Ross Jones, M.D. ’09, M.P.H., FAAFP, serves as the medical director of community health at UF Health Jacksonville and medical director of the UF Health Total Care Clinic Group. He is a board-certified family medicine physician with a focus on chronic disease management, preventive medicine and community engagement.
A native of the Jacksonville area, Jones earned his bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies and his medical degree at the UF. He completed his residency in family medicine at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Jacksonville.
Jones said it’s a wonderful experience as a physician to serve the community where he grew up. He’s involved with the UF Health Urban Health Alliance, a program aimed at improving the health of the citizens of Duval County through reduction of poverty, reducing social isolation, prevention of chronic diseases and empowering community members to be their own agents of change.
“Every neighborhood has unique challenges that require different solutions,” he said. “We’re able to provide general health education, mental health and COVID-19 resources, which help us connect with the community. It’s not enough to be that shining beacon on the hill, we need to meet patients where they are and provide equitable access to care.”
Ross said the mentors he met while at UF in Gainesville helped him to become the physician and leader he is today.
“My mentors always pushed me to give back and help others, which is what I strive to do in my work today,” he said. I am honored to be recognized by an institution like UF, which is the place that made me who I am today.”