Dr. Sparks is a physician-scientist and Director of Undergraduate Research in the Department of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology at Duke University Medical Center and the Durham VA Medical Center in Durham, NC.
He completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, AR where he also served as chief resident. He then completed his nephrology fellowship training at Duke with additional training in hypertension research.
His lab is interested in understanding how both the renin angiotensin and prostanoid systems regulate blood pressure by altering blood flow to the kidney. The lab utilizes a combination of physiologic and molecular techniques in genetically modified mice to probe questions about how changes in the micro circulation of the kidney alter sodium excretion.
The overarching goal of this research is to identify novel mechanisms to target drug therapy for patients with hypertension. His research is funded by a career development award from the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Research and Development (IK2BX002240).
Go here (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=sparks%20matthew) to view his publications in pubmed.
He is also interested in enhancing medical education in nephrology. He has served on the editorial board of ASN Kidney News and as past deputy editor of Renal Fellow Network.
His publications include using social media in nephrology education and he is interested in finding novel ways to share and understand medical research and information.
He is a fellow of the American Society of Nephrology (ASN), the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) and a member of the ASN education committee.