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William R. Phillips, MD, MPH
Clinical Professor, Family Medicine
T.J Endowed Professor in Family Medicine
Medical Student Education Section
Family Medicine Research Section
e-mail: wphllps@u.washington.edu


Biographical Information

Professor Bill Phillips has worked with medical education and primary care research in the Department of Family Medicine since 1979. He is a native of Seattle, graduated from UW School of Medicine, and earned an MPH at the UW School of Public Health and Community Medicine. He is residency-trained and board-certified in family medicine and in preventive medicine. For 20 years, he practiced full-spectrum family medicine in Seattle. His experience is broad, interests varied and his work interdisciplinary.

Dr. Phillips has served in scientific and professional leadership roles at the national and international levels, including president of North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG), chair of the AAFP Commission on Science, and on advisory panels to ACIP, NIH, AHRQ, HRSA and major health plans.

He currently serves on national advisory panels for the National Library of Medicine, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Board of Curators of the Center for the History of Family Medicine, the Board of Directors of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Foundation and the Medical Advisory Panel for Blue Cross/Blue Shield of American's Technology Evaluation Center.

He is also Clinical Professor of Health Services in the UW School of Public Health and Senior Scientist at Battelle Centers for Public Heath Research and Evaluation.

Dr. Phillips is a founder and currently Senior Associate Editor of the Annals of Family Medicine.

• BA - University of Washington (English)
• MD - University of Washington (Family Physician Pathway)
• MPH - University of Washington (Health Services)

• Fellow, American Academy of Family Physicians
• Diplomate, American Board of Family Medicine
• Fellow, American College of Preventive Medicine
• Diplomate, American Board of Preventive Medicine


Teaching Interests & Roles

• Medical student education section
• Medical Student Research Coordinator
• NRSA Fellowship in Primary Care Research, Co-Director
• Clinical Professor of Health Services, UW School of Public Health


Research Interests & Roles

• Family Medicine Research Section
• Senior Associate Editor, Annals of Family Medicine


Professor Phillips's research interests include:

Physician career satisfaction
Improving the healing experience for patient and clinician
Technology assessment and comparative effectiveness
Scientific communication and publication
Doctor-patient communication
New models and old values of care
Making care better, not just cheaper
Clinical preventive services
STD/HIV prevention in primary care
COS Profile: http://myprofile.cos.com/wphllps


Current Projects

• Optimizing healing in primary care
• Public understanding of physician oaths
• Risk assessment and screening for STDs and HIV in primary care and maternity care


Selected Publications

Leif I. Solberg, MD, Kurtis S. Elward, MD, MPH, William R. Phillips, MD, MPH, James M. Gill, MD, MPH, Graham Swanson, MD, MSc, Deborah S. Main, PhD, Barbara P. Yawn, MD, MSc, James W. Mold, MD, MPH, Robert L. Phillips, Jr, MD, MSPH for the NAPCRG Committee on Advancing the Science of Family Medicine. How Can Primary Care Cross the Quality Chasm? Ann Fam Med 2009;7:164-16

Phillips WR, Green LA. A public celebration of a personal doctor. Ann Fam Med. 2010 Jul-Aug;8(4):362-5.

Hsu C, Phillips WR, Sherman K, Hawkes R, Cherkin DC. Healing in primary care: a shared vision of patients, physicians, nurses, and clinical staff. Annals of Family Medicine. 2008; 6:307-314. Phillips W.

Reviewing Reports of Primary Care Research. Family Medicine Digital Resource Library (peer reviewed); 2009.

Montano DE, Phillips WR, Kasprzyk D, Greek A. STD/HIV prevention practices among primary care clinicians: risk assessment, prevention counseling, and testing. Sex Transm Dis. 2008 Feb;35(2):154-66.

Phillips WR. Questioning the future of family medicine. Fam Med. 2004;36(9):664-5.

Phillips WR. Zebras on the commons: rare conditions in family practice. J Am Board Fam Pract. 2004;17(4):283-6.

Brungardt S, Chen F, Phillips WR, NAPCRG Task Force on Increasing Student and Resident Interest. Frequently asked questions about family medicine research for medical students and residents. Ann Fam Med. 2004;2:375-376.

Kim S, Phillips WR, Stevens NG. Family practice training over the first 26 years: a cross-sectional survey of graduates of the University of Washington Family Practice Residency Network. Acad Med. 2003;78(9):918-25.

St Lawrence JS, Montano DE, Kasprzyk D, Phillips WR, Armstrong K, Leichliter JS. STD screening, testing, case reporting, and clinical and partner notification practices: a national survey of US physicians. Am J Public Health. 2002;92(11):1784-8. (Nominated for Charles C. Shepard Award, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2002.)

Phillips WR, Haynes DG. The domain of family practice: scope, role, and function. Family Medicine. 2001;33(4):2737.

Dowell SF, Schwartz B, Marcy M, Phillips WR, Gerber M. Principles of judicious use of antimicrobial agents for pediatric upper respiratory infections. Pediatrics. 1998;101(2):163.

(Set of six reports on antibiotic use in Supplement to Pediatrics Nov. 1998.)