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Nicholas Phillips
Nicholas Phillips, MD, PhD

Nicholas Phillips, MD, PhD

Research Associate, St. Jude Faculty



BA – Maryville College; Maryville, TN
MD – University of Tennessee,  Health Science Center; Memphis, TN 
PhD – University of Tennessee and the University of Memphis; Memphis, TN 
Child Neurology Residency – University of Tennessee, Health Science Center; Memphis, TN  
Cancer Survivorship FellowshipSt. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; Memphis, TN
Research Fellowship, NeuroscienceSt. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; Memphis, TN 

Honors & Awards

  • 2018 – International Cognition and Cancer Task Force Young Investigator Award
  • 2009 - American Academy of Neurology, Medical Student Prize in Neurology
  • 2009 - UTHSC Outstanding Student Award in Neurology Clerkship
  • 2003 - Winner of Best Paper, Southeastern Neuroradiology Society Meeting 
  • 2000 - LeQuire Award for Excellence
  • 1999 - Alpha Sigma Lambda  
  • 1996 - Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship
  • 1996 - All-Tennessee Academic Team

Research Interests

  • Neurocognitive Late Effects
  • Cancer Survivorship
  • Functional and Structural Neuroimaging

Current Research

  • Development of pathophysiological models of neurocognitive late effects related to disease and treatment in survivors of childhood cancers.
  • Investigation of interventions to improve neurologic and neurocognitive outcomes in childhood cancer survivors.

Selected Publications

Phillips NS, Cheung YT, Glass JO, Scoggins MA, Liu W, Ogg RJ, Mulrooney DA, Pui CH, Robison LL, Reddick WE, Hudson MM, Krull KR. Neuroanatomical abnormalities related to dexamethasone exposure in survivors of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Pediatr Blood Cancer Mar;67(3):e27968, 2020. PubMed PMID: 31407461.

Phillips NS, Howell CR, Lanctot JQ, Partin RE, Pui CH, Hudson MM, Robison LL, Krull KR, Ness KK. Physical fitness and neurocognitive outcomes in adult survivors of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia: A report from the St. Jude Lifetime cohort. Cancer Feb 1;126(3):640-648, 2020. PubMed PMID: 31631333.

Phillips NS, Hillenbrand C, Mitrea B, Yan J, Li C, Scoggins M, Merchant T, Pui CH, Robison LL, Hudson MM, Srivastava K, Armstrong G, Krull KR, Sabin ND. The Prevalence of Microbleeds in Adult Survivors of Childhood Adult Lymphoblastic Leukemia Treated with Cranial Radiation and Implications for Neurocognitive Outcomes. Scient Reports Jan 20;10(1):692, 2020. PubMed PMID: 31959839.

Banerjee P, Rossi MG, Anghelescu DL, Liu W, Breazeale AM, Reddick WE, Glass JO, Phillips NS, Jacola LM, Sabin ND, Inaba H, Srivastava D, Robison LL, Pui CH, Hudson MM, Krull KR. Association between anesthesia exposure and neurocognitive and neuroimaging outcomes in long-term survivors of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia. JAMA Oncol Jun 20;5(10), 2019. PubMed PMID: 31219514.

Krull KR, Li C, Phillips NS, Cheung YT, Brinkman TM, Wilson CL, Armstrong GT, Khan RB, Merchant TE, Sabin ND, Srivastava D, Pui CH, Robison LL, Hudson MM, Sklar CA, Chemaitilly W. Growth hormone deficiency and neurocognitive function in adult survivors of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Cancer May 15;125(10):1748-1755, 2019. PubMed PMID: 30690723.

Kesler SR, Ogg R, Reddick WE, Phillips N, Scoggins M, Glass JO, Cheung YT, Pui CH, Robison LL, Hudson MM, Krull KR. Brain network connectivity and executive function in long-term survivors of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Brain Connect Aug;8(6):333-342, 2018. PubMed PMID: 29936880.

Wang Z, Wilson CL, Easton J, Thrasher A, Mulder H, Lui Q, Hedges DJ, Wang S, Rusch M, Edmonson M, Levy S, Lanctot JQ, Caron E, Shelton K, Currie K, Lear M, Patel A, Rosencrance C, Shao Y, Vadodaria B, Yergeau D, Sapkota Y, Brooke RJ, Moon W, Rampersaud E, Ma X, Chang TC, Rice SV, Pepper C, Zhou X, Chen X, Chen W, Jones A, Boone B, Erhardt MJ, Krasin MJ, Howell RM, Phillips NS, Lewis C, Srivastava DK, Kesserwan CA, Wu G, Nichols KE, Downing JR, Hudson MM, Yasui Y, Robison LL, Zhang J. Genetic Risk for Subsequent Neoplasms among Long-term Survivors of Childhood Cancer. J Clin Oncol Jul 10;36(20):2078-2087, 2018. PMID: 29847298.

Harrigan RL, Yvernault BC, Boyd BD, Damon SM, Gibney KD, Conrad BN, Phillips NS, Rogers BP, Gao Y, Landman BA. Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science Center for Computational Imaging XNAT: A Multimodal Data Archive and Processing Environment. Neuroimage Jan 1;124(Pt B):1091-1101, 2016. PubMed PMID: 25988229.

Barb SM, Rodriguez-Galindo C, Wilson MW, Phillips NS, Zou P, Scoggins MA, Li Y, Qaddoumi I, Helton KJ, Bikhazi G, Haik BG, Ogg R. functional neuroimaging to characterize visual system development in children with retinoblastoma. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci Apr 20:52(5):2619-2626, 2011. PubMed PMID: 21245407.

Morris EB, Phillips NS, Laningham FH, Patay Z, Gajjar A, Wallace D, Boop F, Sanford R, Ness KK, Ogg RJ. Proximal dentatothalamocortical tract involvement in posterior fossa syndrome. Brain Nov;132(Pt 11):3087-3095, 2009. PubMed PMID: 19805491.

Helton KJ, Weeks JK, Phillips NS, Zou P, Kun LE, Khan RB, Gajjar A, Fouladi M, Broniscer A, Boop F, Li CS, Ogg RJ. Diffusion tensor imaging of brainstem tumors: axonal degeneration of motor and sensory tracts. J Neurosurg Pediatr Apr; 1(4):270-276, 2008. PubMed PMID: 18377301.

Helton KJ, Phillips NS, Khan RB, Boop FA, Sanford RA, Zou P, Li CS, Langston JW, Ogg RJ. Diffusion tensor imaging of tract involvement in children with pontine tumors. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol Apr;27(4):786-793, 2006. PubMed PMID: 16611765.

Phillips NS, Sanford RA, Helton KJ, Boop FA, Zou P, Tekautz T, Gajjar A, Ogg RJ. Diffusion tensor imaging of intraaxial tumors at the cervicomedullary and pontomedullary junctions. Report of two cases. J Neurosurg Dec;103(6 Suppl):557-562, 2005. PubMed PMID: 16383256.

Ries ML, Boop FA, Griebel ML, Zou P, Phillips NS, Johnson SC, Williams JP, Helton KJ, Ogg RJ. Functional MRI and Wada determination of language lateralization: a case of crossed dominance. Epilepsia Jan;45(1):85-89, 2004. PubMed PMID: 14692913.

Last update: May 2020