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J. Thomas Cox, MD

Director, Women’s Clinic Student Health Services — University of California, Santa Barbara

J. Thomas Cox, MD is the former Director of the Gynecology and Colposcopy Clinic, Health Services, University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), and Past Executive Medical Director of the National HPV and Cervical Cancer Prevention Resource Center, a part of the American Social Health Association. He graduated from the University of Oregon in 1968 and from Baylor College of Medicine in 1972. Following a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in San Francisco, he practiced obstetrics and gynecology in Marin County, California. Since the mid-1970s his main interest has been in colposcopy and lower genital tract disease. Dr. Cox published two of the earliest studies on the clinical utility of testing for HPV and has wide experience with HPV testing in a variety of clinical settings. Dr. Cox has been active in the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (ASCCP) since 1989, and is on the Board of Directors. As Chair of the ASCCP Practice Committee from 1994 to 2000, he was responsible for leading the Committee in writing the first ASCCP Guidelines for management of Pap abnormalities. Dr. Cox is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Lower Genital Tract Disease, and co-author of the colposcopy textbook Modern Colposcopy Textbook and Atlas, Second Edition. He has authored eleven textbook chapters and dozens of articles on the subject of HPV and Pap management. From 1999-2001 he served as Chair of the Steering Committee for the National Cancer Institute's ASCUS/LSIL Triage Study, otherwise known as ALTS. From 2000-2002 he served as the clinical advisor to the NCI Costa Rica HPV Vaccine Trial and is presently on the Data and Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) for the Quadiravalent HPV Vaccine Trials. He is the clinical advisor for cervical cancer screening for the Bureau of Primary Health Care, a division of the United States Department of Health & Human Services. He was on the American Cancer Society's (ACS) Cervical Screening Guidelines Committee, and is presently serving on the ACS HPV Vaccine Advisory Group, the ACS Gynecologic Cancer Advisory Board, and the ACS HPV Vaccine Policy Review Group. In April 2003 he was awarded the European Research Organization in Genital Neoplasia (EUROGIN) Recognition and Distinguished Service Award. He was the 2009 President of the ASCCP.

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