Lovell Jones PhD

Executive Director, HDEART Consortium

Lovell Jones, PhD, is currently a Professorat Prairie View A&M University College ofNursing and Research Professor at Texas A& M University Corpus Christi & AdjunctProfessor at Texas A&M School of PublicHealth, Tulane University School of PublicHealth & Baylor College of Medicine. Uponon his retirement. Dr. Jones became the firstAfrican American to be awarded EmeritusProfessor status at the University of TexasM.D. Anderson Cancer Center as well as atthe University of Texas Graduate School ofBiomedical Sciences at Houston. It alsomade him the first African American in theUniversity of Texas System to hold dualEmeritus Status. He is the former Director ofthe joint UT MD Anderson Cancer Center/University of Houston Dorothy I. HeightCenter for Health Equity & EvaluationResearch. Dr. Jones has more than 40years of experience in addressing minorityhealth and the health of the underserved. Asa scientist, he has also done extensiveresearch into the relationship betweenhormones, diet and endocrine responsivetumors and has presented his work bothnationally and internationally. He has editedone of the few comprehensive textbooks onthis subject: Minorities & Cancer. Dr. Joneshas either chaired or co-chaired numerousmajor events regarding the underserved andcancers, including the American CancerSociety South Central U.S. RegionalHearings on Cancer and the Poorand the1st National African Cancer Education meeting in Abuja, Nigeria. Dr. Jonesis co-author of the congressional resolution designating the third full week in April as"National Minority Cancer Awareness Week." For his work, the NIH/National Centeron Minority Health and Health Disparities was awarded him its Director’s Award forExcellence in Health Disparities. Dr. Jones has also received the Ruth KirschsteinDiversity in Science Award and was selected as one of the top African AmericanScientist in America by the National Science Foundation “The HistoryMakers” (

Dr. Jones’ research work also involves determining the mechanism by which naturaland environmental estrogenic agents may initiate cancers in hormonally responsivetissue. He has served as the PI on a number of NIH grants, including “The Women’sHealth Eating and Living Study,” an NCI grant studying the role of diet on preventionrecurrence of second primaries in breast cancer survivors. Dr. Jones also served as the PI several major grants directly focused on addressing health inequities,the Centers of Excellence for Community Partnership, Outreach, Research &Training from the National Center on Minority Health & Health Disparities andthe Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Cancer Prevention and TreatmentDemonstration grant titled: “ Facilitated Assistance, Research, & OutreachServices." Over his research career, Dr. Jones has been awarded either asPrincipal Investigator (PI) or Co- PI approximately $40 million in research and/or educational grants. This does not include the grants he has served as CoInvestigatoron.

In January 2000, Dr. Jones was named the first director of the congressionallymandated Center for Research on Minority Health (CRMH), a multidisciplinarycenter whose aims were to a) foster research that addresses the causes ofhealth disparities and translates scientific results back to the communitiesaffected by those disparities; b) encourage minority students to pursue careersin the biomedical sciences; and c) increase recruitment and retention ofminority and medically underserved populations into clinical trials.

Lastly, Dr. Jones has been thrice honored on the floor of the US Congress forhis effort to address health inequities, not only nationally but internationally aswell as mentioned earlier, selected by HistoryMakers as one of the top 180African American scientists whose worked has been archived for futuregenerations in the Library of Congress. Dr. Jones received his PhD from theUniversity of California, Berkeley. He is married to Marion C. Jones, and theyhave two children (Troy & Tamisha) and three grandchildren (Cole, Tate &Cass).