Getting to know Lamont R. Jones
19 April 2021
It was as a resident and participant in AO basic and advanced principles courses that Jones’ began his AO journey, influenced by AO CMF faculty members Dr Robert Kellman and Dr Sherard “Scott” Tatum, who were his mentors during a fellowship at the State University of New York (SUNY) Upstate Medical University.
“I learned a lot about AO techniques from them, and one of the procedures I did was distraction osteogenesis. When I finished my training, I was part of an AO focus group especially on this topic, and that was my first experience with the organization,” Jones recounted. “Soon after, I joined as faculty.
Jones, who also holds a master of business administration (MBA) degree, said the AO has advanced his career as a surgeon, educator, researcher, and administrator.
“The AO has always been dedicated to teaching, and through my work as AO faculty, I have definitely improved my skills around instructing learners—and I learn from other faculty, too, because every time I participate in a course, I’m surrounded by talented and accomplished surgeons,” he said.
“It’s rare to see an African American ENT surgeon: African Americans make up about 3–4 percent of all physicians in the US. There are a lot of stereotypes locally and internationally, so I can combat some of those and reinforce positive perceptions by my presence and through the work that I’m doing,” he said.
Jones said he welcomes the AO’s diversity, inclusion, and mentorship initiative, AO Access, and recently spoke at an AO Access webinar.
“The more the AO can demonstrate its commitment to diversity with tangible evidence, the better. You cannot just talk the talk. You have to walk the walk. By promoting and highlighting a diverse group—in this case, the AO’s members—it helps inspire more diverse talents to become active and enter the pipeline,” Jones said. “There is a ton of data to show that patients do better when they seek care or are taught by people they can relate to, so initiatives like this will help the AO’s mission of promoting excellence in patient care and outcomes in trauma and musculoskeletal disorders.”