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USF Breast Health
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

SAVI Scout Breast Surgical Guidance System Presentation Receives Scientific Impact Award. 
05/17/2016 Tampa, FL
SAVI Scout, available since 2015, is a breast lesion localization tool that uses micro-impulse radar to localize and direct the removal of non-palpable breast lesions. The technology was quickly adopted by breast cancer physicians and is now available in more than 50 medical centers across the country...