R. Phillip Dellinger, MD, named to Dual Leadership Roles at Cooper University Health Care and Cooper Medical School of Rowan University

R. Phillip Dellinger, MD, has been appointed as Chief of the Department of Medicine at Cooper University Health Care and Chair of the Department of Medicine at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU).

Dr. Dellinger will also serve as the Medical Director of the newly formed Adult Health Institute, which will include Endocrinology, Family Medicine, Gastroenterology, Geriatrics, Infectious Disease, Internal Medicine, Nephrology, Palliative Care, Pulmonary Medicine and Psychiatry. In this role, Dr. Dellinger will work collaboratively with other physician and business leaders to develop and expand Cooper’s programs aimed at meeting the health care needs of adults across the health care continuum.

“Dr. Dellinger has been a leader at Cooper since his arrival in 2001,” said John P. Sheridan, Jr., Chief Executive Officer of The Cooper Health System. Most recently, he was Interim Chair at CMSRU, Chief of the Department of Medicine at Cooper University Health Care and Head of the Division of Critical Care Medicine and Director of the Viner Intensive Care Unit at Cooper.

“Dr. Dellinger is also a renowned researcher and shares his clinical knowledge at conferences throughout the world,” said Paul Katz, MD, Dean of CMSRU.

He was previously the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) Governor for both Texas and Missouri and was President of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) from 1998 to 1999. He is currently associate editor for the SCCM’s journal, Critical Care Medicine. He is the creator of the SCCM Fundamental Critical Care Support (FCCS) course now translated into five languages and taught around the world. Dr. Dellinger has authored nearly 250 journal articles and book chapters as well as edited more than 30 books and journal issues in the fields of critical care medicine and lung disease, featuring both laboratory and clinical research. His primary academic interests are new innovative sepsis therapies, sepsis management, sepsis performance improvement and clinical trial design.

Dr. Dellinger received numerous awards and honors, including induction into the Baylor College of Medicine Teaching Hall of Fame and the SCCM’s Distinguished Service Award. He is a fellow of the ACCP and was inducted as a Master Fellow in the College of Critical Care Medicine in 2012 (one of 20 initial inductees spanning the 40-year history of SCCM).

He received his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, and completed a residency and fellowship at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.

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