Dr. Bussey-Jones received her B.A. in biology and sociology and later her M.D. from Emory University. She did her clinical training at the University of Maryland. She has completed a research apprenticeship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where she also worked on issues in health care disparities. Additionally, she completed a fellowship in General Internal Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine with a strong interest in minority health and health care disparities.
Her primary research interests focus on the role of doctor- patient communication on health care disparities. She has obtained funding and completed projects evaluating the effectiveness of an educational intervention in improving cultural knowledge and skills. She also participated in a multi-center study examining the impact of cultural competence training on patient perceptions, trust, and clinical outcomes. More recently, she is involved in a project evaluating minority patient views on genetic research. This effort is part of a broader research agenda to determine whether improved health outcomes, decreased racial disparities, improved patient/physician satisfaction and improved patient compliance are measurable results of the application of this knowledge.
Dr. Bussey-Jones currently serves as the Director of the Primary Care Center at Grady Memorial Hospital. She has helped to transform the care and practice model to improve access and care given to a largely minority and indigent patient population. She maintains a small but active continuity practice in this setting as well.
Her educational focus is improving cross-cultural communication and skills to minimize health disparities and improve minority health care. She is currently leading the Society of General Internal Medicine's national effort to develop and implement a "train the trainer" disparities curriculum. She was voted the Faculty teacher of the Year at Mercy Hospital in Baltimore Maryland and has received an Innovation in Teaching Award at Emory, for her work in the Cross-Cultural Medicine Curriculum. She is the course director for the housestaff Cross-Cultural Medicine curriculum. Additionally, she serves as teaches on culture and ethics in the 3rd year of the larger Ethics curriculum. She also served as faculty for the 2nd year cultural workshop elective. She has been invited to speak locally and nationally on issues of disparities, culture, and minority health. Additionally, she was selected as a Health Disparities Clinical Scholar, a position funded by HRSA to educate and facilitate training of health providers and systems in minimizing health disparities. Finally, she is the Chair of the Resident Evaluation Committee.
In addition to her work as Medical Director, she is involved with several regional and national committees and organizational work including Society of General Internal Medicine 2007 Co-Chair Disparities task force, 2007 Nomination Committee, 2005 National Program Committee member; Chairperson, Clinical Updates 2004 National Meeting; Task force on Health Disparities; Education Committee; Resident Education Task force – cultural competence curricula evaluation 2004; Workshop Review Committee – Disparities in Health/ Special Populations; Workshop Review Committee – Medical Education; SGIM Southern Region Annual Meeting Program Chair, 2006-2007; Session Moderator, 2006. She as also served locally as the Chair of Grady Hospital Advisory Committee as well as memberships and work on several other committees and task forces.
Finally, she has served as a mentor to several trainees, students and has participated in the 2006 Society of General Medicine Group Mentoring as a Program Mentor. She works with church and community groups as an advocate an educator and has won the 2007 American College of Physicians Georgia Service Award and the DeBouch Chapter or American Business Women’s Association 2006 Associate Award for service.
Kripilani S, Bussey-Jones J, Katz M, Genao I. A Prescription for Cross-Cultural Education. Journal of General Internal Medicine. Vol. 21(10). October 2006. p1116.
Smith WR, Betancourt JR, Wynia MK, Bussey-Jones JC, Stone VE, Phillips CO, Fernandez A, Jacobs E, Bowles J. Guidelines for Teaching about Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health and Health Care. Accepted. Annals Internal Medicine.
Bussey-Jones J, Bernstein L, Higgins S, Malebranche D, Paranjape A, Genoa I, Lee B, Branch W. Repaving the Road to Academic Success:An Alternative Approach to Mentoring. Vol. 81(7). July 2006
Bussey-Jones J, Genao I, St. George DM, Corbie-Smith, G. The Meaning of Race: Use of Race in the Clinical Setting. Journal Clinical and Laboratory Medicine. Vol 146, 10/2005. Pp 205-209.
Bussey-Jones J, Genao I, St. George DM, Corbie-Smith, G. Knowledge of Cross-Cultural Issues Among Third Year Medical Students. JNMA. Vol. 97(9), 9/05.
Bussey-Jones J, Genao I. Case Report: The Impact of Culture on Health Care. Journal National Medical Association. Vol. 95(8), 8/03.
Genao I, Bussey-Jones J, Brady D, Branch W, Corbie-Smith G. Building the Case for Cultural Competence. American Journal of Medical Sciences Vol 326(3), 9/03.
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