Joseph A. Hill, M.D., Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center and a member of the Division of Cardiology. He has a secondary appointment in the Department of Molecular Biology

We strive to provide outstanding care to our patients, to move the field forward by discovering and expanding our knowledge base, and to train subsequent generations of providers and investigators.

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.

Dr. Hill earned his medical and doctorate degrees at Duke University in North Carolina, conducting his dissertation research in cardiac ion-channel biophysics. He then obtained a five-year postdoctoral fellowship in molecular neurobiology at the Institut Pasteur in Paris, studying central and peripheral nicotinic receptors. He then completed internal medicine residency training and a clinical cardiology fellowship at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

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.

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.

Dr. Hill is a Fellow of the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology, 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.

Dr. Hill serves on the editorial boards and as a manuscript reviewer for several 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.

Dr. Hill's 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