MM, McNeil DE, Arnold WD, Kissel JT. Recruitment & retention program for the NeuroNEXT SMA Biomarker Study: Super Babies for SMA!. Contemp Clin Trials Commun. 2018 Sep;11:113-119. PubMed PMID: 30094386
  • Finkel RS, Mercuri E, Darras BT, Connolly AM, Kuntz NL, Kirschner J, Chiriboga CA, Saito K, Servais L, Tizzano E, Topaloglu H, Tulinius M, Montes J, Glanzman AM, Bishop K, Zhong ZJ, Gheuens S, Bennett CF, Schneider E, Farwell W, De Vivo DC. Nusinersen versus Sham Control in Infantile-Onset Spinal Muscular Atrophy. N Engl J Med. 2017 Nov 2;377(18):1723-1732. PubMed PMID: 29091570
  • McDonald CM, Campbell C, Torricelli RE, Finkel RS, Flanigan KM, Goemans N, Heydemann P, Kaminska A, Kirschner J, Muntoni F, Osorio AN, Schara U, Sejersen T, Shieh PB, Sweeney HL, Topaloglu H, Tulinius M, Vilchez JJ, Voit T, Wong B, Elfring G, Kroger H, Luo X, McIntosh J, Ong T, Riebling P, Souza M, Spiegel RJ, Peltz SW, Mercuri E. Ataluren in patients with nonsense mutation Duchenne muscular dystrophy (ACT DMD): a multicentre, randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, phase 3 trial. Lancet. 2017 Sep 23;390(10101):1489-1498. PubMed PMID: 28728956
  • Kolb SJ, Coffey CS, Yankey JW, Krosschell K, Arnold WD, Rutkove SB, Swoboda KJ, Reyna SP, Sakonju A, Darras BT, Shell R, Kuntz N, Castro D, Parsons J, Connolly AM, Chiriboga CA, McDonald C, Burnette WB, Werner K, Thangarajh M, Shieh PB, Finanger E, Cudkowicz ME, McGovern MM, McNeil DE, Finkel R, Iannaccone ST, Kaye E, Kingsley A, Renusch SR, McGovern VL, Wang X, Zaworski PG, Prior TW, Burghes AHM, Bartlett A, Kissel JT. Natural History of Infantile-Onset Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Ann Neurol. 2017 Nov 17. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29149772
  • Kolb SJ, Coffey CS, Yankey JW, Krosschell K, Arnold WD, Rutkove SB, Swoboda KJ, Reyna SP, Sakonju A, Darras BT, Shell R, Kuntz N, Castro D, Iannaccone ST, Parsons J, Connolly AM, Chiriboga CA, McDonald C, Burnette WB, Werner K, Thangarajh M, Shieh PB, Finanger E, Cudkowicz ME, McGovern MM, McNeil DE, Finkel R, Kaye E, Kingsley A, Renusch SR, McGovern VL, Wang X, Zaworski PG, Prior TW, Burghes AH, Bartlett A, Kissel JT. Baseline results of the NeuroNEXT spinal muscular atrophy infant biomarker study. Ann Clin Transl Neurol. 2016 Jan 21;3(2):132-45. PubMed PMID: 26900585
  • Zaidman CM, Wang LL, Connolly AM, Florence J, Wong BL, Parsons JA, Apkon S, Goyal N, Williams E, Escolar D, Rutkove SB, Bohorquez JL. Electrical impedance myography in Duchenne muscular dystrophy and healthy controls: A multicenter study of reliability and validity. Muscle Nerve. 2015 Oct;52(4):592-7. PubMed PMID: 25702806
  • Bushby K, Finkel R, Wong B, Barohn R, Campbell C, Comi GP, Connolly AM, Day JW, Flanigan KM, Goemans N, Jones KJ, Mercuri E, Quinlivan R, Renfroe JB, Russman B, Ryan MM, Tulinius M, Voit T, Moore SA, Lee Sweeney H, Abresch RT, Coleman KL, Eagle M, Florence J, Gappmaier E, Glanzman AM, Henricson E, Barth J, Elfring GL, Reha A, Spiegel RJ, O'donnell MW, Peltz SW, Mcdonald CM, PTC124-GD-007-DMD STUDY GROUP. Ataluren treatment of patients with nonsense mutation dystrophinopathy. Muscle Nerve. 2014 Oct;50(4):477-87. PubMed PMID: 25042182
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Professional Memberships

  • Child Neurology Society, member
  • World Muscle Society, member
  • American Academy of Neurology, member
  • Professors of Child Neurology, member

Practice Locations

Children's Hospital Colorado
13123 East 16th Ave
Aurora, CO 80045
720-777-1234

Hospital Affiliation
  • Children's Hospital Colorado
Center Affiliations

Specialty Information

Specialties
  • Child Neurology, Board Certification (, 2016)
Conditions & Treatments
  • Child and Teen Health
  • Brain and Nervous System - Neuromuscular Diseases
  • Brain and Nervous System
  • Brain and Nervous System - Spine Diseases and Conditions
Clinical Interest for Patients
Neuromuscular disease (Muscular Dystrophy, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Myotonic dystrophy, etc.)

Public Speaking
Yes

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, University of Colorado Denver Health Sciences Center (1989)
Graduate Schools:
  • MS, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center (1979)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BA, Stanford University (CA) (1975)
Residency Programs:
  • University of Colorado, Neurology (1994)
  • University of Colorado, Pediatrics (1991)
Fellowships:
  • University of Colorado (University Hospital) Program, Neuromuscular Medicine (1995)
Languages: English
Department: Pediatrics-Neurology
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