Katharine Phillips, M.D.


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Personal Statement

Katharine Phillips, MD, is internationally known for her expertise in body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) and related disorders, such as olfactory reference syndrome (ORS) and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). For more than 30 years, Dr. Phillips has conducted ground-breaking scientific research on BDD and has provided expert evaluation and treatment with medication and therapy for people with these and other conditions. 

She is currently Professor of Psychiatry, DeWitt Wallace Senior Scholar, and Residency Research Director for the Department of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medicine and Attending Psychiatrist at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. 

 Dr. Phillips is currently accepting new patients.  Her office can be reached at 646-962-2820.

Biographical Info

Dr. Phillips graduated with honors from Dartmouth College and Dartmouth Medical School. She did her psychiatry residency at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School. She is currently Professor of Psychiatry, DeWitt Wallace Senior Scholar, and Residency  Research Director at Weill Cornell Medical College.

Dr. Phillips is a physician, scientist, educator, and author who has spent her career caring for patients, mentoring/teaching, and conducting groundbreaking scientific research on body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) and other psychiatric disorders. Her research studies on BDD have identified and elucidated many aspects of this common and severe disorder, and she has developed and tested treatments, both medication and therapy, for BDD. Her scientific studies on BDD were continuously funded by the National Institute of Mental Health for more than 20 years.

Dr. Phillips has received many honors and awards for her research, clinical work, and other academic contributions. Her awards include a Special Presidential Commendation from the American Psychiatric Association and the Outstanding Career Achievement Award from the International OCD Foundation for her research studies on BDD.

Dr. Phillips has more than 350 scientific publications (original scientific articles, reviews, letters, and book chapters). She has written or edited 11 books on BDD and other topics, including the first book on BDD. Dr. Phillips has given more than 600 international, national, and local presentations for professionals, including more than 130 Grand Rounds.

Dr. Phillips has served on many national boards and committees. She is an elected Fellow of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology and a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. She is a member of numerous editorial boards, the American College of Psychiatrists, and the Scientific Advisory Boards of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America and the International OCD Foundation. From 2002-2006 she chaired the National Institute of Mental Health's Interventions Research Review Committee (Scientific Review Group).

To disseminate information about BDD and other topics, Dr. Phillips has done more than 500 media interviews. She has been interviewed by the New York Times, London Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Time Magazine, Newsweek, CNN, the BBC, National Public Radio, and many other media outlets. She has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, 20/20, Dateline NBC, the Today Show, and Good Morning America.

Dr. Phillips has been included in Marquis Who's Who in Science and Engineering, Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare, and Who's Who of American Women. She has repeatedly been included in Who's Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, Best Doctors in America, Castle Connolly’s Exceptional Women in Medicine, and Castle Connolly's America's Top Doctors.


Honors and Awards

America’s Top Doctors (National Edition), Castle Connolly, 2006-2023

Exceptional Women in Medicine (National Edition), Castle Connolly, 2017-2020, 2022, 2023

Top Doctor in the New York Metro Area, Castle Connolly, 2020-2023

Who’s Who Top Doctors Honors Edition, 2017-2023

Fellow, American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, 2010-2023

Distinguished Life Fellow, American Psychiatric Association, 2019-2023  (Distinguished Fellow, 2003-2019)

America’s Top Doctors (Regional Edition), Castle Connolly, 2017, 2019, 2021

Marquis Who’s Who in the World, 2017-2021

Best Doctors in America (National Edition; Best Doctors, Inc., Aiken, SC), 2001-2003, 2005-2006, 2007-2008, 2009-2010, 2011-2014, 2015-2016, 2017-2019, 2019-2020

Marquis Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement Award, 2017, 2018, 2020

American Men and Women of Science, 2009, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018

Author Commendation (one of best authors in Psychiatry), UpToDate, 2017

Marquis Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, 2011-2012 and 2016-2017

Marquis Who’s Who in America, 2009-2016

Research Mentor Award, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, 2001, 2007, and 2015

US News and World Report Best Doctors, 2011-2013

Marquis Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, 2011-2012

Marquis Who’s Who of American Women, 2010-2011

Special Presidential Commendation (for research on body dysmorphic disorder), American Psychiatric Association, 2004

Dorfman Journal Paper Award, Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, 2002

Literary Award (for “The Broken Mirror: Understanding and Treating Body Dysmorphic Disorder”), Rhode Island Medical Women’s Association, 1998

Honorable Mention, Gerald L. Klerman Award for outstanding research, National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression, 1997

Travel Award, American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, 1995

Outstanding Psychiatrist Award for Clinical Psychiatry, Massachusetts Psychiatric Society, 1994

NCDEU New Investigators' Award, National Institute of Mental Health, 1993

Marquis Who’s Who Among Human Services Professionals, 1991

Honorable Mention, Psychiatric Research Fellowship, American Psychiatric Association, 1991

Resident Research Award, American Psychiatric Association, 1991

The Paul M. Howard Prize, McLean Hospital, 1991

American Psychiatric Association/Burroughs-Welcome Fellow, American Psychiatric Association, 1989-1991

Outstanding Resident Award, National Institute of Mental Health, 1989

The Dean's Medal (awarded for highest academic achievement), Dartmouth Medical School, 1987

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, Dartmouth Medical School, 1987

Rolf C. Syvertsen Fellow (for outstanding academic performance), Dartmouth Medical School, 1986

Summa Cum Laude, Dartmouth College, 1977  

Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society, Dartmouth College, 1977

Rufus Choate Scholar, Dartmouth College, 1977














Board Certifications
American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology (Psychiatry)
Clinical Expertise
Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT)
General Psychiatry
Body Dysmorphic Disorder
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Psychotherapy and Psychopharmacology
Anxiety Disorder
Anxiety and Depression
Skin Picking Disorder
  • M.D.
    Dartmouth Medical School
  • A.B.
    Dartmouth College
  • Attending Psychiatrist
    NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Professor of Psychiatry
    Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

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Professional Services: 
American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc.
Guilford Press
Merck & Co., Inc.
UpToDate, Inc.
Proprietary Interest: 
Guilford Press
Oxford University Press Inc.
Other Interest: 
BMJ (British Medical Journal)
Creative Artists Agency
OCD Scales
Proem Health
UpToDate, Inc.