Richard E. Phillips, MD, PhD

About Me

I am a neuro-oncologist who cares for patients with brain tumors and neurological complications of cancer. My research focus is in epigenetics and understanding the processes that dictate whether genes are switched ‘on’ or ‘off’. Disruption of these processes plays an important role in the development of brain tumors such as glioblastoma. Through this work, my overarching goal is to develop more effective treatments for my patients. 

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  • Clinical Expertise: Neuro-oncology; Neurological Complications of Cancer; Brain Tumors; Glioma
  • Awards and Honors: American Brain Tumor Association Research Fellowship (2015); CURE Childhood Cancer Award (2015); MSKCC IDEA Award (2017); DIPG Collaborative: Cure Starts Now Award (2017)
  • Languages Spoken: English; Spanish
  • Education: MD, King's College London
  • Residencies: Neurology - Massachusetts General Hospital/Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Fellowships: Neuro-Oncology - Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; Visiting Fellow - Rockefeller University
  • Board Certifications: Neurology

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Clinical Trials

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