“I want the images I create with words and on canvas to inspire transformation and my life’s work to articulate new possibilities for regenerative health.”
Dr. Desiree Cox, MD, PhD
Creativity is the life-blood for my work, my art and my life. I have been described as a mixed media artist and a ‘Renaissance Woman’; I prefer not to categorize myself. I am a Rhodes Scholar, Medical Doctor and PhD, and, more recently, a thought-leader in Stem Cell, and Regenerative Medicine. I am also a jazz-singer, writer and visual artist. For me, arts, music, the sciences, and entrepreneurship in biotechnology and regenerative health are interconnected and inextricably linked. I am grateful to be able to express my creativity and speak my truth using the symbolism of word and stories, as well as sound and color. I am thrilled to be on a journey of creative mastery, and creative mystery. I am grateful for my health, my family and for so many loving relationships in my life.
The ‘color chords’ (color combinations) of my paintings draw from public art form known as ‘Junkanoo’ developed in The Bahamas, the place of my birth. Three affirmations I have found inspiring in my life long evolution as an artist in general, and my decade-plus journey as a visual artist and painter in particular are: Your gifts will make room for you’, (a version of Proverbs 18:16); ‘Do what makes you come alive’, (Harold Whitman); and ‘Reality is comprised of those myths we haven’t quite seen through’ (Joseph Campbell).
Since 2007 my art work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions in Nassau, The Bahamas (the country of my birth), London (UK), and in the US in Memphis, NYC, and Las Vegas. With my exhibitions, I connect visual and performing arts with fiction in order to create sacred spaces where people can travel through the doorways of the imagination to worlds that inspire them. People often say, ‘Desiree, where do you find time to paint, and create and I do all the things you do?’ I don’t see life that way. Life is life: Life doesn’t make sense, it just is. My job is to follow the force and direction of my life-force; and to express the life-force within me in the ways that I am drawn to. I love to paint; when I’m drawn to it. Oil on canvas is my preferred medium for visual art. Creating space for art and for painting is like opening a big bay window with both arms, closing my eyes, feeling the fresh air and sunshine on my face and body, taking a deep breath in, and then opening my eyes and exhaling.
Visual Arts: Peer-reviewed and juried publications.
Cox, D. C. T. (2011). Fishing (oil on canvas, 40 x 60 inches). International Contemporary Masters Volume IV. USA: World Wide Art Books, 84.
Cox, D. C. T. (2011). Angels (oil on canvas, 30 x 30 inches). International Contemporary Masters Volume IV. USA:World Wide Art Books, 85.
Cox, D. C. T. (2011). Hummers (oil on canvas, 30 x 30 inches). International Contemporary Masters Volume IV. USA: World Wide Art Books, 85.
Cox, D. C. T. (2010). Stairway to Heaven (oil on canvas, 24 x 30 inches). Sanctuary, International Contemporary Masters Volume III. USA: World Wide Art Books, 79.
Cox, D. C. T. (2010). Silver Surf (15 x 30 inches). International Contemporary Masters Volume III. USA: World Wide Art Books, 82.
Cox, D. C. T. (2010). Prometheus Diving (30 x 48 inches). International Contemporary Masters Volume III. USA: World Wide Art Books, 80.
Cox, D. C. T., (2010). Lullaby (36 x 24 inches). International Contemporary Masters Volume III, USA: World Wide Art Books, 81.
Cox, D. C. T. (2010). Sunday Times. Tongues of the Ocean. tonguesoftheocean.org/2009/06/sunday-times/.
Cox, D. C. T., (2009). Bahamian Peanut Man. The Caribbean Writer, Vol.23: 14-17.
Cox, D. C. T., (2009). Storm Song. The International Journal of Healthcare and Humanities, Volume 3, No 3, Spring. 23.
Cox, D. C. T. (2009). Lullaby. POUI: The Cave Hill Journal of Creative Writing, No. 10: 68.
Cox, D. C. T. International Contemporary Masters. Group Exhibition.
The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA: April, 2011.
Cox, D. C. T. Outside In. Solo Exhibition.
The Air Gallery. Mayfair, London: UK. March, 2009. Reviewed in The Londonist, UK art magazine.
Cox, D. C. T. Imaginings. Art off the Main, International Group Exhibition of African, Caribbean and Latin America Art. SoHo, New York, USA. October, 2008.
Cox, D. C. T. Prometheus Diving. Carifest X 2008. Group Art Exhibition. Guyana, West Indies. November 2008.
Cox, D. C. T. In the Beginning. Solo Art and Performance Exhibition of paintings, live jazz music and poetry. Villagio’s Sandy Port, Nassau, Bahamas. February 2008.
Cox, D. C. T., Dream-Maker. Solo Exhibition. Café Europa, Nassau, Bahamas. May 2007- Feb 2008.
Cox, D. C. T., Awakenings. (Produced by Desiree Cox and Andre Strobert, Mixed and Mastered at Sterling Sound (New
York City, USA)). Soul Imagination, USA: UPC 700261217994. (2007).
