Dr. Jones received his B.A. in biology at the University of Kansas in 1970, and his Doctor of Dental Surgery (with distinction) at the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Dentistry in 1973. He completed a two-year residency in general dentistry at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Waco, Texas, in 1976. He received his certificate in Periodontics from UT Health San Antonio in 1980.
Dr. Jones began his dental school teaching career during his residency in periodontics. He joined UT Health San Antonio faculty and taught surgical and non-surgical periodontics in the predoctoral division. In 1988, he became the course director for the DS III Periodontics lecture course and continued that responsibility until 2011. Also in 1988, he became course director of the DS III periodontics clinic course and he continued that responsibility until 2003 when a curriculum reorganization took effect merging that course into General Dentistry. In 2009, he became the director of the predoctoral division of the Department of Periodontics with oversight of all five Periodontics courses.
In 2009-10, he was the course director for four of those courses. He has particular interests in curriculum development and organization, clinical and classroom teaching and development of novel teaching methods. He has participated in research activities since early in my career at the Health Science Center using both human clinical and animal model study designs. His time commitment to research has increased in the last few years as he has expanded his interests in dental implants and periodontal regenerative surgical procedures. His service activities have been related to education, curriculum development and continuing education.