Kathryn Phillips


Kathryn A. Phillips, PhD, is Professor of Health Economics and Health Services Research at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and Founding Director of the UCSF Center for Translational and Policy Research on Personalized Medicine (TRANSPERS). Kathryn focuses on the translation of new technologies into improved patient outcomes, particularly personalized/precision medicine—targeting health care interventions to patients based on their genetics—and its impact on clinical care, health economics, and health policy. Her cross-disciplinary, cross-sector research integrates perspectives across basic, clinical, and social sciences and spans the divide between academia, industry, health care payers, and government.  Kathryn has had continuous funding from the NIH as a Principal Investigator for 25 years and has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles in journals such as JAMA, the New England Journal of Medicine, and Health Affairs. She serves on the editorial board for four journals, including Health Affairs, as well as several scientific advisory boards, e.g., GenomeCanada. She has served as an advisor or speaker to many organizations (e.g., Institute of Medicine, President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, FDA, CDC) and has consulted with over 35 biotech companies and venture capital firms. She has worked with numerous international organizations in Canada, Australia, Spain, UK, Netherlands, and Luxembourg. Kathryn is currently conducting work on the benefit-risk trade-offs for genomic sequencing, funded by a four year grant from NIH and other sources.