James Phillips

MD, American Board of Emergency Medicine
Emergency Medicine Attending – Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Instructor in Emergency Medicine – Harvard Medical School

Years as a fellow: 2013-2014
Special Interest: Operational Medicine, Tactical EMS
Fellowship Completed: BIDMC Fellowship in Disaster Medicine / Emergency Management
Current Residence: Boston Massachusetts
Contact Details:  Email: jpphilli@bidmc.harvard.edu Twitter: @DrPhillipsMD

Brief Biography:

James was born in raised in Midwest City, Oklahoma, and his life was forever changed by the Oklahoma City Bombing in 1995. His father, a 25-year veteran of the OKC Fire Department, was one of the very first rescue workers to enter the building that day, forever shaping his son’s ideas of courage, responsibility, and leadership. James graduated as a Top Ten Senior from Oklahoma State University where a full-scholarship allowed him to focus on a dual degree in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. During college he worked as a Burn/Wound Care Technician at the Silverstein Burn Center. He then matriculated directly to the University of Oklahoma where he completed his medical degree.
During medical school, Dr. Phillips lifelong interest in Emergency Medicine persisted, but a decision was made to compound on his prior burn experience and enter into the Integrated Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Residency at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. After completing four years of residency, Dr. Phillips made the decision to pursue his original career choice.
In June of 2010 Dr. Phillips entered the Emergency Medicine Residency at the University of Illinois Chicago, one of the specialties oldest and largest programs. He garnered several awards during residency, including being selected as the residency’s Outstanding Researcher Award recipient for best original research. During this time he presented his research at several local and national meetings, including ACEP 2012. He graduated in December, and was accepted as the first ever Fellows in Disaster Medicine at BIDMC from the United States.
Dr. Phillips interests include counter-terrorism, mass gathering/sporting event medicine, tactical medicine, and rapid deployment.