The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences has named a new chair for its ophthalmology department.
Paul H. Phillips will be assuming the role of chair for the College of Medicine’s Department of Ophthalmology as well as the director of the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute. Phillips is replacing Christopher T. Westfall, who stepped down from the role in August 2018.
“Dr. Phillips brings exceptional strengths to his new post as a highly respected leader in pediatric ophthalmology, strabismus, and neuro-ophthalmology, and as a member of our faculty for the past 22 years,” Westfall, now executive vice chancellor of UAMS and dean of the College of Medicine, said in a statement. “He is widely known for his expertise and compassion in treating children and adults and has also garnered accolades for his teaching, mentoring, and contributions to research.”
Phillips joined UAMS in 1997 and was named a professor in 2008. Since 2006, he has served as Arkansas Children’s Hospital’s chief of pediatric ophthalmology as well as the director of the Ophthalmology Residency Program, a role he has had since 2015.
“The Jones Eye Institute has a history of exceptional leadership under Dr. John Shock and Dr. Westfall, serving the people of Arkansas with world-class research and eye care. I am honored to be included among that company,” Phillips said. “I am also grateful for the opportunity to serve in a leadership capacity within the Department of Ophthalmology as it provides the very best in education and training for tomorrow’s ophthalmologists.”
He earned his medical degree summa cum laude State University of New York at Buffalo Medical School. Afterwards, he completed his ophthalmology residency at the University of Florida Eye Center, as well as a neuro-ophthalmology fellowship at Emory University Eye Center and a pediatric ophthalmology and strabismusfellowship at Wilmer Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore.