Pediatrician Nicholas Kokx, ’72, earned his bachelor of science from Grand Valley State University and his doctorate in medicine from Michigan State University. After completing residencies in psychiatry in Traverse City and pediatrics in Denver and Grand Rapids, Kokx opened his practice, Kent Pediatrics, in 1979. Kokx teaches medicine at Michigan State University where he received the House Staff Teacher of the Year award two years in a row. In addition, Kokx has been awarded with the Leo J. Kenny Award from Butterworth Hospital.
In his career, Kokx has served on the boards for Butterworth Hospital, West Michigan Health Partners, and currently Priority Health. As a philanthropic member of the community, he has volunteered for St. John’s Home, Habitat for Humanity, and Almond Leaf Society where he performed health screens for Jamaican citizens. He continues to serve his community through Catholic Social Services where he volunteers in the pediatric care unit for neglected and abused children. He also volunteers for God’s Kitchen, Michigan Science Olympiad, St. Jude’s School fundraising events, and has presented AIDS education for local schools.
His research in Streptococcal Perianal disease was published in Pediatrics in 1987. He currently lives in Comstock Park.