College of Nursing
University of Florida
Leslie Parker has a dual position at the College of Nursing and the College of Medicine at the University of Florida where she is an associate professor. She has been a neonatal nurse practitioner since 1990 and continues to practice as a NNP in the NICU at UF Health. She was the tract coordinator of the neonatal nurse practitioner program from 1992-2011. She has been funded by the National Institutes of Health for her team’s work regarding neonatal nutrition including the risks and benefits of gastric residual evaluation and optimizing consumption of breast milk for preterm infants. Leslie and her team were recently awarded an RO1 from the National Institutes of Health to study feeding tube contamination.