Undergraduate Education: University of Alabama
Medical Education: University of Alabama School of Medicine (UAB)
Residency: Walter Reed Army Medical Ctr., Washington DC
Military Service: Major, Army Medical Corps, Army Commendation Medal
Board Certified: American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Fellow, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; North American Menopause Society Certified Menopause Practitioner
Dr. Jimmy Sparks, a Birmingham native, returned to his hometown, after fulfilling his military commitment, to join UAB’s Obstetrics and Gynecology faculty. While at UAB, Dr. Sparks’ research interest and publications centered on women’s preventive healthcare.
In 1991 Dr. Sparks left academic medicine to pursue his commitment to women’s health care in a private-practice setting. After four decades of caring for expectant families, Dr. Sparks has recently limited his practice to gynecology. For his GYN patients who may require OB care in the future, he says it will be a pleasure to refer their OB care to partners whom he respects so highly. He will also enjoy sharing their good news and continuing their gynecologic care after delivery.
He looks forward to directing his full-time focus to his patients’ gynecologic care needs and to his long-time interests in minimally-invasive gynecologic surgery, screening and risk-reducing strategies for women’s cancer risk, the menopause transition, and osteoporosis. In 2009, Dr. Sparks was one of the early Birmingham gynecologists to begin using the minimally-invasive procedure known as “robotic surgery.” He reminds women that it is now a rare situation that will require a traditional abdominal hysterectomy. Dr. Sparks has recently achieved the North American Menopause Society’s Certified Menopause Practitioner (NMCP) designation (currently the only NCMP gynecologist in greater-Birmingham.)
Dr. Sparks has been recognized by his colleagues as one of Alabama’s Best Doctors in America® continuously since 2002. After many years of service, he is currently a Life Counselor with the Medical Association of the State of Alabama. He has served as Secretary/Treasurer, Vice-Chair, and Chair of the Alabama Section, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. In 2013, the Congress presented him with its Outstanding District Service Award.
Dr. Sparks and his wife have three grown children.