Cheryl Phillips, SVP

Dr. Cheryl Phillips

Senior Vice President, Public Policy and Health Services


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Dr. Cheryl Phillips is LeadingAge's senior vice president for advocacy. She oversees the organization’s public policy development, government relations and advocacy efforts to benefit LeadingAge’s not-for-profit members and the people they serve.

Dr. Phillips previously served as chief medical officer for On Lok Lifeways, the country’s first Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) program.  

In this role, she provided medical leadership for On Lok’s 5 corporations and was responsible for medical policy and oversight of all medical affairs and clinical functions for both employed and contracted medical providers. 

She also served as the chief medical officer for Sutter Select and Medical Director, Chronic Disease Management, for the Sutter Health System. Sutter Health System is a network of doctors, hospitals and other health providers who serve more than 100 communities in Northern California. 

Dr. Phillips has served as chair of the board of directors and is past-president of both the American Geriatrics Society and the American Medical Directors Association, the physician organization for long-term care. She has also served on the California Commission on Aging, as a delegate to the White House Conference on Aging, and a Primary Care Public Policy Fellow at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Dr. Phillips’ post-graduate training includes a family practice residency and geriatrics fellowship at the University of California, Davis Medical Center. 

She was awarded her doctorate from Loma Linda School of Medicine, Loma Linda, California, and her bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. 

Dr. Phillips’ certifications include American Board of Family Practice, Certificate of Added Qualifications in Geriatrics and Diplomat and National Board of Medical Examiners.


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