Jones Named Chair-Elect of AAMC Board of Directors
(July 8, 2022) — Lee Jones, MD, dean for medical education at Georgetown University School of Medicine, has been named chair elect of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Board of Directors. He becomes chair-elect in November and assumes the chair role in the fall of 2023.
Jones is a national leader in efforts to advance equity and inclusion at medical schools in the United States. This has involved developing evidence-based policy, initiatives and educational programs with a focus on medical school admissions, student diversity, student support and learning environment, and student financial assistance. He chaired the AAMC Task Force on Redesign of the Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE) and served as AAMC’s Board of Directors representative to the Coalition for Physician Accountability. He is a past chair of the AAMC’s Group on Student Affairs National Steering Committee.
Jones also has provided leadership in areas of medical education involving Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), as well as for the Building the Next Generation of Academic Physicians diversity initiative. In addition, he has been an active participant in educational initiatives designed to enhance the care of LGBTQI+ patients.
Prior to joining Georgetown, Jones served as associate dean for students at the medical schools of University of California, Davis, University of Arizona, University of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio, and University of California, San Francisco. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including induction into the Gold Humanism Honor Society, a Student National Medical Association (SNMA) Achievement and Leadership Award, and an AAMC Group on Student Affairs Exemplary Service Award.
Jones, a board-certified psychiatrist, holds a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and a medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. After a psychiatry residency and chief residency at UCLA’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, he completed a consultation-liaison fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan and a research fellowship at UC San Diego focusing on the interactions between the central nervous system and peripheral immune system.
Jones will succeed LouAnn Woodward, MD, vice chancellor for health affairs at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and dean of the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Medicine, who assumes the chair role this Fall.