Kathryn Phillips, PhD

Founding Director
UCSF Center for Translational and Policy Research on Personalized Medicine (TRANSPERS)


Consumer Genetic Testing: Are There Sustainable Business Models and at What Risks?
Business Model Panel Discussion – Consumer Genetic Testing
10:50 AM - 11:35 AM


Kathryn Phillips, PhD, a health services researcher and health economist and leader in the application of new technologies to improve healthcare, is the founding director of the Center for Translational and Policy Research on Personalized Medicine (TRANSPERS) in the School of Pharmacy at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She is also a professor of health economics and health services research in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy at UCSF, with additional appointments in the UCSF Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies and UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

Kathryn focuses on the value of new technologies and how to most effectively and efficiently implement them into health care. Her core specialty is personalized (or precision) medicine — a new era of healthcare where medical interventions can be tailored to individual patients based on their unique genetic make-up. Her work spans multiple disciplines, including basic, clinical and social sciences, and brings together leading experts in academia, industry, healthcare, payers, and government. Kathryn led one of the earliest studies on the societal implications of pharmacogenomics, underscoring its potential to reduce the incidence of adverse drug reactions (JAMA, 2001). Her pioneering research on the application of health services research to personalized medicine has revealed insights on how to bridge the gap between emerging technologies and their use in the clinic. Kathryn has also conducted seminal work on HIV, as her analysis of HIV home testing informed the FDA’s decision to approve the first home collection HIV test (New England Journal of Medicine, 1995).

Kathryn has published approximately 150 peer-reviewed articles in major journals, including JAMA, The New England Journal of Medicine, and Health Affairs and has had continuous funding from the US. National Institutes of Health as a principal investigator for 25 years. She currently serves on the editorial boards of the journal Health Affairs (rated as the top policy journal), Value in Health (a leading outcomes research journal), and all of the leading journals on personalized medicine. Kathryn has served on national and international scientific advisory committees and workshops including work Board of Directors for GenomeCanada, National Academy of Medicine, Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. She has also served as an advisor to various international and industry organizations, including more than 35 biotechnology companies and venture capital firms. She was recently awarded a Rockefeller Foundation global and worked with thethe Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) — the largest funder of comparative effectiveness research in the world — developing a research agenda on personalized/precision medicine.