UMMC PHYSICAN AND RESEARCHER WITH JACKSON HEART STUDY RECEIVES U.S. PRESIDENTIAL AWARD
JACKSON, Miss. – A University of Mississippi Medical Center professor of cardiology and Jackson Heart Study researcher recently received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.
Dr. Ervin Fox, a University of Mississippi School of Medicine graduate and an 11-year member of the UMMC faculty, was selected for his research into how cardiovascular and vascular structures and their functions relate to disease outcomes, particularly heart disease in African-Americans. Fox was one of 96 recipients who received the award July 31 in Washington D.C.
Awardees were selected for their pursuit of innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology and their commitment to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education or community outreach.
The Presidential Early Career Awards embody a national priority of producing scientists and engineers to advance the nation’s goals, tackle grand challenges, and contribute to the American economy.
A native of Clarksdale, Fox earned a bachelor’s in biomedical engineering in 1989 from Mississippi State University and graduated from the School of Medicine in 1993. He completed an internal medicine residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis, a general cardiology fellowship at Tulane Medical Center, and a fellowship in clinical and research in echo-cardiology at Massachusetts General Hospital. He since earned a master’s in public health from Harvard University.