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Edward Phillips, MD

Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School;Chief, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Service, Boston VA Healthcare System
Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School
Chief, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Service, Boston VA Healthcare System

Where I Provide Care

VA Medical Center Boston

1400 VFW Parkway, West Roxbury MA 02132
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Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Boston

300 1st Avenue, Charlestown MA 02129
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Edward M. Phillips, MD, is Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School and is Founder and Director of The Institute of Lifestyle Medicine (ILM) at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital  In his work at the ILM he has directed 15 live CME programs starting in India in 2006 and continuing with twice yearly courses sponsored by the Harvard Medical School Department of Continuing Education. He oversees of a suite of 7 online CME modules in Lifestyle Medicine completed by over 10,000 clinicians from 115 countries. 

In October 2015 Phillips began his role as Chief of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Services at the VA Boston Healthcare System. Additionally, Phillips is a Fellow of American College of Sports Medicine (FACSM) and serves on the executive council that developed and leads the Exercise is Medicine™ global initiative. He is co-author of ACSM’s Exercise is Medicine™, The Clinician's Guide to the Exercise Prescription (Wolters-Kluwer, 2009) and is chair of the Exercise is Medicine Education Committee. He serves on the Advisory Board of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and on the Health Sector of the United States National Physical Activity Plan. He is co-founder and co-director of the Lifestyle Medicine Education Collaborative “LMEd” which is working to incorporate nutrition, exercise, self-care and behavior change into US medical schools curricula.

He is Adjunct Scientist at the Jean Mayer- United States Department of Agriculture, Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in the Nutrition, Exercise Physiology and Sarcopenia Laboratory where he works as study physician and investigator on several studies that address the areas of exercise physiology, resistance training in the elderly, body composition, and nutrition. He is site-PI for the Health Resource Service Administration Preventive Medicine Training Grant (2010-2013) (2014-2018) educating Yale Preventive Medicine residents in Lifestyle Medicine. Phillips has published over 65 scientific publications.

Phillips is an active clinician and researcher who speaks and consults nationally guiding a broad based effort to reduce lifestyle-related death, disease, and costs through clinician directed interventions with patients. His medical school, SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences honored him with its Distinguished Alumni Award for his accomplishments in Lifestyle Medicine. The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition has recognized both Dr. Phillips and the ILM with its Community Leadership Award. He appears on national media including Good Morning America, ESPN radio, Huffington Post, Slate, Time Magazine and is regularly quoted in WBUR’s CommonHealth blog.

Certified Specialities
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Clinical & Research Interests
Exercise prescription, Lifestyle Medicine, Musculoskeletal Care
American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehab

Education & Training

Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital
Millard Fillmore Hospitals
Medical Education
State University of New York at Buffalo
State University of New York, Buffalo, School of Medicine
Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center
New York Presbyterian Hospital


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