Dr. Daniel W. Jones is the Director of Clinical and Population Science in the Mississippi Center for Obesity Research and holds the inaugural Mr. and Mrs. Joe F. Sanderson, Jr. Chair in Obesity, Metabolic Diseases and Nutrition. He also serves as Professor of Medicine and Physiology at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. Dr. Jones has served the University of Mississippi in a number of capacities, including Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine from 2003-2009, and Chancellor of the University from 2009-2015.
A native Mississippian, Dr. Jones earned his MD in 1975 from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine, and completed his residency in internal medicine in 1978. Dr. Jones' research activities have focused on the prevention of cardiovascular disease and the elimination of racial and economic disparities in health outcomes. He was the first principal investigator for the landmark Jackson Heart Study, an NIH-sponsored population study, focused on identifying causes of disparate rates of heart disease in African Americans. An active member of the American Heart Association, Dr. Jones served as the national president of the Association from 2007-2008.
Perhaps best known in the scientific community for his work in hypertension and cardiovascular disease, Dr. Jones sees obesity prevention and management as a critical step in addressing these diseases and improving the health of Mississippians. In his role at the Mississippi Center for Obesity Research, Dr. Jones supports the work of basic scientists working to develop obesity management strategies and collaborates with clinicians to more effectively implement existing tools and resources for obesity prevention and management.