Sir Eldryd Parry trained as a specialist in internal medicine and was seconded from the Royal Postgraduate Medical School, Hammersmith Hospital, to University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria in 1960. Subsequently, until 1985, he held academic posts in Addis Ababa, Zaria, Ilorin (Nigeria), where he was Foundation Dean of a new community-oriented medical school, and Kumasi (Ghana) as Dean and Professor of Medicine.