Dr. Phillips has been involved with Heart Care International since 2005, becoming the surgical team captain for Heart Care International in 2017. In addition to performing surgeries on our mission trips to El Salvador, Peru and Mexico, Dr. Phillips also helps with logistical planning, conferencing with and educating the local medical team, developing the surgical list, and overseeing the mission’s surgeries and medical procedures. Previous work includes serving as Co-Director of the Congenital Heart Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the Chief of the Division of Congenital Heart Surgery. Prior to that he was Surgical Director, Heart Transplantation and Adult Congenital Heart Disease at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Dr. Phillips received his undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering from The Johns Hopkins University and medical degree from The College of Physicians & Surgeons of Columbia University. After completing general and cardiothoracic surgery as well as two years of research generally focused on cardiac physiology at New York Presbyterian – Cornell Medical Center, he went on to New York Presbyterian – Columbia Medical Center where he completed fellowships in pacemakers/ defibrillators and pediatric cardiac surgery. Dr. Phillips is board-certified in Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, and Congenital Heart Surgery. His clinical interests are in congenital heart disease (including adult congenital heart disease) and in developing novel approaches to treating congenital heart disease (mainly through a Hybrid approach).
Alistair Phillips, MD