David R. Cox

About David R. Cox

David R. Cox, M.D, Ph.D was an extraordinary physician scientist, becoming Professor of Genetics and Pediatrics at UCSF and later Stanford, as well as shepherding development of genomic medicine at Pfizer. In addition to his participation in the Human Genome Project and service on numerous national advisory boards, Dr. Cox showed uncommon compassion in his involvement with advocates for rare diseases. He was especially helpful to the A-T Children’s Project, an organization aiming to cure a rare and debilitating genetic disorder, ataxia telangiectasia (A-T).

Despite no personal ties to the A-T family community, over the course of 20 years, Dr. Cox gave generously of his time and expertise, leading an advisory board and orchestrating focused, innovative research that accelerated the search for finding life-improving therapies for A-T children. Even after his passing in 2013, Dr. Cox continues to inspire future clinicians to engage the patient communities most in need.

With support from Global Genes an inspired group of medical students was able to present the David R. Cox Scholarship for Rare Compassion, in recognition of the inspiring student doctors who, like Dr. Cox, have most identified with and understood a rare or neglected patient community they have become close to.

The David R. Cox Scholarship for Rare Compassion was an initiative started by a group of motivated medical students who are now physicians across various specialties. Lead by Colton Margus, whose two brothers have a rare neurodegenerative disease, Ari Morgenthau and Brianne Doherty, this group of students approached Global Genes with a desire and dream to begin an initiative that motivated future clinicians to care about disease communities often neglected by the healthcare system. It is from their passion that this program exists today and is extended to the rare disease community.