In Vitro Fertilization Pioneer Dr. Howard Jones Celebrates his 100th Year PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 16 February 2011

NORFOLK, Va. – Howard Jones, M.D., co-founder of the Howard and Georgeanna Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine at EVMS and an in vitro fertilization pioneer, celebrated his 100th birthday on December 30, 2010.

The Howard and Georgeanna Jones Foundation for Reproductive Medicine and The Jones Institute of Eastern Virginia Medical School celebrated this occasion on September 21, 2010 at a private event for Dr. Jones, his friends, family and colleagues.

Dr. Jones and his wife, Georgeanna Jones, MD, brought international attention to EVMS in 1981 for their role in the birth of Elizabeth Carr, the first child conceived in the United States through in vitro fertilization. Working side-by-side, Drs. Howard and Georgeanna established the nation’s first IVF clinic and continued to push the frontiers in assisted reproductive medicine for many years.

Born in Baltimore, Md., in 1910, Dr. Jones attended Johns Hopkins University and worked in gynecology at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He completed a residency in general surgery at Church Home and Hospital in Baltimore.

His surgical skills were put to the test on Utah Beach during the D-Day invasion of Normandy in 1944. After the war, he returned to Johns Hopkins University and became the go-to surgeon for genital abnormalities and reconstructions.

Other honors he will be receiving include a lifetime achievement award from the National Infertility Association, known as RESOLVE. He will also be honored at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s annual meeting.

"In his illustrious career, Dr. Jones has trained hundreds of physicians and has touched numerous lives with his medical discoveries and his impact on the specialty of gynecology," says Alfred Z. Abuhamad, chair of obstetrics and gynecology at EVMS.

"His contributions to medicine and to our communities are tremendous. We are so lucky to have him here at EVMS and in Hampton Roads; he has been an inspiration to me and many others." 

About the Howard and Georgeanna Jones Foundation:
The Howard and Georgeanna Jones Foundation for Reproductive Medicine is a not-for-profit organization that solicits funds from the general public to support scientific and medical research in the field of reproductive medicine.  In additional to providing research grants to deserving scientific investigators, the Foundation Board of Directors is prepared to serve in an advisory capacity to the agencies it supports. The Foundation may also sponsor seminars which would be designed to evaluate public policy issues related to reproductive medicine in order to educate the general public and attempt to improve the human condition.

About EVMS:
EVMS was founded by the community in 1973 to improve health through teaching, discovering and caring. The collaborative culture at EVMS draws like-minded students and faculty from all over the country, encourages a multidisciplinary approach to health care and emphasizes translational research. In just 36 years, the school has grown from 24 students to an economic footprint exceeding $700 million annually in the region of southeastern Virginia known as Hampton Roads. Learn more at


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