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Joan Fox, Ph.D.

Joan Fox, Ph.D.
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Department Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
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About Joan Fox, Ph.D.

Joan Fox., Ph.D., is a staff member of the Department of Molecular Cardiology, the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, and Center for Integrative Medicine. She is also Professor of Physiology and Biophysics at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Fox obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Physiology and Biochemistry at the University of Southampton in England and her Doctorate in Biochemistry at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada. Her research focuses mechanisms on the cardiovascular system, with a particular focus on the intracellular signaling mechanisms involved in angiogenesis and atherosclerosis.

With a strong interest in mechanisms by which signals from the mind affect cells throughout the vasculature, Dr. Fox’s research includes investigation of the mechanisms involved and the possibility of preventing the harmful effects of psychosocial stress on the cardiovascular system through practices such as yoga and mindfulness. In 2001, she founded the Center for Integrative Medicine at Cleveland Clinic and served as Director until the fall of 2004, when, with the initiation of both inpatient and outpatient clinical programs, she stepped down to refocus her efforts on research.

Dr. Fox has published more than 80 manuscripts and book chapters and is a frequent invited speaker at National and International conferences. She has served on numerous professional committees and advisory boards, including those of the American Heart Association, International Society for Thrombosis and Haemostasis, and American Society of Hematology.

She recently completed her third term as a member of the Hematology Study Section for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Fox is currently a member of the NIH Advisory Council for the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and also serves on the Council of Councils, a congress-mandated committee to advise the Director of NIH on strategic and policy issues relating to cross-cutting NIH priorities and research directions.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Professional Highlights

  • NIH Merit Award 1995-2005
  • Advisory Board, NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2006-2010
  • Council of Councils (Congress-mandated council to advise the Director of the NIH on strategic and policy issues relating to cross-cutting NIH priorities) 2007-2010

Specialty Interests

vascular biology, platelet biochemistry, heart-brain, integrative medicine


  • American Heart Association
  • American Society of Hematology
  • International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis
  • American Society for Cell Biology
  • International Society of Complementary Medicine Research
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 3/9/2010, Dr. Fox has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

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