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Parveen Parmar

TitleAssociate Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine
InstitutionUniversity of Southern California
DepartmentEmergency Medicine
AddressGNH 1011, 1200 N State Street Rm 1011
Off Campus
Los Angeles CA 90033
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    Dr. Parmar’s research has focused on the study of health and human rights violations in refugees and internally displaced populations. She conducted a study on sexual violence among refugees and host populations in Eastern Cameroon in collaboration with International Medical Corps. Working with Physicians for Human Rights, Dr. Parmar carried out a population-based study of residents of Chin State, Myanmar that quantified the prevalence of human rights violations inside Myanmar. This study was presented to members of the UN Human Rights Council, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Labor organization, and the International Committee of the Red Cross. In collaboration with Community Partners International and community-based ethnic health organizations in eastern Burma, Dr. Parmar has studied health and human rights violations before and after the political transition in Burma. She designed and taught an innovative course on field research methods in humanitarian crisis, which allowed HSPH students and Burmese refugees to learn research methods collaboratively in a Thai refugee camp. Dr. Parmar has supported health care for refugees and other vulnerable persons in Myanmar, India, Bhutan, Jordan, Thailand, Japan, Madagascar, Lebanon, Pakistan, and the United States--on issues such as emergency care delivery, maternal and child health, gender-based violence, and primary care provision.
    In January 2017, Dr. Parmar founded Southern California Physicians for Health Equity, a group committed to protecting access to care for all patients, including undocumented immigrants; protecting gains made by the ACA; advocating for single payer health care; and advocating for politicians and legislation that serve patients' needs. She is currently working with Physicians for Human Rights in their efforts to document human rights abuses against the Rohingya in Bangladesh.

    Degrees/Certifications:
    International Emergency Medicine Fellowship, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard University (2010)
    UCLA/OliveView UCLA Emergency Medicine Residency, Los Angeles (2008)
    MD, Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine (2004)
    MPH Global Health and Populations, Harvard University (2010)
    BS Biology, Stanford University, 1999


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    1. Parmar P, Greenough PG. Optimizing the Use of a Precious Resource: The Role of Emergency Physicians in a Humanitarian Crisis. West J Emerg Med. 2017 Jun; 18(4):607-615. PMID: 28611880.
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    2. Parmar P, Barina CC, Low S, Tun KT, Otterness C, Mhote PP, Htoo SN, Kyaw SW, Lwin NA, Maung C, Moo NM, Oo EK, Reh D, Mon NC, Singh N, Goyal R, Richards AK. Health and human rights in eastern Myanmar after the political transition: a population-based assessment using multistaged household cluster sampling. PLoS One. 2015; 10(5):e0121212. PMID: 25970445; PMCID: PMC4430217.
    3. Scott J, Hacker M, Averbach S, Modest AM, Cornish S, Spencer D, Murphy M, Parmar P. Influences of sex, age and education on attitudes towards gender inequitable norms and practices in South Sudan. Glob Public Health. 2014; 9(7):773-86. PMID: 25026024; PMCID: PMC4176771.
    4. Parmar P, Agrawal P, Goyal R, Scott J, Greenough PG. Need for a gender-sensitive human security framework: results of a quantitative study of human security and sexual violence in Djohong District, Cameroon. Confl Health. 2014; 8:6. PMID: 24829613; PMCID: PMC4019897.
    5. Parmar P, Benjamin-Chung J, Smith LS, Htoo SN, Laeng S, Lwin A, Mahn M, Maung C, Reh D, Shwe Oo EK, Lee T, Richards AK. Health and human rights in eastern Myanmar prior to political transition: a population-based assessment using multistaged household cluster sampling. BMC Int Health Hum Rights. 2014 May 05; 14:15. PMID: 24885540; PMCID: PMC4022419.
    6. Parmar P, Arii M, Kayden S. Learning from Japan: strengthening US emergency care and disaster response. Health Aff (Millwood). 2013 Dec; 32(12):2172-8. PMID: 24301402.
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    7. Scott J, Averbach S, Modest AM, Hacker M, Cornish S, Spencer D, Murphy M, Parmar P. An assessment of attitudes toward gender inequitable sexual and reproductive health norms in South Sudan: a community-based participatory research approach. Confl Health. 2013 Nov 09; 7(1):24. PMID: 24209789; PMCID: PMC3826838.
    8. Scott J, Averbach S, Modest AM, Hacker MR, Cornish S, Spencer D, Murphy M, Parmar P. An assessment of gender inequitable norms and gender-based violence in South Sudan: a community-based participatory research approach. Confl Health. 2013 Mar 06; 7(1):4. PMID: 23497469; PMCID: PMC3599371.
    9. Parmar P, Goolsby CA, Udompanyanan K, Matesick LD, Burgamy KP, Mower WR. Value of mandatory screening studies in emergency department patients cleared for psychiatric admission. West J Emerg Med. 2012 Nov; 13(5):388-93. PMID: 23359831; PMCID: PMC3556945.
    10. Parmar P, Agrawal P, Greenough PG, Goyal R, Kayden S. Sexual violence among host and refugee population in Djohong District, Eastern Cameroon. Glob Public Health. 2012; 7(9):974-94. PMID: 22621466.
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    11. Sollom R, Richards AK, Parmar P, Mullany LC, Lian SB, Iacopino V, Beyrer C. Health and human rights in Chin State, Western Burma: a population-based assessment using multistaged household cluster sampling. PLoS Med. 2011 Feb 08; 8(2):e1001007. PMID: 21346799; PMCID: PMC3035608.
    12. McQueen KA, Parmar P, Kene M, Broaddus S, Casey K, Chu K, Hyder JA, Mihailovic A, Semer N, Sullivan SR, Weiser T, Burkle FM. Burden of surgical disease: strategies to manage an existing public health emergency. Prehosp Disaster Med. 2009 Jul-Aug; 24 Suppl 2:s228-31. PMID: 19806545.
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    13. Parmar P. Aid to Darfur threatened after ICC actions. Disaster Med Public Health Prep. 2009 Jun; 3(2):73-4. PMID: 19491601.
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    14. Rosborough S, Chan JL, Parmar P. Responding to gender-based violence in disasters: grappling with research methods to clear the way for planning. Disaster Med Public Health Prep. 2009 Mar; 3(1):8-10. PMID: 19293737.
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    15. Parmar P. Autonomy and public health: when the patient is a physician. Virtual Mentor. 2006 Apr 01; 8(4):197-200. PMID: 23241615.
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