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Robert A. Phillips, MD, PhD, FACC

Professor of Cardiology, Institute for Academic Medicine
Executive Vice President, CMO, & Specialty Physician Group CEO, Houston Methodist
Houston Methodist
Weill Cornell Medical College


Biography

Robert A. Phillips, MD, PhD is Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Houston Methodist, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Houston Methodist Physician Organization, Professor of Cardiology at the Houston Methodist Institute for Academic Medicine in Houston, Texas, and Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, New York.  He graduated with a combined MD and PhD in molecular biology from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in 1980 and received the Elster Award for highest academic standing in his class.   He went on to complete his internal medicine residency at Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York followed by fellowships in cardiology and hypertension at Mount Sinai. Prior to joining Houston Methodist, Dr. Phillips was professor of medicine and population health research at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he was a senior vice president and director of the Heart and Vascular Center of Excellence. Previously, Dr. Phillips served as professor of medicine at New York University School of Medicine, chair of the Department of Medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital, and professor of medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.

As Chief Medical Officer at Houston Methodist, Dr. Phillips collaborates with clinical and administrative colleagues to assure patient safety and quality, implement system wide innovations in the practice of medicine, respond to healthcare reform and new payment models, evaluate healthcare delivery redesign, and improve the patient experience. As CEO and President of the Houston Methodist Physician Organization, he has championed multiple fiscal and operational efficiencies resulting in increased revenue, lower expenses, better quality, improved access and enhanced patient experience.  

Board certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease, Dr. Phillips is a nationally recognized expert in hypertension and cardiovascular disease and has published more than 150 peer-reviewed papers. He is Hypertension Editor for the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Senior Associate Editor of the Journal of Clinical Hypertension, and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of the American Society of Hypertension and CardioRenal Medicine. 

Additionally, Dr. Phillips is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American College of Physicians, the American Heart Association (AHA), and the American Society of Hypertension (ASH), where he serves as the national Treasurer.  He is founding president of the American Population Health Society. He received the 2010 Heart of Gold Award and 2013 Torch of Strength Award from the AHA and was elected to the Association of University Cardiologists in 2012.  

Areas Of Expertise

Hypertension
Education & Training

MD, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
PhD, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
BA, New College of Florida
Publications

Hypertension treatment and outcomes in the era of population health, coordinated care, and medicare access and CHIP reauthorization act (MACRA)
Phillips, RA 2017, Circulation, vol 135, no. 17, pp. 1629-1631. DOI: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.117.027604

Hypertension Treatment and Outcomes in the Era of Population Health, Coordinated Care, and Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA)
Phillips, RA 2017, Circulation, vol 135, no. 17, pp. 1629-1631. DOI: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.117.027604

Blood Pressure Variability: Insights From "Big Data"
Krakoff, LR & Phillips, RA 2016, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, vol 68, no. 13, pp. 1387-8. DOI: 10.1016/j.jacc.2016.07.721

America's Healthcare Transformation: Strategies and Innovations
Phillips, RA (ed.) 2016, . 1st edn, Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick.

"Translational" medicine: transforming SPRINT findings into clinical practice
Sica, DA, Phillips, RA, White, WB, Bisognano, JD & Townsend, RR 2016, Journal of the American Society of Hypertension, vol 10, no. 5, pp. 382-6. DOI: 10.1016/j.jash.2016.03.192

Emerging Concepts in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Hypertension in the SPRINT Era
Phillips, RA 2016, Houston Methodist DeBakey Cardiovascular Journal, vol 11, no. 4, pp. 204-5. DOI: 10.14797/mdcj-11-4-204

Guest Editor Robert A. Phillips Offers Expert Guidance on Special Issue of the Methodist Debakey Cardiovascular Journal
Phillips, RA 2016, Houston Methodist DeBakey Cardiovascular Journal, vol 11, no. 4, pp. 203. DOI: 10.14797/mdcj-11-4-203

Preface and acknowledgments
Phillips, RA 2016, . in Americas Healthcare Transformation: Strategies and Innovations. Rutgers University Press, pp. ix-xi.

