Dr. Deryk Jones, Class of 1982
Since entering Maclay in the 6th grade, Deryk Jones proved himself to be a successful leader, scholar, and athlete. Academically, Deryk was named as a prestigious National Merit Scholar and his leadership skills were displayed through his memberships in the National Honor Society, the Key Club, and through being elected by his peers as treasurer of the senior class. Outside the classroom, Deryk was also a four-year letter winner for the soccer team, played two years of varsity basketball, and ran track one season for the Marauders. Though he overcame many adversities in dealing with sports injuries during high school, it was those experiences he endured that led to his interest in a career in orthopaedic surgery.After graduating from Maclay, Deryk went on to attend Emory University where he received his Bachelor Degrees in Science and Philosophy while playing soccer for the Eagles. He then received his Doctorate of Medicine from Stanford University School of Medicine and completed an internship at the Brigham and Women's Hospital. Later, Dr. Jones completed his residency training in orthopaedic surgery at the Harvard Combined program and then was selected as Chief Resident at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He received fellowship training in Sports Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and, at completion of his training, he joined the staff at Tulane University School of Medicine.Today, Maclay alum Dr. Deryk Jones is ranked in the top 1% in the field of Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Surgery by U.S. News and World Report. Clinically, he sub-specializes in sports medicine and cartilage regeneration treating pathologic conditions of the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, and ankle. He is the Section Head of Sports Medicine and Cartilage Restoration at the Ochsner Sports Medicine Institute, a program that he created in 2004. The program now provides sports medicine coverage for numerous college and high school teams throughout New Orleans, the surrounding parishes and the Gulfsouth. He is also the head team physician for the New Orleans Saints NFL team and team physician for the New Orleans Pelicans NBA team.
Over his career, Deryk has published many articles in prestigious journals and books and continues to work and do research as a member of the teaching faculty at Tulane University School of Medicine. He also has a full Professorship at the University of Queensland School of Medicine as well. His cutting edge research has allowed him to be involved in national policy decisions regarding sports medicine while he serves as a state representative for the Council of Delegates in American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine.
Deryk recalls many of his Maclay teachers as having a big impact on his life including Bill Jablon and Coach Bruce Irvin who really took the time to understand him as a student-athlete. One of his fondest memories is from his freshman year when he was playing for the varsity soccer team and scored the winning goal to defeat a strong Jacksonville Country Day rival 1-0. In the 1982 yearbook, his senior profile reads, “Deryk claims Maclay is a tough school, but he should be ready to meet the future challenges in life. He is one senior who will be hard to forget.”
Dr. Deryk Jones is married to his wife Tina Wilusz and resides in New Orleans; they have three children, Meshya, Cameryn, and Deryk and two grandsons, James and Jackson.