A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Dr. Joseph Cox attended Birmingham-Southern College where he majored in Biology and minored in Chemistry. After graduating Cum Laude with Honors with a Bachelor of Science, he went on to attend medical school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham followed by an Orthopaedic Residency at Wright State University in Dayton, OH. During his residency, he also did a year of research where he worked on both basic science and clinical orthopaedic studies. He completed a fellowship at the Texas Back Institute in Dallas, TX where he gained specialized training in the treatment of complex spinal pathology, minimally invasive surgical techniques, and total disc replacement. Dr. Cox has published several peer reviewed scientific articles on various orthopaedic topics, as well as a book chapter on Cervical Disc Arthroplasty. Additionally, he has spoken at national and international conferences on topics including sacroiliac joint pathology, cervical myelopathy, and the psychology of spine surgery.
Outside of work, Dr. Cox loves spending time with his family. He’s married with two young children and loves southern food and culture and being outside in the sun and water! With the recent move to the coast, Dr. Cox plans to improve his basic sailing skills that he picked up in college. He also enjoys playing the guitar, golfing, and fishing in his free time.
Education & Training
- Fellowship: Texas Back Institute, Plano, TX
- Residency: Wright State University, Dayton, OH
- Medical School: University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, Birmingham, AL
- Orthopaedic and Neurological Spine Surgery
- General Orthopaedics
- Ocean Springs Hospital, Ocean Springs, MS
- Singing River Hospital, Pascagoula, MS
- Merit Health, Biloxi, MS
- Singing River Gulfport, Gulfport, MS
- Memorial Hospital, Gulfport, MS
- Memorial Surgery Center at Cedar Lake, Biloxi, MS
- Bienville Surgery Center, East Lake, MS
- Memorial Surgery Center Gulf South, Gulfport, MS
- Stewart RL, Cox JT, Volgas D, Stannard, J, Duffy L, Waites KB, Chu TM. The use of a biodegradable, load-bearing scaffold as a carrier for antibiotics in an infected open fracture model. J Ortho Trauma 2010;24(9):592-597.
- Grannis K, Cox JT, Graham MA, Laughlin RT. Retained internal fixation as a cause for late prosthetic fitting problems in Ertl transtibial amputation: A case series. J Prosthet Orthot 2013;25(4):184-187.
- Cox JT, Gayton JC, Noyes MP, Gould GC, Markert RJ, Verwiebe EG, Prayson MJ. Biomechanical comparison of hybrid versus non-locking screw fixation for midshaft clavicle fractures. J Contemp Orthop Res 2014;1(1):14-25.
- Cox JT, Shorten PL, Gould GC, Markert RJ, Barnett MD, Laughlin RT. Knotted versus knotless suture bridge repair of the Achilles tendon insertion: a biomechanical study. Am J Sports Med 2014;42(11): 2727-2733.
- Bhandari M, Jeray KJ, Petrisor BA, Devereaux PJ, Heels-Ansdell D, Schemitsch EH, Anglen J, Della Rocca GJ, Jones C, Kreder H, Liew S, McKay P, Papp S, Sancheti P, Sprague S, Stone TB, Sun X, Tanner SL, Tornetta P 3rd, Tufescu T, Walter S, Guyatt GH and Flow Investigators (Participating Member – Cox J). A trial of wound irrigation in the initial management of open fracture wounds. N Engl J Med 2015;373(27):2629-41. PMID: 26448371
- Birmingham-Southern College, Interfraternity Council, President, 2005-2006
- University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, Surgery Interest Group, President, 2009-2010
- Wright State University Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, July 2012-2013
- American Journal of Sports Medicine, Reviewer, 2015
- American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery Resident, Assembly Delegate for Wright State University, Orthopaedic Surgery Residency, 2015-Present
- Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) Provider
- Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) Provider
Honors and Awards
- Ranked Top 3 Posters – Medical Student Research Day, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, October 2009
- First Place Podium Presentation – Medical Student Research Podium Presentation Competition, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, November 2009
- Finalist – Ohio Orthopaedic Society Resident Paper Contest, Ohio Orthopaedic Society, May 2014