Cox, D. C. T., Forbidden Love. (Produced by Desiree Cox and Jorge Guzman. Mixed and Mastered at Sterling
Sound (New York City, USA)). Soul Imagination, USA: (2005)
Dr. Desirée Cox (www.desireecox.com), was born in The Bahamas. Educated at McGill University (Montreal, Canada) and Oxford University (UK) and Cambridge University (UK), she is the First Bahamian Rhodes scholar and First Woman from the British Caribbean to win a Rhodes Scholarship, a medical doctor, creative artist, inventor, and global thought leader in stem cell and regenerative medicine. In January 2019 Cox was one of 5 International Action Award recipients at the 2019 World Stem cell Summit, held at the Hyatt Regency, Miami; in 2018 she was a speaker at the & Unite to Cure & conference at the Vatican; in 2017 she was one of six outstanding Pembroke College, Oxford University alumni whose photographic portraits hung in the Great Hall at Pembroke College 2017-2018. These select alumni are persons whom the Governing Body and Art Committee of Pembroke College, Oxford University, have determined are distinguishing themselves in their respective professional fields, are thought-leaders, have achieved prominence in the public eye and especially through focusing their expertise on social impact. At the 40th Independence Celebrations, in 2013, the Bahamas Government honored Dr. Cox by issuing a 70-cent stamp into circulation bearing her photograph.
Dr. Cox is a bridge-builder advancing future health innovation both in The Bahamas and internationally. Her 20+ years experience in the healthcare space in the UK, Europe, North America and The Bahamas combines an impressive, rare and unique range of skills and capacities gained from a career that has spanned clinical medicine, academia, research and development, regulatory sciences, and the design, development and implementation of high–impact health and social enterprises. Her experience in health care consulting includes consulting for biotech companies and major pharmaceutical companies including Amgen, GSK and Novartis on pipeline therapeutic products and medical devices. She is rigorous in promoting safety, equity, diversity and inclusion in healthcare. Her vast experience includes clinical medicine, academia, research and development, regulatory sciences, design and consultant to biotech companies, governments and major pharmaceutical companies. She is the recipient of numerous international awards and has published in numerous trade and academic journals.
In 2016 she Founded The Health, Self-Efficacy, Analytics and Life-Design Incubator (The HEALinc) (www.thehealinc.com) in The Bahamas to help entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders from local, regional and diaspora communities access the resources they need to improve the health and well-being of people in the Caribbean and the Americas. In 2018, she Founded the HEALinc Future Health Innovation Summit (http://www.healincfuturehealthsummit.com) as an annual Summit with the objective of catalyzing a global super-ecosystem for investment, research and education in Regenerative Medicine and Life-Sciences
Innovations for bridging to the future of health.
Recipient of the International Regenerative Medicine Advocacy Award, 2019 World Stem Cell Summit, Grand Hyatt, Miami, Florida.
Public Lecture at Pembroke College, Oxford University (2017). Among six (6) select alumni whose photographic portraits will hang in the Great Hall/Dining Hall at Pembroke College, Oxford University. (These select alumni are persons whom the Governing Body and Art Committee of Pembroke College, Oxford University have determined are distinguishing themselves in their respective professional fields, are thought-leaders, have achieved prominence in the public eye and especially through focusing their expertise on social impact.)
Inducted into the Queens College Hall of Fame (2017).
Featured in a National Exhibition of Women Leaders and Pioneers who have made and shaped history of The
Bahamas, held in the public square (Rawson Square) just outside the House of Parliament of The Bahamas. (2016 & 2017).
Special edition commemorative stamp issued in honor of Dr. Desiree Cox by The Bahamas Government for contribution to scholarship and creativity and health (2013)
Honorary Professor of Creativity, Health and Wellbeing, University of Exeter, UK (2012).
Contemporary Master Artist in International Contemporary Masters III, and IV (World Wide Books: USA) (2010 & 2011) interviewed on BBC radio 4 by Libby Purvis on the ‘Midweek’ show (2009); and Cropper Foundation Writers Residency (2009).
Included in Hanna-Ewers, D, Great Women in Bahamian History: Bahamian Women Pioneers.
One of 16 women profiled in 30 Years of Women Rhodes Scholars (Oxford University, 2008).
Performing Cures: (Yamey G. ‘Renaissance woman’. BMJ Career Focus. Jan 2004;328:37s. An interview with Dr Desiree Cox-who has a PhD in medical history, founded a charity to promote live music in hospitals, sings jazz, and is a psychiatrist and public health physician.)
Welcome PhD fellowship for History of Medicine (Cambridge, 1993).
University of Oxford prizes: Radcliffe Infirmary prize for medicine, 1992; Pembroke College Prize, 1988.
Commonwealth scholarship for clinical medicine (1989).
Rhodes Scholarship (1987).
Member of the Outreach and Communications Committee of the Society of Gene and Cell Therapy (ASGCT) (From February 2018)
Member of the International Women’s Forum (IWF Sept 2017)
Member of the Academy of Medical Educators (2010-Present)
Member of the Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee (2005-2012)
English (Mother tongue)
French (Working Knowledge)
Mandarin Chinese (Very good command)
Spanish (Working knowledge)
Speaking at the Unite to Cure 4th International Vatican Conference (April 2018) ★ Leading a Rutgers University iJobs Workshop on Global Regulatory Framework for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine (Spring 2018) ★ Speaking at the World Stem Cell Summit (January 2018) ★ Guest Lecturer Special lecture Series, Oxford University, Pembroke College (June 2017) ★ Oxford Guest Lecturer Guest Speaker at the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Conference (May 2014) ★ Guest lecturer at University of Oxford, UK (February, 2013; May, 2008; March, 2000; June 1999) ★ Guest lecturer at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China (June, 2009) ★ Grand-rounds speaker at Rutgers University, NJ, USA (April, 2009) ★ Client workshop to cabinet ministers, Bahamas Government (April, 2004; June 2006) ★ Design and facilitation of a 4-day intensive self-management and strategic communications workshop for managers of Credit Swiss Bank (March 2005; June 2006) ★ Guest lecturer at INSERM, Paris, and La Sorbonne University, Paris, France (March,1997; May, 1993) ★ Guest lecturer at The Welcome Institute, London, UK (June, 2000; February, 1997; April, 1996; March, 1999).