4/20/2010 - Birmingham Physician honored as Outstanding Alumna
By Michael J. Brooks
Birmingham obstetrician/gynecologist Dr. Judi Favor was honored as the outstanding alumna at Judson College's J-Day celebration on April 10.
Favor and her medical partner, Dr. Jimmy Sparks, founded Sparks and Favor, P.C. in 1991, now located at Brookwood Hospital. Favor has delivered more than 7,500 babies in her medical career and was honored as the city's "Health Care Hero" in 2005.
"Dr. Favor is a most worthy recipient of this award," said Judson president Dr. David Potts. "Her devotion to the welfare of women and children in her medical practice is extraordinary, and her achievements as a student, scholar and practitioner distinguish her alma mater in remarkable ways."
Favor grew up in Hayneville and continues as a member of the Hayneville Baptist Church. After graduating from Lowndes Academy she enrolled at Judson as a chemistry major, graduating with a 4.0 grade point average. She played on the state championship tennis team, was elected president of the Student Government Association and received the Faulkner Award at graduation for best all-around student.
Favor attended the University of Alabama School of Medicine where she was a member of the AOA National Honor Society and graduated in the top 10 percent of her class. She received the J. Marion Sims Award as the most outstanding student in obstetrics and gynecology. She received a research award during her UAB residency and the CREOG Award for scoring highest in the nation on the ob/gyn written board exams.
Favor has served on the Judson College board of trustees since 1993 and chaired the board from 2005 until 2007.
She is a favorite chapel guest and has often mentored Judson students in their medical careers.
"I'll always be grateful to Alabama Baptists for making possible my Christian higher education," she said. "At Judson I learned to seek not a career, but rather God's calling for my life."
*Article courtesy of the Judson College Public Relations Department.