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About Dr. Tony Philipps


Anthony F. Philipps, M.D. is a retired pediatrician and neonatologist.  Previous to his retirement in 2015, he served as Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics, University of California, Davis and Medical Director, University of California Davis Children’s Hospital from 1999-2012. He was also an Attending Neonatologist at UC Davis Medical Center’s Newborn Intensive Care Unit. 

Dr. Philipps is a Chicago native and received his undergraduate and medical education at the University of Chicago.  He performed his internship and residency in Pediatrics at the University of Colorado and a fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine there as well. Dr. Philipps also served as a Navy physician (LtCDr) at the U.S. Naval Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C. (1972-74).  Before his appointment at UC Davis, Dr. Philipps was a member of the clinical and research faculties of the Universities of Connecticut (1977-1988) and Arizona (1988-1999).  At UC Davis he served on numerous committees including past Chair of the Council of Chairs, Co-Chair of the Medical Center Contracts Work Group and a Board member of the California Children’s Specialty Coalition. He is a member of a number of professional societies, including the Society for Pediatric Research, American Pediatric Society, and past President of the Western Society for Pediatric Research.

Dr. Philipps is an author of more than 120 research manuscripts, reviews and book chapters.  He has written a number of book chapters including those related to Neonatal Emergencies, Fetal and Neonatal Metabolism and Newborn Gastrointestinal Function and Nutrition. Dr. Philipps also has an extensive research track record in the study of glucose homeostasis and the study of insulin-growth hormone-IGF signaling. He was an NIH Fogarty Senior International Fellow at the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden and also a fellow at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland. Dr. Philipps has an extensive background in grant administration and was previously funded for his research from the NIH (NIDDK, NICHD, Fogarty), including directorship of a Program Project grant related to “Milk Hormones.” Most recent laboratory research was in collaboration with the UCD School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Department of Nutrition.  A full list of his grants and publications is available upon request.

Presently, Dr. Philipps works with colleagues on a project in Port au Prince, Haiti (2012-present) at the Hopital de Universite de Haiti (HUEH) helping to provide pediatric specialty teaching of medical students and pediatric residency trainees. This work has been funded by grants from UC Davis and Academics Without Borders.  He is also on the board of the NorCal Trykers, which provides specialized tricycles for handicapped children.

Dr. Philipps has been married for 50 years (Patricia) and has three daughters and four granddaughters.