Specializing in breast cancer surgery, the much-honored Veronica C. Jones, M.D., joined City of Hope in 2015 after serving as an assistant professor of surgery at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta.
Dr. Jones graduated with honors from Stanford University and received her medical degree at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. She completed her internship and residency at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. She also studied HIV/AIDS and reproductive health during a clerkship in Kenya. Along the way she picked up a variety of awards from Chief Resident of the Year to Best Surgical Oncology Paper.
Dr. Jones writes extensively and has focused her research on health disparities in underserved populations, as well as new technologies in breast cancer care.
2016, X-ray Supervisor and Operator, California Department of Public Health
2013, 2015, Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative Certification
2014, American Board of Surgery Certification, 058958, Active, Certified
2004-2008, M.D. with honors, Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN
2000-2004, B.A. with Honors in Cultural and Social Anthropology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
2013-2014, Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
2009-2013, General Surgery Residency, Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas, TX
2008-2009, General Surgery Internship, Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas, TX
2019-present, Assistant Professor, Division of Breast Surgery, Department of Surgery, and Division of Health Equities, Department of Population Sciences, City of Hope, Duarte, CA
2015-2019, Assistant Clinical Professor, Division of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery, City of Hope, Duarte, CA
2014-2015, Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Veronica Jones, M.D., is a breast cancer researcher who focuses on understanding mechanisms of aggressive biology across different races/ethnicities with hormone sensitive breast cancer. Supported by an institutional K12 grant, cancer center pilot funding and generous philanthropic donations, Dr. Jones investigates the biological characteristics of aggressive breast cancer that portend increased mortality among Black women. Dr. Jones has developed multiple protocols investigating molecular pathways involved in breast cancer development and progression. She has collaborators across the City of Hope enterprise as well as with various institutions, including California Institute of Technology and Jackson Laboratories, which allow her to conduct novel gene sequencing and develop animal models for preclinical drug development.
Awards & Memberships
2019, Top Doctors, Los Angeles Magazine
2019, Southern California Super Doctors Rising Stars, Super Doctors Magazine
2018-2019, Top Doctor, International Association of Healthcare Professionals
2018, Raman Award, City of Hope, Duarte, CA
2018, America's Top Surgeons, Consumers' Research Council of America
2018, Pasadena Magazine Top Doctors
2017, City of Hope City News Honoree, Young Pioneers in Medicine
2013, Chief Resident of the Year, Baylor University Medical Center
2012, American College of Surgeons, North Texas Chapter Best Surgical Oncology Paper: Mastectomy: Is There Occult Cancer Within the Nipple?
2011, Cardiovascular Resident of the Year, Baylor University Medical Center
2010, John Peter Smith Resident of the Quarter, Baylor University Medical Center
2009, American Society of Clinical Oncology Resident Travel Award
Alpha Omega Alpha
McCune J, Jones VC, Seewaldt VL. Metformin and chemoprevention: potential for heart-healthy targeting of biologically aggressive breast cancer. Frontiers in Prevention, in press, 2019.
Tossas-Milligan K, Shalabi S, Jones V, Seewaldt VL. Mammographic density: intersection of advocacy, science, and clinical practice. Breast Can Res., in press 2019.
Tobin SJ, Wakefield DL, Jones V, Liu X, Schmolze D, Jovanović-Talisman T. Single molecule localization microscopy coupled with touch preparation for the quantification of trastuzumab-bound HER2. . Sci Rep. 2018 Oct 11;8(1):15154. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-33225-0. PMID: 30310083
Wu C, Ashing KT, Jones VC, Barcelo L. The association of neighborhood context with health outcomes among ethnic minority breast cancer survivors. J Behav Med. 2018 Feb;41(1):52-61/ PMID: 28752331
Ashing KT, George M, Jones V. Health-related quality of life and care satisfaction outcomes: informing psychosocial oncology care among Latina and African-American young breast cancer survivors. Psychooncology. 2018 Apr;27 (4):1213-1220. PMID: 29370454
Dumitra S, Jones V, Rodriguez J, Bitz C, Polamero E, Loscalzo M, Kruper L, Warner SG. Disparities in managing emotions when facing a diagnosis of breast cancer: Results of screening program of couples distress. Surgery. 2018 Jan 19. pii: S0039-6060(17)30861-9. doi: 10.1016/j.surg.2017.11.022. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 29370926
Polverini AC, Nelson RA, Marcinkowski E, Jones VC, Lai L, Mortimer JE, Taylor L, Vito C, Yim J, Kruper L. Time to Treatment: Measuring Quality Breast Cancer Care. Ann Surg Oncol. 2016 Oct;23 (10):3392-402. PMID: 27503492
Lai L, Binkley J, Jones V, Kirkpatrick S, Furbish C, Stratford P, Thompson W, Sidhu A, Fraley C, Okoli J, Beech D, Gabram S. Implementing the Prospective Surveillance Model (PSM) of Rehabilitation for Breast Cancer Patients with 1-Year postoperative Follow-up, a Prospective, Observational Study. Ann Surg Oncol. 2016 Oct;23(10):3379-84. PMID: 27334210
Jones V, Linebarger J, Perez S, Gabram S, Okoli J, Bumpers H, Burns B, Mosunjac M, Rizzo M. Excising Additional Margins at Initial Breast Conserving Surgery (BCS) Reduces the Need for Re-excision in a Predominantly African American Population: A Report of a Randomized Prospective Study in a Public Hospital. Ann Surg Oncol, 2016 Feb;23(2):456-64. PMID:26254169
Fair AM, Wujcik D, Lin JM, Grau A, Wilson V, Champion V, Zheng W, Egan KM. J Obesity, gynecologic factors, and abnormal mammography follow-up in minority and medically underserved women. Women’s Health (Larnmt). 2009 Jul; 18(7):1033-9. PMID: 19558307
Jones VC, Carlson GW. Breast J. Disparities in immediate breast reconstruction after mastectomy: time for a change [Editorial]. Jul-Aug; 20(4):337-8. PMID:24985527
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Dr. Jones was exceptional. She was calm and clear, and she really engaged my partner and I in the discussion of my condition and treatment. She also kept clear session notes for me, which I was able to share with my loved ones to explain the appointment. She, and Dr. [...] whom I saw a few weeks early, really are above and beyond. - Verified patient
I hope I don't need to recommend a breast or ovarian specialist to anyone, but if I do, I won't hesitate to send them to Dr. Jones and Dr. [...]. - Verified patient
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