Current and future treatment of hypertension in the SPRINT era
Phillips, RA 2015, Houston Methodist DeBakey Cardiovascular Journal, vol 11, no. 4, pp. 204-205.

Creating and Maintaining a Successful Service Line in an Academic Medical Center at the Dawn of Value-Based Care: Lessons Learned From the Heart and Vascular Service Line at UMass Memorial Health Care
Phillips, RA, Cyr, J, Keaney, JF, Messina, LM, Meyer, TE, Tam, SKC, Korenda, K, Darrigo, M, Kumar, P & Challapalli, S 2015, Academic Medicine, vol 90, no. 10, pp. 1340-1346. DOI: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000000839

New agents for hyperkalemia
Phillips, RA, Appel, LJ & Weinberg, JM 2015, New England Journal of Medicine, vol 372, no. 16, pp. 1569. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMc1501933, 10.1056/NEJMc1501933#SA1

Racial impact of diurnal variations in blood pressure on cardiovascular events in chronic kidney disease
McMullan, CJ, Yano, Y, Bakris, GL, Kario, K, Phillips, RA & Forman, JP 2015, Journal of the American Society of Hypertension, vol 9, no. 4, pp. 299-306. DOI: 10.1016/j.jash.2015.02.005

Population health: ASH and the American health care revolution: Leadership message from the American society of hypertension
Phillips, RA 2014, Journal of the American Society of Hypertension, vol 8, no. 6, pp. 365-367. DOI: 10.1016/j.jash.2014.05.003

Relationship of left ventricular hypertrophy and diastolic function with cardiovascular and renal outcomes in African Americans with hypertensive chronic kidney disease
Peterson, GE, De Backer, T, Contreras, G, Wang, X, Kendrick, C, Greene, T, Appel, LJ, Randall, OS, Lea, J, Smogorzewski, M, Vagaonescu, T & Phillips, RA 2013, Hypertension, vol 62, no. 3, pp. 518-525. DOI: 10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.111.00904

Treating hypertension in patients with left ventricular dysfunction: Hitting the fairway and avoiding the rough
Joffe, SW & Phillips, RA 2013, Current Heart Failure Reports, vol 10, no. 2, pp. 157-164. DOI: 10.1007/s11897-013-0137-9

Association of BP variability with mortality among African Americans with CKD
McMullan, CJ, Bakris, GL, Phillips, RA & Forman, JP 2013, Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, vol 8, no. 5, pp. 731-738. DOI: 10.2215/CJN.10131012

A trial of 2 strategies to reduce nocturnal blood pressure in blacks with chronic kidney disease
Rahman, M, Greene, T, Phillips, RA, Agodoa, LY, Bakris, GL, Charleston, J, Contreras, G, Gabbai, F, Hiremath, L, Jamerson, K, Kendrick, C, Kusek, JW, Lash, JP, Lea, J, Miller, ER, Rostand, S, Toto, R, Wang, X, Wright, JT & Appel, LJ 2013, Hypertension, vol 61, no. 1, pp. 82-88. DOI: 10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.112.200477

Relationship between ambulatory BP and clinical outcomes in patients with hypertensive CKD
Gabbai, FB, Rahman, M, Hu, B, Appel, LJ, Charleston, J, Contreras, G, Faulkner, ML, Hiremath, L, Jamerson, KA, Lea, JP, Lipkowitz, MS, Pogue, VA, Rostand, SG, Smogorzewski, MJ, Wright, JT, Greene, T, Gassman, J, Wang, X & Phillips, RA 2012, Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, vol 7, no. 11, pp. 1770-1776. DOI: 10.2215/CJN.11301111

Blood pressure and treatment of persons with hypertension as it relates to cognitive outcomes including executive function
American Society of Hypertension Writing Group, Materson BJ, Calhoun DA, Elliott WJ, Phillips RA, Taler SJ, Townsend RR 2012, Journal of the American Society of Hypertension, vol 6, no. 5, pp. 309-315. DOI: 10.1016/j.jash.2012.08.004

The upholding of the health care law. Letter to the Editor.
Phillips, RA 2012, New York Times.