Dr. James Barrett Jones (JB) was born in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, on June 23, 1924. He grew up in the South, moving frequently as his father was a minister. He and his four brothers attended numerous schools. He graduated from St. James School in Hagerstown, Maryland, in 1941. He received his baccalaureate degree, followed by his MD degree in 1947, from the University of Virginia. He subsequently served his internship at Strong Memorial Hospital in New York, followed by a general surgical residency at New York Post-Graduate Hospital of NYU, and an orthopaedic residency at New York Orthopedic Hospital of Columbia at Presbyterian Medical Center. He served in the United States Air Force from 1955 to 1957 at the Barksdale Air Force Base in Shreveport, Louisiana, where he was chief of orthopaedic surgery. He was certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery in 1957.

Thirty-two of the 42 years he practiced orthopaedic surgery were served in Lynchburg, Virginia, where he was chief of staff at Lynchburg General-Marshal Lodge Hospital. He also was a member of the Executive Staff of Virginia Baptist Hospital.

JB was active in his local medical community and was president of the Lynchburg Academy of Medicine from 1978 until 1979, a member of the Virginia State Orthopaedic Society, The American Medical Association, The Russell Hibbs Society, and SICOT (Société Internationale de Chirurgie Orthopédique et de Traumatologie). He also was a member of and Counselor to the Medical Society of Virginia.

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