Robyn Phillips-Madson, DO, MPH, FACOFP


Robyn Phillips-Madson, DO, MPH, FACOFP, is a professor of Family Medicine and Public Health, and the Founding Dean (retired) of the University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine. She earned her Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Washington, and her D.O. degree from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Board-certified and a fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, she practiced family medicine in Seattle for 27 years. She graduated from the American Osteopathic Association’s Health Policy Fellowship in 2006 and earned her Master of Public Health from Nova Southeastern University in 2009.

She led the nascent Pacific Northwest University College of Osteopathic Medicine to its full accreditation and served as its dean from January 2009 through July 2013. While in Yakima, Dr. Phillips-Madson was a member of the Yakima Health District Board.

Dr. Phillips-Madson has served as a commissioner on the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) since 2017. She also is the Director of Medical Education and Medical School Partnerships at the Ulrich and Ruth Frank Foundation ( She has served on numerous boards, including WOMA, NWOMF, AACOM, DOCARE International and Reach Beyond Borders which supports medical and dental outreach in Guatemala.

She has a passion for medical education curriculum transformation informed by learner-centeredness, patient outcomes and social accountability. Her academic interests include the social determinants of health, spirituality in medicine, health policy, public health, empathy, ethics, social accountability and patient and community-oriented primary care.

The following verse informs her teaching philosophy: “If you wait at wisdom’s doorway, longing to hear a word for every day, joy will break forth within you as you listen for what I (wisdom) will say. For the fountain of life pours into you every time that you find me, and this is the secret of growing in the delight and the favor of the Lord.” Proverbs 8:34-35 (TPT)