James D. Cox, MD, Oral History Interview, January 3, 2013
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Major Topics Covered:
- Personal and educational background
- MD Anderson research culture
- Clinical trials: controversy over, ethical issues;
- The Radiation Oncology Group
- Radiation oncology at MD Anderson; the Division of Radiation Oncology
Chapter 01: Early Memories and a Visual Mind
Chapter 02: Clinical Research in MD Anderson Culture; The Radiation Therapy Oncology Group; and Specific Clinical Trials
Chapter 03: An Education Leading to Clinical Study
Chapter 04: Challenges of Clinical Trials: Informed Consent
Chapter 05: The Radiation Therapy Oncology Group
Chapter 06: Radiation Oncology at MD Anderson
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History of Science, Technology, and Medicine | Oncology | Oral History
Cox, James D. MD and Rosolowski, Tacey A. PhD, "James D. Cox, MD, Oral History Interview, January 3, 2013" (2013). Interview Sessions. 124.
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About the Interview Subject:
Radiation oncologist, James A. Cox (b. 16 July 1938, West Virginia) came to MD Anderson in 1988 to serve as Vice President of Patient Care and Physician-in-Chief (’88-’92). He is a Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology. Dr. Cox has been instrumental in advancing the design of clinical trials and in establishing many trials to demonstrate the effectiveness of radiation therapy in combination with chemotherapy and surgery. Through work conducted both at MD Anderson and with the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG), his research has focused on many types of cancer, including lung cancer, lymphomas, esophageal and prostate cancer. Since 1998, Dr. Cox has been active in developing proton therapy at MD Anderson and opening the Proton Therapy Center in 2006. He has since worked on trials to compare proton therapy with conventional radiation treatments. He is also demonstrating the effectiveness of this therapy in reducing patients’ side effects, tumor size, and survival. Dr. Cox served as Head of the Division of Radiation Oncology from 1995 to 2010.