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Local Trauma Surgeon Appears On NBC’s Series “The Island”

Kissimmee, FL– An Osceola Regional Medical Center trauma surgeon will bring his medical skills to national television as one of the stars of NBC’s new reality series “The Island.”

Dr. Buck Parker will appear on the series premiere Monday, May 25 at 10:00pm ET on NBC.

Hosted by British adventurer Bear Grylls, “The Island” leaves 14 men on a deserted island to see if they have what it takes to survive. But this is not your typical survival show.

Dr. Parker, who also likes to be called Dr. Buck, and the other 13 men are not competing for a prize. There are no eliminations. There is no winner. They are simply left on a deserted island with only the clothes on their backs and minimal survival tools. There is not even a camera crew – the 14 men are filming themselves.

As the only cast member who is a doctor, Parker serves as the cast’s medical specialist and uses his medical training to help him test his limits of endurance. The Kissimmee surgeon and Orlando resident spent six weeks away from home to participate in the show.

“I come from a family of hunters, but I chose medical school over the outdoors,” said Parker. “The Island’ was a chance for me to try to prove to myself and my family that I could do it. Being a part of this show was an exciting opportunity that I couldn’t pass up.”

Dr. Parker joined Osceola Regional in February 2015 and serves on staff as part of the hospital’s new Level II Trauma Center, which received provisional status May 1. The hospital offers 24/7 in-house coverage by trauma surgeons such as Parker, as well as other specialized, trauma-trained medical staff and health care professionals.

“Dr. Parker’s drive, warmth and dedication to caring for our patients are just a few reasons why all of us at Osceola Regional are proud to have him on board,” said Dr. Joanne Lee, interim trauma medical director for Osceola Regional Medical Center. “We know this national audience will love him just as much as our patients do.”

June 1st, 2015

  • Google Hangout Pre-Watch Party – Starts at 9:00pm. For more information, visit our trauma care page

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