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William R. Phillips
Clinical Professor Emeritus


Bill Phillips has worked with medical education and primary care research in the Department of Family Medicine since 1979. He is a native of Seattle, graduated from UW School of Medicine and earned an MPH at the UW School of Public Health. He was residency-trained and board-certified in family medicine at Providence Medical Center and in preventive medicine at the UW School of Public Health. He completed USPHS fellowship training in epidemiology, community medicine and primary care policy.

For 20 years, Dr. Phillips practiced full-time, full-spectrum family medicine in Seattle.
His experience is broad, his interests varied and his work interdisciplinary.

Dr. Phillips was the Theodore J. Phillips Endowed Professor in Family Medicine at UWSOM and Clinical Professor of Health Services and of Epidemiology at UWSPH. He directed the Family Medicine Community Clinical Clerkship in the early days of WAMI and later directed the
UW NRSA Fellowship in Primary Care Research. He pioneered the first interprofessional elective course in primary care.

Dr. Phillips has served in scientific and professional leadership roles at the national and
international levels, including:
• President, King County Academy of Family Physicians
• United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF).
• President of North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG).
• Chair of the AAFP Commission on Science.
• Senior advisory panels ACIP, NIH, AHRQ, HRSA, NLM, CMMS, STFM, BCBSA.
• He is a founder and retired editor of the Annals of Family Medicine.

Fellow, American Academy of Family Physicians
Fellow, American College of Preventive Medicine

His honors include:
• Maurice Wood Award for Lifetime Contributions to Primary Care Research (NAPCRG)
• Outstanding Research Mentor Award (NAPCRG)
• Washington Academy of Family Physician of the Year (WAFP)
• Cheplove Medal (New York Academy of Family Physicians)
• Fulbright Senior Scholar - Ireland

Google Scholar profile:



Phillips WR, Louden DN, Sturgiss E Mapping the literature on primary care research reporting: a scoping review. Family Practice. Feb 2021

Phillips WR, Sturgiss E, Hunik L, Glasziou P, olde Hartman T, Orkin A, Reeve J, Russell GM, van Weel C Improving the Reporting of Primary Care Research: An International Survey of Researchers. J Am Board Fam Med. Jan 2021

Phillips WR, Keys T Interprofessional Primary Care Course Curriculum and Evaluation.. Fam Med. Mar 2018

Phillips WR Pursuing Personal Passion: Learner-Centered Research Mentoring. Fam Med. Jan 2018

Phillips WR, Final Touches.. Fam Med. Jul 2017

Bibbins-Domingo K,Whitlock E, Wolff T, Ngo-Metzger Q, Phillips WR, Davidson KW, Krist AH, Lin JS, Mangione CM, Kurth AE, García FAR, Curry SJ, Grossman DC, Landefeld CS, Epling JW, Siu AL, Developing Recommendations for Evidence-Based Clinical Preventive Services for Diverse Populations: Methods of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.. Ann Intern Med. Mar 2017

Bibbins-Domingo K,Grossman DC, Curry SJ, Davidson KW, Epling JW, García FA, Gillman MW, Kemper AR, Krist AH, Kurth AE, Landefeld CS, LeFevre ML, Mangione CM, Phillips WR, Owens DK, Phipps MG Statin Use for the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in Adults: US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement.. JAMA. Nov 2016

Phillips WR, Green LA A public celebration of a personal doctor.. Ann Fam Med. Jul-Aug 2010

Kim S, Phillips WR, Pinsky L, Brock D, Phillips K, Keary J A conceptual framework for developing teaching cases: a review and synthesis of the literature across disciplines.. Med Educ. Sep 2006

Phillips WR Zebras on the commons: rare conditions in family practice.. J Am Board Fam Pract. Jul-Aug 2004

Phillips WR, Haynes DG The domain of family practice: scope, role, and function.. Fam Med. Apr 2001


CHWS Presentations

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Frogner BK, Phillips W. Who’s entering and who’s leaving health care, and why do we care? Grand Rounds, Department of Family Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA