“A good doctor is hard to find, difficult to part with and impossible to forget,” Lowcountry Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine’s Dr. Joel Cox immediately comes to mind with this quote. Dr. Cox, after 45 years at Lowcountry Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, recently retired. Says Dr. James Spearman, “He has been a great mentor and the founder of our group.”


Dr. Cox is a founding partner of Lowcountry Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine, establishing it as a private practice in 1975 upon discharge from the military. Under his lead, the practice has grown to five locations, an oupatient surgery center, and fifteen board certified subspecialty trained physicians offering the most advanced comprehensive orthopaedic care in the region. Says Dr. Don Stovall, “He founded the practice on the principles of quality health care, patient satisfaction and a close knit family type environment.”


Through the years Dr. Cox has been very active in the community, particularly in the Summerville area. He has held various positions with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeon, American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society, South Carolina Medical Association, South Carolina Orthopaedic Association, and the Dorchester County Medical Society as Past President. In addition, he has been involved in various local athletic teams. Patients have come to know and love Dr. Cox. Says one staffer, “We will miss seeing him in the hallways and definitely miss that mustache!”


Dr. Don Stovall recently spoke to how much Dr. Cox’s leadership has molded Lowcountry Ortho, stating “Dr. Cox taught us that the most important thing is to have the values of honesty, humility, and passion for what you do and your practice, as well as compassion for those around you. If Lowcountry Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine continues to follow his lead, we will be good for the next forty five years or more.”


Our specialists bring a team of highly trained and experienced physicians to diagnose and treat all conditions related to sports injuries, the hip & knee, spine, hand and foot & ankle. Says one patient, “These Doctors are all extreme specialist in their field of expertise. I have been treated by several of these specialists and I feel I was treated by the best. I would recommend each and every one of them.” To learn more, www.lowcountryortho.com.