Welcome to Dermatology of Virginia!  I am Dr. Austin Cox.

James Austin Cox, MD

James Austin Cox, MD

After twenty years in medicine and experiencing many different cultures, I am convinced that the best medical outcomes are achieved when the patient and provider are on the same page. I have a pragmatic approach that balances anticipated downtimes with the busy lives we all lead. I expect my patients to be engaged and take part in the medical decision-making process. If you find this appealing, please read a little more about me.

I was born and raised in Oklahoma City and graduated from Classen School of Advanced Studies with an International Baccalaureate degree. I was awarded the Wilkins Scholarship and graduated from Sewanee: The University of the South with honors in Philosophy. With my compass set away from Oklahoma, I signed into the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD for medical school and became an Army Officer.

During medical school I vacillated between pediatrics, dermatology and physical medicine. Though I was fascinated by skin disease, the allure of a pediatrics residency in Hawaii took us on a three-year adventure bouncing around the Pacific Rim. Upon graduation, the Army sent my belongings to Colorado and me to Afghanistan where I had the honor of caring for a multinational population of Soldiers and civilians in harm’s way. During my deployment downtime, I poured through dermatology text books and published several papers while applying for a second residency in dermatology.

It was an amazing week when I left Afghanistan, reunited with my growing family for Christmas and received orders to the Naval Medical Center San Diego to start my training in Dermatology. After much early morning and late-night studying, my interests gravitated towards medical dermatology—acne, psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, eczema, allergic contact dermatitis and cutaneous oncology. After dermatology training, I transferred to Columbia, SC and provided dermatologic expertise to new army recruits and instructors. My proclivity for academics inspired me to become a guest lecturer and consultant for the USC Medical School and Pediatrics and OBGYN residency programs.

I then spent four years caring for patients across Italy and Germany while chasing my families’ extra-curricular passions for biking, hiking, cooking and experiencing new (or old) cultures. We recently returned home to the DMV with two kids fluent in Italian and holes in our hearts that had once been filled by fresh pasta and chianti! I currently serve as the Department Chief at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. It allows me to teach the next generation of doctors while ensuring that I maintain the most up-to-date knowledge base for my patients.

I am an active member of the American Academy of Dermatology, American Contact Dermatitis Society, the National Psoriasis Foundation and the Women’s Dermatology Society. I am honored to be one of the newest editors for Dermatology World. Most importantly, I look forward to providing you and your loved ones with safe high quality dermatologic care! 

Summary of Dr. James Austin Cox’s education

Current Positions

Dermatology of Virginia: 2024 – present 

Walter Reed National Military Medical Center: 2023 – present


Dermatology Residency, Naval Medical Center San Diego, San Diego, CA 2013 – 2016
Pediatrics Residency, Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, HI 2008 – 2011
M.D., Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, MD 2004 – 2008
B.A. with honors, Philosophy (cum laude), The University of The South, Sewanee, TN 2000 – 2004

Professional Positions and Experience

Poster Reviewer for the American Academy of Dermatology 2023 – present
Chief of Dermatology, USA Health Clinic-V – Vicenza, Italy 2019 – 2023
Chief of Dermatology, Moncrief Army Health Clinic, Columbia, SC 2016 – 2019
SKYMD Tele-dermatology, San Diego, CA 2018 – 2020
Columbia Skin Clinic, Columbia, SC 2017 – 2019
Carolina’s Dermatology, Columbia, SC 2017 – 2019
Dermatology Resident, National Naval Medical Center, San Diego, CA 2013 – 2016
Task Force Gunfighter Flight Surgeon, Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan 2011 – 2012 Senior Flight Surgeon, 1-2 ATK BN, Butts Army Air Field, Fort Carson, CO 2011 – 2013
Pediatrics Resident, Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, HI 2008 – 2011

Certification and Licensure

Diplomate, American Board of Dermatology 2016 – present
Diplomate, American Board of Pediatrics 2011 – 2016
Hawaii State Medical License 2008 – present
South Carolina Medical License 2016 – present
Virginia Medical License 2023 – present

Professional and Military Development

U.S.Army Command & General Staff College, 7th ILE Detachment, Grafenwoehr, Germany 2021
U.S. Army Health Care and Administration Course, Fort Jackson, SC 2018
U.S. AMEDD Officer Advanced Course, San Antonio, TX 2018
U.S. Tactical Combat Medical Care, San Antonio, TX 2011
U.S. Army Flight Surgeon Course, Fort Rucker, AL 2011
U.S. Hospital Management of Chemical, Biological, Radiological/Nuclear and Explosive
Incidents (HM-CBRNE) Course: Aberdeen, MD 2010
U.S. Army Basic Airborne Course: Fort Benning, GA 2008
U.S. AMEDD Officer Basic Course: Fort Sam Houston, TX 2004

Professional Memberships and Activities

American Academy of Dermatology, Fellow 2016 – present
American Contact Dermatitis Society (ACDS), Member 2016 – present
National Psoriasis Foundation, Member 2015 – present
Women’s Dermatology Society, Member 2018 – present
American Academy of Pediatrics, Fellow 2008 – 2015