Grant L. Jones, 1988
B.S., Denison University
M.D., Ohio State University
Orthopedic Surgeon, Team Physician
B.S., Denison University
Since the early 1990s, Grant Jones has cared for the shoulders, elbows, and knees of Columbus, spending his entire residency and professional career in the Capital City. He has a passion for restoring the lost physical abilities of his patients through least-invasive orthopedic treatment and necessary surgery, which has extended his influence to a global scale.
Grant has given expert lectures and gained surgical perspectives in South America, Europe, and Japan. He is currently the president of the Magellan International Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Society, which is comprised of the top orthopedic sports medicine physicians in the world. Grant is an orthopedic surgeon for Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center, as well as a team physician for the Ohio State Department of Athletics and the Cleveland Guardians’ highest-tier minor league team, the AAA Columbus Clippers. In 2007, he was recognized by the Ohio Athletic Trainers Association as the Team Physician of the Year, and in 2015, he became the first Denison alumnus to be inducted into the NCAA Academic All-America Hall of Fame.
At Denison, Grant was a star football player who suffered various sports injuries, including his knees, shoulders, and back. He reflects on these close interactions with sports medicine as influential toward his career path. Despite his injuries, his perseverance on and off the field as a student-athlete was remarkable; Grant was a two-time All-NCAC selection as a defensive back, a team captain, MVP, and an Academic All-American. He received a highly selective NCAA postgraduate scholarship and was one of only 20 recipients of the Time Magazine College Achievement Award for excellence in academics, social service, and athletics. Grant was the valedictorian of Denison’s Class of 1988, and he was awarded the President’s Medal, the university’s most prestigious student honor.
He carried this momentum into medical school, earning his M.D. with honors from Ohio State in 1992. He went on to take an internship and residency at OSU and a fellowship at the Hughston Orthopedic Clinic in Columbus.
Grant takes pride in his work at Ohio State because he is able to teach the valuable practice of listening. One of his greatest points of pride, his emphasis on listening to patient goals, complements the traditional medical school experience for the next generation of physicians. Grant has been awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award on two occasions from Ohio State’s Department of Orthopedics. His medical research is ongoing, primarily on shoulder rehabilitation, which has earned him international recognition, including two Neer Awards, which are bestowed annually to the top research investigation in shoulder and elbow surgery.
In 2014, Grant was inducted into the Varsity-D Hall of Fame at Denison. He also has been a consistent and generous donor to the Annual Fund, and he represents Denison with his medical leadership at OSU’s Wexner Medical Center.
Grant is a lifelong athlete, continuing to push himself as a skier and extreme mountain biker; he has completed the Leadville Trail 100 MTB twice, an entry-restricted 100-mile race in Colorado, plus multiple editions of the Wilmington Whiteface 100km race in New York State. He lives in Columbus with his wife, Jamie, and their two children, Hudson and Evelyn.