Jacques Philippe graduated from medical school in Geneva in 1978 before completing his training in internal medicine at the Geneva University Hospitals, the University of Tennessee, and Harvard University, where he specialised in endocrinology and diabetology.
Upon his return to Geneva, he set up his laboratory within the Faculty of Medicine’s Microbiology Department and joined Diabetology Unit of the Geneva University Hospitals.
He became chief physician of the newly created endocrinology and diabetology department before being named as its head in 1998. His research focuses on the expression and regulation of the insulin and glucagon genes, the genetics of diabetes, and the transplantation of islets of Langerhans.
A laureate of several awards, he has received the Cloëtta Prize and his achievements have been recognised by the Capps Foundation of Harvard, the Diabetes Research and Education Foundation, the Fondation Suisse du Diabète, and the Société Suisse de Médecine Interne. He is also the co-founder and president of the Société Suisse d’Endocrinologie et Diabétologie, the president of the Société Médicale de Genève, and a council member of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes.
Privatdocent of the Faculty of Medicine in 1990, then Associate Professor in 1995, he was named Professor in 1998. He was also Vice-Dean for Research from 2003 to 2011 and President of the Collège des Chefs de Service from 2013 to 2018.
He is now a Physician at the Centre for Nutrition and Metabolic Diseases of Nescens Clinique de Genolier.