Where Are They Now: Dr. Steven Speights
Published 1:56 pm Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Dr. Steven Speights is a member of the Southeast Urogynecology, the only facility in Mississippi with board-certified specialists who are fellowship-trained in the complex field of urogynecology.
Though Speights states he had always been a State fan he went to Ole Miss for his Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences (summa cum laude) and received his medical degree from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine and his Residency with Obstetrics and Gynecology at University of Mississippi Medical Center and became the recipient of the Gallagar Award given to the top student in OB-GYN studies.
His Fellowships, which are extremely important to his specialized medical training are in Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery at University of Mississippi Medical Center and University of Michigan Health Systems and Advanced Laparoscopic Pelvic Surgery at Atlanta Center for Laparoscopic Urogynecology
He is a member of American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Other memberships include American Medical Association, Alpha Omega Alpha (Only for the top 10% of the class), American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Winfred L. Wiser Society, Norman F. Miller Gynecologic Society, Mississippi State Medical Association, Central Mississippi Medical Society, American Urogynecologic Society and International Continence Society, International Urogynecological Association and Interstitial Cystitis Association.
A native of Prentiss, MS, Dr. Steven Speights has brought a compassionate heart and impeccable training to the treatment of women’s health concerns.
Speights has been in private practice since 2007 but a recent change in board testing allowed him to be in the first class to take medical board tests in the very new and specialized field he has chosen and achieve Board Certification in his field of practice.
Speights has lived in Jackson since 1989 but says Prentiss was a great place to grow up and he is proud to be one of 31 who graduated from Prentiss Christian School in 1985.
Living within the city limits he states he had the advantages of the small town closeness plus nearby country fishing and hunting. He ran track and played baseball and states some of his best memories and closest friendships developed from Little League.
“We had a small group of players and the divisions weren’t as age specific as now,” states Speights with amusement. “One of my worst memories as an 8-year-old was batting against a 12-year-old.”
When choosing a career there were two things Speights knew he didn’t want to do—raise cattle or cotton, having had some experience with both while growing up. His dad had cattle and he worked in the cotton gin with Uncle William Lipsey.
“Dr. James Dumas, who was a highly respected in educational circles was instrumental in helping me to know what it took to get accepted into medical school,” states Speights.
“My mom, Joyce, had a big family and I remember well the family gatherings with aunts, uncles and cousins as well as with Dad’s family,” states Speights. They were all advocates and encouragers for me.”
“With only Mary Kay Magee, Cami Berry and me from the area at Ole Miss I met a new group of people that helped set the course for life I have followed.”
Speights did not play intramural sports in college, however, while at Ole Miss he was on the cheerleading team, which he states was, “the hardest physical activity I ever did.” The activity afforded him a chance to travel with the team to some places he says he probably would have never gotten to experience otherwise.
“With all the changes in medicine some might be discouraged about entering the medical field but know that it is still a worthy field,” encourages Speights. “If that is the goal you have set for yourself even one semester of low grades can make a difference so keep focused.”
Speights is married to Kristie Bobbitt of Dentville, Ms. Their children are Parkman-age 14, Buckley-age 12, Win-age 9 and Emi Story-age 5.
His mother Joyce Speights and sister Allison Daughdrill still call Prentiss home.