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BENJAMIN Z. PHILLIPS, MD, MPH

Dr. Phillips has a unique practice focus that is a combination of plastic and reconstructive surgery, peripheral nerve surgery and hand surgery. His areas of interest include upper and lower extremity compression neuropathies, fractures of the hand and wrist, soft tissue reconstruction, arthritis of the hand, brachial plexus injuries and nerve transfers.

He found his passion for plastic surgery during his Emergency Medicine residency at Brown. From the onset of his training he was drawn to the hand; its form and function are fascinating. He feels privileged to have trained under one of the country’s premier nerve surgeons, Dr. Susan McKinnon. Previously, Dr. Phillips worked in Virginia, splitting his time at the Medical College of Virginia Medical Center and the orthopedic hand clinic at the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center. That combination exposed him to everything from carpal tunnel syndrome to finger replants.

His approach to patient care is to focus on getting people back to their regular activities, as the functional aspect of the hand is so important. But he believes his responsibility transcends that and spends a lot of time with patients to understand the mental impact of their injuries as well as the physical ones. He feels if he looks at what he does as just healing a wound or repairing a joint without taking into consideration how this affects a person’s quality of life, he is doing the patient a disservice.

Outside of medicine, everything focuses around his family. He and his wife have two young children. They never forget they are not only a doctor and a nurse; they are also a dad and a mom. One of their favorite things to do as a family, and that includes the dog, is to walk the town beach in Narragansett together. Dr. Phillips is also a runner and a huge professional sports fan. He loves to cook, and if he weren’t a doctor he would be a chef.

Education

  • Undergraduate – San Francisco State University, BS 1997
  • Graduate – University of Pittsburgh, MPH in Public Health 2000
  • Medical – Brown University MD 2004
  • Residency – Brown University, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 2013
  • Fellowship – Washington University, Hand and Peripheral Nerve Surgery 2014

 

Professional Associations

  • American Society of Plastic Surgery
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • American Association for Hand Surgery
  • American Society for Peripheral Nerve
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January 2, 2020 / Hand/Wrist / Dr. Benjamin Phillips

Thumb Wars

Osteoarthritis, or degenerative arthritis, is a natural process that occurs with aging and represents deterioration of joint cartilage (the cushioning between our bones). I tell my patients there are 3 things in life we cannot avoid: death, taxes and arthritis. Thumb arthritis is the second most common type of arthritis in the hand behind arthritis involving the last joint in our fingers.

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August 29, 2019 / Hand/Wrist / Dr. Benjamin Phillips

THE VIKING DISEASE

Dupuytren disease (DD) or as it is sometimes labeled the Viking disease, is an abnormal accumulation of tissue beneath the skin in the palm and fingers. DD was given this colorful name because early....

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February 28, 2019 / Elbow Hand/Wrist / Dr. Benjamin Phillips

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome: The Cousin of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Many of us either have, or know someone who has carpal tunnel syndrome. At the very least, the majority of individuals have heard of it. This is not surprising since carpal tunnel syndrome is the most common nerve compression in the upper extremity. The second most common nerve compression….. cubital tunnel syndrome, the not as well known cousin of carpal tunnel syndrome. Knowledge of this condition, its diagnosis and treatment are important when......

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