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Early life and education
J. Mark Palmer was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. He was educated in Fort Worth ISD graduating from R. L. Paschal High School. He attended Rice University, Houston, where he was the James M. and Sarah Wade Rockwell Scholar. After graduating from Rice he entered the Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, where he received his medical degree.
He remained in Houston for his postgraduate medical training at the Baylor Affiliated Hospitals including Texas Children’s Hospital. This training included a two year preliminary residency in General Surgery followed by a three year specialty residency in Otolaryngology, head and neck surgery. He is certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties in Otolaryngology.
After completion of his training he returned to Fort Worth where he has been a practicing Otolaryngologist specializing primarily in pediatric ear, nose and throat diseases. He has an extensive experience in management of pediatric sinus diseases and a research interest in the application of Coblation® technology in pediatric otolaryngology.
He collaborated with Arthrocare® corporation to refine the technique of Coblation tonsillectomy and develop Coblation for adenoidectomy. This resulted in publication of the definitive technique paper for Coblation adenoidectomy and a live demonstration of Coblation tonsillectomy with adenoidectomy, which was performed at Cook Childrens Medical Center and broadcast by satellite feed to the annual meeting of the American Academy of Otolaryngology in Los Angeles, Calif. Most of the Coblation procedures performed today utilize his techniques and surgical wands designed by him.He has been a member of the active medical staff at Cook Children’s Medical Center for nearly 25 years.
Dr. Palmer has a lifelong interest in education and the arts and this is reflected in his volunteer activities in Fort Worth. He has served on the board of directors of numerous non-profit organizations including:
While involved in the leadership of the Trinity Valley School (TVS) he was chairman of the development committee, was a member of the Headmaster search committee, and served on the capital campaign that created the new campus for TVS. He is a retired trustee of Trinity Valley School.
His involvement with the Fort Worth Opera included co-chairman of the annual Opera Ball Wine Auction.
He has also been a long-term member of the Sports Medicine Advisory Team for Texas Christian University, and a consultant to the Bass Performance Hall.
Dr. Palmer has interests in the full spectrum of pediatric ear nose and throat diseases including treatment of ear infections, hearing loss, upper airway obstruction, tonsillitis and sinusitis. His areas of special expertise include complicated pediatric sinusitis, surgical repair of damaged tympanic membranes, pediatric head and neck tumors, and upper airway obstruction in small children.
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