John H. Phillips

John H. Phillips


Associate Professor


Dr. John Phillips has practiced as an adult and paediatric craniofacial surgeon since 1987 and most recently returned to fulltime paediatric craniofacial surgery in 2002. As a craniofacial surgeon with more than 20 years' experience he is well known for his expertise and approachable manner. Dr. Phillips is a full time staff member of the Centre for Craniofacial Care and Research, at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children, the largest program of its kind in Canada. During his tenure he served as the Medical Director of the program from 1993-1998.

Dr. Phillips’ current position includes overseeing the Vascular Anomalies Clinic. This clinic has seen a rapid growth over the past few years and now includes two full time interventional radiologists as well as a multidisciplinary team of healthcare experts, and has developed a national referral base.

In 2013, Dr. Phillips was awarded the clinical research, Health Research Grant through the Physicians’ Services Incorporated (PSI) Foundation. The details of this award can be found at

Over the years Dr. Phillips has been actively involved in the teaching and development of craniomaxillofacial courses on both a national and international level. He has presented more than 75 papers at international meetings and published 34 peer-reviewed articles and 17 book chapters.

Areas of Specialty

Craniofacial and vascular malformations

Practice Hospital

Hospital for Sick Children




Barbara Sokolowski

Practice Location

The Hospital for Sick Children
555 University Ave.
Toronto, Ontario
M5G 1X8


(416) 813-6197


(416) 813-6637

Referral Instructions

Paediatric Craniofacial Surgery

Research Interests

Craniofacial and Vascular Malformations

In collaboration with the hospital's Centre for Image Guided Innovation and Therapeutic Intervention, Dr. John 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 to 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.