Joseph Hill, M.D., Ph.D.


Endowed Title: James T. Willerson, M.D., Distinguished Chair in Cardiovascular Diseases; Frank M. Ryburn Jr. Chair in Heart Research

Department: Internal Medicine, Molecular Biology

Graduate Programs: Integrative Biology


Joseph Hill is Professor of Internal Medicine and Molecular Biology, Chief of Cardiology at UT Southwestern Medical Center, and Director of the Harry S. Moss Heart Center. He was graduated from Duke University with MD and PhD degrees in 1987. His PhD dissertation research was in the field cardiac ion channel biophysics. Dr. Hill then worked for 5 years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Institut Pasteur in Paris studying central and peripheral nicotinic receptors. In 1992, he moved to Boston where he worked as an Intern and Resident in Internal Medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. This was followed by training as a clinical Cardiology fellow at those same institutions. Dr. Hill worked at the University of Iowa from 1997-2002, where his clinical interests centered on cardiomyopathies and lipid management. He moved to UT Southwestern in the fall of 2002. Dr. Hill’s research examines molecular mechanisms of structural, functional, and electrophysiological remodeling in cardiac hypertrophy and failure.


Medical School Duke University School of Medicine (1987)
Fellowship Institut Pasteur (1992), Molecular Biology
Internship/Residency Brigham & Women's Hospital (1995), Internal Medicine
Fellowship Brigham & Women's Hospital (1997), Cardiovascular Disease

Clinical Interests

Clinical Cardiology
  • Abnormal Cholesterol
  • Angina Pectoris
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Chest Pain
  • Congestive Heart Disease
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Heart Murmur
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
  • Initial Cardiology Consultations
  • Non-Invasive Cardiovascular Testing
  • Second Opinions for Heart Disease
  • Syncope (Fainting)

Research Interests

  • cardiac hypertrophy and failure
  • electrophysiological remodeling
  • molecular signaling