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Elizabeth P. Clayborne, MD, MA

Academic Title:

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Primary Appointment:

Emergency Medicine

Additional Title:

MD, MA Bioethics

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Education and Training

  • Duke University, BA, Medical Ethics & Religion, 2005
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, MA Bioethics, 2011
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, MD, 2011
  • Residency, George Washington University, Emergency Medicine, 2015


Dr. Elizabeth Phillips was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. She attended Duke University as an undergraduate where she designed her own major in Medical Ethics & Religion. Prior to medical school she completed a two-year research fellowship at National Institutes of Health in the Social and Behavioral Research Branch of the National Human Genome Research Institute with a research focus on race, ethnicity and genetics. Dr. Phillips attended to medical school at Case Western Reserve University where she completed a dual MD/MA Bioethics degree in 4 years. She went on to complete residency in Emergency Medicine at the George Washington University Hospital and served as Chief Resident in her fourth year. Dr. Phillips is currently a faculty member at the University of Maryland School of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine with an academic focus on ethics, health policy, end of life care and innovation/entrepreneurship. She developed a novel epistaxis device as a resident and in 2015 was awarded the NSF I-Corps grant which helped to launch her company Emergency Medical Innovation, LLC. She is the current Chair of the MedChi Committee on Ethics and Judicial Affairs, serves on the Ethics Committee of the American College of Emergency Physicians and is an active member of the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine, the American Medical Association and the National Medical Association. Dr. Phillips looks forward to continuing her career as a practicing emergency physician and leader in health care policy and reform. 

Research/Clinical Keywords

Health Policy, Ethics, End of Life Care, ED Operations, Health Disparities, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Highlighted Publications

George N, Phillips E, Zaurova M, Song C, Lamba S, Grudzen C. Palliative Care Screening and Assessment in the Emergency Department: Systematic Review. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2015 Aug 31. pii: S0885-3924(15)00444-3. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2015.07.017. PMID: 26335763.

E. Phillips, C. Marco, J. Jesus, D. Wang, G. Larkin. Family Presence during Resuscitation. ACEP Now.Vol 34: Num 6, June 15, 2015.

E. Phillips, C. Marco, J. Jesus, D. Wang, G. Larkin. When to Call the Code: Ethical Issues in Terminating ED Resuscitations. ACEP Now.Vol 34: Num 4, April 15, 2015.

Elizabeth M. Phillips, Adebola Odunlami, Vence L. Bonham. Mixed Race: Understanding Difference in the Genome Era. Social Forces. Vol 86: Num 2, December 2007.         

Awards and Affiliations

George Washington Business Competition Finalist, Bleed Freeze, innovative epistaxis device,  2015

NMA Post Graduate Section, First Place Poster for Clinical Research, 2014

EMRAEmergency Department Directors Academy Award, 2014                        

Gold Humanism Honor Society, 2013                                                                     

NMA Excellence in Research Award, Emergency Medicine, 2011, 2012                        

ACEP Medical Student Professionalism and Service Award, 2011                        

Inamori Center for Ethics and Excellence Research Fellow Grant, 2009              

AMA Minority Scholars Award, 2009                                             

Wilbert C. Jordan Student Research Forum, First Place Poster, SNMA Conference, 2008                 

Grants and Contracts

National Science Foundation Innovation Corps Grant, $50,000, 2015

Professional Activity

American College of Emergency Physicians, Ethics Committee Member, Palliative Medicine Section Member 

MedChi Maryland State Medical Society, Chair of the Committee on Ethics and Judicial Affairs

National Medical Association, Emergency Medicine Section Member                                                                 

Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, Academic for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Medicine, Palliative Care Section