Stephen Cox, MD joined Orthopedic Specialists of Louisiana in August of 2005 and since that time has been the area’s leader in total ankle replacement and total ankle fusion.
If you asked Dr. Cox’s parents what he wanted to be when he was young, they would have said a Dallas Cowboy or doctor. Although a collegiate football player, at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, Cox ultimately was driven towards medicine. After medical school and an orthopedic residency at LSU Health-Shreveport, Dr. Cox completed a lower extremity/foot & ankle trauma fellowship at Florida Orthopedic Institute in Tampa, Florida.
Dr. Cox believes that when caring for his patients, it is important that he and his patient communicate openly and can be on the same page when creating a patient’s treatment plan. He wants his patients to understand what their options are so that they may make an informed decision. Cox says, “I really let my patients direct a lot of what’s going to happen. They’re the captain of the ship and I’m the navigator. I tell them ways we can get there, and they ultimately make the decisions of what’s best for them to get to that result.”
Born and raised in Shreveport, Louisiana, Dr. Cox played football at Captain Shreve High School. Cox can still be found on the Gator sideline, as well as the Loyola Flyers sideline as a standby doc/coach and full-time dad to his sons, Carter, and Trevor. His wife, Neal is a fitness instructor and Cox credits her for keeping him in shape and headed in the right direction. The Cox Family are very community minded. They are active in Young Life and Volunteers of America. Cox says, “My wife and I try to vary the things we are doing in the community based on where we can help the most and where our kids take us.” When time allows, Cox enjoys deer hunting and fishing.
Training and Affiliations
● Residency, Orthopedic Surgery, LSU Health and Sciences Center – Shreveport, LA
● Internship, General Surgery, LSU Health and Sciences Center – Shreveport, LA
● Medical School, LSU Health and Sciences Center – Shreveport, LA
● Undergraduate Studies, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA
Shannon Hamm, MA
Shannon has been part of the Orthopedic Specialists of Louisiana family since 2005. Until his retirement, Shannon worked alongside Jim Lillich, MD – Dr. Cox’s partner and mentor.
Elvira Cehjic, APRN
Elvira has been part of Dr. Cox’s team since 2012. She assists Dr. Cox in both the OR and clinic.
(3) Things to Know about Cox…
He likes fancy sneakers in bright colors with great foot and ankle support…
1. One of the first in Louisiana to do total ankle replacements….
Dr. Cox was one of the first and is still one of a handful of foot and ankle surgeons to perform total ankle replacements in the Ark-La-Tex. He is very excited about the massive innovations that are developing with ankle replacement and is active in helping to improve this technology to allow for greater availability and greater recovery times for his patients. https://patients.stryker.com/ankle-replacement
Dr. Cox proudly went to Captain Shreve High School and graduated in 1991. Cox followed in his big brother Trey’s footsteps and was a Shreve Middle Linebacker. He was proud to watch his son finish out a very successful football season, as well as academic career at Captain Shreve in Spring 2022.
3. Fitness + Family + Community= The Cox Crew….
The Cox Crew believes in fitness, fun and giving back. Dr. Cox’s wife, Neal, is a fitness instructor and he credits her for keeping him in shape . You can often find Dr. Cox on the The Loyola Flyer sidelines cheering on his younger son and acting as an unofficial team doctor. The Coxes are huge supporters of the Shreveport-Bossier Community and active in Young Life and Volunteers of America.
Cox’s Approach to Care
“It’s important that the patient and I can get on the same page with things… do we have personalities that can mesh and work together and that we can agree on what the best course of treatment is. I really try to listen to my patients and make sure I have a clear understanding of what their goal are and what their current lifestyle allows for so that we can achieve the best outcome”
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