Distinguished Educator Award: Matthew A. Sparks, MD, FASN

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Matthew A. Sparks, MD, FASN

Citation: Kidney News 14, 10/11

Dr. Sparks is associate professor of medicine at Duke University in Durham, NC, and director of its Nephrology Fellowship Program.

He is a founder of the Society for Early Education Scholars (SEEDS) program, which is a yearlong curriculum across all disciplines in the Duke Department of Medicine for fellows who plan careers as clinician-educators or education scholars. He is co-director of the scientific communications course offered by the Duke Clinical Research Training Program.

Dr. Sparks is a founding faculty member and program director of the Nephrology Social Media Collective Internship and member of the Board of Directors of the Nephrology Journal Club—NephJC—a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing free online medical education in nephrology. He is a faculty lead of the Renal Fellow Network and is a member of The Nephron Segment Podcast.

Dr. Sparks is co-creator of NephMadness, an educational initiative modeled after the U.S. college basketball tournament but using nephrology concepts. He is an advisory board member of NephSIM—a free, mobile-optimized nephrology teaching tool that includes case-based learning, infographics, and tutorials—and co-director of the virtual mentoring program, NephSIM Nephrons.

He has been a member of several national committees for both ASN and the American Heart Association. He also serves as education director for KIDNEYcon, an annual hands-on conference dedicated to advances in nephrology. He is a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine Nephrology Board and is on the editorial boards of several publications, including CJASN, American Journal of Kidney Diseases, Kidney Medicine, Kidney360, and ASN Kidney News.

Dr. Sparks received his MD and completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He did his nephrology fellowship at Duke University Medical Center.