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.