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IVF Pioneer – Remembering Dr. Howard Jones

Wed, Aug 12, 2015


Howard W. Jones Jr, MD, the surgeon who, along with his wife, helped achieve the first birth through in vitro fertilization (IVF) in the United States, died July 31 at age 104.

Dr Jones and his wife, endocrinologist Georgeanna Jones, MD, who died in 2005, were cofounders of the Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) in Norfolk. Their work opened the door for more than 5 million IVF-assisted births worldwide and brought new choices to countless couples. Dr Jones would help establish the first guidelines surrounding reproductive technologies and served as "first man" of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) when his wife was elected president in 1970.

Cryoport was privileged to produce a webinar featuring “Dr. Howard” on September 25, 2013 in conjunction with SRBT.

Reproductive Technology, Bioethics, Religion and the Law

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“A Conversation with Dr. Howard Jones Concerning Issues of Reproductive Technology, Bioethics, Religion and the Law?” When did you become protected by law? Upon fertilization, heartbeat, quickening, fetal brain waves, or birth?  Renowned for his involvement with the first IVF birth in the U.S., the immortal HeLa cells of Henrietta Lacks, and sex reassignment surgery, 102-year old Dr. Howard Jones is no stranger to ethical, moral, religious and legal criticism.