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Larry Jones with Dr. Cris Anderson

June 28, 2012

SIU Med Students Honor Alumnus as Mentor of the Year

Family medicine physician Dr. Larry Jones was chosen as Mentor of the Year by first-year medical students at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. Jones was honored for his work as a volunteer mentor to the students during their first year in Carbondale.

The student nomination for Jones said, “Numerous patients that I have seen with him tell me that I am learning from the best, and I wholeheartedly believe them. He is a role model for how to be a family physician. He knows his patients well and is always there for them as an advisor, friend, and source of information. He and the other physicians of his practice opened their doors to the entire city of Harrisburg after the tornado, showing not just their commitment to their patients but to their community. Dr. Jones and the practice he has helped create gives me an example to strive for as I continue my medical education.”

Jones, a 1976 alumnus of the medical school, is a founding physician of Primary Care Group in Harrisburg, Ill. He has received numerous awards for his teaching and patient care, including Family Physician of the Year from the Illinois Academy of Family Physician (2011), Rural Practitioner of the Year (2010), the Alumni Achievement Award from SIU College of Science (2010) and the SIU School of Medicine Distinguished Alumni Award (2002). A resident of Harrisburg, Jones and his wife, Janet, have two sons and a daughter. 

He is a board-certified family physician and a volunteer assistant professor at SIU School of Medicine. Jones completed a family residency at Union Hospital in Terre Haute, Ind. (1979). He received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Southern Illinois University Carbondale (1973).

SIU School of Medicine provides the clinical mentor program for its first-year students in Carbondale. The last school year, 69 area physicians served as mentors. The freshman class of 2015 nominated nine physician mentors for the honor.

Established in 1970, SIU School of Medicine is based in Carbondale and Springfield. The School’s mission is to assist the people of central and southern Illinois in meeting their health care needs through education, service, research and community service. The medical school is specifically oriented to educating new physicians prepared to practice in Illinois communities. Since 1975, 2,472 physicians have earned SIU medical degrees. The school’s Web site is