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Steven J. Phillips, MDSteven J. Phillips, MD


Professor Emeritus, Anatomy and Cell Biology

Telephone:  215-707-3177

Fax:  215-707- 2966

Email: philstev@temple.edu



Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology

Cardiovascular Research Center


Educational Background:


BA, Zoology, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA, 1955


MS, Anatomy, Hahnemann University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, 1958


MD, Hahnemann University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, 1960


Internship, Philadelphia General Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, 1960-1961


Postdoctoral Fellowship, Department of Anatomy, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, New York City, NY, 1961-1963


Instructor-Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology, 1963-1995


Emeritus Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology, 1995-present


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Research Interests:


There is one goal--deconstructing the human heart – using computer-based X-ray micro and nano tomographic techniques.


This involves minimally intrusive sequential analysis of the intact heart with CT methodology that yields micrometer dimensional isotropic voxels followed by large to small sector sub-analysis yielding nanometer dimensional voxels. The end results are coherent natural-context data sets that can be examined and measured in 3D space with differing degrees of magnified detail. From the cellular level to the multi-cellular fascicular level and beyond, the fabric of the heart wall’s construction can be visualized. This structural detail not only underlies the complex biomechanical activity of the heart but is critical to understanding the spread of electrical activation in the heart wall. Such an isotropic voxel information data base for the human or any heart does not exist at this time but is now in the process of incremental creation in the human heart.


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Recent Medically Related Publications, Obtained from PubMed (Click on PubMed ID to view abstract)

22998376. Vegesna AK, Sloan JA, Singh B, Phillips SJ, Braverman AS, Barbe MF, Ruggieri MR Sr, Miller LS, Characterization of the distal esophagus high-pressure zone with manometry, ultrasound and micro-computed tomography. Neurogastroenterol Motil 25:1(53-60.e6)2013 Jan

9689445. Montgomery MO, Jiao Y, Phillips SJ, Singh G, Xu J, Balsara R, Litvin J, Alterations in sheep fetal right ventricular tissue with induced hemodynamic pressure overload. Basic Res Cardiol 93:3(192-200)1998 Jun

2064031. Haas KS, Phillips SJ, Comerota AJ, White JV, The architecture of adventitial elastin in the canine infrarenal aorta. Anat Rec 230:1(86-96)1991 May

2233096. Seidmon EJ, Krisch EB, Baer HM, Phillips SJ, Tang CK, Shea FJ, Vasovasostomy in dogs using the carbon dioxide milliwatt laser: Part II. Lasers Surg Med 10:5(433-7)1990

2118205. Krisch EB, Seidmon EJ, Samaha AM Jr, Phillips SJ, Tang CK, Shea FJ, Carbon dioxide milliwatt laser in the vasovasostomy of vas deferens in dogs: Part I. Lasers Surg Med 10:4(328-33)1990

2853475. Valente PT, Hoober JK, Phillips SJ, Tyrosine-rich crystalloids in pleomorphic adenoma: SEM findings and partial biochemical characterization. Ultrastruct Pathol 12:6(613-20)1988 Nov-Dec

6237639. Thomas DP, Phillips SJ, Bove AA, Myocardial morphology and blood flow distribution in chronic volume-overload hypertrophy in dogs. Basic Res Cardiol 79:4(379-88)1984 Jul-Aug

6446969. Breisch EA, Bove AA, Phillips SJ, Myocardial morphometrics in pressure overload left ventricular hypertrophy and regression. Cardiovasc Res 14:3(161-8)1980 Mar

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  • American Association of Anatomists
  • Microscopy Society of America
  • Sigma Xi
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • College of Physicians of Philadelphia

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  • Golden Apple Teaching Award
  • Alumni Faculty Teaching Award

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