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Board certification should be one of your top considerations when choosing a doctor. Board certification is an official recognition given to doctors who have met specific requirements set by national medical specialty boards in the... More
Board certification should be one of your top considerations when choosing a doctor. Board certification is an official recognition given to doctors who have met specific requirements set by national medical specialty boards in the United States.
Board certification indicates that a doctor is highly qualified in the medical field in which he or she practices. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition.
Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
I have an interest and specialty training in sports injuries, tendon and ligament ruptures, cartilage damage, meniscal tears.
My specialty training is in arthroscopy, ligament and tendon reconstructions, and cartilage regeneration.
No malpractice history found for Florida.
Medical malpractice is issued when negligence by a doctor causes injury to a patient. For example, a doctor may improperly diagnose, treat or medicate outside the standard of medical care. The three types of malpractice are: a settlement, an arbitration award, or a judgment.
No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
A sanction, also known as a disciplinary action, is an action taken to punish or restrict a doctor who has demonstrated professional misconduct. Sanctions may be imposed by a state medical board, professional medical licensing organization, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
If my doctor has sanction history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a sanction, it does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor-quality doctor. Some sanctions are not related to medical care, and involve a doctor’s finances or administrative activities. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, we recommend that you evaluate the doctor’s sanction information and determine how severe or relevant you think the sanction cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades sanction history go?
Healthgrades reports state and federal sanctions from the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect sanction history?
Healthgrades collects sanction history from all 50 U.S. states. Physicians with a disciplinary action in one state may move to another state where they have a clean record. Since Healthgrades painstakingly compiles disciplinary action information from all 50 states, Healthgrades website will show if a physician has a disciplinary action in more than one state.
No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
Board actions are non-disciplinary actions imposed upon a doctor based on a complaint investigation. A patient or medical colleague may file a complaint with that state medical board or professional licensing organization, which then investigates the complaint. Board actions are intended to ensure that a doctor is able to perform safe medical and health care tasks.
Types of non-disciplinary actions include an advisory letter, a corrective action agreement, a limitation or restriction on the medical or healthcare tasks a doctor can perform, or a voluntary agreement by the doctor not to practice. A board action can also include a termination of a corrective action agreement or voluntary agreement, which allows the doctor to return to full practice.
If my doctor has a board action, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a board action, it means he or she has had a non-disciplinary action imposed upon him or her. It does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor quality doctor. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, evaluate the doctor’s board action information and determine how severe or relevant you think the cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades non-disciplinary board action history go?
Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect non-disciplinary board actions?
Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states.
Graduated in 1998
Completed in 1999
Completed in 2003
Completed in 2004
Graduated in 1994
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Dr. Sparks graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in biology. He was a member of the NCAA Division I nationally ranked Penn State Varsity Soccer Team and in 1992 was named the Big Ten Soccer Player of the year. Dr. Sparks' college soccer accolades also include being named to both the academic and athletic All-American Teams. Additionally, he was a member of the 1992 Canadian Olympic Soccer Team. Dr. Sparks attended Hahnemann Medical School in Philadelphia, Pa, where he also played for the Philadelphia Freedom Professional Soccer Team.
Dr. Sparks completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, MD. He completed his fellowship in orthopaedic sports medicine at UHZ sports medicine institute in Miami, FL. During his fellowship, he served as an assistant team physician for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, University of Miami and Florida International University. Training under some of the best sports medicine surgeons in the country has provided Dr. Sparks with extensive knowledge and understanding in the management of complex sports injuries.
Formerly the Division chief of Orthopaedic sports medicine and Assistant Professor at University of Florida Health in Jacksonville, Dr. Sparks was a recipient of both the University of Florida Exemplary Teachers Award and University of Florida Faculty Teaching Award in orthopaedic surgery. During that time, he also served as the Team Physician for the Jacksonville Suns Baseball Team, the Jacksonville Giants Basketball Team, Edward Waters College and Stanton College Preparatory School.
Dr. Sparks joins JOI as a member of our elite team physician staff for the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Jacksonville Sharks and the University of North Florida. As a former professional and collegiate athlete, Dr. Sparks has a unique perspective on the treatment and management of musculoskeletal injuries. He is board-certified in Orthopaedic Surgery and has a Certificate of Added Qualification in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. Dr. Sparks practices at our Fleming Island office.
My goal is to treat the athlete in all of us. I want patients to maintain or exceed their current level of function and fitness. I believe in educating my patients about their injuries so that they have the ability to make good, strong choices about their care.