Phillip Coule


Phillip Coule



Academic Appointment(s)

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Emergency Medicine

Other Duties

EVP Health Affairs & CMO AUMC, AU Medical Center, AU Medical Center

Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs

Chief Patient Safety Officer

Co-Director, Cntr for Operational Medicine

Director, AU Medical Associates


Dr. Phillip Coule serves as the Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for AU Health System, and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs for the Medical College of Georgia, assuming this role in February 2018.

Dr. Phillip Coule previously served as the Interim Executive Vice-President for Health Affairs and Chief Executive Officer for AU Health System. He has served as the Associate Chief Medical Officer and Chief Patient Safety Officer. Dr. Coule earned his M.D. degree from the Medical College of Georgia in 1996 and his Master of Business Administration from the University of Tennessee in 2012. He is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine and the pre-hospital EMS Subspecialty Board. He previously served as Vice Chairman of Clinical and Business Operations for the MCG Department of Emergency Medicine and Hospitalist Services, where he applied LEAN principles to reduce operating costs, accelerate patient flow and increase overall value for our patients.

An expert in emergency medicine, disaster preparedness and mass casualty triage, Dr. Coule serves on the Board of Directors for the National Disaster Life Support Foundation and helped develop the NDLS training programs that have become the gold standard for health care disaster preparedness training.

Dr. Coule serves on multiple hospital quality and safety committees and chairs the Board of Directors for GRAChIE – the Georgia Regional Academic Community Health Information Exchange – an electronic platform that promotes care coordination and quality through an efficient, meaningful healthcare information network.

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  • MBA, Business Administration and Management, General University of Tennessee - Knox, 2012

  • MD, Medicine Medical College of Georgia, 1996

  • BS, Bio, General Augusta State University, 1992


  • ABEM American Brd of Emergency Med, 2001

  • PHY GA Composite State Board, 1997

  • Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) CHOG, Pediatric Trauma Program, 2018

Awards & Honors

  • 2021 CSRA Heart Walk Executive Challenge Red Shoe Crew Chief Executive Leadership Award American Heart Association, 2021

  • 2020 AU Research Institute Award for Leadership, in recognition of Dr. Coule's leadership and significant contributions to Augusta University's COVID-19 response during the 2020 pandemic. AU's Research Institute, Inc., 2021

  • 2020 Employee Advisory Council Award for Teamwork, COVID-19 Comprehensive Team Award AU & AU Health Staff Employee Advisory Council, 2020

  • 2020 Red Cross Community Partner Hero Award American Red Cross of Augusta, 2020

  • Teaching Excellence Program Award Augusta University, 2016

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • REMD 5000

    Emergency Medicine


Selected Recent Publications

  • The Effects of a Community-based Disaster Drill of Simulating Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) on the Knowledge and Attitudes., 2021
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Communication of Critical Laboratory Values: Optimization of the Process through Secure Messaging, 2020
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Basic Disaster Life Support (BDLS) Training Improves First Responder Confidence to Face Mass-Casualty Incidents in Thailand., 2017
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • A consensus-based gold standard for the evaluation of mass casualty triage systems., 2015
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Developing A Functional “Gold Standard” For Mass-Casualty Triage., 2013
    Journal Article, Academic Journal

Department Service

  • ED Core Measures Committee 2010 - 2015

    Role: Committee Member
  • MCG, Department of Emergency Medicine, Clinical Compliance Subcommittee 2010 - 2015

    Role: Committee Member
  • MCG, Department of Emergency Medicine, Hospitalist Leadership Committee 2010 - 2015

    Role: Committee Member
  • MCG, Department of Emergency Medicine, Leadership Committee 2010 - 2015

    Role: Committee Member
  • MCG, Department of Emergency Medicine, Operational Medicine Committee 2010 - 2015

    Role: Committee Member

University Service

  • MCG, University Faculty Senate 2010 - 2015

    Role: Other

Professional Service

  • AU Health System SPC Captive 2021 - Present

    Role: Director
  • Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) CMO Academy 2020 - Present

    Role: Mentor
  • AU Health, Quality/Safety/Operations Committee 2018 - Present

    Role: Member
  • Beckman Coulter Alliance Joint Oversight Committee 2018 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Accreditation and Regulatory Readiness (ARRC) Committee 2018 - Present

    Role: Committee Member