R. Scott Jones Oral History Interview, 2018

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Creator:
Jones, R. Scott (Rayford Scott), 1936- and Duke University. Medical Center. Department of Surgery.
Abstract:
Dr. R. (Rayford) Scott Jones, MD, joined the faculty in Department of Surgery at Duke in 1971 after being recruited by Dr. David Sabiston, Chief of Surgery at Duke. He joined the faculty at Duke as an Associate Professor of Surgery where Jones quickly built a successful, nationally recognized practice in Gastrointestinal Surgery. This collection contains 1 oral history interview conducted by Dr. Justin Barr on November 30, 2018 and is part of the Dr. David Sabiston Oral History Project. In the interview, Jones discusses his early life in Texas; medical school experiences; his residency at the University of Pennsylvania; research experience in gastrointestinal physiology; postdoctoral fellowship in Los Angeles with Morton Grossman at the VA Hospital; his first job at the VA Hospital at University of California, San Francisco; his experiences with Sabiston; the Duke residency program; his move to University of Virginia to become the department chair; his continued relationship with Sabiston; his accomplishments at Duke; and the corporatization of medicine.
Extent:
1 interview (1 CD, 1 transcript) and 149 MB
Collection ID:
OH.JONESRS

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Scope and content:

Includes 1 oral history interview with Dr. R. Scott Jones conducted on November 30, 2018 by Dr. Justin Barr as part of the Dr. David Sabiston Oral History Project.
In the interview, Jones discusses his early life in Texas; medical school experiences; his residency at the University of Pennsylvania; research experience in gastrointestinal physiology; postdoctoral fellowship in Los Angeles with Morton Grossman at the VA Hospital; his first job at the VA Hospital at University of California, San Francisco; his experiences with Sabiston; the Duke residency program; his move to University of Virginia to become the department chair; his continued relationship with Sabiston; his accomplishments at Duke; and the corporatization of medicine.

Biographical / historical:

Dr. Rayford Scott Jones, MD, is a native of Tyler, Texas. He received his BA degree from the University of Texas in 1958 and his MD degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, in 1961. He completed his graduate education in surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Rhoads. Scott spent time as a Fellow in Gastroenterology at the University of California, Los Angeles under the guidance of M. I. Grossman.
Jones' academic career started at the University of California, San Francisco as an Assistant Professor of Surgery. In 1971, he was recruited by Dr. David Sabiston, Chief of Surgery at Duke University. He joined the faculty at Duke as an Associate Professor of Surgery and quickly built a successful, nationally recognized practice in Gastrointestinal Surgery.
In 1981, Jones left Duke to for the University of Virginia where he was appointed Professor and Chair. He remained Chair for 20 years. Jones retired from the Faculty of the University of Virginia in February 2006, but he continued to work part time with the NSQIP team in the UVA Department of Surgery.
Jones has been involved in every level of surgical leadership and its organizations. He was Governor of the American College of Surgeons; Chair of the Advisory Council of Surgery; past President of the American College of Surgeons, 2001-2002; past President of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, past President and the Southern Surgical Association; served on the Residency Review Committee for Surgery; served on the American Board of Surgery; and in addition to serving as Chairman of the Department of Surgery, he was President of the Health Services Foundation. Jones has received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Texas Medical Branch (1986) and recognition from Duke University Medical Center for outstanding contributions (1987).
Scott married Carol Elaine Benson in 1958. They had three children. Benson died in 2009.

Acquisition information:
Accession A2019.040 (transferred by Justin Barr, May 2019)
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Processed by Lucy Waldrop: May 2019

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Organized into the following series: Interview, November 30, 2018.
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R. Scott Jones Oral History Interview, Duke University Medical Center Archives.