Rayford Scott Jones, M.D. is the former S. Hurt Watts Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the University of Virginia Health System (1981-2001). Until recently Dr. Jones was also active in the American College of Surgeons, serving as Director of Division of Research and optimal patient care. He is currently Emeritus Professor of Surgery at the University of Virginia.
Dr. Jones is a native of Tyler, Texas. He married Carol Elaine Benson in 1958, who sadly, passed away in 2009. Together they had three children, Scott, Lynn, and Holly and four grandchildren. Dr. Jones received his B.A. degree from the University of Texas in 1958 and his M.D. degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas in 1961. He completed his graduate education in surgery at the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine under the direction of Jonathan Rhoads, M.D. He then spent time as a Fellow in Gastroenterology at the University of California, Los Angeles under the guidance of M. I. Grossman.
Dr. Jones began his academic career as an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco. He was then recruited by Dr. David Sabiston, Chief of Surgery at Duke University, to join the faculty as an Associate Professor of Surgery. He quickly built a highly successful, nationally recognized practice in Gastrointestinal Surgery. His leadership skills and academic accomplishments were recognized early in his career resulting in an invitation to become Chairman of Surgery at the University of Virginia. He accepted and was appointed Professor and Chairman in 1981. During his twenty-year tenure as Chairman, he took an outstanding department and solidified its reputation as a nationally recognized academic surgery program.
Dr. Jones has been involved in every level of surgical leadership and its organizations. He was a Governor of the American College of Surgeons and Chairman of the Advisory Council of Surgery. He completed his term as the President of the American College of Surgeons from 2001-2002. Dr. Jones also is past President of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract and the Southern Surgical Association. He served on the Residency Review Committee for Surgery and on the American Board of Surgery. In addition to serving as Chairman of the Department of Surgery, he was President of the Health Services Foundation. Dr. Jones was honored with the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Texas Medical Branch in 1986 and Duke University Medical Center in 1987, in recognition for his outstanding contributions.
Dr. Jones retired from the Faculty of the University of Virginia in February 2006, and currently works part-time with the NSQIP team in the UVa Department of Surgery.
Dr. Jones lives with his wife Christine Stacy on his Crossroads Farm in North Gardens.