Dr. Stephen Phillips
Turning back time: Dr. Stephen Phillips believes that with every answer, comes more questions. As a neurologist and professor in the Department of Medicine at Dalhousie Medical School, he has been answering questions about the effects of stroke for more than 25 years. “Stroke can be devastating and is distressingly common,” says Dr. Phillips. “Our work focuses on minimizing the impact of stroke on people’s lives.”
Dr. Phillips and a team of colleagues explore better ways to prevent and treat stroke. They also work to bring research findings to the frontline of health care more efficiently and successfully – an often arduous process that can take many years. “We are trying to prevent strokes from occurring, reduce brain damage when one does occur, and help people make better recoveries,” says Dr. Phillips.
His research includes clinical trials of stroke prevention, treatment and rehabilitation that involve national and international collaboration. “More knowledge in these areas will have a major impact in Nova Scotia, in Canada and around the world.”
In his role as clinical advisor for Cardiovascular Health Nova Scotia, Dr Phillips co-leads initiatives to improve the quality of care for stroke patients province-wide. This work involves implementation of research findings that are incorporated in the Canadian Best Practice Recommendations for Stroke Care, available at strokebestpractices.ca.