Jada Bussey-Jones, MD
Dr. Bussey-Jones currently serves as the Chief of General Medicine and Geriatrics for Emory at Grady Memorial Hospital and the Director of Education for Emory’s Urban Health Initiative. She works collaboratively to improve access and quality of care for Grady’s patient population. Her leadership roles involve hospital-based, ambulatory, and community-based initiatives.
Area of Specialty: Internal Medicine
Dr. Bussey-Jones received her B.A. in biology and sociology and her M.D. from Emory University. She did her clinical training at the University of Maryland. She completed a research apprenticeship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where she worked on issues involving health care disparities. Additionally, she completed a fellowship in General Internal Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is currently a Professor of Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine with a strong interest in minority health and health care disparities.
Her academic work centers on interventions to mitigate health disparities and understand and address social determinants of health. She founded the Social Medicine Work Group in the Division of General Internal Medicine. This enthusiastic group of faculty members devotes itself to educational projects, research, and community service-related issues in caring for underserved populations. She is an active member on several community boards. In addition to her local work, Dr. Bussey-Jones is involved with several regional and national organizations, including serving as Chair of the National Disparities Education Task Force for the Society of General Internal Medicine where she led work on an award-winning curriculum and pre-course on disparities education and a national effort to develop and implement a "train-the-trainer" disparities curriculum. Her work has been recognized with several awards, including the 2005 American Business Women’s Association Award for Community Service, the Georgia American College of Physicians Community Service Award (2007), Emory‘s Nanette Wenger Service Award (2009) and Dean’s Teaching Award (2013), and the Society of General Internal Medicine National Award for Mentorship in Education (2014).
I specialize in Internal Medicine. I am a primary care physician. I chose a care where I could follow patients over long periods of time. I want to help the patients and their families manage and treat their chronic conditions, address new or acute issues when they arise, as well as coordinate their care with other specialists, care providers, and social and community support when needed.
I often tell the story that my experiences in a rural Georgia town, where a railroad track served as both a physical and metaphorical divide between races, provided the passion that drives much of my work to improve physician-patient communication and minimize disparities in health care. I have fond memories of my grandparents, a diligent couple with only a grade school education raising their nine children in a two-room house in that town. It is, in part, their legacy and that clear symbolic partition that drives much of my work.
Clinically, I feel fortunate to care for a group of patients that are largely underserved, indigent, and minority – a group with whom I strongly identify. Similarly, my research and educational objectives have been around interventions to instruct learners in the care for diverse populations, teaching clinicians how to communicate effectively with individual patients from varied backgrounds, facilitating physician activism in local communities, and providing ways for physicians to work together to promote broader social changes that can affect health.Grady provides unparalleled opportunities to do this work. I can’t imagine being anywhere else…
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Department of Internal Medicine
Primary Care Center