Washington, DC -- The Institute of Medicine (IOM), part of the National Academy of Sciences, has announced the lifetime membership election of Robert L. Phillips Jr., MD, MSPH, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine, and director of the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Primary Care and Family Medicine, in Washington, DC. Phillips will be inducted next fall at the IOM’s annual meeting.
Membership in the IOM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievements and commitment to service.
"It is a great pleasure to welcome these distinguished and accomplished individuals to the Institute of Medicine," said IOM president Harvey V. Fineberg in announcing the IOM’s 65 new members and five foreign associates. "Each of these new members stands out as a professional whose research, knowledge, and skills have significantly advanced health and medicine and who has served as a model for others. The Institute of Medicine is greatly enriched by the addition of our newly elected colleagues."
Phillips is one of only two family physicians elected to the IOM this year.
“I have really enjoyed working with IOM committees over the last few decades, but have to say I was a bit stunned by the news,” said Phillips. “My election speaks highly of the fine people with whom I’m privileged to work in the Georgetown Department of Family Medicine and in the Graham Center.”
The Institute of Medicine is unique for its structure as both an honorific membership organization and an advisory organization on matters of health and science policy. Established in 1970 as a component of the National Academy of Sciences, the IOM has become recognized as a national resource for independent, scientifically informed analysis and recommendations on health issues. Current active members elect new members from among candidates nominated for their accomplishments and contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care, and public health.
“We congratulate Bob on this amazing honor that recognizes his dedication to family medicine,” said James C. Welsh, MD, MBA, MPH, chair of the Department of Family Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine. “It is certainly our privilege to have Bob on our faculty, and to be able to work with him in so many different ways - medical student education, fellowships, research to name a few.”
In addition to his work at Georgetown, Phillips serves as director of the Graham Center, a position he’s held since 2004. The Robert Graham Center conducts research and analysis as an independent unit at the American Academy of Family Physicians. The Center is dedicated to bringing a family practice and primary care perspective to health policy deliberations.
Phillips also serves on the faculties of the Department of Family Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University and George Washington University, and practices medicine at Fairfax Family Practice Center.
Phillips graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine in 1995 with honors for special distinction. He had his residency training in family medicine at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he also completed a Masters of Science in Public Health. Phillips has served on the American Medical Association’s Council on Medical Education and as the president of the National Residency Matching Program, and currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Council on Graduate Medical Education. His research interests include physician-health system interactions and their effects on quality of care, geographic information systems, and collaborative care processes.
Phillips is married to Katherine A. Phillips, PhD, and they have three children, Blake, Ethan and Juliet.
About Georgetown University Medical Center
Georgetown University Medical Center is an internationally recognized academic medical center with a three-part mission of research, teaching and patient care (through MedStar Health). Our mission is carried out with a strong emphasis on public service and a dedication to the Catholic, Jesuit principle of cura personalis -- or "care of the whole person." The Medical Center includes the School of Medicine and the School of Nursing and Health Studies, both nationally ranked, the world-renowned Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Biomedical Graduate Research Organization (BGRO), home to 60 percent of the university’s sponsored research funding.