Jimmy M. Sparks, MD, was awarded an ACOG Outstanding District Service Award at the 2013 Annual Clinical Meeting in May. The award is given to individuals who have made notable contributions to their district.
Dr. Sparks has been practicing ob-gyn in Alabama for almost 40 years. He is currently in private practice in Birmingham. Dr. Sparks received his medical degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and completed his ob-gyn residency at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. As a military physician, he served at the 130th Station Hospital in Heidelberg, Germany, and the Eisenhower Army Medical Center, attaining the rank of major and receiving the Army Commendation Medal.
Dr. Sparks was assistant professor in the UAB ob-gyn department from 1986 to 1991. He has served as district counselor in the Medical Association of the State of Alabama for the past 13 years and is currently a life counselor. He was instrumental in forming the organization’s Medical Liability Committee and served as its chair for four years.
For District VII, Dr. Sparks has served as secretary-treasurer, vice chair, and chair of the Alabama Section. He was program chair for the annual section meeting from 2009 to 2011. During his six-year tenure on the District VII Advisory Council, Dr. Sparks worked to streamline the interim and district meetings. To elevate the voice of sections in district discussions, he organized the District VII Council of Section Chairs and served as its chair for two years. Dr. Sparks continues to serve on the Section Advisory Council and assist with section activities.
Perhaps the most prophetic demonstration of Dr. Sparks’ commitment to organized medicine is his establishment of the Alabama Legends in Obstetrics and Gynecology Award to honor those who have made historically significant contributions to women’s health care in Alabama. Four legends have been honored at the annual section meeting thus far. We look forward to him being a recipient of that award someday.