Dr. Matthew A Sparks MD Nephrologist

Dr. Matthew Sparks is a nephrologist in Durham, North Carolina and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Duke University Hospital and Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He received his medical degree from University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine and has been in practice for 11 years. Dr. Sparks accepts several types of health insurance, listed below. He is one of 36 doctors at Duke University Hospital and one of 18 at Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center who specialize in Nephrology.

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Specialty & Clinical Interests

Nephrologist: General Nephrology, Hereditary Kidney Disease Genetics, Hypertension, Kidney & Pancreas Transplantation

Clinical Interests: Type 1 Angiotensin Receptor, Mice, Hypertension, Knockout Mice, Angiotensin II, Kidney, Blood Pressure, Podocytes

Hospital Affiliation

Duke University Hospital
Ranked #9 in Nephrology

Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Education & Medical Training

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Residency, Internal Medicine, 2004–2006

Duke University Hospital
Fellowship, Nephrology, 2007–2011

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Internship, Internal Medicine, 2003–2004

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine
Class of 2003

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Chief Residency, Internal Medicine, 2006–2007

University of Arkansas
Other Training, Microbiology/Immunology, 1994–1999

Certifications & Licensure

American Board of Internal Medicine
Certified 7 years in Internal Medicine

American Board of Internal Medicine
Certified 5 years in Nephrology

AR State Medical License
Active through 2014

NC State Medical License
Active through 2014

Awards, Honors & Recognition

Fellow (ASNF), American Society of Nephrology

High Blood Pressure Research Conference Travel Award for New Investigators, American Heart Association High Blood Pressure Council

Chairs Research Award, Duke University Department of Medicine

Henry Christian Award, American Federation for Medical Research

Honorable Mention, Basic Science Category, Southern Society of Clinical Research

Emerging Leaders in Hypertension Research Fellowship, Forest Research Institute

Volunteerism and Community Service Award, American College of Physicians

Publications & Presentations

A role for angiotensin II type 1 receptors on bone marrow-derived cells in the pathogenesis of angiotensin II-dependent hypertension.
Crowley SD, Song YS, Sprung G, Griffiths R, Sparks M, Yan M, Burchette JL, Howell DN, Lin EE, Okeiyi B, Stegbauer J, Yang Y, Tharaux PL, Ruiz P

AT1 receptors in the collecting duct directly modulate the concentration of urine.
Stegbauer J, Gurley SB, Sparks MA, Woznowski M, Kohan DE, Yan M, Lehrich RW, Coffman TM

Embracing the Internet as a means of enhancing medical education in nephrology.
Sparks MA, O'Seaghdha CM, Sethi SK, Jhaveri KD

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Insurances Accepted

  • BCBS North Carolina BlueOptions PPO
  • CIGNA Open Access
  • First Health PPO
  • Great West PPO
  • Multiplan PHCS PPO
  • Pacificare HMO
  • United Healthcare - Direct Options PPO
  • Humana ChoiceCare Network PPO
  • Multiplan PPO
  • United Healthcare - Direct Choice Plus POS

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