Dr. James Jones, Sr. (image credit: UNC Pembroke)



NCMS Lifetime member Dr. James Grady Jones Sr., “The Country Doctor,” passed away on Tuesday, May 16. He was 89.

Jones was well known across the state as an influential family physician and professor of medicine at East Carolina University with a distinguished record of service to the state. He was particularly dedicated to efforts of recruiting and training physicians to deliver care to the poor and rural communities in eastern North Carolina.

Jones was instrumental in the development of the Family Medicine program at East Carolina University’s new school of medicine and served as the founding chair of the Department of Family Medicine and Associate Dean for Rural Health for two decades.

Described as a “Giant in medicine in North Carolina,” Jones was known for his famous saying, ” The quality of your health care should NOT be determined by your ZIP Code.”

Jones joined the North Carolina Medical Society in 1961.

Read the full obituary here.