Steven Joseph Phillips, MD

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Steven J. Phillips, M.D. is the Director, Specialized Information Services, and Associate Director, National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Health & Human Services. He is leading the effort to establish a Disaster Information Management Research Center at the NLM. This Center, totally devoted to disaster informatics, is the first of its kind in the world. 


Dr. Phillips is a graduate of Hobart College and Tufts Medical School. He is board certified both in general and thoracic surgery. He co-founded the Iowa Heart Center that has grown to 58 physicians all specializing in cardiovascular disease. In 1974 he pioneered techniques for emergency coronary bypass surgery for evolving heart attacks implanted the first artificial heart in Iowa, performed the first heart transplant in central Iowa, and invented the technology for percutaneous cardiopulmonary bypass. He has been the principle investigator for numerous research projects.


In 1997 Dr. Phillips was interviewed by the White House search committee for the position of Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. On October 7, 1998, he was invited to testify before the Full Committee on Commerce as a witness on the Implementation of the Food and Drug Administration Modernization Act of 1997. 


Dr. Phillips was a member of the Board of Regents of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) from 1993-97 and the 1997 Board Chair. From 1999-2001 He served as the full time Deputy to the Director for Research and Education at the NLM, NIH.


Dr. Phillips served twice in Vietnam and retired from the USAR as a LTC. in 1993. He is a life member of the 101 st. Airborne Association and an Associate Life member of the UDT/SEAL Association. He sits on the Board of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Reception Center, and serves as a member of a Congressionally mandated Wounded Warriors Task Force. He is past president of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs, Society of Cardiac Surgeons of Spain, and of the Polk County Medical Society, Iowa. He is a member of the NIH alumni association, AATS, STS, ASAIO, ACC, ACS and EACTS medical societies. He has approximately 125 medical publications and has been granted 6 patents. 


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