Dr. Cox is Executive Vice Dean of Academics and Chair of Medical Education at the Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin. She is also the President of the Alliance for Clinical Education, previously was Interim Senior Associate Dean of the Dell Medical School helping to establish the foundation for the new school and the incoming dean.
Prior to joining UT Austin, Dr. Cox worked with the UT Southwestern Medical School for 23 years, most recently as UT Southwestern Regional Dean of Austin Programs. Prior to her appointment as Regional Dean, she served as the Associate Dean of Medical Education and the ACGME Designated Institutional Official. Her duties included oversight of the 94 ACGME approved residency and fellowship programs, administrative responsibility for the University's Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Public Education programs, Course Director of newly created UT Southwestern Academic Colleges, and oversight of the UT Southwestern/ Seton Austin Medical Education Programs.
Dr. Cox received her BS from West Texas State University (Canyon, TX) in 1975, her MA in Genetics and Cell Biology from University of Texas Medical Branch (Galveston, TX) in 1978 and an MD from Baylor College of Medicine (Houston, TX) in 1982. She completed postgraduate training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Baylor Medical Center (Houston, TX) in 1986 and Maternal and Fetal Medicine training at UT Southwestern Medical Center (Dallas, TX) in 1988. She is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as Maternal Fetal Medicine.
Dr. Cox's expanding interest in education has led to significant scholarly activities in pursuit of excellence in education. Notably, her involvement with the Association of Professors in Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO) and her participation in its Undergraduate Medical Education Committee (UMEC, 2001-2006) have resulted in a number of peer-reviewed journal articles and other media, primarily in areas such as establishing educational objectives, recruitment, clerkship director development, faculty development, developing clinical skills, dealing with difficult students, teaching techniques, and evaluation of students and programs. She is a past President of APGO, and a past member of the Council of Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology. In 2006 she was elected to the UT System Academy of Health Science Education and is also past President of the Academy. Most recently (2012) she received the UT System Board of Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award.