Dr. Cox is a medical graduate of the University of Cape Town in South Africa, where he commenced his training in paediatrics before changing his career path to Anaesthesia. His anaesthesia training was completed in the United Kingdom in 1985. He commenced a Fellowship in Paediatric Critical Care at The Hospital for Sick Children in July 1987, returning to the United Kingdom to receive further training at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London. Dr. Cox was appointed as a Staff Physician in the Department of Critical Care Medicine at The Hospital for Sick Children in 1989, and was recognized as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 1990. Since 1996, he has been Clinical Director of the Paediatric Critical Care Unit in the Department of Critical Care Medicine. As Program Director of Paediatric Critical Care Medicine, Dr. Cox successfully guided the program through its first formal and subsequent accreditations from the Royal!
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He is currently on the Critical Care Medicine Examination Committee of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons.
In addition to his clinical responsibilities, he has research interests which focus primarily on pulmonary physiology, quality maintenance and nosocomial infection in critically ill patients. Respiratory physiology focuses have been centered on developing strategies aimed at minimizing ventilatory induced lung. Together with members of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Toronto, he holds a NSERC grant to study methods of improving surfactant functions in a lung injury model. He is regularly an invited speaker to universities and hospitals on both a national and international level.
In addition to the above, Dr. Cox is Past President of the Medical Staff Association and President of the Paediatric Specialties Association at the Hospital for Sick Children.