As president and CEO of Life Connection of Ohio, the not-for-profit organ procurement organization, and a physician assistant for 36 years, Michael G. Phillips not only understands the most basic qualities of life, he works each day to improve them.
Phillips recently was recognized as a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants for his outstanding service to his profession, commitment to advancing health care for all people, and exemplary personal and professional development.
“It is truly an honor to be recognized with fellow physician assistants who have a sincere commitment to delivering the highest quality of care possible in their respective fields of practice,” Phillips said. “I have been fortunate to be able to dedicate my career to organ donation and transplantation.”
In 2003, Phillips helped co-found UT’s Human Donation Science Program, the first and only academic program in the country designed to prepare individuals to coordinate the organ donation and transplant process.
The Human Donation Science Program recently has been approved to become a master’s degree program in the College of Medicine.
Phillips, who also serves as an instructor in the Department of Urology, is recognized as an expert in his field for his extensive writings, including books, chapters and journal publications on organ and tissue procurement and transplantation.
“It is a privilege and my duty to give back to my community by sharing my knowledge and expertise to advance the profession and make a difference in the lives of patients and their families,” Phillips said.