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Alistair Phillips

Alistair Phillips, M.D.

Cleveland Clinic
Miller Family Heart and Vascular Institute
9500 Euclid Ave, M41
Cleveland, OH  44195
United States
(216) 444-9125
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Role: 
Surgeon - Cardiothoracic

Background

Assistant Professor Surgery, The Ohio State University Medical School (7/05-06/11)
Attending Surgeon, Columbus Children's Hospital (July 2005-June 2008)
Attending Surgeon, Nationwide Children's Hospital (July 2008-June 2011)
Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Cincinnati (June 2011-June 2013)
Surgical Director, Adult Congenital Heart Disease and Heart Transplantation, Cincinnati Children's Hospital (June 2011-June 2013)
Co-Director of Congenital Heart Disease, The Heart Institute, Cedars Sinai Medical Center (July 2013 - March 2017)
Chief, Division of Congenital Heart Surgery, Cedars Sinai Medical Center (July 2013 - March 2017)
Surgical Team Captain, Heart Care International (March 2017 - Present)
Cleveland Clinic, Miller Family Heart and Vascular Institute, (November 2018 - Present)
Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital (November 2018 - Present)
Akron Children's Hospital (November, 2018 - Present)

Other Interests

Neonatal surgery
Electrophysiology
Aortic surgery
Adult congenital surgery
Hybrid Surgery
Heart transplantation
Valvular heart disease

Research

I have joined the Miller Family Heart and Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital, and Akron Children’s Hospital as a member of the congenital heart team as a congenital heart surgeon. 

I have been serving as the surgical lead for Heart Care International, which I joined in 2005. Over the past year and halve, I have devoted my time to coordinating mission trips to El Salvador, Peru and Mexico. My responsibilities included organizing the teams, coordinating care and most importantly performing a wide variety of surgeries from newborns to adults with congenital heart disease. Are primary focus is to improve the access of care for all patients with congenital heart disease by helping the local teams become more proficient at caring for them. In addition, I have founded www.congenitalheartcare.orgwith a goal to improve access to congenital heart care for patients in the United States and to provide care to congenital heart patients in the developing world.  

I was the Co-Director of the Congenital Heart Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the Chief of the Division of Congenital Heart Surgery. During my time at Cedars-Sinai we were a two-star program with overall mortality of 3.1%, providing care to all congenital heart patients. Prior to coming to Cedars-Sinai, I was Surgical Director, Heart Transplantation and Adult Congenital Heart Disease at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. 

I received my 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, I went onto New York Presbyterian – Columbia Medical Center where I completed fellowships in pacemakers/ defibrillators and pediatric cardiac surgery. 

I am board-certified in Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, and Congenital Heart Surgery. My clinical interests are in congenital heart disease, including adult congenital heart disease. Also, I am interested in developing novel approaches to treating congenital heart disease, mainly through a Hybrid approach. 

I have been the QI Officer for the Heart Center while on staff at Nationwide Children’s Hospital where I received advanced training in quality improvement and process improvement (ATP) from Intermoutain. I have spent the last few years developing a translational research team with emphasis on improving the quality of care for our patients and improving long-term outcomes. I believe that teamwork and communication are at the cornerstone of improved care.  My ATP thesis was on pre-operative team huddles with the goal of improving communication in the OR to reduce blood utilization. 

I am actively involved in translational research with specific interests in mitigating the impact to patients and families. Specific areas of interest are in blood conservation, modulation of inflammation, improving team work by developing tools for improved communication and team based simulation.

My previous positions have given me extensive experience in all aspects of congenital heart surgery from neonatal surgery to adults with congenital heart disease including mechanical support, ECMO and heart transplantation. I have operated on nearly 5000 patients all over the world and I am honored to have been able to help most of them. It is a great privilege to be able to care for patients with congenital heart disease, and their families. 

Additional Educational Information

The Johns Hopkins University (B.S. (hons) 1990)
New York Presbyterian Hospital-Cornell, Cardiothoracic Residency (7/01-6/03)
Cornell University-Clinical Fellow Cardiothoracic Surgery (7/96-6/98)
The New York Hospital-Cornell General Surgery Residency (7/94-6/96)
The Children's Hospital of New York-Presbyterian, Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Fellow (1/04-6/05)
Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons (M.D. 1994)
New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia, Pacemaker/defibrillator Fellow (7/03-12/03)

Practice Areas

  • Cardiac
  • Congenital
  • Acyanotic
  • Aortic Arch
  • Aortic Root
  • Ascending Aorta
  • Aortic Valve
  • Arrhythmias
  • Congenital
  • Congenital - Acyanotic
  • Congenital - Cyanotic
  • Congenital Surgery in Adults
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Diaphragm - Congenital Malformations
  • Electrophysiology - Ablation
  • Extracorporeal Circulation
  • Cerebral Protection
  • Myocardial Protection
  • Great Vessels
  • Heart Failure
  • Heart Failure - Congestive
  • Heart Failure - Nonischemic
  • Hypoplastic
  • Intensive Care Guidelines
  • Mechanical Circulatory Assistance
  • ECMO
  • VAD
  • Mediastinum - Congenital Malformations
  • Mitral Valve
  • Scimitar
  • Surgery
  • Syndrome
  • Transplantation - Heart
  • Tricuspid
  • valve
  • Valve Disease
  • Pulmonary Artery
  • Volunteerism