William R. Phillips

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Clinical Professor, Health Services
Clinical Professor, Family Medicine (primary appt.)
Clinical Professor, Epidemiology

American Academy of Family Physicians
American College of Preventive Medicine


MD   University of Washington, 1975
MPH   University of Washington, 1975   (Health Services)
BA   University of Washington, 1971   (English)

Contact Info

email:   wphllps@u.washington.edu

University of Washington
Department of Family Medicine
Seattle, WA 98195

campus box:   356390
voice:   206-543-9425


Bill Phillips has worked with medical education and primary care research in the Department of Family Medicine since 1979 and holds the title of Theodore J. Phillips Endowed Professor of Family Medicine. A native of Seattle, he graduated from UW School of Medicine and earned an MPH at the UW School of Public Heath. 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. He serves as Co-director of the National Research Service Award (NRSA) Family Medicine Research Fellowship Program at UW for graduating residents or family physicians with practice experience to gain formal research training in preparation for an academic career. Dr. Phillips has served in scientific and professional leadership roles at the national and international levels, including president of NAPCRG, chair of the AAFP Commission on Science, and on advisory panels to ACIP, NIH, AHRQ, Medicare and major insurers. Dr. Phillips is a founder and currently Senior Associate Editor of the Annals of Family Medicine. He is also Senior Scientist at Battelle Centers for Public Heath Research and Evaluation.

Physician career satisfaction; improving the healing experience for patient and clinician; technology assessment; scientific communication; doctor-patient communication; clinical preventive services; STD/HIV prevention in primary care.

Phillips WR. Learning by write. Fam Med. 2013 Jan;45(1):48-9.  PMID: 23334971

Kadivar H, Goff BA, Phillips WR, Andrilla CH, Berg AO, Baldwin LM. Nonrecommended breast and colorectal cancer screening for young women: a vignette-based survey. Am J Prev Med. 2012 Sep;43(3):231-9. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2012.05.022.  PMID: 22898115

Cole AM, Doescher M, Phillips WR, Ford P, Stevens NG. Satisfaction of family physicians working in community health centers. J Am Board Fam Med. 2012 Jul-Aug;25(4):470-6. doi: 10.3122/jabfm.2012.04.110295. Erratum in: J Am Board Fam Med. 2013 May-Jun;26(3):345.  PMID: 22773715

Hsu C, Cherkin DC, Hoffmeyer S, Sherman KJ, Phillips WR. Patient and clinician openness to including a broader range of healing options in primary care. Ann Fam Med. 2011 Sep-Oct;9(5):447-53. doi: 10.1370/afm.1289.  PMID: 21911764    PMCID: PMC3185468

Phillips WR, Green LA. A public celebration of a personal doctor. Ann Fam Med. 2010 Jul-Aug;8(4):362-5.  PMID: 20644193    PMCID: PMC2906533

  • Optimizing healing in primary care
  • Public understanding of physician oaths
  • Risk assessment and screening for STDs and HIV in primary care
  • Identification of family medicine and primary care practitioners
  • Teaching reflection and tacit knowledge in family medicine practice