November 3, 2021

New Clinician Spotlight: Catherine Phillips

Catherine Phillips, MD


Catherine Phillips, MD, has joined Vanderbilt University Medical Center from Harvard Medical School’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. She began seeing patients in July.

“We are thrilled to recruit Dr. Phillips back to Vanderbilt from her role as chief of Ultrasound at Brigham and Women’s Hospital,” said Reed Omary, MD, MS, Carol D. and Henry P. Pendergrass Professor and chair of Radiology and Radiological Sciences. “She is one of the nation’s premiere experts in diagnostic ultrasound imaging and ultrasound-guided procedures, especially for obstetric indications. Dr. Phillips is also a natural collaborator who excels at serving the needs of our patients and busy referring physicians.”

Phillips completed her undergraduate degree at Duke University before earning her medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. She completed a residency in diagnostic radiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where she served as chief resident. She went on to complete her fellowship in women’s imaging at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

In 2018, Phillips joined the staff at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the faculty at Harvard Medical School. There, she served as the medical director of Ultrasound from 2018 to 2021 and the division chief of Ultrasound, co-director of the High-Risk Obstetrical Ultrasound Unit and radiology director of the Ultrasound Vascular Lab from 2020 to 2021.

She joins the Department of Radiology as an assistant professor with primary clinical interests including first trimester and abdominal ultrasounds and infertility. Her professional interests include mentoring and leadership development.

“I am motivated to collaborate with the world-class professional and technical staff at VUMC to complement and extend the excellent ultrasound service at VUMC and affiliates,” said Phillips.

“The mission of the Department of Radiology aligns with my goals of encouraging innovation, fostering diversity of thought, enabling equity of opportunity and inspiring collaboration. I am excited to join a leading research, education and clinical care institution and develop new and exciting service lines for ultrasound to better serve our patients and our community,” she said.