Dr. Scott Phillips grew up in Logansport, Indiana, attended Butler University, and studied medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine. While at IU, he also began his career in the United States Air Force, a decision that would positively affect his career for years to come.
Following medical school, Dr. Phillips completed his training to become a Flight Surgeon for the Air Force's highly decorated 55th Special Operations Squadron at Hurlburt Field/Eglin AFB, Florida. During this tour of duty, he deployed to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait for Operation Desert Storm. He also participated in several humanitarian assistance missions, including Operation Provide Comfort in Turkey and care for Cuban refugees at Guantanamo Bay.
Following this tour of duty, Dr. Phillips finished his otolaryngology residency and was promoted to Chief of Otolaryngology at Scott Air Force Base, near St. Louis. While there, he was selected to serve as a NASA Space Shuttle Rescue Team flight surgeon and has been on the rescue team of 18 Space Shuttle missions, a responsibility he proudly continues to perform today. He continues his Air Force career as a reservist at Grissom Air Reserve Base, serving as flight surgeon for the 72nd Air Refueling Squadron.
Dr. Phillips has completed his Fellowship in Otolaryngic Allergy and has focused his practice at the Center for Ear Nose Throat and Allergy in the areas of Pediatric Ear Nose and Throat Disorders and Nasal Health. Along with his partners, he is one of the few Indiana physicians who offer the minimally invasive balloon dilation of the sinuses for relief of sinusitis.
Dr. Phillips finds his current practice rewarding and says, "I enjoy caring for the ear, nose and throat problems from which children suffer, including ear infections, sleep apnea, sore throats, nasal congestion, and allergies. Just as important, I cater to the families of these children as well. Going to see a specialist can be scary for children and their parents alike. I strive to make visits to our office a positive experience.
"I also enjoy helping those adults with nasal and sinus problems, and have completed a fellowship in ENT Allergy. ENT physicians approach allergy testing and treatment a little differently, which can often allow patients to feel better more quickly. For those who hate shots, we have a way to administer serum without needles, which we gladly offer to patients. This option is especially popular with children. Having fellowship training in allergy allows me to care for ALL problems that one may encounter with regards to nasal health, and allow 'one-stop shopping' for my patients.
"Another part of my practice is teaching. I enjoy teaching residents from the Indiana University Otolaryngology program, as well as those in family practice and pediatric residencies at St. Vincent's and Community Hospital's training programs. I also speak on a national level to other otolaryngologists at various meetings."
Dr. Phillips has presented at numerous national and international meetings, published a textbook chapter and several papers in medical literature, and is currently active in medical research, conducting a study of the relationship of nasal polyps and acid reflux disease. Recognized as a clinical instructor, he teaches many education classes to other physicians, including Advanced Trauma Life Support and Advance Cardiac Life Support, Combat Casualty Care, and is also an instructor in allergy for the ENT residents at the Indiana University School of Medicine. He enjoys public speaking to community elementary schools and service organizations, as well.
Dr. Phillips welcomes children and adults to the practice, including children with special needs, and is available for consultation at the Carmel and Avon offices.