Warren Phipps, MD, MPH

Warren Phipps, MD, MPH

Medical Director, UCI-Fred Hutch Collaboration
UCI / Hutchinson Center Cancer Alliance
Attending Physician, Infectious Disease Consulting Service
Patient Care and Clinical Services


Yale University, 1993, B.A.
Harvard Medical School, 2002, M.D.
University of Washington, School of Public Health, 2009, M.P.H.

Research Focus

Dr. Phipps' research focuses on HIV-associated malignancies, with a particular emphasis on human herpesvirus-8 (HHV-8) virology and the pathogenesis of Kaposi sarcoma (KS).  He is also interested in infections in the immunocompromised host. Specific areas of investigation include:

  • Defining the characteristics of effective T-cell responses to KS in persons with and without HIV infection.
  • Analyzing cellular mutations in KS and evaluating the relationship of mutational burden, specific gene mutations and clonality with KS clinical presentation, response to therapy, and survival.
  • Characterizing the HHV-8 transcriptome in KS tumors and determining the association between viral gene expression and KS clinical presentation and outcomes.
  • Identifying causes of neutropenic fever among cancer patients in Uganda.

Selected Publications

Phipps W, Ssewankambo F, Nguyen H, Saracino M, Wald A, Corey L, Orem J, Kambugu A, Casper C. Gender differences in clinical presentation and outcomes of epidemic Kaposi sarcoma in Uganda. PLoS One 2010; 5(11): e13936.

Phipps W, Nakku-Joloba E, Krantz E, Selke S, Huang ML, Kambugu F, Orem J, Casper C, Corey L, Wald A. Genital herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) shedding among adults with and without HIV infection in Uganda. Journal of Infectious Diseases 213: 439-447, 2016

Okuku F, Krantz E, Kafeero J, Orem J, Kamya M, Casper C, Phipps W. Evaluation of a predictive staging model for HIV-associated Kaposi sarcoma in Uganda. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr 74(5): 548-554, 2017.

Bender Ignacio R, Ghadrshenas M, Low D, Orem J, Casper C, Phipps W. HIV Status and Associated Clinical Characteristics Among Adult Patients with Cancer at the Uganda Cancer Institute. Journal of Global Oncology 4:1-10, 2018. DOI: 10.1200/JGO.17.00112.

Phipps W, Kansiime R, Stevenson P, Orem J, Casper C, Morrow R. Peer mentoring at the Uganda Cancer Institute: a novel model for career development of clinician-scientists in resource limited settings. Journal of Global Oncology, 2018. DOI: 10.1200/JGO.17.00134 

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