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Cheryl Phillips, MD, AGSF

President & CEO, SNP Alliance

Cheryl Phillips, MD, is the President and CEO of the Special Needs Plan Alliance, a national leadership association for special needs and Medicare-Medicaid plans serving vulnerable adults. Prior to this she was the Senior VP for Public Policy and Health Services at LeadingAge. She has also served as the Chief Medical Officer of On Lok Lifeways, the originator of the PACE (Program of All-Inclusive care for the Elderly) model based in San Francisco, CA, and the Medical Director for Senior Services and Chronic Disease Management, for the Sutter Health System in Northern California.

As a fellowship-trained geriatrician her clinical practice focused on nursing homes and the long-term care continuum. Dr. Phillips is a past president of the American Geriatrics Society, and is also a past president of the American Medical Directors Association, the society for post-acute and long term care medicine. She continues to serve on multiple technical advisory groups for chronic care, LTC quality, home and community-based services, and person-centered measures, and has provided multiple testimonies to the U.S. Congress. She is a frequent speaker for aging service providers, health plan leaders, and state and national meetings. She served as a primary care health policy fellow under Secretary Tommy Thompson, and was appointed by the Governor as a California Commissioner on Aging and appointed to the Olmstead Advisory Committee for California. Dr. Phillips is on the Board of Directors of the SCAN Foundation and the SCAN Health Plan.


Bachelor of Science: University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA, 1980

Doctor of Medicine: Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Loma Linda, CA, 1985

Medical residency, chief residency, and geriatric fellowship, University of California, Davis, 1989