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Dr. James Hill

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Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Orthopedic Surgeon

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Catfish, Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Home
Favorite Quote:
Be Still And Know That I Am God.

Birthplace

Born:
9/14/1949
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Orthopedic Surgeon

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Catfish, Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Home
Favorite Quote:
Be Still And Know That I Am God.

Birthplace

Born:
9/14/1949
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Orthopaedic surgeon and professor Dr. James A. Hill graduated from Lane Technical High School in 1967. He went on to receive his B.A. degree in biology from Northwestern University in 1971 and his M.D. degree from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in 1974. After completing an internship at Evanston Hospital in 1975 and his residency training in orthopaedic surgery at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University in 1979, Hill served a one-year fellowship in sports medicine with the National Athletic Institute of Health.

In 1980, Hill was recruited as an instructor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Between 1982 and 1994, he was promoted through the faculty ranks at the Feinberg School of Medicine. He was later appointed as a full professor of orthopaedic surgery in 1994. During his tenure at Northwestern University, Hill served on several university committees, including as a member of the Admissions Committee from 1982 to 1989; chair of the Motion Analysis Laboratory Implementation Committee from 1982 to 1984; co-director of the Center for Sports Medicine in 1982; and a member of the Minority Affairs Advisory Committee in 1989. Hill also served as a Major in the U.S. Army Reserves in 1985. He has provided medical care for both amateur and professional athletes and was the physician for the United States Olympic Team in Seoul, Korea in 1988. Later, Hill served as an attending physician at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, at Cook County Hospital, Children’s Memorial Hospital and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. During his tenure at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Hill served on the Nominating Committee; as chair of the Medical Executive Committee in 2006; and as the hospital’s chief of staff from 2006 to 2008.

Hill has made hundreds of professional presentations and published papers in more than fifty-five medical journals, including Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation and Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. He has received numerous awards, including being honored in 2006 by Health for Humanity for leadership in improving cultural competency within the medical profession and global health. Hill was inducted in the inaugural class of the Northwestern University Black Alumni Association Hall of Fame (2007). He also received the Icon Award from the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boys and Girls Club of Chicago (2008), and was honored by The Monarch Awards Foundation of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.’s Xi Nu Omega Chapter (2009).

Hill and his wife, Sandra Hill, have three children and one grandchild.

Dr. James A. Hill was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on August 20, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Dr. James Hill's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Dr. James Hill lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Dr. James Hill talks about his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Dr. James Hill describes his maternal family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Dr. James Hill talks about his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Dr. James Hill talks about his paternal family background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Dr. James Hill recalls his paternal family lineage
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Dr. James Hill describes the house his grandfather built on land he purchased in the 1930s in Bolton, Mississippi
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Dr. James Hill recalls an early childhood memory and his decision to become a doctor
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Dr. James Hill recalls his childhood visits to the South
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Dr. James Hill describes his parents' migration to and marriage in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Dr. James Hill lists his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Dr. James Hill talks about growing up on the West Side of Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Dr. James Hill describes the difference between the South Side and West Side of Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Dr. James Hill talks briefly about his elementary school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Dr. James Hill talks about his childhood neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Dr. James Hill recalls his childhood friends and reflects on white flight from Chicago, Illinois' West Side
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Dr. James Hill recalls keeping a gang member's son out of trouble and receiving protection in return
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Dr. James Hill recalls his elementary school teachers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Dr. James Hill talks about his difficulty learning to read phonetically
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Dr. James Hill recalls the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood on the West Side of Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Dr. James Hill recalls his childhood family traditions
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Dr. James Hill talks about his religious upbringing
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Dr. James Hill recalls a story about getting his brothers into trouble, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Dr. James Hill recalls a story about getting his brothers into trouble, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Dr. James Hill talks about the cancellation of his elementary school reunion
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Dr. James Hill talks about testing for admission to Lane Technical College Preparatory High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Dr. James Hill recalls his father's opposition to his marriage
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Dr. James Hill recalls his experience attending Lane Technical College Preparatory High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Dr. James Hill describes his high school teachers at Lane Technical College Preparatory High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Dr. James Hill talks about black physicians who inspired him in his adolescence
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Dr. James Hill reflects on the Civil Rights Movement and Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s effect on racial disparities in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Dr. James Hill talks about his attitude toward racism
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Dr. James Hill reflects on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Dr. James Hill recalls deciding to attend college despite the lack of counseling at Lane Technical College Preparatory High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Dr. James Hill describes his acceptance to Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and his experience in the biology department
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Dr. James Hill describes his interest in science
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Dr. James Hill describes meeting and marrying his wife
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Dr. James Hill talks about working at the post office and renting an apartment in Juneway Terrace in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Dr. James Hill talks about avoiding the Vietnam War draft by enrolling in medical school
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Dr. James Hill talks about challenges in medical school
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Dr. James Hill describes his medical school classmates and handling discrimination in his classes
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Dr. James Hill recalls taking his family to the anatomy lab during medical school
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Dr. James Hill talks about the significance of taking organic chemistry before medical school
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Dr. James Hill talks about finishing medical school and deciding against specializing in neurosurgery
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Dr. James Hill describes his residency in orthopaedics
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Dr. James Hill remembers being racially profiled and arrested by the police
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Dr. James Hill talks about his medical residencies
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Dr. James Hill talks about his interest in post-graduate training after completing his orthopaedics residency
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Dr. James Hill talks about deciding to return to Chicago, Illinois to practice orthopaedics in 1980
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Dr. James Hill describes returning to Chicago, Illinois to practice orthopaedics
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Dr. James Hill describes his positions at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Dr. James Hill explains his role on the Minority Affairs Advisory Committee at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Dr. James Hill explains the origins and mission of the J. Robert Gladden Society
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Dr. James Hill talks about his participation in the credentials committee and the oversight committee at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Dr. James Hill describes the Northwestern Health Care Corporation
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Dr. James Hill talks about his duties as attending physician in orthopaedic surgery and about papers he has published
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Dr. James Hill lists the states in which he is licensed to practice medicine
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Dr. James Hill recalls going to Ethiopia in the late 1980s
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Dr. James Hill describes an article he wrote about healthcare in warzones while living in Ethiopia in the 1980s
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Dr. James Hill talks about advancements in orthopaedic surgery
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Dr. James Hill describes the racial disparity amongst patients who receive joint replacements
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Dr. James Hill talks about how long knee replacement surgeries last
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Dr. James Hill shares his personal philosophy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Dr. James Hill talks about his wife and oldest daughter
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Dr. James Hill talks about his mentor's family and his own family-planning
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - Dr. James Hill talks about his children and lessons he learned from his family
  • Tape: 7 Story: 11 - Dr. James Hill talks about HistoryMaker Dr. Augustus A. White and culturally competent care
  • Tape: 7 Story: 12 - Dr. James Hill talks about HistoryMaker Dr. Carlton West
  • Tape: 7 Story: 13 - Dr. James Hill talks about the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
  • Tape: 7 Story: 14 - Dr. James Hill reflects upon his life and future plans
  • Tape: 7 Story: 15 - Dr. James Hill considers his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 16 - Dr. James Hill offers a message to future generations