J. Stephen Jones, MD

J. Stephen Jones, MD
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Department Regional Hospital Administration
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Urology
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About J. Stephen Jones, MD

J. Stephen Jones, MD, began his role as President of Cleveland Clinic Regional Hospitals and Family Health Centers in December 2014. When he took that role, there were nine regional hospitals and 18 family health centers. Two years later, Dr. Jones oversees 11 hospitals and more than 20 family health centers.

Dr. Jones joined the Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute in 2000, and became Chairman of the Department of Regional Urology in 2007. Dr. Jones was Chief of Surgical Operations for the regional hospitals after serving in a similar role at Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital.

In early 2014, Dr. Jones became Vice President of Regional Medical Operations. He also serves as professor of surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University and holds the Leonard Horvitz and Samuel Miller Distinguished Chair in Urologic Oncology.

Dr. Jones has served in multiple areas of Cleveland Clinic senior leadership, including the Board of Directors, Board of Governors, Board of Trustees, Enterprise Risk Management, Strategic Space, Capital Review, Clinical Enterprise Management, Care Affordability and Financial Planning committees. He chairs the Executive Committee of the Cleveland Clinic health system, which is the delegated fiduciary board for every regional hospital, and is a member of each regional hospital's Board of Trustees.

His undergraduate degree in zoology is from the J. William Fulbright College of Arts Sciences at the University of Arkansas. His medical degree is from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. After residency at Vanderbilt University, Dr. Jones joined the Springfield Clinic/St. John's Health System in Missouri. Under his chairmanship, the Department of Urological Surgery became the highest rated community urology program in America, according to U.S. News & World Report in 1999.

Dr. Jones has published more than 200 articles in all major urological journals and authored 40 book chapters. He has presented his work worldwide at every major urological meeting. Dr. Jones serves as associate editor of the American Urological Association journal, Urology Practice, and associate editor for Renal & Urology News. For more than 10 years, he was editor of Urology & Kidney Disease News, was associate editor of Urology, and served on the editorial board of the British Journal of Urology.

He has published two books, The Complete Prostate Book, with foreword by Coach Rick Pitino, and  Overcoming Impotence, with foreword by Senator Bob Dole, and is the editor of five medical textbooks. In addition, Dr. Jones is Chair and Primary Investigator of the International COLD (Cryo On-Line Data) registry. His status as a leading innovator in that topic, including focal and salvage therapy, was recognized with the 2009 International Society of Cryosurgery Excellence Award in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Castle Connolly lists Dr. Jones in “America’s Top Doctors,” signifying the top 1 percent of all urologists in addition to the top 1 percent of cancer physicians. “Best Doctors in America” has included him for more than a decade. His innovations in the field of diagnostic and management for prostate cancer are widely known. He continues patient care, focused primarily on a referral practice of complex diagnostic and therapeutic challenges, with special focus on salvage therapy for recurrent prostate cancer following radiation failure.

Dr. Jones is interested in innovative and optimized healthcare delivery. He received a master's degree in business administration from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University in 2010. His work was recognized by inclusion in Beta Gamma Sigma, the American Association of Collegiate Schools of Business Society for the top 20 percent of MBA graduates. In 2015, he was elected to the American Medical Group Association Board of Directors.

Dr. Jones and his wife Kathryn enjoy reading and several outdoor activities, such as gardening, traveling, skiing and cycling. Dr. Jones is actively involved in VeloSano, a cycling event to raise money for cancer research at Cleveland Clinic. He serves as co-captain of Team Cleveland Clinic for the annual community initiative. The couple has two adult children.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


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

Professional Highlights

  • President, Regional Hospitals and Family Health Centers
  • Vice President, Medical Operations, Regional Hospitals and Family Health Centers
  • Chairman, Department of Regional Urology
  • Cleveland Clinic Board of Governors
  • Associate/Section Editor: Urology (Gold Journal)
  • Chairman: International COLD Registry
  • Board British Journal of Urology International Editor: Urology News


  • 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, 2009-2011
  • America's Top Doctors (Castle Connolly)
  • Best Doctors in America, 2010-present
  • Beta Gamma Sigma: American Association of Collegiate Schools of Business Society for top 20 percent of MBA graduates
  • Urology Teacher of the Year, 2003 (Fastest of any Cleveland Clinic faculty member to achieve this honor).

Innovations & Patents

  • Dr. Jones was the first to describe the following surgical developments:
  • Office-based saturation biopsy for prostate cancer detection
  • Percutaneous no-scalpel vasectomy
  • Absorbable sling to enhance early return of continence following radical prostatectomy in high risk patients
  • Technique to reduce risk of rectourethral fistula during cryotherapy for prostate cancer
  • 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, 2004-Present
  • International Continence Society, 2003-Present
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 10/8/2017, 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.

Consulting and/or Speaking. Dr. Jones receives fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • Digital Science Press, Inc.

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:

  • Endocare, 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.

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