R. Phillip Dellinger, MD, FCCM, FCCP


Cooper Medical School of Rowan University Titles

  • Emeritus Professor of Medicine

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Pulmonary Disease)
  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Critical Care Medicine)
  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Internal Medicine - General)

Professional Type

Cooper University Physician



About Me

Dr. R. Phillip Dellinger is Professor of Medicine and Distinguished Scholar at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU). He is Senior Critical Care Attending and Director of the Cooper Research Institute at Cooper University Health Care (CUHC). He was formerly Chair/Chief of Medicine at CMSRU and CUHC. He is Adjunct Professor, Department of Pulmonary Medicine,The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Dr. Dellinger has authored over 250 journal articles and book chapters as well as edited over 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 Critical Care Medicine (Mosby) and co-edited the fifth edition. He is associate editor of Critical Care Medicine journal. He was inducted as a Master Fellow in the College of Critical Care Medicine in 2012 and is a Past President of the Society of Critical Care Medicine. He was the 15th recipient of the SCCM Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015. He is past chairman of the International Sepsis Forum (ISF) and currently stands as an emeritus member of that Council. He was the lead author of the 2004, 2008, and 2012 Surviving Sepsis Campaign International Guidelines on the Management of Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock and senior author on the 2016 guidelines.

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, sepsis performance improvement, acute respiratory distress syndrome, shock, mechanical ventilation in critical care management


  • Past President, Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM)
  • Past Chairman, International Sepsis Forum (ISF)
  • Executive Committee, Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC)

Awards and Honors

  • New Jersey Hospital Association's Lifetime Achievement, Clinical Excellence Award, 2021
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM)
  • SCCM Distinguished Service Award
  • Sol Sherry Award
  • Bronze Star and Purple Heart recipient for service in Vietnam
  • Best Doctors in America - 2014
  • South Jersey Magazine "Best Physicians for Women" - 2014
  • SJ Magazine "Top Docs" - 2014, 2016, 2017, 2021, 2022