Amy Cox is an advanced oncology certified Nurse Practitioner with 15 years experience in oncology nursing, 10 of those years dedicated to thoracic surgery. She is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society, and has presented at several national level conferences. She always wanted to be a nurse, but took a scenic route. After graduating from the United States Air Force Academy, she served on active duty for 9 years as a communications-electronics officer in a variety of assignments as diverse as Chief of Tactical Communications for a Ground Launched Cruise Missile Wing in Belgium, to Assistant Professor of Biology at the Air Force Academy in Colorado. She left active duty in 1992 and moved to Tennessee to attend Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. She graduated with a double major in adult acute and chronic care, and received the prestigious Julia Hereford Society Scholarship. She spent several years in critical care, then transitioned to Thoracic surgery / oncology. She worked closely with Dr Jonathan Nesbitt during his tenure at St Thomas Hospital, and now works for Tennessee Oncology, in their Lebanon and Gallatin clinics. Colonel Cox still serves in the Air Force Reserves as an Air Force Admissions Liaison Officer, and retires this summer after 30 years of service.