William Phillips

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Professor William R. Phillips, MD, MPH, FAAFP, Professor Emeritus of Family Medicine
University of Washington

E-mail: wphllps@uw.edu

Bill Phillips is a family physician at the University of Washington in Seattle. He will be at RCSI as a Fulbright Senior Scholar in March-April-May 2020. He earned
his MD and Master of Public Health degrees at the University of Washington and is a certified specialist in both family medicine and general preventive medicine/community medicine. Bill spent 20 years in full-time, community-based, private practice in Seattle, providing the full spectrum of family medical care. For the past 20 years, he has been an active educator, researcher, medical journal editor and primary care expert on multiple national science and health policy panels.

This Fulbright teaching/research program will be focused on developing case-based, simulation-enhanced training programs to empower and improve patient-doctor shared decision-making. He will also be teaching guideline development for clinical preventive services and how to write and publish research reports in the scientific literature.

Dr. Phillips's research has ranged widely across topics in personal and population health, clinical guidelines development, clinician-patient communication, medical education and interprofessional practice and training. He has focused on back pain, suffering and healing, and clinical prevention, particularly of cancer and STI. His work has been funded by NIH, NCI, NIMH, CDC, DOD, AHRQ, HRSA, AAFP.

Dr. Phillips is an active teacher in classroom and clinical settings, focusing on clinical medicine, clinician-patient communication, primary care, clinical epidemiology, scientific writing and medical humanities. He has developed curricula for professional and graduate programs in medicine, epidemiology, health services and interdisciplinary education. He led the development of decentralized longitudinal integrated clerkships in primary care in the University of Washington's WWAMI program serving five states: Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. Bill is an award-winning mentor for medical students, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. He has taught in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Zimbabwe.

Past positions

  • Theodore J. Phillips Endowed Professor in Family Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle
  • Director, UW Fellowship in Primary Care Research (FM, IM, Peds, public health sciences)
  • Senior Scientist, Battelle Memorial institute Center for Public Health Research & Evaluation, Seattle
  • A founder and editor of the Annals of Family Medicine

Dr. Phillips has served on

  • USPSTF - US Preventive Services Task Force
  • ACIP - Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices
  • MCAC - Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee
  • Technology Evaluation Center of Blue Cross/Blue Shield of America
  • MedLine Indexing Committee, National Library of Medicine of NIH


  • Maurice Wood Award for Lifetime Contributions to Primary Care Research, NAPCRG
  • NAPCRG Distinguished Research Mentor
  • NAPCRG Research Awards (Resident, Practitioner), President’s Award
  • AAFP Research Awards, Teaching Awards
  • STFM Leadership Awards, Writing Awards
  • Cheplove Medal, New York Academy of Family Physicians
  • Washington Family Physician of the Year
  • NIH Director’s Citation for Service

Over 180 original papers in peer-reviewed journals, plus over 100 other publications.
Google Scholar Profile: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=d3q2_lkAAAAJ
ORCHID: 0000-0003-2802-4349. Scopus Author ID: 7401923273.