James Phillips James Phillips
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine

Office Phone: 202-741-2911
Email: Email
Department: Emergency Medicine


  • BS, Oklahoma State University, 2001
  • MD, University of OK Hlth Sci Ctr, 2005


Currently, I am an Assistant Professor at GWUH and Chief of Disaster and Operational Medicine in the Department of Emergency Medicine. I am also a CNN Medical Analyst.

Additionally, I am the Chief Medical Officer for SOSi (SOS International LLC) and serve as the medical director for Camp Taji near Baghdad, Iraq. My areas of research and lecturing include Healthcare Workplace Violence, Disaster Medicine, Tactical Medicine, and the role of medicine in counterterrorism. In January 2017 I was chosen as a Fellow at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Health Security in the Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity Initiative. My focus includes response, recovery, mitigation, and planning for all types of natural disasters, man-made disasters, and terrorist events. I trained in trauma surgery, plastic surgery, and emergency medicine prior to my Fellowship in Disaster Medicine. I am a CONTOMS graduate and have served as a Tactical Physician. My research on Healthcare Workplace Violence was recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine, and I provide grand rounds lectures on the topic in addition to serving as a consultant and expert witness in cases involving my areas of expertise.

Follow me on Twitter @DrPhillipsMD.

I completed the BIDMC Disaster Medicine Fellowship, now associated with the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. I completed my Emergency Medicine residency at the University of Illinois Chicago in December of 2012, and I previously trained at the University of Michigan in Plastic Surgery for 4 years.

My academic interests include Healthcare Workplace Violence, IEDs, active shooter incidents, emergency medicine, critical care, CBRNE, Mass Gathering Medicine, and Tactical/Operational Medicine and Counter-Terrorism.

My interests also include medical consulting for film and television, media medical expertise, athletics, music, and guitar. 

Industry Relationships and Collaborations

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