George K. Philips, MBBS, MD, MPH, FACP

Hematologist/Medical Oncologist

George K. Philips, MBBS, MD, MPH, FACP, joined the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center in 2011 as Associate Professor of Medicine and attending physician in the adult Hematology/Oncology clinic and the inpatient wards of Georgetown University Hospital. He specializes in genitourinary oncology, with primary emphases in prostate, kidney, bladder and testicular cancer. Dr. Philips received a master’s degree in Public Health from Harvard University and medical degree from Bombay University. He completed residency and fellowship training at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver. He is board certified in internal medicine, medical oncology and hematology.

Dr. Philips’ main area of interest is cancer clinical trials including investigator-initiated and cooperative group studies of the Cancer and Leukemia Group B, where he is a cadre member of the GU Core Committee. Dr. Philips was the principal investigator of the Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial for the State of Vermont. He has conducted clinical trials of novel therapeutic agents in prostate and bladder cancer and is currently the national principal investigator for a Phase III comparative trial of drug combinations in advanced kidney cancer. Active in developing a comprehensive multidisciplinary genitourinary oncology program in collaboration with urologic and radiation oncologists, he founded the Genitourinary Tumor Board and the Prostate Cancer Research Group in cooperation with basic scientists. He currently leads the initiative to establish a multidisciplinary clinic for urologic cancers to promote high-quality, convenient care for patients and advance clinical trial participation.

Dr. Philips has a special interest in prostate cancer screening, prevention and active surveillance and advises the DC Cancer Consortium Prostate Cancer Stakeholders’ Group on public policy initiatives. He founded the Genitourinary Cancer Multidisciplinary DC Regional Oncology Project (GUMDROP) as a voluntary collaborative effort of academic medical centers in Washington, DC, and Maryland to facilitate and promote projects that maximize the proximity and complementary resources of these institutions.

Prior to joining Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Dr. Philips directed the fellowship training program in Hematology and Medical Oncology at the University of Vermont, chaired the hospital cancer committee at Fletcher Allen Health Care and has been a member of the Genitourinary Cancer Track of the Scientific Program Committee of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. He has advised fellows, residents and medical students over the past 10 years and has an interest in the professional problem of physician burnout. This experience has positioned him to serve as a strategic adviser to the Hematology-Oncology Fellowship training program at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.