Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs and Career Development, University of Arizona College of Medicine
Ken Knox, MD, is a pulmonary medicine specialist known nationally for his clinical expertise in sarcoidosis (an inflammatory systemic disorder of unknown cause), fungal diagnostics (in particular, valley fever) and immunologic/fibrotic lung disease. His nationally-funded research utilizes bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL, a “lung wash” done through an endoscope) to study the microbiome and mucosal lymphocyte response to a variety of infectious and inflammatory diseases, including the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), cytomegalovirus (CMV), endemic fungal pathogens and rheumatologic lung disease.
A native of Youngstown, Ohio, Dr. Knox graduated cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in microbiology from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He obtained his medical degree and residency training in internal medicine at Ohio State University. He completed a fellowship in pulmonary/critical care/sleep medicine at Indiana University in Indianapolis, where he also served as educational director and director of the immunologic lung disease program.
He joined the Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson in 2008 and served as chair of Medicine for the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (SAVAHCS), where he was instrumental in faculty recruitment and academic affairs. In 2010, he assumed the role of pulmonary division chief and vice chair for Education in the Department of Medicine, College of Medicine – Tucson. During his tenure, he was responsible for dramatic growth in the clinical and academic missions of the division. Accomplishments included increasing the number of clinical and basic science faculty from five to 30, the fellowship trainees from six to 20, rekindling the sleep program, establishing a section on allergy and revamping the teaching model in the ICU.
Currently, he is a tenured professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the College of Medicine–Phoenix, where he serves as the associate dean for Faculty Affairs and Career Development and maintains an actively funded research program.