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Robert A. Phillips, MD, PhD, FACC

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


Biography

Robert A. Phillips, MD, PhD, is executive vice president, chief physician executive, Houston Methodist, and president and chief executive officer of the Houston Methodist physician organization in Houston, Texas. He is a professor of medicine at Weill Cornell College of Medicine.

Graduating in 1980 from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai with a combined MD and PhD in molecular biology and the Elster Award for highest standing in his class, Dr. Phillips completed his residency in internal medicine in New York City at Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center (NewYork-Presbyterian) followed by fellowships in cardiology and hypertension at Mount Sinai.

Dr. Phillips is an internationally recognized board-certified cardiologist and expert in hypertension and cardiovascular disease, serving as a principal or co-principal investigator on more than 60 clinical trials in cardiovascular disease. His sources of support for this research included 20 consecutive years of NIH-related funding.

Dr. Phillips has published over 170 peer-reviewed and invited papers, books and book chapters. He is the editor of the textbook “America’s Healthcare Transformation: Strategies and Innovations,” published in 2016 by Rutgers University Press. Dr. Phillips is Hypertension Editor, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, and a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of the American Society of Hypertension, the American Heart Association’s journal Hypertension and the Methodist DeBakey Cardiovascular Journal.

Prior to joining Houston Methodist, Dr. Phillips was professor of medicine 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 was 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.

Dr. Phillips is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association (AHA), the American Society of Hypertension and the American College of Physicians. Dr. Phillips is the founding president of the American Population Health Society. Dr. Phillips was elected to the Association of University Cardiologists in 2012. His awards from the American Heart Association (AHA) include the 2010 Heart of Gold Award, the 2013 Torch of Strength Award, and the 2018 Houston AHA Heart Ball Medical Honoree.

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 Guidelines: The Threads That Bind Them *
Phillips, RA, Arnold, RM & Peterson, LE 2018, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, vol. 72, no. 11, pp. 1246-1251. DOI: 10.1016/j.jacc.2018.07.014

Variations in 24-hour BP profiles in cohorts of patients with kidney disease around the world: The I-DARE study
CRIC Study Investigators 2018, Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, vol. 13, no. 9, pp. 1348-1357. DOI: 10.2215/CJN.13181117

Reply: Validation of Predicted Cardiovascular Disease Risk to Guide Intensity of Blood Pressure Treatment
Phillips, RA, Arnold, RM, Xu, J, Diamond, JA & Peterson, LE 2018, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, vol. 72, no. 7, pp. 820-821. DOI: 10.1016/j.jacc.2018.06.012

Case of refractory hypertension controlled after aortic and mitral valve replacement and coronary artery bypass grafting
Siddiqui, M, Phillips, RA, Bursztyn, M, Sica, D, Velasco, A, Judd, EK, Dudenbostel, T, Lloyd, SG, Oparil, S & Calhoun, DA 2018, Hypertension, vol. 72, no. 1, pp. 3-9. DOI: 10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.118.11155

Impact of Cardiovascular Risk on the Relative Benefit and Harm of Intensive Treatment of Hypertension
Phillips, RA, Xu, J, Peterson, LE, Arnold, RM, Diamond, JA & Schussheim, AE 2018, Journal of the American College of Cardiology. DOI: 10.1016/j.jacc.2018.01.074

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, 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, 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, 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