Dr. Whitney Jones is a practicing Gastroenterologist, former therapeutic endoscopist and Clinical Professor at the University of Louisville from 1994 until 2017. He joined GHP in 2017 cofounding its new east Louisville division, Gastroenterology & Endoscopy Associates, PLLC, alongside Drs. Ashok Kapur and Laszlo Makk.
In 2003 he founded the Colon Cancer Prevention Project, a state-based advocacy organization which leads the nation for information on colon cancer prevention. Through the leadership of the Colon Cancer Prevention Project and it’s many partners, Kentucky has more than doubled its screening rates, cut colon cancer mortality by 33%, and passed into law the lowest barriers for colorectal cancer screening of any state. Kentucky’s screening rates for CRC have more than doubled since 2000 and now exceed 70.1% (moving Kentucky’s national ranking to 16th best in the nation from its former position at 49th).
Since 2015, Dr. Jones has implemented systematic hereditary cancer risk assessment and point of service genetic panel testing in both the office and endoscopy platforms to both prevent and better manage the cancer risks of affected and unaffected patients. His primary practice focus is the endoscopic prevention and early detection of digestive cancers including esophageal, pancreatic and colorectal cancers. He is a national expert and frequent speaker on early-age onset colorectal cancer prevention, genetic GI cancer syndrome testing and risk management, and communication strategies for population-based cancer prevention.