George K. Philips, MD| Medical Oncology | MedStar Health

George K. Philips, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.8 out of 5 (547 reviews)

Specialties: Medical Oncology

Languages: English


About me

George K. Philips, MBBS, MD, MPH, has extensive experience researching and treating cancers of the urinary tract (known as genitourinary cancers), including prostate, kidney, testicular, and bladder cancers, at the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and at the Hematology-Oncology Clinic at MedStar Washington Hospital Center (MWHC). Dr. Philips leads the genitourinary medical oncology program at MWHC and manages patient enrollment for the clinical trials associated with the program. He has chaired the MedStar Health Research Institute-Georgetown University Oncology Institutional Review Board Committee, which works to protect patients participating in cancer clinical trials across the MedStar Health Network. Dr. Philips is the principal investigator for many current genitourinary cancers.

Dr. Philips founded GUMDROP, a regional collaboration among specialists in radiation, medical and urologic oncology at academic centers in the Washington, D.C., region, to promote clinical trials. He serves as the vice-chair for Faculty Development and Subspecialty Training Programs in the Department of Medicine at Georgetown University. His research and educational skills, leadership in trainee and faculty development and clinical research collaborations have contributed to the clinical and research expertise offered by the MedStar Cancer Network.

Philosophy of Care
I believe the patient's interest comes first and that the physician's obligation is to seek and apply all available resources for the well being of the patient. This commitment includes offering information and guidance about participating in cancer clinical trials and providing moral support through treatment. I focus on both the patient and the family.

Secondly, I believe in working as a team with oncology nurses, social workers and staff to develop a comprehensive strategy to address all aspects of a patient's experience with cancer. I work to ensure that each patient receives a personalized cancer treatment plan that is safe and effective.

Lastly, I believe in being honest with patients about prognosis, the risks and benefits of evaluation and treatment and the potential impact their decisions may have on their quality of life. This approach requires listening carefully to patients and shared decision-making. I try to optimize my medical management to match my patient's goals for how he or she wishes to live successfully as a cancer survivor.

Clinical areas of focus

  • Bladder Cancer
  • Genitourinary Cancers
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Penile Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Seminoma
  • Testicular Cancer
  • Transitional Cell Carcinoma
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Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Abdominal Cancer
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Cancer
  • Genitourinary Cancers
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Penile Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Seminoma
  • Side Effects Of Cancer Treatment
  • Testicular Cancer
  • Transitional Cell Carcinoma
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Procedures I perform

  • Adjuvant Chemotherapy
  • Bladder Cancer Genomics
  • Cancer Chemotherapy
  • Cancer Genomics
  • Cancer Immunotherapy
  • Chemoradiation
  • Prostate Cancer Genomics
  • Renal Cancer Genomics
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Practice locations

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3800 Reservoir Road Northwest
Lombardi Cancer Center
Washington, DC, 20007


Fax 202-444-1229

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110 Irving Street Northwest
Suite C2151
Washington, DC, 20010


Fax 202-877-8909

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MedStar Health accepts most major health insurance plans. If you are uncertain as to whether your individual health insurance plan is accepted at MedStar Health, please call your insurance company.

