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Authors > Kenneth Lyons Jones, MD

Kenneth Lyons Jones, MD is Professor of Pediatrics; Chief of the Division of Dysmorphology and Teratology; and Medical Director of the California Teratogen Information Service at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. He is the co-author of Smith’s Recognizable Patterns of Human Malformation, 7th Edition.

Dr. Jones received his medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine and performed his postgraduate work at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

At UCSD and as Medical Director of the California Teratogen Information Service, Dr. Jones is involved in research, teaching, clinical work, and university and public service. His research has focused on the clinical delineation of birth defects, mechanisms of normal and abnormal morphogenesis and the recognition of new human teratogens. As Chief of UCSD Medical Center’s Division of Dysmorphology/Teratology, Dr. Jones is in clinical service throughout the year, and trains fellows in dysmorphology. Teaching goes on virtually every day as he sees patients in clinics and serves as consultant on hospital inpatient services throughout San Diego County. Dr. Jones is also involved in efforts to improve policies regarding drug safety during pregnancy, both in California and at the federal level.

Dr. Jones has authored over 400 publications in scientific journals as well as several books. He is considered to be the father of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) since he first coined the term along with Dr. David Smith at the University of Washington in 1973.

Dr. Jones is Past President of the Western Society for Pediatric Research and President Elect of the Teratology Society as well as the co-chair of the Scientific Working Group on Diagnostic Guidelines for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder, convened by the National Center of Birth Defects & Developmental Disabilities. Dr. Jones also serves on various other boards and committees. In 2007, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award in Genetics from the March of Dimes, and the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome has honored Dr. Jones in recognition of his long standing contributions to the FASD field.