James Phillips, M.D.
Scholarly Concentration Director

James Phillips, MD, is a board certified Emergency Medicine physician currently an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at George Washington University Hospital, and serves as the section Chief of Emergency Preparedness and the Co-Director of the Disaster Medicine Scholarly Concentration.

Dr. Phillips lectures and researches several topics, most notably Healthcare Workplace Violence, Disaster and Counterterrorism Medicine, and Tactical (SWAT) Medicine. His most recent paper, Workplace Violence Against Healthcare Workers in the United States, was published in April 2016 in the New England Journal of Medicine. He is a 2014 graduate of the Harvard Disaster Medicine and Emergency Management Fellowship, and was the first Director of Counterterrorism Medicine as faculty in that Fellowship. He functioned as a Tactical Physician for the MA State Police SWAT Team for three years. In 2017 he was selected as a Fellow in the Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity Initiative at the Center for Health Security in the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.  

Dr. Phillips was trained in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Michigan followed by an Emergency Medicine residency in Chicago where he served as chief resident and was awarded as the Outstanding Resident Researcher. He graduated as a Top Ten Senior from Oklahoma State University with a dual bachelor’s degree in microbiology and molecular genetics before matriculating to the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. 

Dr.Phillips’s interests include disaster medicine, tactical medicine, and the role of medicine in counterterrorism. He has recently authored textbook chapters on Active Shooter Response, Improvised Explosive Devices, Structure Fires, and medical treatment of hostages.


Joelle Simpson, MD, MPH
Scholarly Concentration Director

Joelle Simpson, MD, MPH, is the Medical Director for Emergency Preparedness at Children's National. In this role, Dr. Simpson provides strategic leadership for Children's National's disaster preparedness, response, and community outreach efforts. 
Dr. Simpson is the Project Director for the Emergency Medical Services for Children State Partnership program for the District of Columbia. She serves on the Mayor's Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council for DC serving as a pediatric advocate in the development of prehospital policies and protocols. She is also part of a core team of educators that provide pediatric ALS and BLS education to DC prehospital providers. She led the development of the inaugural pediatric Medical Reserve Corp for DC which provides specialized pediatric support services to the DC community in preparation for, response to, and recovery from disaster, pandemic, and mass-casualty events involving children and families. 
Dr. Simpson received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University. She attended The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences for her MD and MPH degrees. She completed her pediatric residency at Johns Hopkins and graduated from the Pediatric Emergency Medicine fellowship at Children's National.