About Me

Trevor Phillips is an emergency room doctor at Salem Hospital, husband to Michelle Phillips, and father of two children, ages 9 and 7. They have owned a home in the Morningside neighborhood since 2008. Outside of home and work, Trevor spends his time advocating for expanding access to healthcare, and other community concerns like his desire to get a Sobering Center. He served on the City’s Homelessness Task Force in 2018.  He is Chair of the Salem Hospital Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee.


Trevor Phillips grew up outside of Grants Pass, OR, in Josephine County. He attended North Valley High School and played on the varsity soccer, swim and track teams. He graduated Salutatorian in 1996. Trevor attended Linfield College and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in 2000. He was accepted to Yale University School of Medicine where he obtained his MD in 2005. Trevor was selected as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Medical Student Fellow. 


Trevor’s education, and especially his laboratory experience, has made him a self-confessed “science nerd.” It also convinced him that elected officials don’t have the luxury of picking and choosing which facts to accept and that government policy should be based on evidence and not ideology.  Trevor was a featured speaker at Salem’s first March for Science in 2017.

After graduating medical school and completing his residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of North Carolina Hospitals, Trevor accepted a position in 2008 as an emergency room physician at Salem Hospital and moved to the Morningside neighborhood. Trevor estimates that he has cared for 25,000 patients over the last 11 years. 


Trevor and Michelle met at Linfield College where they both served as Resident Advisors. Michelle graduated from Linfield College in 2001 with a major in Accounting. Michelle has worked at Deloitte & Touche in Phoenix, Arizona and at the American Institute for Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) in Durham, North Carolina. Trevor and Michelle’s first child, Grant, was born in 2009, and their second child, Lilly, was born in 2012. Both of their children were born at Salem Hospital, and Salem is the only home that their children have ever known. Trevor and Michelle have enjoyed being involved in the community. They’ve volunteered and helped with the Cambridge neighborhood 4th of July parade for the past 8 years. Trevor’s family knows that Salem is a special place.


In 2018, Trevor put his spare time into serving on the City’s Homelessness Taskforce, advocating for Measure 101, and opposing Measure 105. Now, Trevor is running to represent Ward 3 on the Salem City Council. Based on his experiences as a father, emergency room physician, and Morningside resident of 11 years, Trevor believes that Ward 3 needs new leadership to meet today’s challenges.

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