Baptist Health has named Eddie Phillips, M.D., as its chief medical officer.

Phillips has been a member of the Baptist Health Medical Center-Little Rock professional staff since 1980 as an obstetrician and gynecologist. He has also served as section chief for obstetrics and gynecology as well as chairman of the quality review committee. Phillips currently serves on the advisory board of Baptist Health Physician Partners.

"We are thrilled to have Dr. Phillips join Baptist Health in this important role," said Russell D. Harrington, Jr., president and CEO of Baptist Health. "Dr. Phillips is well respected by not only his patients but his peers on the professional staff. His passion for quality healthcare and his leadership skills will be a great addition to our healthcare system."

As chief medical officer, Phillips is responsible for clinical quality, risk management and patient safety for the Baptist Health system. He will also play a key role in leading the innovation in how healthcare is delivered in Arkansas through his leadership in Baptist Health Physician Partners. He will also be actively involved in developing new strategic relationships for Baptist Health with physicians and physician groups across the state.

Phillips is a native Arkansan, graduating from Hall High School in Little Rock, Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma, and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in Little Rock. He completed a rotating internship at Baptist Health Medical Center-Little Rock, a year of Neurology residency at UAMS and an Obstetrics and Gynecology residency in Pensacola, Florida. Since 1980, Dr. Phillips has been in private practice as an OB/GYN at Central Clinic for Women. He is a Fellow of the American Congress of OB/GYN, a Diplomat of the Board of OB/GYN and a member of numerous local and state medical societies. He is married to Holly and they have two adult children: Jason and Julia.

Dr. Phillips will replace Guy Gardner, M.D., who is retiring as the system’s chief medical officer.

Baptist Health is Arkansas’ most comprehensive healthcare organization with more than 7,300 employees and seven hospitals. For more information about Baptist Health, please visit the website at