Wendell Jones, MD ['85], MBA, F.A.C.P.
Wendell Jones (Internal Medicine) is chief medical officer and deputy network director for Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) No. 17 in Arlington, Texas. In this capacity, Jones directs all clinical activities of the VA health care facilities in north, central and south Texas in that network. Jones holds the position of assistant clinical professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School.
He is board certified in Internal Medicine and is a certified physician executive with the American College of Physicians Executives. Jones also is past secretary-treasurer of the Texas Chapter of the American Colleges of Physicians. In 2005, he was a member of the first civilian medical team allowed in New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
Jones comes from a family of medical professionals. His grandfather was a dentist; his uncle an otolaryngologist; and his father an ophthalmologist. “I was exposed to many African-American physicians in my community through the National Medical Association,” said Jones. “I caught the fire early and the flame never went out.”
He remembers that only hours after receiving his acceptance to MSM, another medical school called and asked him to come up for an immediate interview, as a formality. Jones believed he would be admitted to that school with little doubt. “I weighed the difference between going to an established medical school versus having the opportunity to be part of a new school (MSM) with the purpose of educating physicians who would serve those with little access to care. It didn’t take long to make a choice,” said Jones. “On graduation day, (classmate) Alise Jones was beside me in line. She said, ‘Smile! There won’t be any better day in your life other than maybe your marriage or the birth of your child.’ She was right!”