FORT SMITH - Gov. Asa Hutchinson has appointed Dr. Don R. Phillips to the Arkansas State Medical Board in acknowledgement of his career-long commitment to patient care and serving fellow health care practitioners.
Dr. Phillips, board certified in obstetrics and gynecology with Mercy Clinic OB-GYN in Fort Smith, was appointed to a six-year term that expires Dec. 31, 2023. He replaces Dr. William Dudding of Mercy Clinic Family Medicine - Free Ferry.
The state medical board's mission is to protect the public and act as its advocate by effectively regulating the practices of medical doctors, osteopathic medical doctors, physician assistants, respiratory therapists, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, radiology practitioner assistants, radiologist assistants and medical corporations.
Dr. Phillips received his medical degree and completed a residency at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
Dr. Phillips believes he especially can be helpful when it comes to women's health. In Arkansas, he said, too many unsolved women's health issues are underfunded, such as improving access to prenatal care.
The board recommends Arkansas legislation on medical issues, such as the current opioid crisis. Dr. Phillips' first task on the board was attending an opioid public forum.