Dr. Parsons is the E.L. Amidon Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of Vermont. A member of the ATS since 1989, Dr. Parsons is currently a member of the Members in Transition and Training Committee and has previously been a member of the Nominating, Finance, Publications Policy, Clinicians Advisory, Membership, Assembly on Critical Care Planning, and Program and Budget committees. She was also a chairman of the Training Committee from 2005 to 2006 and currently serves on the editorial board of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. In addition to her involvement with the ATS, Dr. Parsons is a member of the NHLBI Scientific Advisory Council. She also represented the ATS in the Multisociety Task Force for Critical Care Research and served as president of the Association of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Program Directors, chair of the Education Committee for the Association of the Professors of Medicine, and chair of the Multisociety Task Force on Competencies in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine.