Steven J. Phillips ’62, a retired transplant surgeon and co-founder of the Iowa Heart Center, has been named a principal adviser to the chairman of GSI Securitization Ltd., which provides financing and related services to the health care industry from its base in Princeton, N.J.
Phillips established a cardiac surgery practice that now includes more than 55 physicians and 300 employees. He led the team that pioneered techniques for emergency coronary bypass surgery and his concept of intervention during a heart attack has become the universal standard of care.
He has testified before a Congressional committee and was appointed a member of the Board of Regents of the National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine, serving from 1993 until 1997 and chairing the board in 1997. He was later appointed full-time Deputy to the Director for Research and Education at that library, and was a founder and Chief Medical Officer of Cardiovascular Hospitals of America. He retired from active medical practice in 2005.
During his years at HWS, Phillips was a biology and chemistry major and a member of the lacrosse and fencing teams, Orange Key, Temple Club and the Board of Control. He earned his medical degree from Tufts University.
During two Army tours in Vietnam, he served with the 101st Airborne Division and later returned with a research team to study the effects of altitude on wounded patients being flown from Vietnam to the Philippines and Japan. He worked in the Department of Experimental Surgery at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, and retired from the reserves as a lieutenant colonel.
He now serves as the North American Editor of the Journal of Artificial Organs, and has served on numerous editorial, medical society and corporate boards.