Dr. Jimmy Jones, a retired pediatric surgeon with Nemours Children’s Clinic and Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital, was recently named as an outstanding children’s surgeon in the state of Florida by the Children’s Medical Services (CMS.)
The Philip O. Lichtbau Award is given annually by The Florida Pediatric Society to a children’s surgeon who has contributed significantly either regionally or statewide to the CMS program. The award was created in honor of the late Dr. Philip O. Lichtbau, an orthopedic surgeon who served as a CMS medical director for many years.
“Dr. Jones has spent the past 45 years as an advocate on behalf of the children of our region and has committed his time and energy to the cause of children’s healthcare,” said Laura S. Kaiser, chief executive officer and president of Sacred Heart Health System. “He embodies the core values of our founders, the Daughters of Charity, and we are so honored and grateful for all of the contributions he has made to Sacred Heart and Northwest Florida.”
Dr. Jones was the first pediatric surgeon at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital and served as the only pediatric surgeon in the entire Panhandle for 35 years. He is currently the assistant medical director at Nemours Children’s Clinic. He received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee at Memphis and completed his residency training at Boston Children’s Hospital. He is active in civic affairs and currently serves on the Board of the Community Maritime Park.
“Everyone at Nemours is enormously proud of Dr. Jones and his decades of dedication to the families of Northwest Florida”, said Dr. Jay Cummings, Vice President of Physician Practices, Nemours- Florida. “He is a great physician and a great leader in his community. I join many, many admirers in congratulating Dr. Jones on his impressive honor.”