UAMS Names Phillips Chief of Pediatric Ophthalmology Service

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LITTLE ROCK – Paul Phillips, M.D., was recently named chief of pediatric ophthalmology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and its affiliate, Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH).


Phillips, an assistant professor of ophthalmology, joined the faculty of the Department of Ophthalmology in the UAMS College of Medicine in 1997. As chief of pediatric ophthalmology, he succeeds Christopher Westfall, M.D., a professor of ophthalmology, who will continue as vice chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology.


Phillips, who sees patients at the Jones Eye Institute at UAMS and at ACH, completed a fellowship in pediatric ophthalmology at the Wilmer Ophthalmologic Institute at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. He also has completed a fellowship in neuro-ophthalmology at Emory University Eye Center in Atlanta.


A native of New York, Phillips was graduated summa cum laude from State University of New York (S.U.N.Y.) at Buffalo Medical School. After interning in Hartford, Conn., he completed an ophthalmology residency at the University of Florida Eye Center in Gainesville.


He has been certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology since 1995. He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society, the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus and several other organizations.


UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with five colleges, a graduate school, a medical center, five centers of excellence and a statewide network of regional centers. UAMS has about 2,320 students and 690 medical residents. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 9,300 employees, including nearly 1,000 physicians who provide medical care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital and the VA Medical Center. UAMS and its affiliates have an economic impact in Arkansas of $4.5 billion a year. For more information, visit