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