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Cox, George, MD 

Cox, George
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About

Department: Internal Medicine
Department Title: Attending

Awards:

  • 8 Patients’ Choice Awards from Vitals.com -- Only doctors who have received top scores by their patients and pass other quality measures are awarded the Patients’ Choice Award.
  • 1 Compassionate Doctor Award from Vitals.com 
  • 4 On-Time Doctor Awards from Vitals.com 

We want to recognize our longest working physician, George Cox, MD, who has been serving this community for 54 years. He is currently a primary care physician in the Bon Secours Medical Group, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network. Dr. Cox specializes in internal medicine and has made a great impact on people’s lives. 

After graduating from NYU Medical School, he thought he wanted to be an obstetrician but soon realized he did not like surgery and chose to practice family medicine.

Besides helping so many patients and families over the years, Dr. Cox also fought for our country. Dr. Cox is a veteran and was in the Navy for two years before starting his career.

After serving, he worked as the Chief Resident at NYU but then got an offer to work for Yale. There, he studied gastroenterology and was promoted to head of his unit. While he was at Yale, he met a woman working in the Radiology Department. That woman was Joan, who he took out on a date and three months later, she became his fiancé. Dr. Cox is originally from Suffern and he and Joan decided to move back to his childhood home, where they raised four daughters.

“I have three families. I have my regular family, my church family, and my patient family,” said Dr. Cox.

Dr. Cox started his practice in Suffern working with patients at nursing homes. He also became the Medical Director of United Hospice of Rockland for many years. Later, he came to work at Good Samaritan Hospital. People who know Dr. Cox have so much respect for the way he has contributed to the hospital. Throughout his years at Good Samaritan Hospital, he has been the chairperson of Utilization, and the chairperson of The Medical Executive Committee. He has always tried to contribute in any way that he can. 

Besides his job, he enjoys reading, whether it is medical information during the day or religious and light topics at night.

“I enjoy that I know the community well because I am able to help and give back to the people who once helped me,” he said. “My favorite part of the job is the interactions, trying to listen and help because when they come in, they have a need. It is about reading between the lines and taking the opportunity to learn about that person and see that person as an individual. I develop trust relationships whether it is a new or long-time patient.”

Computers were introduced during his career, but he still refuses to bring one into the exam room when he is examining a patient. “I do not think you can fully understand how they are feeling without completely observing them. From the moment they walk in, I look to see how they are, whether it is through facial expressions or eyes,” Dr. Cox said.

Someone said to him a few years ago: “Dr. Cox you need to retire then you can do the things you love,” and his response was, "I am doing what I love.” 


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Education

Medical School: Medical Education
Internship: University Hospital, Madison, WI
Residency:
University Hospital, Madison, WI
Manhattan Veterans Administration Hospital, New York, NY

Specialties

Specialties: Internal Medicine
Special Clinical Interest: Internal Medicine

Locations

George R Cox MD

257 Lafayette Ave, Suite 285
Suffern, NY 10901
Phone: 845.357.7557
Fax: 845.357.7428