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3000 Medical Park Dr.
Suite 140
Tampa, FL  33613

Phone:  813-793-4272
Fax:  813-374-9495


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Charles E. Cox, M.D.

CEO, Breast Health CRISP (Clinical and Research Integrated Strategic Program)
McCann Foundation Endowed Professor of Breast Surgery

Biographical Sketch | Interests | Current Research | Major Publications

Education and Training
Doctor of Medicine, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
Intern, Duke University, Durham, NC
Residency, Duke University, Durham, NC
Board Certified, American Board of Surgery

Contact Information
Phone: (813) 793-4272 (ext. 202)
Fax: (813) 374-9495

Biographical Sketch

Charles Cox MDFollowing undergraduate and medical school training at the University of Utah, Dr. Charles Cox completed his surgical residency and two years of surgical oncology fellowship at Duke University.  He began his career at the University of South Florida in 1983.  The Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program at the University of South Florida was initiated in 1984 under his direction.  In 1986, he moved the program to the Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute at the University of South Florida.   

 He has been recognized within the local and national press and was honored by his colleagues as a doctor's doctor.   He is listed in Who's Who in America and sited in the Best Doctors in America, Southeast Region. In 1999 he was named as the Moffitt Cancer Center Physician of the Year.

He and his colleagues spearheaded the research and training in the technique for Lymphatic Mapping and Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy in breast cancer patients.  Along with the pathology colleagues, they developed the Intra-Operative Touch Preparation Cytology for the evaluation of surgical margins.  With these techniques, they have experienced high success rates in breast conservation and lymph node sparing.

Dr. Cox is the husband of 36 years to Bonnie Jean Cox, father of four. He was an exchange student to Chile and therefore bilingual in English and Spanish. He is a missionary, bishop and clergyman of the LDS faith. As a poet, author and scholar, he is a world traveler and is a mentor to international programs for breast care in South America, Eastern Europe and China.


 Cooking, furniture making, home repairs, remodeling, hunting and fishing.

Current Research


Major Publications

USF Breast News

Molecular subtyping of breast cancer may better identify women at high risk of disease recurrence. 
03/07/2014 Tampa, FL
A method called molecular subtyping can help doctors better determine which of their patients are at a high risk of getting breast cancer again...

USF Breast Health and Tampa Bay Breast Care Specialists have teamed up on a new Cryoablation Study 
05/17/2013 Tampa, FL
Cryoablation is a new technique that holds the promise of a breakthrough in the treatment of early stage breast cancer...

Florida Hospital and USF Health Form Partnership in Key Specialties to Expand Translational Medicine in Tampa bay
03/12/2012 Tampa, FL
Florida Hospital and USF Health have formed a strategic alliance, combining Adventist Health System's innovative approach to patient-centered care with the University of South Florida's leading research...

Charles E. Cox Recently Recognized by Srathmore's Who's Who Publication January, 2012, Westbury, N.Y.
Charles Cox, M.D., has recently been recognized as a Professional of the Year by Strathmore's Who's Who Registry  for his outstanding contributions and achievments in the field of Surgical Oncology...

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