R. Phillip Dellinger, MD, FCCM, FCCP


Cooper University Health Care Titles

  • Critical Care Intensivist

Cooper Medical School of Rowan University Titles

  • Professor of Medicine

Board Certifications

  • Pulmonary Diseases
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Internal Medicine



Professional Type

Cooper University Physician



About Me

R. Phillip Dellinger, MD, Medical Director of the Adult Health Institute, Senior Critical Care Attending at Cooper University Health Care and Chief and Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU), is the 2015 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM). The award honors an SCCM member who has demonstrated meritorious contributions to the field of critical care through the advancement of medical science, medical education or medical care. Dr. Dellinger is one of only 15 recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award in the 45-year history of SCCM. Dr. Dellinger's extensive critical care research, specifically in the field of sepsis, has brought international acclaim to his work and led to pioneering improvements in the detection and treatment of this severe, life-threatening infection. These techniques have been applied in hospitals throughout the world. He is the lead author of the 2004, 2008, and 2013 Surviving Sepsis Campaign Guidelines on the Management of Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock, currently sponsored by 30 international organizations. Dr. Dellinger has been a strong advocate for patient safety and advancements in medicine since joining Cooper in 2001. He has worked tirelessly with physician and business leaders to develop and expand Cooper's programs. For nearly a decade he served as Head of the Division of Critical Care Medicine and Director of the Viner Intensive Care Unit at Cooper. Dr. Dellinger created the concept for the SCCM's Fundamental Critical Care Support (FCCS) course and served as the first FCCS Committee Chair. Each year, more than 10,000 clinicians on five continents receive FCCS training. He has authored more than 300 journal articles and book chapters and has edited more than 30 books and journal issues in the fields of critical care medicine and lung disease, featuring both laboratory and clinical research. His primary academic interests are new, innovative sepsis therapies, sepsis management and sepsis performance improvement. He co-edited the second, third and fourth (2014) editions of the major critical care textbook, Critical Care Medicine (Mosby). He is associate editor of the Critical Care Medicine journal. He was inducted as a Master Fellow in the College of Critical Care Medicine in 2012 and is Past President of the Society of Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Dellinger was associate chair of the 1992 consensus conference that created the first definitions for sepsis and chaired the 1997 National Institutes of Health (NIH)/American College of Chest Physicians workshop, "The Future of Sepsis Research." He is past chairman of the International Sepsis Forum (ISF), currently serves as the ISF Governing Council and was co-chair of the 2012 ISF Scientific Colloquium on Clinical Trial Design held at the NIH. He previously served on the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) ICU Collaborative Advisory Board as well as the Rhode Island Hospital Association ICU Sepsis Performance Improvement Collaborative. He currently serves as faculty for the SCCM/Society Hospital Medicine initiative, Sepsis Hospital Floors Performance Improvement Collaborative. He is one of the co-leaders of the current New Jersey and Maryland Hospital Association state performance improvement initiatives in sepsis management. Dr. Dellinger was awarded a BS and MSc from Clemson University. During service in Vietnam, he received the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He received his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina and completed residency and fellowship at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas. His is one of 16 basic science and clinical faculty whose name is retired in the Baylor College of Medicine (Houston, Texas) Teaching Hall of Fame.

Office Locations

Cooper University Hospital

One Cooper Plaza
Camden, NJ 08103


Critical Care Medicine

One Cooper Plaza
Camden, NJ 08103
Maps & Directions

Education & Training

Medical SchoolMedical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina
ResidencyWilford Hall USAF Medical Center, Lackland AFB, TX
FellowshipWilford Hall USAF Medical Center, Lackland AFB, TX

Special Interests

Sepsis, acute respiratory distress syndrome, shock, mechanical ventilation in critical care management, emergent transfers of critically ill patients


  • Past President, Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM)
  • Past Chairman, International Sepsis Forum (ISF)
  • Executive Committee, Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC)
  • Faculty, Society for Critical Care Medicine/Society Hospital Medicine initiative, Sepsis Hospital Floors Performance Improvement Collaborative

Awards and Honors

  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), 2015
  • Bronze Star and Purple Heart recipient