Faculty and Staff
Wes Jones, M.D.
|Clinical Associate Professor
|School of Medicine Greenville
|890 W. Faris Road
Greenville SC 29605
|I can truly say that teaching is one of the most important things that I have ever been a part of, both as a student or the teacher myself. Education has been a beacon in my life and has helped me to reach my position where I am today. I am a product of exclusive South Carolina education. I was raised in Holly Hill, a very rural town of approximately 1000 people with only 2 stoplights in Orangeburg County. Early on, my parents instilled in me a respect for education. Neither of them had anything higher than a high school diploma, but they worked to ensure that I was well educated. In so doing, they expected me to fully participate and take every advantage of that opportunity. Because of excellent teachers in a very small town who sacrificed a lot to see that I was ready for college education, I had many choices for where to go after high school.
I chose to go to The Citadel in Charleston predominantly for the opportunity to participate in the honors program there. Once again, it was because of the teaching environment in that program that I chose that school. Along with the military discipline and “incentivized” study, the education that I was given there I felt was excellent. I was afforded the opportunity to attend Cambridge University in England for a summer program where I was allowed to experience education for education’s sake. Not only was I instilled with a sense of duty and discipline, I felt that I was educated as well as I could ever hope. Seeing professors teaching with passion and dedication instilled within me the belief that this is what University professors should do. From there it was off to medical school.
At this point I decided to go to the University of South Carolina in Columbia for medical school education. I felt that the attention given, with a slightly smaller class size and, what I felt to be, a more impassioned faculty all made for a better educational opportunity. I was not disappointed. It was during this very formative phase of education that I decided to become a surgeon. I migrated to Greenville during my third and fourth year medical school and have since been an avid advocate of surgical education in Greenville South Carolina. Because of the medical education I received, I was able to obtain my first choice of surgical residency program. And during my time as a surgical resident I was able to discover what niche I would like to fill in surgical education. I was afforded the opportunity to attend surgical subspecialty training in Louisville Kentucky, making that the one time I strayed from the state of South Carolina. Predictably however, like a regretful ex-partner, I returned back to my first love in South Carolina.
Now I find myself right where I want to be, educating future surgeons with the opportunity to be a clinical associate professor in the field of surgery. This is truly a humbling possibility. From the small streets of rural South Carolina to the marshy banks of the Ashley River and eventually to the foothills of the upstate, I have a true passion and an obligation to pay it forward to the citizens of the Palmetto State. Specifically, I have experienced education within the Greenville Hospital environment and The University of South Carolina medical school through residency and now as an educator on the clinical faculty. I am fully devoted to the success of our surgical residents and education of the citizens of Greenville. I am only hopeful that The University of South Carolina sees fit to allow me the privilege of promotion to the position of Associate Clinical Professor.
Enteric and pancreatic fistula management
Peptic ulcer disease management
|Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) intervention and access
|Honors & Awards:
|The Spence Taylor, MD Outstanding Surgical Educator Award
Department of General Surgery Administrative Chief Resident
First Place Research Award Winner
Gold Medal Forum Winner
Greenville Hospital System Resident Research Award Winner
McAlhany Academic Resident of the Year
Beta Beta Beta, National Biological Honor Society
American College of Surgeons
American Pancreatology Association
American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Greenville County Medical Society
Society for Surgery of the Alimentary tract
Society of Surgical Oncology
South Carolina Medical Association
The Pancreas Club
Louisville Surgical Society
Southeastern Surgical Congress