Dr. Cox was born and raised in the downriver area of metro Detroit. He received his bachelor's degree with distinction from the University of Michigan. As an undergraduate, he spent time in the theater department, going for example from premed physics labs to movement labs for his acting classes. He performed in a dozen plays while in Ann Arbor and his first play as a playwright, "Sideshow," received its initial production at the U of M theater department.
After graduation, Dr. Cox attended graduate school at Wayne State University while working at the VA Hospital in Allen Park and later doing chemical research at BASF-Wyandotte. While there, his research group was awarded three patents for new methods of chlorine gas production. He then studied medicine at the University of Rome in Italy, working his way through school teaching English as a foreign language. During his time abroad, he met his wife, Linda in London.
Returning home to Michigan, he completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit and his fellowship in medical oncology at William Beaumont in Royal Oak.
Dr. Cox was in private practice in Port Huron from 1995 until 2013 before transitioning to an employed position in Petoskey at McLaren Northern Michigan Hematology Oncology in 2013. He is excited to be part of a community based cancer network associated with an NCI designated cancer center. Dr. Cox has maintained board certification in internal medicine as well as medical oncology and received his certificate in Lean Healthcare from the University of Michigan in December 2014. He would like to hear from others who are interested in applying lean concepts in oncology.
In the past few years, Dr. Cox has revived his thespian skills, participating in a summer Shakespeare festival, “Will on the Water” in St. Clair, Michigan 2010-2013 and most recently with the Armchair Theatre group in Charlevoix.
Dr. Cox and Linda appreciate the natural beauty of northern Michigan and readily partake of dishes from the “farm to table” movement that is exploding there.
He still has his private pilot license and hopes to fly to the annual MSHO meeting one day, although since it often is in northern Michigan and that is where he is lives, it now may just be quicker to drive.