Derok Cornwell joined Sparks Orthopedics and Sports Medicine as a Physician Assistant in July of 2018. He works in spine surgery with Dr. James D. Smith. They previously worked together at Gadsden Orthopedics.
As a certified Physician Assistant specializing in orthopedic surgery, he received his certificate of added qualification in orthopedic surgery in 2017. He has worked in emergency medicine, orthopedic trauma, and neurosurgery.
Derok holds a Master’s of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Lincoln Memorial University Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harrogate, Tennessee and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from UAB.
He is board certified through the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and a fellow member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. He is also a member of Physician Assistants in Orthopedic Surgery, North American Spine Surgery, and the American Association of Surgical Physician Assistants.
Derok enjoys precepting physician assistant students and assisting with lectures for PA students. He also enjoys spending time with his wife, Cindy, and their children, as well as kayaking, mountain biking, snowboarding, weightlifting, and travel.