Institute of Medicine Taps Family Medicine Scholar
October 21, 2010 – The prestigious Institute of Medicine (IOM), part of the National Academy of Sciences, has selected Georgetown doctor Robert Phillips Jr. for lifetime membership.
Phillips, clinical assistant professor in Georgetown’s family medicine department, also serves as director of the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Primary Care and Family Medicine in Washington, D.C.
He will be inducted into the prestigious organization at the IOM’s annual meeting next fall. "The Georgetown professor is one of only two family physicians elected to the IOM this year, but is the fourth Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) faculty member to be selected by the scientific body.
“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,” Phillips says. “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.”
Membership in the IOM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine. Active members elect new members from candidates nominated for their accomplishments and contributions to the medical sciences, health care and public health.
Phillips’ research interests include physician-health system interactions and their effects on quality of care, geographic information systems and collaborative care processes.
“We congratulate Bob on this amazing honor that recognizes his dedication to family medicine,” said James Welsh, chair of the family medicine department at GUMC.
Wearing Many Hats
The Robert Graham Center that Phillips directs conducts research and analysis 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 departments of family medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University and George Washington University, and practices medicine at Fairfax Family Practice Center.
He graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine in 1995 with honors for special distinction, with his residency training in family medicine at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he also completed a masters of science in public health.
The Georgetown professor has served on the American Medical Association’s Council on Medical Education and as president of the National Residency Matching Program. He currently serves as vice-chair of the Council on Graduate Medical Education.
Other faculty members elected to the IOM from Georgetown include Lucille Adams-Campbell, Robert Ledley, Edmund Pellegrino, Judith Feder, Lawrence Gostin and Patricia King