Dr. Fox is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard Medical School. Following internal medicine residency and rheumatology fellowship at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, he joined the faculty of the University of Michigan School of Medicine in 1985. Dr. Fox is Professor of Internal Medicine and, from 1990 to 2018, was Chief of the Division of Rheumatology. In addition, he directs the University of Michigan Clinical Autoimmunity Center of Excellence. In 2013, Dr. Fox became the Frederick G. L. Huetwell and William D. Robinson, M.D. Professor of Rheumatology.
Dr. Fox’s research focuses on defining and characterizing pathways of human T cell activation, determining the role of these pathways in the pathogenesis of autoimmune disease, investigating T cell interactions with synovial fibroblasts, understanding the role of interleukin-17 in arthritis, and exploring novel approaches to the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and scleroderma. He is author of more than 230 scientific papers and book chapters and has served on the Editorial Board of Arthritis & Rheumatism, as an Associate Editor and Section Editor of the Journal of Immunology and as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Clinical Investigation. He is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians. Dr. Fox is also active in the clinical care of patients with rheumatic diseases and in teaching students and fellows in both clinical and research settings.
Dr. Fox has been an ACR member since 1985 and an ACR volunteer since 1991. He has been a member of 12 ACR and RRF committees and task forces and chaired the Publications Committee, Finance Committee, and Monitoring Committee. In 2011-2012, Dr. Fox later co-chaired the ACR Task Force on Academic Rheumatology. From 2007-2008, Dr. Fox served as the seventy-first President of the American College of Rheumatology and the sixth ACR President from the University of Michigan.