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About Me

After earning my bachelor’s degree at an all women’s college, working in a field dedicated to women was a natural fit for me. I have always been passionate about women’s access to healthcare and being a provider who supports women during some of the most exciting and painful moments of their lives seemed like the perfect way to dedicate my training. During medical school, I was touched by the young women I encountered in a support group for pregnant and parenting teenagers. It was these ladies who helped me evolve into an ob/gyn who is forever conscientious of her patient’s experience and the importance of a kind bedside manner.

I am inspired by the UCSF mission to put patient care first. This mission, combined with their dedication to research and patient advocacy made this program an unbelievable opportunity. I was born and raised in Palo Alto, I am so excited to care for women in this area—it has been a dream of mine since before medical school.

In my spare time, you may find me hiking, watching movies, or at the barn riding horses. I am a PADI certified SCUBA diver and live for my next dive! I also love spending time with my fur baby (my cat), Madison, who is named after the San Francisco Giants pitcher, Madison Bumgarner.

Carolyn Phillips, MD
Carolyn Phillips, MD

Graduated - Class of 2022

Generalist - Palo Alto Medical Foundation


Research/Clinical Interests: High risk obstetrics, preeclampsia and gestational hypertension, eclampsia, family planning, LGBTQ health




Institution Degree Field of Study
2022 University of California, San Francisco Residency Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
2014-2018 Albany Medical College MD Medicine
2012-2013 Tufts University School of Medicine MS Biomedical Science
2008-2012 Wellesley College BA Neuroscience

Research & Professional Experience

2017-2018 Albany Medical College, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Studied associations between fetal anomalies in Down Syndrome and maternal decision to terminate pregnancy.
2017-2018 Albany Medical College, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Studied links between increased BMI, preeclampsia, and treatments to control blood pressures.
2014-2018 Albany Medical College, Strong Mom. Mentored pregnant and parenting teenager girls from underserved communities in Albany, NY.
2013 Tufts School of Medicine, Department of Neurology. Thesis study on animal models of hypertension and cerebrovascular disease.
2011-2012 Wellesley College, Department of Neuroscience. Researched neural correlates of consciousness.
2008-2012 Stanford University, Department of Pediatrics and Immunology. Analyzed immunologic response in pediatric patients with Juvenille Idiopathic Arthritis.
2006-2007 Stanford University, Department of Neurobiology. Researched neuronal axon growth in animal models to better understand neurodegenerative diseases like Multiple Sclerosis.


Phillips C. Surgical Site Infections during Hysterectomy. Journal Club Presentation, University of California, Women’s Health Department Conference, December 2018.

Phillips C. Eclampsia in the Setting of HELLP. Morbidity and Mortality Presentation, University of California, Women’s Health Department Conference, December 2018.

Phillips C, Cui Y, Fannuchi H, Fleener D, Rijhsinghani A. Impact of Fetal Anomalies in Down Syndrome on Maternal Decision to Terminate. Presented at National ACOG Conference Apr 2018., Austin TX

Fannuchi H, Cui Y, Phillips C, Fleener D, Rijhsinghani A. Implications of Maternal Age in Termination of Down Syndrome Pregnancies. Presented at National ACOG Conference Apr 2018, Austin TX.

Phillips NC, Phillips CT, Denefrio C, Samelson R. Asymptomatic and Untreated Pheochromocytoma in Pregnancy. Poster session presented at: American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists District II Upstate Meeting; 2017 Apr 28-29; Verona, NY.


Flaherman V, Afshar Y, Boscardin WJ, Keller RL, Mardy AH, Prahl MK, Phillips C, Asiodu I, Berghella V, Chambers B. Infant Outcomes Following Maternal Infection with Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2): First Report From the Pregnancy Coronavirus Outcomes Registry (PRIORITY) Study. Clin Infect Dis. 2021 Nov 2;73(9):e2810-e2813. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciaa1411. PMID: 32947612

Macaubas C, Nguyen KD, Peck A, Buckingham J, Deshpande C, Wong E, Alexander HC, Chang SY, Begovich A, Sun Y, Park JL, Pan KH, Lin R, Lih CJ, Augustine EM, Phillips C, Hadjinicolaou AV, Lee T, Mellins ED. Alternative Activation in Systemic Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis Monocytes. Clin Immunol. 2012 Mar;142(3):362-72. doi: 10.1016/j.clim.2011.12.008. Epub 2011 Dec 28.

Winzeler AM, Mandemakers WJ, Sun MZ, Stafford M, Phillips CT, Barres BA.. The Lipid Sulfatide Is a Novel Myelin-Associated Inhibitor of CNS Axon Outgrowth. J Neurosci. 2011 Apr 27;31(17):6481-92. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.3004-10.2011. PMID 21525289

Macaubas C, Nguyen K, Deshpande C, Phillips CT, Peck A, Lee T, Park JL, Sandborg C,Mellins ED. Distribution of Circulating Cells in Systemic Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis Across Disease Activity States. Clin Immunol. 2010 Feb;134(2):206-16. doi: 10.1016/j.clim.2009.09.010. Epub 2009 Oct 29. PMID 19879195