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Dr. Rogsbert Phillips

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Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Surgeon

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Rome, Italy
Favorite Quote:
When You Learn, You Teach. When You Get, You Give Back.

Birthplace

Born:
7/12/1948
Birth Location:
Newnan, Georgia

Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Surgeon

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Rome, Italy
Favorite Quote:
When You Learn, You Teach. When You Get, You Give Back.

Birthplace

Born:
7/12/1948
Birth Location:
Newnan
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Biography

Breast cancer specialist Dr. Rogsbert Frenzel Phillips was born on July 12, 1948, in Newnan, Georgia, to Olivia Louise Bohannon Mitchell and Zack Phillips. Phillips attended the University of Georgia and graduated in 1970. She also attended and graduated from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons with her M.D. degree. In 1982, Phillips became the first African American woman to complete the general surgery program at Emory University.

Phillips started her general surgery practice in Atlanta, Georgia, and decided to specialize in the treatment and prevention of breast cancer. She is one of the top breast cancer specialists in the United States. In 1989, Phillips founded Sisters By Choice, a support group providing educational, emotional, spiritual, and physical resources to breast cancer survivors, their families, and other health care professionals. The organization strives to be a leading provider of innovative programs and efforts that increase breast cancer education and awareness. The organization provides support and counsel to individuals diagnosed with breast cancer and their families. Phillips also started an annual Breast Cancer Awareness Weekend in Atlanta.

In 2000, Phillips participated in conducting experimental surgical procedures to detect and prevent breast cancer called ductal lavage. The procedure entails inserting a small scope into the breast under a local anesthetic to remove and test cells for abnormalities that could lead to cancer. This procedure could lead to the prevention of possible future breast cancer patients and could save future lives.

Phillips continues her general surgery practices in Atlanta and Lithonia, Georgia, and has been practicing medicine for thirty years.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Dr. Rogsbert Phillips' interview, session 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Dr. Rogsbert Phillips lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Dr. Rogsbert Phillips describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Dr. Rogsbert Phillips describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Dr. Rogsbert Phillips describes her parents' elopement
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Dr. Rogsbert Phillips describes the story behind her name
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Dr. Rogsbert Phillips describes her parents' personalities and who she takes after
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Dr. Rogsbert Phillips lists her siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Dr. Rogsbert Phillips describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Dr. Rogsbert Phillips recalls family dinners and holidays
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Dr. Rogsbert Phillips remembers Atlanta's Southwest neighborhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Dr. Rogsbert Phillips remembers Atlanta's Summerhill neighborhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Dr. Rogsbert Phillips describes her childhood personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Dr. Rogsbert Phillips describes her childhood pastimes with her family
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Dr. Rogsbert Phillips describes Atlanta's Kirkwood neighborhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Dr. Rogsbert Phillips describes her early aspirations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Dr. Rogsbert Phillips describes her experiences of racial discrimination at the University of Georgia, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Dr. Rogsbert Phillips remembers J.C. Murphy High School in Atlanta
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Dr. Rogsbert Phillips recalls the deaths of political and civil rights leaders
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Dr. Rogsbert Phillips describes her admiration for her sister
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Dr. Rogsbert Phillips recalls choosing to attend the University of Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Dr. Rogsbert Phillips recalls her arrival at the University of Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Dr. Rogsbert Phillips describes her experiences of racial discrimination at the University of Georgia, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Dr. Rogsbert Phillips reflects upon discrimination in schools and the work force
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Dr. Rogsbert Phillips describes her organizational involvement in college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Dr. Rogsbert Phillips describes her graduate studies at Bridgeport University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Dr. Rogsbert Phillips describes her decision to attend medical school, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Dr. Rogsbert Phillips describes her decision to attend medical school, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Dr. Rogsbert Phillips describes her classmates at Columbia University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Dr. Rogsbert Phillips reflects upon her decision to become a doctor
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Dr. Rogsbert Phillips describes her decision to specialize in surgery
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Dr. Rogsbert Phillips recalls her graduation from Emory University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Dr. Rogsbert Phillips remembers opening her private practice
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Dr. Rogsbert Phillips remembers meeting her research partner, Susan Love
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Dr. Rogsbert Phillips remembers founding Sisters By Choice
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Dr. Rogsbert Phillips describes the programs organized by Sisters By Choice
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Dr. Rogsbert Phillips describes her frustrations over cancer treatment
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Dr. Rogsbert Phillips describes her work with Susan Love
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Slating of Dr. Rogsbert Phillips' interview, session 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Dr. Rogsbert Phillips describes her work at American Cyanamid Company
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Dr. Rogsbert Phillips describes her residency program at Emory University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Dr. Rogsbert Phillips describes her work in clinical trial studies
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Dr. Rogsbert Phillips recalls other doctors' support for her private practice
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Dr. Rogsbert Phillips recalls how she became a breast disease specialist
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Dr. Rogsbert Phillips reflects upon the impact of race on her practice, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Dr. Rogsbert Phillips reflects upon the impact of race on her practice, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Dr. Rogsbert Phillips describes her relationship with Dr. Harold Freeman
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Dr. Rogsbert Phillips shares her reasons for creating Sisters By Choice, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Dr. Rogsbert Phillips shares her reasons for creating Sisters By Choice, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Dr. Rogsbert Phillips describes her involvement with clinical trials, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Dr. Rogsbert Phillips describes her involvement with clinical trials, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Dr. Rogsbert Phillips describes the history of breast cancer treatment
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Dr. Rogsbert Phillips talks about breast cancer's prevalence in the media
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Dr. Rogsbert Phillips describes the goals of Sisters By Choice
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Dr. Rogsbert Phillips shares her thoughts on universal healthcare policies
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Dr. Rogsbert Phillips describes preventative breast cancer treatments
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Dr. Rogsbert Phillips talks about hereditary breast cancer
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Dr. Rogsbert Phillips describes the importance of preventative methods
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Dr. Rogsbert Phillips reflects upon the need for breast cancer education
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Dr. Rogsbert Phillips explains when to begin having mammograms
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Dr. Rogsbert Phillips reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Dr. Rogsbert Phillips remembers individuals who influenced her, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Dr. Rogsbert Phillips remembers individuals who influenced her, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Dr. Rogsbert Phillips shares her advice for future generations
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Dr. Rogsbert Phillips describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Dr. Rogsbert Phillips reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Dr. Rogsbert Phillips narrates her photographs