Laura Jones, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

I am a medical anthropologist studying communication and teambuilding among human primates, specifically operating room staff. Because social rank is so clearly defined in biomedicine and because the risks/rewards of surgery are so great, this is an optimal environment for studying conflict and conflict resolution. Prior to this fellowship, I held another in the Department of Surgery in the School of Medicine. I spent two years studying culture change in an intensive care unit.

In graduate school at Rice University, I explored the paradoxical convergence of evolutionary medicine and the medicalization of the body advocated by some proponents of cycle-stopping contraception.

Selected Publications

Jones, Laura. (2014). The Anthropology of Emory and Ebola: Emory Healthcare Thinks Outside Its "Concrete Box." Medical Humanities. BMJ Blog.
Jones, L., Franklin, A., Kannampallil, T., and Buchman, T. G. (2013). The effects of structuring rounds on clinical efficiency. In V. L. Patel, D. R. Kaufman, & T. Cohen (Eds.), Cognitive informatics in health and biomedicine: Case studies on critical care, complexity and errors. Springer: In Press.
Jones, L. (2011). Anthropological fantasies in the debate over cycle-stopping contraception. Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 40, 127-148.
Kannampallil, T., Jones, L., Buchman, T., & Franklin, A. (2011). Last patients finish last: End of round time compression during CT ICU clinical rounds. Critical Care Medicine, 39, 176. doi:10.1097/01.ccm.0000408627.24229.88

Last updated: Sep 19, 2013