Melissa L Cox
- Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatrics - (Clinical Series Track)
Melissa Cox D.O. joined The University of Arizona in 2011 as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in Hospital Medicine. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from The University of Arizona, receiving a B.S. in Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering with a minor in Mechanical Engineering. She worked for one year in the field of Biomedical Engineering as a product engineer. Once realizing that her true passion was in the field of medicine with the desire to help and impact patients directly, she decided to pursue a career in medicine, specifically in the field of pediatrics. In 2008, she graduated from Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in California, receiving a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree, after which she attended general pediatrics residency at The University of Nevada, graduating in 2011.
Melissa Cox has a broad range of interests including pediatric hospital medicine, environmental health and research, adolescent medicine, preventative pediatrics, medical student and resident education, pre-medical student mentoring, and patient safety and quality.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, her 2 children, and family. She enjoys hiking, jogging, reading, and traveling.
- D.O. Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
- Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Vallejo, California, United States
- B.S. Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
- The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, United States
- Pharmacology Tutor for Student Services, Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine (2006 - 2007)
- Bioengineer/Mechanical Engineer, Sebra Engineering and Research Associates, Inc. Product Engineering Department (2003 - 2004)
Licensure & Certification
- Arizona Board of Osteopathic Examiners (2011)
- American Board of Pediatrics (2012)
environmental exposures, environmental health, preventative care
Pediatric Hospital Medicine, Adolescent Medicine
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- Loh, M. M., Loh, M. M., Sugeng, A., Sugeng, A., Lothrop, N. Z., Lothrop, N. Z., Klimecki, W., Klimecki, W., Cox, M. L., Cox, M. L., Wilkinson, S. T., Wilkinson, S. T., Lu, Z., Lu, Z., Beamer, P., & Beamer, P. (2015). Multimedia Exposures to Arsenic and Lead for Children Near an Inactive Mine Tailings and Smelter Site. Environmental Research. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2015.12.011More infoEnviron Res. 2016 Apr;146:331-9. doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2015.12.011. Epub 2016 Jan 21.Multimedia exposures to arsenic and lead for children near an inactive mine tailings and smelter site.Loh MM1, Sugeng A2, Lothrop N2, Klimecki W3, Cox M4, Wilkinson ST5, Lu Z6, Beamer PI2.Author information1Department of Community, Environment and Policy, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, University of Arizona, 1295 N. Martin Avenue, P.O. Box 245163, Tucson, AZ 85718, USA. Electronic address: firstname.lastname@example.orgDepartment of Community, Environment and Policy, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, University of Arizona, 1295 N. Martin Avenue, P.O. Box 245163, Tucson, AZ 85718, USA.3Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, College of Pharmacy, The University of Arizona, P.O. Box 210207, Tucson, AZ 85724, USA.4Hospital Medicine and Outreach, Department of Pediatrics, Diamond Children's Medical Center, The University of Arizona, 1501 N. Campbell Ave. Tucson, AZ 85724, USA.5Superfund Research Program, The University of Arizona, 1110 E. South Campus Dr., Tucson, AZ 85721, USA.6BIO5 Institute, The University of Arizona, 1657 E. Mabel St., Tucson, AZ 85721, USA.AbstractChildren living near contaminated mining waste areas may have high exposures to metals from the environment. This study investigates whether exposure to arsenic and lead is higher in children in a community near a legacy mine and smelter site in Arizona compared to children in other parts of the United States and the relationship of that exposure to the site. Arsenic and lead were measured in residential soil, house dust, tap water, urine, and toenail samples from 70 children in 34 households up to 7 miles from the site. Soil and house dust were sieved, digested, and analyzed via ICP-MS. Tap water and urine were analyzed without digestion, while toenails were washed, digested and analyzed. Blood lead was analyzed by an independent, certified laboratory. Spearman correlation coefficients were calculated between each environmental media and urine and toenails for arsenic and lead. Geometric mean arsenic (standard deviation) concentrations for each matrix were: 22.1 (2.59) ppm and 12.4 (2.27)ppm for soil and house dust (
- Beamer, P. I., Loh, M. M., Lothrop, N. Z., Sugeng, A. J., Wilkinson, S. T., Cox, M. L., & Klimecki, W. (2015, Spring). Linking Exposure & Translational Science: A Community-Engaged Project near a Legacy Mine.. NIEHS Environmental Health Sciences Core Centers Meeting. Tucson, AZ: NIEHS.More infoBeamer, P.I., Loh, M., Lothrop, N.**, Sugeng, A.**, Wilkinson, S.T., Cox, M., and W. Klimecki. Presented at in Tucson, AZPlease note: I was Co-Author, I was not present for this presentation.