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Stephen Phillips is a clinical and research neurologist widely regarded as a leader in stroke care in Nova Scotia and across Canada. Born and raised in southwest England, he was educated at King’s College, London, before receiving his clinical training at St. George’s University of London (Class of 1979). He emigrated to Nova Scotia in 1981 and served for 33 years on Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Medicine before retiring in December 2021.
In 1999 Dr Phillips helped to found the Canadian Stroke Network, collaborating with Heart & Stroke to develop the Canadian Stroke Strategy, which led to the first evidence-based guidelines on stroke care in Canada. A regional and national advocate for the adoption of coordinated multidisciplinary team care provided on dedicated stroke units, in 2002 he published a study showing the positive impact of this approach on patient outcomes at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre in Halifax.
An avid photographer, his artwork decorates the walls of the stroke unit at the QEII hospital and has been reproduced and sold to support fundraising for stroke unit staff professional development. Among other honours received in recognition for his research and clinical work, Dr Phillips was invited to present the 2021 Hnatyshyn Lecture ‑- Canada's most prestigious annual lectureship in the field of stroke.