James Phillips


Dr. James Phillips, MD is an Emergency Medicine physician and an Assistant Professor at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, DC. There, he is the current Chief of the Disaster and Operational Medicine section within the Department of Emergency Medicine and also serves as the Director of the Disaster Medicine Fellowship. In addition to his academic and teaching roles, he is the Chief Medical Officer for SOS International, LLC (SOSi) and serves as the Medical Director for non-military personnel at the Camp Taji military base North of Baghdad, Iraq. Dr. Phillips is a 2017 Fellow in the Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity Initiative at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health Center for Health Security.
Dr. Phillips lectures and researches several topics, most notably healthcare workplace violence, disaster medicine and emergency management, medical counterterrorism, and tactical/operational medicine. He is a 2014 graduate of the Harvard Affiliated Disaster Medicine and Emergency Management Fellowship and subsequently Instructor at Harvard Medical School and as an attending physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. In 2016 he was named as the Director of Counterterrorism Medicine in the BIDMC Disaster Fellowship and has lecture on the topic nationally. Dr. Phillips has recently authored textbook chapters on Active Shooter Response, Improvised Explosive Devices, Structure Fires, and medical treatment of hostages. His recent scientific manuscript, Workplace Violence Against Healthcare Workers in the United States, was published April 2016 in the New England Journal of Medicine.
His non-hospital-based medical activities include medical direction for local events in Washington DC, a recent deployment to Nepal after the 2015 earthquake, and he spent three years functioning as a volunteer Tactical Physician for the MA State Police SWAT Team. He is a graduate of the Counter Narcotics and Terrorism Operational Medical Support (CONTOMS) program and is a nationally registered EMT-Tactical. Prior to his disaster medicine training, he began his rather unorthodox training experience as a resident in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Michigan. After four years of surgical training Dr. Phillips changed specialties and completed an Emergency Medicine residency at the University of Illinois-Chicago where he received an award as the Outstanding Resident in Research. He graduated as a Top Ten Senior from Oklahoma State University with a dual bachelor’s degree in microbiology and molecular genetics before matriculating to the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. A proud Oklahoman born and raised, his life was personally impacted and heavily influenced by the Oklahoma City Bombing.