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Joseph A. Hill, M.D., Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine’s Division of Cardiology and the Department of Molecular Biology at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

A general cardiologist, Dr. Hill also serves as the Chief of Cardiology and Director of UT Southwestern’s Harry S. Moss Heart Center.

Dr. Hill holds both the James T. Willerson, M.D., Distinguished Chair in Cardiovascular Diseases and the Frank M. Ryburn Jr. Chair in Heart Research.

He earned his medical and doctoral (pharmacology) degrees at Duke University, conducting his dissertation research in cardiac ion-channel biophysics. He then completed a five-year postdoctoral fellowship in molecular neurobiology at the Institut Pasteur in Paris, studying central and peripheral nicotinic receptors. He next completed an internal medicine internship and residency, as well as a clinical cardiology fellowship, at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Hill joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2002 and is a three-time recipient of the Outstanding Teacher Award.

Dr. Hill’s research focuses on molecular mechanisms of structural, functional, and electrophysiological remodeling in cardiac hypertrophy and heart failure.

He is a Fellow of the American Heart Association (AHA), the American College of Cardiology (ACC), the International Society for Heart Research, and the Pulmonary Vascular Research Institute. He founded the Council on Academic Cardiology at the ACC and serves on the Basic Cardiovascular Sciences Council of the AHA.

In addition to publishing more than 160 scholarly articles, Dr. Hill co-edited a major textbook entitled Muscle: Fundamental Biology and Mechanisms of Disease and has contributed chapters to 14 books.

He serves on the editorial boards and as a manuscript reviewer for a number of prestigious publications, including the Journal of the American Medical AssociationCirculationCirculation ResearchAmerican Journal of Cardiology, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA.

A member of professional organizations that include the Heart Failure Society of America, where he serves on the Executive Council, and the International Society for Heart Research, Dr. Hill also has served on many NIH panels and committees and delivered scores of invited lectures in the U.S. and around the world.

His many honors include serving as the President of the Association of University Cardiologists, election to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and the Association of American Physicians, and being named an American Heart Association Established Investigator.


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

Research Interest

  • cardiac hypertrophy and failure
  • electrophysiological remodeling
  • molecular signaling