Stephen Jones, MD
Stephen Jones, MD is the newest member of Valley View’s Heart and Vascular Center. He began his medical career as a member of the U.S. Army, serving in a number of posts around the country during that segment of his career.
Dr. Jones trained at the U.S. Army’s Airborne School at Fort Benning, GA in 1984. He also attended the Army’s Flight Surgeon School, where military medical professionals learn to deal with aviation survival issues, as well as flight physiology and the specific nature of medicine during flight. From there he proceeded to rise through the Army’s medical ranks, eventually becoming Assistant Chief, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. In fact, Dr. Jones still holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel today.
After his active military service, Dr. Jones moved on to become the Staff Cardiothoracic Surgeon with Alaska Cardiothoracic Surgery from 2002 through 2010. He then moved on to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, Idaho, where he was the Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery for about 10 years. While there, he developed the first minimally invasive Cardiac Surgery Valve program in Idaho, perfecting surgical techniques that involve making small incisions in the right side of the chest to get to the heart. These techniques are a vast improvement on frontal, open-heart surgery, which is far more painful, and takes far longer to recover from.