Spark, Richard F. 1937-

views updated

SPARK, Richard F. 1937-

PERSONAL: Born January 14, 1937, in Brooklyn, NY; married 1960; wife's name Barbara; four children. Education: Yale University, B.A. (with honors), 1958; Case Western University, M.D., 1962.

ADDRESSES: Office—Beth Israel Hospital, 330 Brookline Ave., Boston, MA 02215; and 25 Boylston St., Chestnut Hill, MA 02467.

CAREER: Boston University, Boston, MA, intern at university hospital; Beth Israel Hospital, Boston, medical resident, then chief resident in medicine, 1967-68, director of Steroid Research Laboratory; Boston University, fellow in endocrinology; private practice of endocrinology. Harvard University, associate clinical professor of medicine at Medical School. Public speaker on issues related to men's health. Military service: U.S. Army, post surgeon at Edgewood Arsenal, Edgewood, MD, 1962-65.

MEMBER: ACE (fellow), Alpha Omega Alpha.


The Infertile Male: The Clinician's Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment, Plenum Medical (New York, NY), 1988.

Male Sexual Health: A Couple's Guide, Consumer Reports Press (Mt. Vernon, NY), 1991.

Sexual Health for Men: The Complete Guide, Perseus Publishing (Cambridge, MA), 2000.

Contributor to medical textbooks; contributor to periodicals, including New Republic and New York Times Sunday Magazine.

SIDELIGHTS: Richard F. Spark told CA: "I have been a teacher throughout my career. There is a thirst for information on all matters relating to health. Some issues are well covered; others are not. Men's health has received little or no attention, and this has prompted me to write three books on this subject.

"Sexual Health for Men: The Complete Guide is written expressly for men and their partners who seek answers to questions they have but are afraid to ask. This book covers the full range of men's health-care concerns, with chapters on sexual function, Viagra, testosterone, fertility, prostate enlargement, prostate cancer, alternative medicine, male menopause, and hormone supplements for mature men."