2003 Star Volunteer

Stephanie Philips, PhD, chair of Philips Healthcare Communications, Inc.

Stephanie PhilipsStephanie describes herself as having 4 kids (a software marketing consultant, a graphic designer, a surgeon, and a clarinetist) + 4 cute grandkids (2 blond, 2 brunette) and in 2003, the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association describes Stephanie as its Star Volunteer.

“Stephanie truly personifies volunteerism and has been a role model to all HBA volunteers,” said WOTY co-chair Daria Blackwell, president, White Seahorse, Inc., and HBA president-elect. “She has provided invaluable insights along with countless hours through her role on the Board and as co-director of programs, which have helped the HBA continue to grow and meet the changing needs of our members.”

Over the years, Stephanie has worked closely with her co-chair of programs to create interactive evening seminars that help HBA members hone their professional skills. She sees the evening seminars as opportunities to showcase the talents of women in pharma and to open doors to networking.

Mary Cobb, CEO/president, Pace, Inc., a Lowe Healthcare Company, and immediate past president of the HBA, added that “Stephanie’s long-term commitment to the organization and its mission is evident in her dedication to making the HBA and its educational programs the best that they can be. We thank Stephanie for her leadership, for her insightful ideas, and for giving so graciously.”

Stephanie started her career as a basic research scientist in cell biology and immunology, with a focus on the cell cycle and cell surface antigens. She also taught cellular genetics to undergraduates and histology to medical students and was on the faculties of Columbia University, CCNY, and Washington University in St. Louis.

Copywriting was Dr. Phillips’ entrée into pharmaceutical marketing. From the advertising side, she developed full promotional campaigns for antibiotics, immunology products, cardiovasculars, nutritionals, infertility drugs, oncology products, psychotropics, diagnostics, and medical instruments. For medical communications, she has contributed creatively to dozens of major pharmaceutical product launches and helped reposition and rejuvenate older products in virtually every medical specialty.

In 1987, she believed there was a need for a medical communications agency capable of interpreting the serious science behind many of today's pharmaceutical breakthroughs, so Stephanie established Project House.

Today, Stephanie’s maintains her vision remains to generate scientifically sound, educationally valuable programs to support the marketing of healthcare products. She is both a medical advertising professional and a biomedical scientist, which allows her to supply creative direction and critical medical expertise for ongoing projects

Stephanie currently is an active member of American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) Task Force on the Contributions of Medical Writers to Scientific Publications. She is an avid gardener and tennis player, as well as a dedicated hiker and member of the Appalachian Mountain Club.

A prolific writer with more than over 20 peer-reviewed publications, Stephanie earned a BS with honors and PhD in Biology from the University of Chicago.

Please join us in congratulating Stephanie on this well deserved recognition as a true example of volunteerism and a role model to all HBA volunteers.