Dr. Marilyn Jones Receives Lifetime Wellesley Alumnae Achievement Award

Dr. Marilyn Jones

Dr. Marilyn Jones, professor of clinical pediatrics at UC San Diego, and Director of Genetics and Dysmorphology at Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego, was awarded the distinguished lifetime Wellesley Alumnae Achievement Award.

Presented annually since 1970 by Wellesley’s Alumnae Association, the award is the highest honor given to alumnae for excellence and distinction in their fields of endeavor. Former recipients include Hillary Rodham Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State, and Diane Sawyer, broadcast journalist and anchor.

Dr. Jones is recognized for her expertise and leadership in improving healthcare for individuals with genetic disorders on a national and international level. An expert in craniofacial anomalies, Dr. Jones served as the Medical Director of the Bernardy Center for Medically Fragile Children as well as the Director of the UCSD Prenatal Diagnosis Center. Her specialty is treating cases of cleft lip and palate.

In addition, Dr. Jones is the first physician to be president of the following three important organizations simultaneously: the Western Society for Pediatric Research, American College of Medical Genetics, and the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association. Under her leadership, the American College of Medical Genetics has set standards and practice guidelines for clinical genetics in the U.S.

Dr. Jones has traveled to Mexico (often monthly) to provide genetic care for children in remote and underserved communities. She also showed others how to provide this care, thus enabling these communities to become self-sufficient.

In 1970, Dr. Jones graduated with an art history major from Wellesley and received a M.D. from Columbia University in 1974.  She completed her postgraduate training at the University of California San Diego.

Dr. Jones was given the James C. MacLaggan Award from the San Diego Rotary Club in 1994. She received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association in 2003. She has volunteered at the Clinica de Especialidades Pediatricias, Hospital Infantil de las Californias in Tijuana, Mexico for over twenty years.

Written by: Shivani Singh, Sr. Writer, Pediatrics, UC San Diego, Rady Children's Hospital, San Diego s1singh@ucsd.edu