Christopher Ethan Cox, MD

Professor of Medicine
Campus mail Dept of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Crit, Durham, NC 27710
Phone (919) 681-7232
Email address christopher.cox@duke.edu

My work is conducted as a clinician, researcher, teacher, and administrator at Duke University.  Currently, I am an Associate Professor of Medicine, the director of Duke’s Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU), and the Director of the Duke Program to Support People and Enhance Recovery (ProSPER).  My clinical work is based in ICUs at Duke University, though I am also a board-certified palliative medicine specialist.

My research focuses on understanding and improving the experience of critical illness and quality of care for patients, their families and loved ones, clinicians, and society in general.  To do this, my work addresses topics and methodologies including health services research, behavioral and psychological concerns, communication improvement, technological development, and decision making support—all in the context of critical care and palliative medicine.  My extensive training in clinical and health services research methodology and healthcare information technology allows me to do this. 

Key interests:  Critical care, healthcare information technology, health administration and policy, decision making, health economics, mechanical ventilation, palliative care, chronic critical illness / prolonged mechanical ventilation, critical care echocardiography

Education and Training

  • Fellow in Pulmonary Medicine, Medicine, Duke University, 2002 - 2005
  • Medical Resident, Medicine, New York University, 1997 - 2000
  • M.D., Medical University of South Carolina, School of Medicine, 1997

Publications

Cox, Christopher E., Deepshikha Charan Ashana, Nita Khandelwal, Arif H. Kamal, and Ruth A. Engelberg. “Improving Outcomes Measurement in Palliative Care: The Lasting Impact of Randy Curtis and his Collaborators.” J Pain Symptom Manage 63, no. 6 (June 2022): e579–86. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2022.03.012.

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Wendlandt, Blair, Agathe Ceppe, Bradley N. Gaynes, Christopher E. Cox, Laura C. Hanson, Judith E. Nelson, and Shannon S. Carson. “Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptom Clusters in Surrogate Decision Makers of Patients Experiencing Chronic Critical Illness.” Crit Care Explor 4, no. 3 (March 2022): e0647. https://doi.org/10.1097/CCE.0000000000000647.

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35261980
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Cox, Christopher E., Deepshikha Charan Ashana, Krista L. Haines, David Casarett, Maren K. Olsen, Alice Parish, Yasmin Ali O’Keefe, et al. “Assessment of Clinical Palliative Care Trigger Status vs Actual Needs Among Critically Ill Patients and Their Family Members.” Jama Netw Open 5, no. 1 (January 4, 2022): e2144093. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.44093.

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Boezeman, Edwin J., José G. M. Hofhuis, Christopher E. Cox, Reinout E. de Vries, and Peter E. Spronk. “SICQ Coping and the Health-Related Quality of Life and Recovery of Critically Ill ICU Patients: A Prospective Cohort Study.” Chest 161, no. 1 (January 2022): 130–39. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chest.2021.06.033.

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34181955
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Cross, Sarah H., David M. Anderson, Christopher E. Cox, Suresh Agarwal, and Krista L. Haines. “Trends in Location of Death Among Older Adult Americans After Falls.” Gerontol Geriatr Med 8 (January 2022): 23337214221098896. https://doi.org/10.1177/23337214221098897.

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Jones, Rayleen C., Claire J. Creutzfeldt, Christopher E. Cox, Krista L. Haines, Catherine L. Hough, Monica S. Vavilala, Theresa Williamson, et al. “Racial and Ethnic Differences in Health Care Utilization Following Severe Acute Brain Injury in the United States.” In J Intensive Care Med, 36:1258–63, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1177/0885066620945911.

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Wendlandt, Blair, Agathe Ceppe, Christopher E. Cox, Laura C. Hanson, Judith E. Nelson, and Shannon S. Carson. “The Association between Patient Health Status and Surrogate Decision Maker Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms in Chronic Critical Illness.” Ann Am Thorac Soc 18, no. 11 (November 2021): 1868–75. https://doi.org/10.1513/AnnalsATS.202010-1300OC.

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Aslakson, Rebecca A., Christopher E. Cox, Judith G. Baggs, and J Randall Curtis. “Palliative and End-of-Life Care: Prioritizing Compassion Within the ICU and Beyond.” Crit Care Med 49, no. 10 (October 1, 2021): 1626–37. https://doi.org/10.1097/CCM.0000000000005208.

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Lichtenthal, Wendy G., Martin Viola, Madeline Rogers, Kailey E. Roberts, Lindsay Lief, Christopher E. Cox, Chris R. Brewin, et al. “Development and preliminary evaluation of EMPOWER for surrogate decision-makers of critically ill patients.” Palliat Support Care, July 8, 2021, 1–11. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1478951521000626.

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Mancheril, Benjamin, Bridgette Kram, Jennifer Schultheis, Shawn Kram, Morgan Trammel, Beiyu Liu, Weston Jordan, and Christopher E. Cox. “Impact of a Real-Time, Pharmacist-Led, Intensive Care Unit-Based Feedback Intervention on Analgesia and Sedation Quality Among Mechanically Ventilated Patients.” J Nurs Care Qual 36, no. 3 (July 2021): 242–48. https://doi.org/10.1097/NCQ.0000000000000527.

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