COL E. Darrin Cox, MD, U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases

Commander, U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), USA

Colonel E. Darrin Cox previously served as the Deputy Medical Corps Chief, OTSG.

COL Cox was born in Buffalo, NY; he considers Texas his home state. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Washington University (1987), a Doctor of Medicine from Thomas Jefferson University (1996), and a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies (Distinguished Graduate) from the U.S. Army War College (2016).
COL Cox was first commissioned a 2LT in 1992 under the Health Professions Scholarship Program and entered active duty in 1996 as a CPT in the Medical Corps. COL Cox completed his general surgery residency and thoracic surgery fellowship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. He is board certified in both general and thoracic surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Chest Physicians. COL Cox holds academic appointments as Assistant Professor of Surgery at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (Bethesda, MD) and Clinical Assistant Professor at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (El Paso, TX). He is a recipient of the prestigious Surgeon General’s “A” proficiency designator for thoracic surgery.

COL Cox’s previous assignments include: Deputy Commanding Officer, William Beaumont Army Medical Center; Commander, Bavaria Medical Activity; Chair, Department of Surgery, William Beaumont Army Medical Center; Deputy Commander for Clinical Services, 31st Combat Support Hospital; Commander, 745th Forward Surgical Team; Chief, Thoracic Surgery, Walter Reed Army Medical Center; Chief, Thoracic Surgery, 10th Combat Support Hospital; and Chief, Performance Improvement and Attending Thoracic Surgeon, Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He also completed a 4-year term as the Consultant to The Surgeon General for Thoracic Surgery.

COL Cox’s deployments include 3 combat tours totaling more than 37 months—two tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and one tour in support of Operation Enduring Freedom—as well as an operational tour supporting Joint Task Force-Bravo, Honduras. He has also served overseas in Germany.

COL Cox’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal (3 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (6 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (1 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (1 OLC), Meritorious Unit Commendation (2 OLC), Army Superior Unit Award (2 OLC), and the NATO Medal. He has been awarded the Combat Medical Badge. COL Cox is a member of the Order of Military Medical Merit.