Elayne Kornblatt Phillips’s research has been focused on health policy, particularly the impact of healthcare legislation on the health care system.  Her most recent work examined the impact of the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act on hospital worker injuries.

She has worked with nurses and other providers across the US, advising on the law’s requirements, counseling workers on protecting themselves and advocating for safer working conditions. She has received funding from the National Center for Health Services Research (now Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

In her previous position as Director of Research, International Healthcare Worker Safety Center, Phillips worked globally, especially in Africa. There she collaborated with healthcare workers in resource-poor countries, adapting what has been learned about protecting workers from bloodborne pathogen transmission. 

She first came to the School of Nursing in 1982, spent a period of time at the School of Medicine, Department of Infectious Diseases, and returned to Nursing in 2014. Currently, her primary responsibility is working with faculty, helping them achieve success in writing manuscripts and grant proposals.

•    BS in nursing, Temple University
•    MPH in epidemiology and administration, Johns Hopkins University, School of Hygiene and Public Health
•    PhD in behavioral sciences (organizational behavior focus), Johns Hopkins University, School of Hygiene and Public Health
•    Post-doctoral training (with Professor Susan Baker), Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy


Journal Articles

Ngatu, N. R., Kayembe, N. J.-M., Phillips, E. K., Okkech-Ojony, J., Patou-Musumari, M., Gaspard-Kibukusa, M., ... Nojima, S. (2017). Epidemiology of ebolavirus disease (EVD) and occupational EVD in health care workers in Sub-Saharan Africa: Need for strengthened public health preparedness. Journal of Epidemiology, 27(11), 455-461. doi:10.1016/

Goode, V., Phillips, E., DeGuzman, P., Hinton, I., Rovnyak, V., Scully, K., & Merwin, E. (2016). A patient safety dilemma: Obesity in the surgical patient. AANA Journal, 84(6), 404-412.

Goode, V., Rovnyak, V., Hinton, I., Phillips, E.K., & Merwin, E. (2016). Are international classification of diseases codes in electronic health records useful in identifying obesity as a risk factor when evaluating surgical outcomes? Health Care Manager, 35(4), 361-367. doi:10.1097/hcm.0000000000000112

Phillips, E.K., Conaway, M., Parker, G., Perry, J., & Jagger, J.C. (2013). Issues in understanding the impact of the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act on hospital sharps injuries. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, 34(9), 935-939.

Ngatu, R.N., Phillips, E.K., Wembonyama, S.O., Hirota, R., Kaunge, N.J., Mbutshu, L.H., Perry, J., Yoshikawa, T., Jagger, J., & Suganuma, N. (2012). Practice of universal precautions and risk of occupational bloodborne viral infection among Congolese healthcare workers. American Journal of Infection Control, 40(1), 68-70.

Phillips, E.K., Conaway, M., & Jagger, J. (2012). Percutaneous injuries before and after the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act. New England Journal of Medicine, 366(7), 670-1.

Phillips, E.K., & Dawson, J. (2012). Sharps safety: As important as ever. American Nurse Today, 7(3), 33-34.

Perry, J., Jagger, J., Parker, G., Phillips, E.K., & Gomaa, A. (2012). Disposal of sharps medical waste in the United States: Impact of recommendations and regulations, 1987-2007. American Journal of Infection Control, 40(4), 354-8.

Phillips, E.K., Simwale, O.J., Chung, M.J., Parker, G., Perry, J., & Jagger, J.C. (2012). Risk of bloodborne pathogen exposure among Zambian healthcare workers. Journal of Infection and Public Health, 5(3), 244-249.

Petroze, R.T., Phillips, E.K., Nzayisenga, A., Ntakiyiruta, G., & Calland, J.F. (2012). Healthcare worker safety: a vital component of surgical capacity development in low-resource settings. International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health, 18(4), 307-11.

Phillips, E.K., Pillay, S., Goldberg, P., & Jagger, J. (2011). Bloodborne pathogen exposure risks among South African surgeons. South African Gastroenterology Review, 9(1), 6-9.

Jagger, J., Perry, J., Parker, G., & Phillips, E.K. (2011). Blood exposure risk during peripheral IV catheter insertion and removal. Nursing 2011, 41(12), 45-49.

Jagger, J., Berguer, R., Phillips, E.K., Parker, G., Gomaa, A.E. (2010). Increase in sharps injuries in surgical settings versus nonsurgical settings after passage of national needlestick legislation. Journal of the American College of Surgeons, 210(4), 496-502.


Barbarash, E., Doernberg, D., Phillips, E.K., Zinner, D., Rein, M., & Low, D. (2017). Safety precautions for Taharah: A guide to personal protection while performing the holy work of the Chevrah Kadisha. Middletown, DE: Kavod v’Nichum.

Book Sections

Brashers, V., Phillips, E., Malpass, J., & Owen, J. (2015). Appendix A: Review: Measuring the impact of interprofessional education on collaborative practice and patient outcomes. In IOM (Institute of Medicine) (Eds.), Report: Measuring the impact of interprofessional education on collaborative practice and patient outcomes (pp. 57-92). Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

Columns, Editorials and Op-Eds

Phillips, E.K., & Epstein, E. G. (2015, January 29). Kavod v'Nichum: Nurses, the dying, and the newly dead. Jewish Journal: Expired and Inspired. Retrieved from