Dr. Parthemore was Chief of Staff of the VA San Diego Healthcare System for 25 years. She has been recognized for her work in administration, research and teaching. She was the recipient of the 2002 American Hospital Association Award for Excellence and the 2005 National Library of Medicine Local Legend Award in recognition of her accomplishments as a woman in medicine. She has presented her research in bone and mineral topics at numerous scientific conferences, including the Endocrine Society, Bone and Mineral Society and American Federation of Clinical Research. She has published more than 70 scientific articles.
Dr. Parthemore began her affiliation with the VA San Diego Healthcare System and the University of California San Diego in 1972. As a new faculty member she attended on the Medicine inpatient service and in the clinics, taught house staff and students, and collaborated in research, particularly related to the hormones calcitonin and PTH. She also attended at University Hospital in the early years of her career. In the summer of 1974, she received a prestigious four year VA Research Career Development Award.
Dr. Parthemore became Chief of Staff at VA San Diego in 1984. She was the first woman selected for this leadership position. While serving as chief of staff, Dr. Parthemore also continued to serve as a Medicine and Endocrine attending on the inpatient service and in the clinics. In 1984, she was also named Associate Dean for Veterans Affairs and Professor of Medicine at UCSD School of Medicine.
She attended Wellesley College (BA, 1962) and Cornell University Medical College (MD, 1966). She completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine at The New York Hospital/Cornell in 1969. She was an NIH fellow at Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation before joining the VA.