Harvard Medical School
    Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

    Disaster Medicine Fellowship

    Dr. James Phillips, MD, is a board certified Emergency Medicine specialist from Boston, MA. He is a full-time academic faculty member at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and an Instructor at Harvard Medical School. In addition to teaching residents and medical students, Dr. Phillips lectures and researches several topics, most notably Healthcare Workplace Violence, Disaster and Counterterrorism Medicine, and Tactical (SWAT) Medicine. He was the first American graduate from the Harvard Affiliated Disaster Medicine and Emergency Management Fellowship in 2014, and is now a core faculty member who most recently deployed to Nepal after the 2015 earthquake. He functions as a Tactical Physician for the MA State Police SWAT Team. 

    Dr. Phillips training began in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Michigan, followed by an Emergency Medicine residency in Chicago where he was chief resident and won the award for Outstanding Resident Researcher.  Prior to that, 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.  

    Dr. Phillips’ interests include disaster medicine, tactical medicine, and the role of medicine in counterterrorism. He has recently authored textbook chapters on Active Shooter Response, Improvised Explosive Devices, Structure Fires, and medical treatment of hostages. His most recent paper, Workplace Violence Against Healthcare Workers in the United States, has been accepted for publication by the New England Journal of Medicine. 

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