Dr. Desiree Cox (MD, PhD), Scientific Artist and Thought-Leader in Regenerative Health
The first born of a barber and a secretary, Dr. Desirée’s mother dreamed of Dr. Desirée being the first in the family to attend university. Dr. Desirée recalls her mother holding her hand at the door of the first-grade classroom of the private school that cost two-thirds of her mother’s salary, and saying to the 5-year old Dr. Desirée: “You will go to university. We don’t have the money to afford this, so you will have to win a scholarship. I’m telling you this now so you study hard and get good grades from the get go.” When she was 15 years old, she saw a glossy brochure of Oxford University describing Oxford as the place where the world’s leading intellectuals created new knowledge. Dr. Desirée created a bolder vision than her mother’s dreams. She imagined herself studying at Oxford and having a global impact in medicine and healthcare. Like many teenagers interacting with her peers, she was bullied for expressing her bold vision. This unpleasant situation was a defining moment for her in developing the drive and determination to build a big vision for her future for herself and to make her mark in the medical field, based on a deep understanding of physical, biochemical, mental/emotional, spiritual, environmental and intellectual innate resources that individuals need to have a healthy and fulfilling life.
She first attended McGill University in Montreal Canada where she studied Chemistry and Quantum Mechanics. When one of her Chemistry professors suggested she apply for a Rhodes Scholarship, Dr. Desirée saw this as her chance to fulfil her childhood dream of attending Oxford University. She was fortunate enough to become the first Bahamian and the first woman from the British Caribbean region to win a Rhodes Scholarship. She studied medicine at Oxford as Rhodes Scholar as well as a Commonwealth Scholar, winning a Pembroke College Prize for top grades in her first year of medical school and a Radcliff Infirmary Prize in her final year of medical school. Immediately after medical school she went on to Cambridge University to study for her Master of Philosophy Degree (MPhil) and doctorate (PhD) degrees in History and Philosophy of Sciences.
This adversity of homelessness reconnected her heart and mind with the vision of global impact despite humble beginnings that started her on this life path at the age of 15, and the self-worth that comes with honoring our commitment to ourselves. It also strengthened her commitment to creating a system for help the many patients with chronic diseases activate their innate healing capacity by connecting and find effective, evidence-based alternative solutions for their healing process. This vision informed the premise of Dr. Desirée’s thesis, namely, that understanding the mechanisms, methodologies and the cultural and individual mind-sets that created the current Western, disease-centered biomedical model and healthcare system, provides insights into how to reverse engineer the process to create a ‘whole-person’ model that focuses on preventive and regenerative health.
A few years after securing a successful dream job in the medical field in Psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital in London, Dr. Desirée found herself wrestling with an internal voice. ‘This is not your life’, the voice said. Ignoring this voice lead to her facing a depression. Despite being good at her job, she was unfulfilled and at risk of a lifetime being on medication to manage her depression. She walked away from psychiatry, determined to find an alternative way to connect the dots between having joy and passion for live, her intellectual gifts in life sciences, her unique purpose, her innate creativity and curiosity, and, her commitment to global impact in medicine and healthcare.
Dr. Desirée’s 25+ year experience and focus on regenerative health solutions, therapeutics and technologies from the perspective of a researcher, an academic educator, a clinician, healthcare entrepreneur, corporate strategy and R&D consultant have led her to become a worldwide thought-leader in stem cell field, and start a unique global regenerative health platform called HEALinc. (Health, self-Efficacy, Analytics and Life-Design Innovation Incubator). HEALinc is the leading platform for matching top stem cell and regenerative health providers with people in need of alternative solutions for their healing process.
In 2018, she started the HEALinc Future Health Innovation Summits as a cross-disciplinary, cross generational innovative live event that connects innovators and top industry leaders. HEALinc Summits aim to harness the collective genius in stem cells and regenerative technologies and remove barriers to self-efficacy and enhanced personhood for the benefit of human health for anyone, anywhere and the planet. Featured speakers have included luminaries such as Peter Diamandis, Dr. Joe Dispenza, Tony Robbins, Dr. Bob Hariri, Aubrey de Grey, Professor Joshua Hare and more.
Integral to these years of scientific accomplishments, Dr. Desirée has developed and drawn on the artistic side of her personality to an equal degree and has become an International Contemporary Master Artist. Dr. Desirée’s art awakens viewers to their own innate gifts and inspires them to see through the myths they call reality and reimagine uplifting futures for themselves.