Cheryl Phillips, MD is the President and CEO of the SNP Alliance (Medicare Special Needs and Managed Medicaid Plans). Prior to this role she was Senior VP for Advocacy and Public Policy at LeadingAge in Washington, D.C. 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, as well as the Medical Director for Senior Services and Chronic Disease Management, for the Sutter Health System, a network of doctors, hospitals and other health providers in Northern California. As a fellowship-trained geriatrician her clinical practice focused on nursing homes and the long-term care continuum. In addition to being a hands-on medical director of multiple nursing homes in California, she oversaw the network development and quality oversight for Sutter’s Sacramento-Sierra region post-acute care.

Dr. Phillips is the past president of the American Geriatrics Society, the organization representing health care professionals committed to improving the health of America’s seniors; and is also past president of the American Medical Directors Association, the physician organization for long-term care. She serves on multiple national boards and advisory groups for chronic care including the CMS Quality Assurance and Process Improvement (QAPI) Technical Expert Panel in Long Term Care, the National Quality Forum MAP Coordinating Committee, and has provided multiple testimonies to the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging. 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. Currently, Dr. Phillips is the co-chair of Advancing Excellence, the campaign for quality improvement in nursing homes.

• 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