  • List of insurance plans we accept
    • Cigna POS Open Access & Open Access Plus
    • Federal Employee Program (Std/Basic PPO/Blue Focus)
    • Cigna TotalCare (HMO D-SNP)
    • Kaiser Flexible Choice
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • CareFirst BC/BS Advantage Core/Enhanced
    • Tricare for Life East
    • CareFirst Group Medicare Advantage
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund)
    • Cigna Choice Fund PPO
    • Medicaid - Maryland
    • Kaiser Medicare Plus
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • United Optimum Choice
    • Police and Fire Clinic
    • CareFirst Blue Card Program (Out-of-area BCBS plans)
    • CareFirst (NCA) Indemnity
    • Anthem HMO - BCBS of VA HealthKeepers
    • United Golden Rule
    • Traditional Medicare Fee for Service
    • United Navigate
    • Veterans Affairs Community Care Network
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • CareFirst Group Medicare Advantage prescription drug benefit (PPO)
    • United Choice Plus
    • Virginia Premier
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Opt Out Open Access
    • Aetna Open HMO/Open HMO Option/Open EPO Plus
    • Cigna Preferred Medicare
    • United Medicare Advantage DSNP District of Columbia
    • Aetna Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • Cigna Network Open Access
    • Innovation Health: Network Only Plus
    • United Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • Kaiser Signature
    • Anthem Plus BCBS of VA HealthKeepers Plus
    • Cigna Alliance Medicare (HMO) |
    • United Core Essential (HMO)
    • Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA
    • United Choice
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • Aetna Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • Tricare East Prime
    • Medicaid - Virginia
    • Cigna PPO and PPO Plus
    • Health Services for Children with Special Needs (HSCSN)
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • Aetna Signature Administrator PPO/TPA
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • Kaiser Select
    • WellPoint Maryland
    • Cigna True Choice Medicare (PPO)
    • Tricare Reserve Select
    • Cigna HMO Open Access
    • Aetna HMO
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • Innovation Health: Open POS II
    • MedStar Family Choice DC Healthy Families
    • Cigna True Choice Plus Medicare (PPO)
    • Cigna EPO
    • United Erickson Advantage Plans
    • Anthem (POS & Open Access POS) BCBS of VA HealthKeepers
    • United Community Plan - Maryland Health Choice Program
    • Cigna POS/Network POS
    • UnitedHealthcare Individual Exchange Plans
    • Carefirst EPO
    • United GEHA (for all other states) Compass Rose
    • HumanaChoice Honor’s plan PPO
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • Beech Street PPO
    • D-SNP)
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature-Added Choice
    • CareFirst MedStar PPO
    • Aetna HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • HumanaChoice PPO
    • CareFirst Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Open Access
    • Cigna HMO & Network (HMO)
    • CareFirst Administrators
    • Choice Care Network/HUMANA (PPO)
    • Kaiser Maryland Medicaid MCO
    • CareFirst MedStar Select PPO
    • I-SNP
    • Medicaid - District of Columbia
    • Cigna Achieve Medicare (HMO C-SNP)
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • Cigna Indemnity
    • United Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO)
    • Tricare East Select
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • United Select Plus (POS)
    • CareFirst NASCO
    • United Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • Kaiser HMO Plus and DHMO Plus Member
    • WellPoint Maryland - Maryland Health Choice
    • Carefirst BlueChoice HMO
    • Kaiser Medicare Advantage Signature and Select
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • Innovation Health: HMO & EPO Plus
    • United AARP Medicare Complete
    • United Mamsi Life & Health
    • United Student Resources
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • Kaiser Select-Added Choice
    • United MD IPA (HMO)
    • Carefirst Healthy Blue (HMO/POS)
    • Veterans Affairs Community Care Network (VA CCN)
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • MedStar Family Choice DC Healthcare Alliance
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • United MD IPA Preferred (POS)
    • United Group Medicare Advantage Plans
    • United Nursing Home Plan (C-SNP
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • Carefirst Blue Preferred PPO
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • First Health PPO
    • Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA


Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine

Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology

Graduate Education: Harvard School of Public Health (1999)

Fellowship Program: University of Colorado Hospital Denver (1995)

Residency Program: University of Colorado Hospital Denver (1993)

Fellowship Program: University of Colorado Hospital Denver (1991)

Residency Program: Christian Medical College Hospital (1989)

Medical School: Univ. of Bombay - Grant Medical College (1985)

Medical School: Government Medical College (1985)


  • Leadership Award from the American College of Physicians, Washington, DC, chapter.

Ratings and reviews

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  • Mar 15, 2024


  • Mar 14, 2024

    Excellent! Couldn't have been better!

  • Mar 1, 2024

    Dr. Philips is an empathetic, caring, extremely knowledgeable doctor. He helps me greatly deal with my cancer.