GLOBAL HEALTH & SOCIAL MEDICINE
Dr. Jones initially focused his research on epidemics among American Indians, resulting in a book, Rationalizing Epidemics: Meanings and Uses of American Indian Mortality since 1600 (published by Harvard University Press in 2004), and several articles. His second project explored the history of decision making in cardiac therapeutics to understand how cardiologists and cardiac surgeons judge the efficacy and safety of their treatments, and then implement new technologies of cardiac revascularization. That research, supported by an Investigator Award in Health Policy Research from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, by the Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making, and by the National Science Foundation, culminated in Broken Hearts: The Tangled History of Cardiac Care (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013). Jones has also examined human subjects research, Cold War medicine, and the history of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. He is now at work on three projects. The first, supported by a grant from the National Library of Medicine, traces the pre-history of cardiac revascularization in order the understand the meaning of efficacy in surgical practice. The second, supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, examines the history of heart disease and cardiac therapeutics in India. The third, supported by the Harvard Global Institute, explores the history of air pollution and heart disease, with a focus on India.
Harvard Magazine | 3/2013Harvard Magazine | 9/2012Harvard Gazette Profile | 9/2011
David Jones completed his A.B. degree at Harvard College in 1993 (History and Science), and then pursued a PhD in History of Science at Harvard University and an MD at Harvard Medical School, receiving both in 2001. After an internship in pediatrics at Children's Hospital and Boston Medical Center, he trained as a psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital, and then worked for two years as a staff psychiatrist in the Psychiatric Emergency Service at Cambridge Hospital. He joined the faculty at MIT in 2005 as an assistant professor of the history and culture of science and technology. From 2004 to 2008, Professor Jones directed the Center for the Study of Diversity in Science, Technology, and Medicine at MIT, organizing a successful series of conferences about race, science, and technology. In 2009, he was appointed as a MacVicar Faculty Fellow, MIT’s highest honor for faculty who have made sustained contributions to undergraduate education. He also taught as a lecturer in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, where he was awarded the 2010 Donald O'Hara Faculty Prize for Excellence in Teaching. In 2011, he left MIT to join the Harvard faculty full-time as the inaugural A. Bernard Ackerman Professor of the Culture of Medicine, a joint position between the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Faculty of Medicine. The Ackerman Program at Harvard University fosters collaborations in the medical humanities and social sciences across the two campuses.
JAMA, June 7, 2018
Journal of the history of medicine and allied sciences, January 10, 2018
Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges, December 1, 2017
Surgical Practice and the Reconstruction of the Therapeutic Niche: The Case of Myocardial Revascularization., October 1, 2017
Journal of chromatographic science, September 1, 2017
The New England journal of medicine, May 11, 2017
Drug delivery and translational research, October 1, 2016
Therapeutic Evolution or Revolution? Metaphors and Their Consequences., October 1, 2016
The New England journal of medicine, June 16, 2016
The New England journal of medicine, June 2, 2016
Department of the History of Science, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences