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Kari Phillips

Kari Phillips, MD

  • About Me

    Undergraduate: Concordia College (Moorhead, MN)

    Medical School: Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN)

    Residency: Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN)

    Medical Areas of Interest: All of cardiology really! But cardiac ICU is my favorite.

    Interests & Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends, hiking, camping, traveling, exploring new restaurants and breweries.

    Hometown: St. Cloud, MN

    Why Utah Pediatric cardiology? It is an excellent combination of everything I valued as I searched for a program: positive learning environment, high volume and diverse pathology, great comradery among fellows, ample research support, and a city that will allow me to enjoy life outside of work.

    What is your favorite part about our program? The volume and acuity in our program is always high which is an amazing way to learn in such a complex and nuanced field. Our fellowship culture is very positive, and everyone supports each other. 

    What is your favorite part about living in Salt Lake City? Insanely easy access to amazing outdoor activities (hiking, mountain biking, trail running, skiing).

    What cool research/advocacy/education/scholarly work are you participating in? I am completing a qualitative research project in medical decision making for patients who are listed for heart transplant. This has been a strong research interest of mine since medical school so it's been an amazing opportunity to broaden my skillset in qualitative research.

    What is something you didn't know before coming to Utah that you wish you did? Everyone here (at the hospital and beyond) seems genuinely happy and super nice. We've met tons of random strangers who are excited to hear that we've moved here and are happy to share suggestions of great places to eat, fun hikes, and other activities.

    What are your plans following fellowship? CICU with dual boarding, so I'll be starting PICU fellowship at Utah in June 2024.

    What made you decide to come to Utah? The program checked all the important boxes for me and the location can't be beat given my love of the outdoors!