"The Past, Present and Future of Interventional Therapy for Atrial Fibrillation" presented by James L. Cox, M.D.
Dr. James Lewis Cox is the Evarts A. Graham Professor of Surgery Emeritus, Chief of Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery Emeritus at the Washington University School of Medicine, Barnes - Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. He is also the Chairman and CEO of The World Heart Foundation in Washington, D.C.
He received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee in 1967. Afterwards he went to Duke University School of Medicine where he spent 11 years in surgical training then he became a faculty member for five years. He is a Fellow of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, American Heart Association, Cardiac Surgery Biology Club (founding member) and Society of Thoracic Surgeons. He was the Medical Director for the ATS Medical division of Medtronic until 2010. Throughout his career, he has given more than 126 scientific presentations, 101 visiting professorships and named lectureships and 381 invited lectures. He has published more than 350 scientific papers and book chapters along with over 110 scientific abstracts.
Dr. Cox is a cardiothoracic surgeon best known for the development of the Cox Maze Procedure for treatment of atrial fibrillation. His development of the Maze procedure in 1987 was recognized as the first cure for atrial fibrillation. In over 40 operating cases, he was an invited operating surgeon.
He was the recipient of Distinguished Scientist Award in 1996 by the North American Society of Pacing and Electrophysiology (now known as the Heart Rhythm Society). He was honored for developing surgical treatments for cardiac arrhythmias and recognized for making an outstanding contribution to the field. Dr. Cox was in the U.S. Army Medical Corps in which he received a special commendation from General George S. Patton, III for services performed. He also got an early promotion to Field-Grade Officer (Major) for services performed plus he was honorary inducted into U.S. Army Tanker Organization for services performed.
He was designated as one of only 29 "Pioneers in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - First 50 Years of the Specialty" at Hô\;pital Europé\;en Georges-Pompidou at University of Paris, France. He also was the second American Heart Surgeon honored to be elected as Honorary Member of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences by a unanimous election in 2005.
Dr. Cox is the Physician Ambassador of the Year for the Global Atrial Fibrillation Alliance.
Sponsored by the Department of Cardiac Surgery, Department of Thoracic Surgery and Department of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery