Dr. James Sparks

Professional Education

  • PhD – Biology and Biochemistry, University of Tennessee
  • BS – Biology and Chemistry, University of Tennessee

Clinical Expertise/Certification

Over 43 years’ experience/expertise: clinical laboratory operations development and leadership; hospital clinical operations improvement and infection prevention; clinical technology assessment; hospital clinical best practices development and implementation; developing strategies to perform well in Hospital Value-Based Purchasing, Readmissions and HAC Prevention under CMS PPACA programs; care variation reduction and cost reduction for hospital inpatients; patient experience improvement strategies.

Awards and Recognitions

“Patient Safety Hero-2012” – Indianapolis Patient Safety Committee award for leading Franciscan Alliance in implementing mandatory influenza vaccination for all caregivers; Fellow, National Association of Clinical Biochemists

Professional Memberships

Endocrine Society; American Thyroid Association; American Association for Clinical Chemistry; Clinical Laboratory Management Association (all emeritus)


Over 30 publications in basic and clinical biochemistry and physiology.


Numerous presentations at local, regional and national professional society meetings.


Three major research areas – modeling hypertension causes in hydronephrotic rats; hormone receptors in human breast cancer; validating assays for human parathyroid hormone.