A visionary in the field of minimally invasive spine surgery, Dr. Frank Phillips was one of the first in Chicago to begin using these procedures in the 1990s. He specializes in minimally invasive cervical and lumbar reconstructive surgery. He also has expertise in motion preserving procedures and was a principle investigator in FDA trials on cervical disc replacement.
Dr. Phillips is a leader in the field and is a founder, board member and past president of the Society of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery. Dr. Phillips has participated in the development of and pioneered a number of minimally invasive spinal techniques that are now widely used. He regularly teaches and lectures to spine surgeons nationally and internationally on minimally invasive spinal surgery.
Before coming to Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush in 2003, Dr. Phillips served as the director of the Spine Center at The University of Chicago. Dr. Phillips is currently a Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Director of the Division of Spine Surgery at Rush University Medical Center. He has published and lectured extensively, received numerous research awards and grants and frequently directs spinal educational courses for other spine surgeons. Dr. Phillips was recently named one of the top 28 spine surgeons in the country by Orthopedics this Week and is listed in Becker's Orthopedic Spine and Pain Management as one of the nation's Top 100 spine surgeons and specialists.
A medical graduate from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, Dr. Phillips completed his orthopedic residency at The University of Chicago Medical Center. In addition, he served a spine fellowship at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.
Dr. Frank Phillips was voted among the top 10-15% of Top Doctors in America® by U.S.News & World Report and Castle Connolly. The Top Doctors list is widely regarded as a high-quality reference guide to the medical profession.
Minimally invasive spinal surgery
Motion preserving spinal procedures
Spinal reconstruction cervical/lumbar
Minimally invasive spinal surgery
Intervertebral disc biology and regeneration
Clinical Support Staff
Toni Lee (AA)
Denise Reed (AA)
Marion Thompson (RN)
Christine Johnroe (PA)
Education / Certifications
University of Witwatersrand Medical School, South Africa
University of Chicago Hospitals, Chicago, IL - Orthopaedic Surgery
Case Western Reserve, Cleveland, OH - Orthopaedic Surgery
In The News
- Frank M. Phillips, MD, Recognized by the North American Spine Society (NASS)
- Ginna's Story
- Dr. Frank Phillips is first in the world to use augmented reality surgical guidance in minimally invasive spine surgery
- ISASS names Dr. Frank Phillips president for 2020-21
- Marathoner Finds His Stride Again After Minimally Invasive Spinal Fusion Surgery
- Dr. Frank Phillips receives a Spine Journal 2019 Award at NASS
- New Artificial Cervical Disc Means No More Pain, Stiff Necks
- Dr. Frank Phillips Keynote Speaker at SOLAS Annual Meeting
- Dr. Frank Phillips Author of NASS Best Paper
- Dr. Frank Phillips Keynote Speaker for Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting
- Motorcyclist Breaks Record after Cervical Spine Surgery by Dr. Frank Phillips
- MOR Surgeons Among Those Recommended by Their Peers
- Many More Miles For Arlington Heights Athlete After Spine Surgery
- Golfers Return to Same or Improved Handicap after Spinal Fusion
- The Future of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
- Dr. Phillips Discusses the Future of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Bundled Payments and ASCs
- Study on Return to Play After Spinal Fusion Published in SportsHealth
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