Howard W. Jones Jr., MD, co-founder of the EVMS Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Professor Emeritus of Obstetrics and Gynecology at EVMS, died July 31, 2015, at the age of 104. Along with his late wife, endocrinologist Georgeanna Jones, MD, Dr. Howard Jones is responsible for the first in vitro fertilization (IVF) baby born in the United States.

Howard Jones Jr., MD, co-founded the EVMS Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine with his late wife, Georgeanna Jones, MD.
The in vitro fertilization work of Drs. Howard and Georgeanna Jones resulted in the 1981 birth of Elizabeth Carr, the first baby in the United States born through IVF.
Drs. Howard and Geogeanna Jones retired from Johns Hopkins in 1978 and came to EVMS, where they worked together to pioneer in vitro fertilization in the U.S.
Dr. Howard Jones (bottom right) shown with current Jones Institute reproductive medicine experts (from top left) Laurel Stadtmauer, MD, PhD; Silvina Bocca, MD, PhD; and institute director Sergio Oehninger, MD, PhD.
Mason Andrews, MD (left), one of the co-founders of EVMS in 1973, persuaded the Drs. Joneses to come to the school in 1978 to co-chair the Obstetrics and Gynecology department.
Elizabeth Carr, the first person born in the U.S. as the result of the Joneses’ IVF work, says the couple treated her like their grandchild.


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Elizabeth Carr offers a few words about Dr. Jones

Dr. Jones remembers his wife

Elizabeth Carr reflects on IVF

Dr. Jones offers advice to young physicians

Ongoing research to improve IVF