Facebook Pixel Code
About Sickkids
About SickKids

John Phillips, BSc, MA, MD, FRCSC

The Hospital for Sick Children
Plastic/Craniofacial Surgeon
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Craniofacial Surgeon
Cleft Lip and Palate Program

Craniofacial Surgeon
Craniofacial Program

University of Toronto
Associate Professor
Department of Surgery

Phone: 416-813-6197
Fax: 416-813-6637
Email: john.phillips@sickkids.ca
Alternate Contact: Barbara Sokolowski

Brief Biography

Dr. Phillips was born in Toronto Ontario. He received his M.D. and Plastic Surgery training from the University of Toronto. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada and an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto. He did his subspecialty training in Craniofacial Surgery with Dr. Ian Munro at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and Dr. Ian Jackson at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Wisconsin.

Dr. Phillips began fulltime practice, in Paediatric Craniofacial Surgery at SickKids in 1992. As an adult and paediatric craniofacial surgeon, with more than 26 years of experience, he is well known for his expertise and approachable manner. Dr. Phillips served as the Medical Director of The Hospital for Sick Children Craniofacial Program from 1993-1998. This is the largest program of its kind in Canada.

Within his current role, Dr. Phillips also oversees the surgical side of the multidisciplinary Vascular Malformation Clinic. This clinic has seen a rapid growth over the past few years and has developed a national referral base.

Over the years, Dr. Phillips has been actively involved in the teaching and development of craniomaxillofacial courses on a national and international level. He has presented more than 75 papers at international meetings and published 59 peer-reviewed article and 19 book chapters.

In collaboration with the hospital's Centre for Image Guided Innovation and Therapeutic Intervention, Dr. Phillips is using innovative imaging technology to generate a 3D computational model of the skull to refine surgical techniques. Our research team has generated a normative skull database of infants between 8-12 months. This fundamental work provides a foundation for current research in developing mathematical computational models to increase the reliability in determining the location and number of cuts required to reconstruct the skull shape in children with craniosynostosis. Future research areas will include the use of robotics to execute the mathematic computations under the direction of our surgical staff.


Alshail E, Rutka JT, Drake JM, Hoffman HJ, Humphreys R, Phillips JH et al: Utility of Frameless Sterotaxy in the Resection of Skull Base and Basal Cerebral Lesions in Children. Skull Base Surgery 1998: 8 No.1: pp

Chun K, Siegel-Barlett J, Chitayat D, Phillips JH, Ray PN: FGFR2 Mutation Associated With Clinical Manifestations Consistent With Antley-Bixler Syndrome. American Journal of Medical Genetics 1998: 77: pp 219-224.

Farkas LG, Phillips JH, Katic M: Anthropometric Anatomical and Morphological Nose Widths in Canadian Caucasian Adults. The Canadian Journal of Plastic Surgery 1998: 6 No. 3: pp 149-151.

Iconomou TG, Zuker RM, Phillips JH: Mandibular Reconstruction in Children Using the Vascularized Fibula. Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery 1999: 15 No. 2 : pp 83-90.

Demianczuk A, Phillips JH, Dagys AP: The Effect on Facial Growth of Pediatric Mandibular Fractures. Journal of Craniofacial Surgery 1999: 10(4): pp 323-8.

Matic D, Phillips JH: A Contradiction for the use of a Hydroxyapatite Cement, Bone Source in the Pediatric Population. Plastic Reconstructive Surgery 2002: 110(1): pp 1-5.