JAMES J. JONES, PhD, MPAS
LTC, SP, USA
Deputy Director & Chief of Protective Medicine
White House Medical Unit (WHMU)
James Jones is a licensed physician assistant, researcher, instructor, and executive manager with an exemplary record of successful medical program development, tactical execution and clinical care across 26 years of military service. He has provided health care to people at the highest levels of the U.S. military and government and has specialized in preparing for and responding to emergencies, disasters, and other challenging conditions around the world.
In 2014, James became the first physician assistant selected to be the Deputy Director and Chief of Protective Medicine White House Medical Unit to serve the President and Vice President of the United States. In addition to caring for the president, vice president, their families, and other senior U.S. Government officials, James traveled to more than 67 countries planning medical contingency operations for both official presidential and vice presidential visits and vacations.
In 1999, James earned a Bachelor of Science in Physician Assistant Studies and a Masters of Physician Assistant Studies Degree with specialization in Family Medicine from the University of Nebraska in 2000. In 2008, he earned a PhD in Health Science with a major in International Research and Education from Trident University, CA. In 2010, he completed a tactical medical officer fellowship at the White House and has served in a variety of roles to include WHMU Medical Readiness Clinic Commander, Director of Training, and Chief Operations Officer.
James holds an academic appointment as adjunct faculty of the Interservice Physician Assistant Program (IPAP) and previously served as the Program Manager, IPAP, Fort Sam Houston, Texas. He has numerous publications and has lectured both nationally and internationally. He has received multiple awards to include the Presidential Support Badge, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters and Joint Commendation Medal. He has earned the Expert Field Medical Badge, Flight Surgeon Badge, and the German Armed Forces Efficiency Badge. He is also a member of the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara, Order of the Spur, and recently inducted into the Order of Military Medical Merit. He is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants in Primary Care and Emergency Medicine. He is married to Jennifer and has two sons, 2LT James Jr attending Medical School at the University of Louisville, KY and Justin (20) attending William and Mary and Williamsburg, VA.