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J. Stephen Jones, MD


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J. Stephen Jones, MD
Department: Regional Hospital Administration
President, Regional Hospitals & Family Health Centers
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code NA-4
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
J. Stephen Jones, MD
Department: Urology
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code NA4
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
Type of Doctor:
Adults Only

Biographical Sketch

After five years as department chairman at Cleveland Clinic, J. Stephen Jones transitioned to Chief of Surgical Operations at Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital in 2012, and was promoted to Chief of Surgical Operations for Cleveland Clinic Regional Hospitals in 2013. With consolidation of system hospital and ambulatory facilities, he became Vice President Regional Medical Operations in 2014.  A Professor of Surgery (Urology) at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University, he holds the Leonard Horvitz and Samuel Miller Distinguished Chair in Urological Oncology Research.

Dr. Jones serves in a number of other areas of CCF leadership, including the Board of Governors, Enterprise Risk Management, Strategic Space, and Financial Planning Committees.

He earned a BS in Zoology at the J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Arkansas and his M.D. at UAMS. After residency at Vanderbilt University he joined the Springfield Clinic/St. John’s Health System in Missouri. Under his chairmanship the Department of Urological Surgery became the highest rated private practice urology program in America, according to U.S. News & World Report.

He has published > 200 publications in every major urological journal, and is the author of > 30 book chapters. Dr. Jones serves as Associate Editor of the American Urological Association journal, Urology Practice, Editor of Urology & Kidney Disease News, Associate Editor of Urology, and Associate/ Section Editor for Renal & Urology News. He was previously on the Editorial Board of BJU International. He has published two books for the lay public, Complete Prostate Book and Overcoming Impotence (forewords by Coach Rick Pitino and Senator Bob Dole), and is the editor for five medical textbooks. In addition, he is Chair and Primary Investigator of the International COLD registry. Status as a leading innovator in that topic, including focal and salvage therapy, was recognized by the 2009 International Society of Cryosurgery Excellence Award in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Castle Connolly lists him in “America’s Top Doctors” signifying ranking in the top 1% of all urologists, and he is consistently listed in “Best Doctors in America”. Clinical interests involve prostate & bladder cancer. His innovations in the field of diagnostic and treatment strategies for both malignancies are widely known. Beyond that, he is interested in innovative and optimized healthcare delivery and received his MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management at CWRU in 2010. His work was recognized by acceptance to Beta Gamma Sigma, the American Association of Collegiate Schools of Business Society for the Top 20% of MBA graduates.

Dr. Jones lives in the Cleveland suburb of Shaker Heights, OH, with his wife Kathryn. She is a community activist involved in local issues and on several community boards. Their interests involve outdoor activities including gardening, travel, and biking. Their daughter Kate graduated in Advertising and Political Science from the S.I. Newhouse College of Communications at Syracuse and works in the advertising industry. Son Jared graduated from Yale University and now lives in Seattle with his wife, Anne. He works for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in the Agriculture Group with a geographic focus in South Asia.

Professional Highlights

  • Chairman, Department of Regional Urology
  • Cleveland Clinic Board of Governors Associate/Section Editor: Urology (Gold Journal)
  • Chairman: International COLD
  • Registry Board Editorial
  • Board BJU International Editor: Urology News

Education & Fellowships

Residency - Vanderbilt University Hospital
General Surgery/Urology
Nashville, TN USA
Internship - Vanderbilt University Hospital
General Surgery
Nashville, TN USA
Medical School - University of Arkansas College of Medicine
Little Rock, AR USA
Undergraduate - University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
Fayetteville, AR USA


  • Urology

Specialty Interests

Bladder cancer, elevated PSA, prostate cancer, nerve-sparing prostatectomy, vasectomy and sterilization

Awards & Honors

  • Innovator Award, Cleveland Clinic, 2004
  • Teacher of the Year Award, 2003
  • Honorable Mention, Journal of Urology Reviewer, 2006
  • Journal of Urology, Best Reviewer, Prostate Cancer in 2010 Award. 2010, 2011
  • America’s Top Doctors (Castle Connolly)
  • Best Doctors in America  2010-present, Beta Gamma Sigma: American Association of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) Society for Top 20 percent of MBA graduates

Innovations & Patents

  • Dr. Jones was the first to describe the following surgical developments:
      1. Office-based saturation biopsy for prostate cancer detection
      2. Percutaneous no-scalpel vasectomy
      3. Absorbable sling to enhance early return of continence following radical prostatectomy in high risk patients
      4. Technique to reduce risk of rectourethral fistula during cryotherapy for prostate cancer
      5. Use of video monitor distraction to reduce discomfort of cystoscopy


  • American Urological Association, Voting Member 1994-Present
  • Society of Urologic Oncology 2005-Present
  • Societe Internationale d'Urologie, Member 2006-Present
  • Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG) 2004-Present
  • International Continence Society 2003-Present

Treatment & Services

  • Urology

Industry Relationships

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As of 11/3/2015, Dr. Jones has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

Royalty Payments. Dr. Jones receives or has the right to receive royalty payments for inventions or discoveries commercialized through the companies shown below:

  • Cook Medical

Donation of Financial Interest. Dr. Jones has consulted for, received compensation for serving as a fiduciary from, or received royalties from the following companies but instructed them to donate all compensation to not-for-profit causes or to the Cleveland Clinic to support research and education:

  • HealthTronics, Inc.

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers’ discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Languages Spoken

  • English