Physician Assistant With Extensive Spine Surgery Knowledge

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Meet Cheri Phillips, PA-C

Cheri Phillips is a NCCPA Board Certified Physician Assistant (PA). A graduate of the Le Moyne College Physician Assistant Program, she began her career January 2007 as a Surgical PA in Santa Monica working in orthopedic spine surgery for The Spine Institute under the leadership of Rick Delamarter, MD. After Cedars-Sinai recruited Dr. Delamarter and The Spine Institute, she became an employee of the hospital in 2010. When Dr. Delamarter left medicine, she worked in many departments for Cedars-Sinai which included Emergency Medicine, wherein she was the department's first PA, Pain Management, Plastic Surgery, and Orthopedic Surgery while continuing to help other Spine surgeons including Dr. Anand. In 2017, she worked with David Fribourg, MD, at Kaiser LAMC and then returned to Cedars-Sinai where she became a PA for Tiffany Perry, MD in the Neurosurgery Department. In July of 2023, she began working with Dr. Anand.

Ms. Phillips currently serves as the first assistant in surgery with Dr. Anand. She manages all aspects of inpatient and outpatient care. She is involved in the evaluation, education, treatment, and management of all patients in the practice. Ms. Phillips is actively involved in continuing medical education and clinical research. She serves as a Clinical Research Coordinator for multiple clinical FDA IDE Trials, post-market, and retrospective studies within the practice. Ms. Phillips also serves as the Fellowship Coordinator for the Comprehensive Minimally Invasive and Outpatient Spine Surgery Fellowship.


  • Master of Physician Assistant Studies - 2006, Le Monte College, Syracuse NY
  • Bachelor of Science, Sports Medicine - 2002, Pepperdine University, Malibu CA

Accreditations and Licenses

  • NCCPA Certified, January 2007
  • Licensed Physician Assistant State of California, January 2007
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support
  • Basic Life Support

Professional Experience

2023-present PA to Dr. Neel Anand

2010-2023 Employee of Cedars Sinai Medical Center.

2022-Present: Per diem Inpatient pain for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

2017-2022: Employee of Cedars-Sinai Neurosurgery as PA to Dr Tiffany Perry.

2022-2023: Per diem Pain Management PA at Pain and Healing Institute.

2018-Present: Per diem Holy Cross Urgent Care, Los Angeles, CA.

2017-Present: Per diem Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles, Ortho Spine Surgery.

2017-2021: One Saturday a month Morning Primary Care Clinic, Glendale, CA.

January-July 2015: Helped in clinic with Jean Claude Langevin, MD, in Plastic Surgery.

November 2014: Created Spine Pre-operation and Questions Video and Pamphlet for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

2014-2017: Piloted Taper Program for Presurgical Spine Patients at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

2014-2017: Piloted a PA Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Emergency Department and subsequently worked in Department.

2013-2107: Employee of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center working as Spine PA with Theodore Goldstein, MD, David Thordarson, MD (Foot and Ankle), Hyun Bae, MD, Daniel C. Allison, MD (Ortho Hip), Neel Anand, MD, Guy Paiement, MD (Trauma), Patrick Rhoten, MD, J Patrick Johnson, MD, Alexandre Rasouli, MD, Micheal Kropf, MD, Todd Lanman, MD during Rick Delamarter’s Sabbatical.

2012-2013: Spine Trauma Call Coordinator.

2010-2013: Employee of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center as a PA for Rick Delamarter, MD.

2007-2010 Employee of Rick Delamarter, MD at Spine Institute in Santa Monica, CA.

Other Experience:

2017-Present: Per diem Spine Physician Assistant at LAMC Kaiser Permanente

2018-Present: Moonlighting at Holy Cross Urgent Care

2023-Present: Per diem Inpatient Pain Cedars Sinai Medical Center

1998-2002: Women's Soccer Player at Pepperdine University


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