Company: Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Location: Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, United States
James H. Philip, MD, Anesthesiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in medicine.
Originally an electrical engineer, Dr. Philip received a BEE in 1968 and an MSEE in 1969, both from Cornell University. As a coop student working for Hewlett Packard Medical designing medical equipment, over time he noticed that the company was producing equipment medical personnel did not exactly need. He decided that going into the medical field with electrical engineering experience could have a great impact on the development of the best equipment. He chose to zero in on anesthesiology, as it was the specialty that needed the most engineering for safety, and in 1973 he earned an MD in medicine from SUNY Upstate Medical University. Today, Dr. Philip excels in numerous roles at Brigham and Women’s Hospital as the director of anesthesia bioengineering and as a senior consultant anesthesiologist since 2018, as well as an anesthesia liaison since 2010. Additionally, he has been a professor of anesthesia at the Harvard Medical School since 2012 and associate professor of anesthesia at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Science and Technology since 1988, institutions of which he has built his career since 1977.
In addition to his career responsibilities, Dr. Philip has served as president of Med Man Simulations Inc. since 2007 and has been a senior member of the National Ski Patrol since 1969. Looking back on his career, Dr. Philip is most proud of receiving the JS Gravenstein Award for Visionary Understanding of the Role of Technology in Anesthesia Care and Lifetime Commitment to Patient Safety from the Society for Technology in Anesthesia in 2017, among various other recognitions. He attributes his success to good teachers, beginning with his parents. In five years’ time, Dr. Philips would like to progress into full-time consulting in medical technology.
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