Mr Joe Sparkes. Born in Belfast, Mr Sparkes moved with his family to Shannon where he was educated at the local St. Patricks Comprehensive School. He was highly involved in sports in the town including Wolfe Tones GAA, St. Senan’s RFC and Newtown FC. He then went on to attend Trinity College Dublin and following his graduation in medicine, he interned at the old Adelaide Meath Hospitals. He went on to train on the Dublin Region Surgical Scheme and subsequently the Orthopaedic Specialist Registrar Scheme.
Following his FRCS and fellowships, Mr Sparkes was appointed Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Tallaght Hospital, Dublin in October 2003.
Mr Sparkes has completed a clinical fellowship in Adult Trauma and Lower Limb Reconstruction (Hip and Knee replacement) at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre / University of Toronto and a fellowship in Adult Spine Surgery at Vancouver General Hospital/ University of British Columbia and a research fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer /Weill Medical College/Cornell University New York. He also has an honours degree in Biochemistry from TCD and a diploma in medical management from the IPA/RCSI.
Mr Sparkes has won several honours during his career including The Meath Hospital Junior and Senior Student Prizes, The Arthur Ball Prize in Surgery (TCD), The University Travelling Scholarship in Surgery (TCD) and he was the inaugural recipient of The Irish-American Breast Cancer Research Fellowship at MSKCC. He is a member of several orthopaedic groups including AAOS, AO Spine, IITOS, and has undergone further training in Medico-Legal Procedures and is a member of the Medicolegal Society of Ireland.