DR. FOX – PHYSICIAN

DR. FOX – PHYSICIAN

Dr. Fox graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School in 1975 where he was awarded the Outstanding Student Achievement Award for laboratory research he did while in medical school in the area of pulmonary oxygen toxicity.

He then completed a three year post-graduate residency in Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis while also continuing his laboratory research.

He then completed a three year fellowship in the subspecialty of Pediatric Pulmonology (lung disease in children) at the University of Colorado and the Webb-Waring Lung Institute, continuing his research on mechanisms of oxidant and inflammatory lung injury.

After one year as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado, Dr. Fox was offered a position as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Harvard Medical School and the Boston Children’s Hospital where he treated patients and continued his research studies.

After four years at Harvard, Dr. Fox was recruited to the Minneapolis Children’s Hospital to launch a new program in Pediatric Critical Care and Pediatric Pulmonology there.

After three years at the Minneapolis Children’s Hospital, in 1989 Dr. Fox relocated to San Jose California, at the time the eleventh largest city in the United States and the only one of the fifty largest cities in the United States with no children’s hospital, to explore the possibility of developing a children’s hospital there.

In San Jose Dr. Fox opened a children’s critical care and pulmonary practice, providing services, often life-saving, not previously available in San Jose.  In some cases, those services were not available anywhere in Northern California because Dr. Fox was the only doctor in Northern California who was board-certified in both Pediatric Critical Care Medicine and Pediatric Pulmonology. By 1999, Dr. Fox’s unique skills were also frequently sought for the care of adults with critical illnesses and lung diseases. He treated patients with critical illnesses from newborns to age 100.

Dr. Fox also organized a non-profit group to raise money and awareness of the lack of advanced pediatric facilities in San Jose. From this grew a number of outpatient programs including a children’s urgent care center, two school-based clinics in high schools in East San Jose, a mobile medical van, and a school-based program for pregnancy prevention.  Unfortunately, the severe economic recession of 2008 made fundraising difficult, leading to the closure of most of these programs, although the urgent care clinic has continued. Dr. Fox has donated all the time that he has worked on these activities.

Presently, Dr. Fox no longer practices intensive care medicine but continues to see children at his office on weekends for urgent care and chronic lung diseases, such as asthma. In his practice, childhood asthma is not merely controlled but cured in almost all cases if identified and properly treated early enough. His position is that there should be no school-aged children with asthma, taking asthma medicines with them to school. They should all be cured by the time they start school, or sooner.