Patricia M Jones is the Clinical Director of the Chemistry and Metabolic Disease Labs at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, TX, and a Professor of Pathology at UT Southwestern Medical Center.   Her PhD is in Molecular Biology with a minor in Biochemistry, received from Texas Woman’s University, Denton,TX in 1986.  She did her clinical chemistry training as a Fellow at UT Southwestern Medical Center and was board certified in clinical chemistry by the American Board of Clinical Chemistry in 1992.

Dr. Jones is on the faculty of the COMACC-accredited Clinical Chemistry Fellowship program and ACGME- accredited Pediatric Pathology Fellowship and medical genetic fellowship programs at UT Southwestern.  Her duties include instructing pathology residents and various fellows in aspects of clinical chemistry and metabolic disease testing, and acting as a clinical consultant at the Dallas County hospital (Parkland) and the university hospital system.   Her research interests lie in the field of inborn errors of metabolism, especially disorders of fatty acid metabolism.  

Patti has been an active member of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) since 1986, serving in numerous capacities and on various committees for that association.  She served on the board of directors from 2011 - 2013 and as AACC President in 2016.  She has also served as President of the National Academy of Clinical Biochemists (NACB) in 2014. 


Graduate School
Texas Woman's University (1986)

Research Interest

  • fatty acid oxidation disorders
  • pediatric reference interval studies


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Comparison of Sampson and extended Martin/Hopkins methods of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol calculations with direct measurement in pediatric patients with hypertriglyceridemia.
Islam SMT, Muthukumar AR, Jones PM, Hashim I, Cao J, Lab Med 2023 May
Utility of Commercially Available Quantitative hCG Immunoassays as Tumor Markers in Trophoblastic and Non-Trophoblastic Disease.
Franks CE, Li J, Martinez M, Farnsworth CW, Jones PM, Grenache DG, Meng QH, Gronowski AM, Clin Chem 2023 May
An infant with profound anemia: A vitamin deficiency masquerading as an inborn error of metabolism.
Morrison M, Cao J, Jones PM, Clin Chim Acta 2023 Apr 544 117361
It's VALID, but Is It Rational?
Jones PM, Dietzen DJ, Hoofnagle AN, Lockwood CM, Wiley CL, Konnick EQ, J Appl Lab Med 2022 Sep
Current State of Pediatric Reference Intervals and the Importance of Correctly Describing the Biochemistry of Child Development: A Review.
Lyle AN, Pokuah F, Dietzen DJ, Wong ECC, Pyle-Eilola AL, Fuqua JS, Woodworth A, Jones PM, Akinbami LJ, Garibaldi LR, Vesper HW, JAMA Pediatr 2022 Apr
Urine Organic Analysis: Key Diagnostic Test for Fumaric Aciduria in a Sri Lankan Child.
Jasinge E, Fernando M, Indika NR, Trunzo R, Schröder S, Vidanapathirana DM, Jones PM, Jayasena S, Gunarathne AV, Ratnayake P, Lab Med 2021 Oct
Poor Humoral Response in Solid Organ Transplant Recipients following Complete mRNA SARS-CoV-2 Vaccination.
Cao J, Liu X, Muthukumar A, Gagan J, Jones P, Zu Y, Clin Chem 2021 Aug


Featured Books Legend Featured Books

Pediatric Clinical Biochemistry: Why is it different?. In Biochemical and Molecular Basis of Pediatric Disease, 4th Ed.

Dietzen DJ, Bennett MJ, Wong ECC, eds. (2010). Washington, DC, AACC Press

3-Hydroxy-fatty acid analysis by gass chromatography-mass spectrometry. In Clinical Applications of Mass Spectrometry: Methods and Protocols

Garg U, Hammett-Stabler C, eds. (2010). New York, Humana Press

Disorders of the carnitine cycle and mitochondrial fatty acid oxidation. In Laboratory Diagnosis of Inherited Metabolic Diseases

Jones, PM, Bennett MJ. (2012). Washington DC, AACC Press

Sample Handling and Processing.. In Tietz Textbook of Clinical Chemistry and Molecular Diagnostics, 6th ed.

Haverstick D, Jones PM. (2018). St. Louis, Elsevier

Honors & Awards

  • Outstanding Contributions through Service to the Profession of Clinical Chemistry
    Acknowledges and honors years of service to the profession and my professional association, AACC. (2023)
  • Past President's Award
    Award presented for being President of AACC (2017)
  • ACB Trans-Atlantic Lectureship Award
    award for a lecture given in England (2016)
  • Miriam Reiner Award for Contributions to Clinical Chemistry
  • Outstanding Speaker Award
    Presentations at a review course (2013)
  • Society for Young Clinical Laboratorians, February Mentor of the Month
    chosen for mentoring new members of the profession (2010)
  • Outstanding Contributions to Pediatric Clinical Chemistry
    for service to the Pediatric and Maternal-Fetal Division of the AACC and the profession of pediatric clinical lab medicine (2009)
  • Outstanding Speaker Award
    given for excellent speaker ratings at presentations (2008)
  • Outstanding Speaker Award
    from AACC for a presentation (2002)
  • Distinguished Teacher Award
    Southwestern Allied Health Sciences School for teaching, chosen by students (1998)
  • Young Investigator Award
    from AACC for research (1986)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists (2019)
  • Academy of the AACC (1997)
  • American Association for Clinical Chemistry (1986)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (1984)
  • American Society of Clinical Laboratory Science (1996)
  • Association of Clinical Biochemists (1999-2019)