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.
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.