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RMC adds new surgeon to staff

Published 12:22pm Wednesday, May 8, 2013

A love of science is what led Dr. Jon Jones into the medical field, but it was a desire to be closer to family that brought him to Alexander City.

Jones is Russell Medical Center’s newest general surgeon.

“(My wife and I) wanted to be closer to my wife’s mom in Montgomery and my parents in Georgia,” Jones said. “We will now live closer to our families than we have ever been.”

Jones attended medical school at the Medical College of Georgia and then completed a general surgery residency at the University of South Alabama in 1991.

“I was always interested in science, and I did chemistry as a major,” Jones said. “As I went through (school) I thought about doing medicine. I was going to be a family practice doctor.”

Jones became interested in immunology while his wife was working as an immunology technologist. Jones followed up his residency by completing a transplant surgery and immunology fellowship at the University of Minnesota.

Jones said his medical career has taken him all over the country. The most recent home for the Georgia native was Johnson City, Tenn., where he was instrumental in the development of a transplant program at the Johnson City Medical Center. While in Johnson City, he also concurrently served as clinical professor at the department of surgery at East Tennessee State University.

Jones said he performed all sorts of transplants – including pancreas, liver and kidney procedures – for both children and adults. While he enjoyed the specialization of transplant surgery, Jones said that he always felt that one day he would return to general surgery.

“After I had worked in transplant surgery for a long time, I got to thinking about what I wanted to do once I moved again,” Jones said. “I always thought I would go back to general surgery. Transplant is more high pressure and really limits where you can live.”

After living in both small towns and big towns, Jones said he liked Johnson City the best, which was a city of about 60,000.

“In smaller cities, you can develop more of a personal relationship with people,” Jones said.

Jon and his wife Margaret have one son who is transferring from the University of Tennessee to Auburn University in the fall.