The Community Ambassador: Dr. Lamont Jones
Before Lamont Jones, MD, MBA, was vice chair of otolaryngology at the Henry Ford Health System and an internationally respected keloid researcher, he was a public-school student in Detroit. He was considering a career in bioengineering when one of his high school teachers suggested medical school. “Growing up in Detroit, I didn’t have any examples of African-American doctors. But I was always taught that I could do whatever I wanted to do, and I worked at it and was given the opportunity,” Dr. Jones said.
After graduating from medical school, he returned to Detroit. “Where a lot of people saw Detroit as a desolate place, I saw opportunity. I saw fertile ground,” Dr. Jones said.
He now inspires students at the very same high school he once attended. While guest lecturing a physics class, for instance, Dr. Jones interweaves his work with facial trauma reconstruction to deliver a powerful lesson about the physics of car accidents. His presence is also a testimony to the importance of the very class he’s teaching. “The students see someone who sat in the same classroom and learned some of the same things, and they see not only how I was able to apply that learning to get to where I am, but also how I use those concepts every day,” Dr. Jones said.