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The Howard W. Jones, Jr., M.D. and Georgeanna Seegar Jones, M.D. Professorship

School of Medicine

Established in 2014 by the estate of Lonnie and Betty Burnett


Jones.Georgeanna&HowardHOWARD W. JONES JR, MD graduated from Amherst College in 1931 and received his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University in 1935. His postgraduate training was in gynecology and general surgery, and he served as chief resident in general surgery in 1940 at Church Hospital in Baltimore. Upon completion of his residency, Dr. Jones married Dr. Georgeanna Seegar.

GEORGEANNA SEEGAR JONES, MD graduated from Goucher College in 1932 and received her medical degree from Johns Hopkins University in 1936. In 1939, Dr. Seegar Jones established the first Division of Reproductive Endocrinology in the United States at Johns Hopkins. She became the first full-time gynecological endocrinologist at a medical school in this country.

Upon returning from World War II, Dr. Howard Jones took a second residency in the Department of Gynecology at Johns Hopkins. One of the foremost pelvic surgeons of his generation, Dr. Jones established an international reputation in reparative and reconstructive surgery of the female genital tract. His skill in surgery and Dr. Seegar Jones’ expertise in endocrinology made them a highly respected, well-rounded team. From their first contact with Johns Hopkins as medical students through their departure in 1978—a span of almost 50 years— the Joneses wrote over 400 peer-reviewed papers, either individually or as joint authors. Drs. Howard and Georgeanna Jones moved to Norfolk in 1978 and created the Jones Institute of Reproductive Medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School, where the first IVF baby in the United States was born. They are recognized as pioneers in the field of in vitro fertilization in the United States. Dr. Seegar Jones passed away in 2005 at the age of 93.  Dr. Jones passed away in 2015 at the age of 104.

Held by James Segars, Jr

SegarsJamesJAMES SEGARS, JR, MD, is Professor and Director of the Division of Reproductive Sciences and Women’s Health Research in the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Segars received his Bachelor of Arts and doctor of medicine from Duke University. He completed an internship in the Department of Surgery at the University of Virginia Medical Center followed by a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology at Vanderbilt University. He then joined the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as a Reproductive Scientist Development Program Scholar for a three-year postdoctoral fellowship in molecular biology. Dr. Segars remained with the NIH and became Head of the Reproductive Endocrinology Unit in the Reproductive and Adult Endocrinology Program at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) where his laboratory pursued translational, clinical, and basic research relevant to reproduction. He then served as Program Director for the NICHD-sponsored Clinical Reproductive Endocrinology Training Program and as Medical Director for the Walter Reed Assisted Reproductive Technology Program before being recruited to Johns Hopkins. Currently, Dr. Segars primary clinical research interests include assisted reproduction and uterine fibroids, and he is actively pursuing basic, translation, and clinical investigation of uterine fibroids.