Miles J. Jones

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Miles James Jones
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Born November 22, 1952
Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA
Died February 9, 2013 (age 60)
Liberty, MO, USA
Nationality American
Citizenship US

Miles James Alfred Jones, Jr., M.D. (22 November 1952 – 9 February 2013) was a forensic pathologist who became one of the most notorious physician-abusers of internet-mediated services.[1] He was also cited for contempt of the U.S. Congress for failure to appear before it concerning his activities in the sale of fetal body parts.[2] The Federal Bureau of Investigation subsequently considered criminal charges against Jones for the latter enterprise,[3] but he was eventually imprisoned in the Federal Corrections System for failure to pay U.S. income taxes for two years.[4]

Early life and education

Miles Jones was raised in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, and he attended public schools there. Jones matriculated to Princeton University (Princeton, NJ) and graduated from that institution with a B.S. degree in Biology in 1973. He then attended Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C., and was granted the M.D. degree in 1977.[5]

Postgraduate training

Dr. Jones completed a one-year clinical internship in general surgery at the Cleveland Clinic (Cleveland, OH), and then entered the residency program in anatomic and clinical pathology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He completed his 4-year course of training in 1982 and was certified by the American Board of Pathology.[6] Even during his residency, Miles demonstrated a thirst for public attention, exemplified by his notification of the national media that he was going to present a "landmark" study on toxic-shock syndrome at a semiannual meeting of the American Society for Clinical Pathology in 1982.[7]

Employment

Jones secured a position in the section of Gynecological & Breast Pathology at the U.S. Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, where he worked as a junior staff pathologist for 2 years. He left to accept one in a series of hospital-practice positions in general pathology, which included jobs in Washington, D.C.; Herrin, IL; Atlanta, GA; Nashville, TN; and Lee's Summit, MO. During this time, Jones also obtained training and certification in forensic pathology.[8]

Medical abuses

Sometime in the late 1990s, Jones conceived a plan to procure fetal body parts from human abortions, and sell them for commercial use using the internet as a conduit. His intended customers were indiscriminately chosen, and were defined as "anyone who has the money." Jones further considered opening his own abortion facility in Mexico to amplify the supply of fetal parts, likening the concept to "invention of the assembly line" [9] These activities came to the attention of the U.S. media, and ABC television did a clandestine investigation of Jones' activities which culminated in filmed interviews with him that appeared on the show "20/20" in 1999.[10]

As a consequence of that publicity, Jones was subpoenaed to appear before a U.S. Congressional committee on bioethics. He failed to comply, and was cited for contempt. However, subsequent assessment by federal attorneys showed that Dr. Jones had technically broken no existing U.S. laws [11]

His next and final enterprise was the mass-prescription of various medications—but principally of sildenafil [Viagra(R)]-- on the internet, on a site called NetDr.com.[12][13] The medical boards of several states analyzed the propriety and legality of that operation, and concluded that Jones was engaging in unprofessional practices.[14] The Washington Post ran a front-page article on his internet-prescribing operation;[15] he subsequently lost his license to practice medicine in over 20 states, and was eventually struck from the register of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.[16]

Next, Dr. Jones was investigated by the U.S. Treasury for failure to file income tax returns. He was found guilty of that charge in 2009 and was sentenced to 18 months incarceration at the Federal Medical Center, Rochester, MN.[17]

Release from prison and death

After Jones was released from prison, he could no longer practice medicine in any form. He died in Liberty, Missouri on February 9, 2013, 4 years to the day from his initial date of incarceration.[18]

References

  1. ^ U.S. Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration, Docket No. 03-51, Miles J. Jones, MD- Revocation of registration, August 11, 2003.
  2. ^ 106th US Congress, 2nd Session: House Report 106-527 Contempt of Congress- Miles J. Jones, MD, US Government Printing Office, 2000.
  3. ^ Rossomando, John. "No Federal Law Broken In Sale of Fetal Body Parts, US Attorney Says". CNS News. Retrieved 2013-09-03. 
  4. ^ Wood JF: Former liberty pathologist sentenced for failing to file income tax returns. News Release-Office of the U.S. Attorney, Western District of Missouri, February 6, 2009.
  5. ^ Gaffey TG: Information on former pathology residents at Mayo Clinic- personal communication with author.
  6. ^ Ibid.
  7. ^ The Bryan Times, Bryan Ohio, March 15, 1982; p. 10.
  8. ^ Nora F: Personal communication with author, 2013.
  9. ^ "Life Issues "Connector"". Lifeissues.org. Archived from the original on 2007-12-17. Retrieved 2013-09-03. 
  10. ^ Ibid.
  11. ^ Op cit. Reference 3
  12. ^ "Net Doctor | Dan Hanson |Miles J. Jones MD". Great Lakes Geek. 2006-11-07. Retrieved 2013-09-03. 
  13. ^ Jones MJ: Internet-based prescription of sildenafil: a 2104-patient series. J Med Internet Res -http://www.jmir.org/2001/1/e2
  14. ^ "Proscribing Online Prescribing". Reason.com. 2003-12-18. Retrieved 2013-09-04. 
  15. ^ Anonymous: Pharmaceutical Roulette, Washington Post, December 18, 2003, p. 1
  16. ^ Op cit. Reference 1
  17. ^ "BOP: FMC Rochester". Bop.gov. Retrieved 2013-09-03. 
  18. ^ "MILES JONES Jr. M.D. Obituary: View MILES JONES's Obituary by Kansas City Star". Legacy.com. 2013-02-09. Retrieved 2013-09-04. 
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