Randy Jones

Randy Jones (Nursing ’02, Graduate Arts & Sciences ’05)

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Randy Jones was one of only sixteen African-American men to receive a doctoral degree in nursing when he graduated from U.Va.

He may have been one of the most sought-after graduates. The University of Texas recruited him, and so did Virginia Commonwealth University, along with several other institutions and organizations.

But U.Va. hired him, and now as an assistant professor in the School of Nursing, Mr. Jones is fulfilling the potential that was evident when he graduated. He has continued studying the subject that he pursued in graduate school: prostate cancer among African Americans. “Prostate cancer is diagnosed in African Americans two to three times more than in white men. Black men also have a higher mortality rate,” Mr. Jones said.

His research focuses on prostate cancer screening and treatment decisions among men, particularly black men in rural areas, and intersects with his teaching on best health assessment practices. The goal is to translate findings into effective interventions and treatments. Mr. Jones’s study is a collaboration among the School of Nursing, the U.Va. Cancer Center, and the Monter Cancer Center of the North Shore—Long Island Jewish Health System.