Dr. Robert Fox, MD

Dr. Robert Fox, MD

Rheumatology  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 71
Dr. Robert Fox, MD is a rheumatology specialist in La Jolla, CA and has been practicing for 39 years. He graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in 1974 and specializes in rheumatology.Read his story

9850 Genesee Ave Ste 910

La Jolla, CA 92037

Contact Information

(858) 457-2023

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Top Care Areas

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Hand Conditions
more than 87% of peers
Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
more than 86% of peers
more than 84% of peers

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Dr. Fox's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Fox "Dr. Robert I. Fox received his undergraduate degree (B.S., Biophysics Summa Cum Laude) from the Honors College of the University of Michigan. He then completed the combined MD/PhD (Medical Scientist Training Program) at HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL and ALBERT EINSTEIN COLLEGE OF MEDICINE with PhD (Molecular Biology). He then completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at STANFORD UNIVERSITY, followed by his Rheumatology fellowship also at Standford University. He joined the faculty of the Scripps Research Institute and Foundation 1980-1999. He moved to the Scripps-XiMED Medical Group on the campus of Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla in 1999 to present. Dr. Fox specialzes in the pathogenesis and teatment of Sjogren's Syndrome. He has edited many journals and pursued research interests through his role a Principal Investigator in multicenter clinical trials and through his own National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded research programs. He serves as a member of numerous advisory boards such as the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) and the Advisory Board for the National Sjogren's Syndrome Foundation. Dr. Fox serves as Rheumatology Editor for MedScape and has written well over 100 additional articles and editorials for practicing physicians and patients that can be found on the Internet by a web search using "Medcape" or "WebMD" and "Robert Fox." Dr. Fox has been involved in studies of cevimeline for Sjogren's Syndrome for over 20 years, since the drug was originally recognized as a secretagogue in collaborative studies with the drug's original founder (Prof. A. Fisher) and the neurochemistry group at the Salk Institute. He wrote the clinical protocols for the pivotal trials leading to FDA approval, and is a consultant to numerous pharmaceutical research groups. He travels globally teaching and providing clinical expertise to the benefit of many physicians and patients, along with his wife who is a Registered Nurse, Administrator of his Rheumatology Clinic, and his medical editor."


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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Fox "Robert I Fox, MD, PhD provides an exceptionally high standard of solo-practice personalized care that is extremely rare in the current medical arena. Dr. Fox personally sees and treats all his patients each visit-- (he does not use Physician Assistants or Nurse Practitioners). 

Carla Fox, RN (his wife), oversees the Clinic as Administrator. Staff is highly trained, efficient, professional, friendly and responsive.

Dr. Fox's "old school" philosophy, creative "out of the box" thinking, clnincal knowledge and judgment-- and support to navigate the medical access circuit-- work complimentarily to thoroughly and precisely evaluate, diagnose and manage patients and achieve optimal clinical outcomes. Many of his patients are referred by other medical world experts from leading global medical institutions. His patients typically present with highly complicated conditions, and he "gets it" --to his patients' poignant relief.  He treats everyone as he would wish his family to be cared for-- with expertise dignity, compassion, understanding, and respect. He takes his time to LISTEN, and makes patients feel very personally cared for in a thoughtful and kind manner.  He commonly coordinates care via direct email communicaton throughout the day and evenings, 7 days a week, to address medical concerns promptly.  

Patients are empowered by being provided physician visit notes, personalized medication lists, printed orders, printed legible prescriptions, treatment plan, and he often emails patients informational online resources during office visits, to ensure they understand their conditions and treatment, and become their own patient care advocate. His average high complexity New Patient Consultation visit is ONE HOUR, and office follow-up revisits are a HALF-HOUR, so that the patient is not rushed

***Dr. Fox is NOT an "in-network provider" for Medicare, Medi-Cal, ACA or private insurance carriers because he will not tolerate clinical decision-making interference and insurance reimbursement-based ploys.  However, typically all labwork, tests, and imaging studies he orders ARE covered by insurance plans.

He does tirelessly go the extra mile for his patients in a multitude of ways, including expediting ER admissions, paving the way for referrals to top medical institutions and specialists when necessary, and sensibly streamlining reduced cost prescriptons from local pharmacies --more reasons why he is so beloved and revered by his grateful patients."


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1  Specialties

  • Rheumatology

1  Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine
    Accredited by: American Board of Internal Medicine*

60  Conditions Treated


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3  Procedures

  • Joint Drainage
  • Joint Injection
  • Steroid Injection

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • University of Michigan / Ann Arbor
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1968
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
    Medical School | Graduated 1974
  • Stanford University Med Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1975
  • Stanford University Med Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1977
  • Stanford University Med Center
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1979
  • combination MD/PhD program
    Other Education | Completed 1974
  • Harvard Medical School
    Other Education | Completed 1974

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Fox has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Fox's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Fox to family and friends
19 total reviews (4 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (19)

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Dr. Fox's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    16 to 30 minutes

Patient Comments (4)

Dr. Robert Fox is a brilliant rheumatologist who meticulously develops each patient's treatment plan for the best possible outcome. He has kept my wife and me alive for many years beyond expectations given by other doctors. Patients like us travel from all over the U.S. and other countries to seek...more
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Thank you Dr. Fox for taking the time to review my complex medical history!
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Simply the best!
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Fox is the best doctor to have in your corner. He's incredibly intelligent and kind.
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