George Hill, Ph.D. 2018-2021

Levi Watkins, Jr. Professor in Medical Education 
Distinguished Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and 
Immunology and of Medical Education and Administration
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Multicultural Affairs
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Recipient of the 2012 Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni Award 


George C. Hill, PhD is currently the Distinguished Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology Emeritus and the Levi Watkins, Jr. Professor in Medical Education Emeritus at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He also served as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Multicultural Affairs and Special Assistant to the Provost for Health Affairs for Vanderbilt University (2011-2012). From 2002-2011, he served as Associate Dean for Diversity in Medical Education and successfully initiated and led the increase in diversity at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He also served as the President of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases from 2009-2011 and received the John P. Utz Leadership Award from this organization.

Dr. Hill was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies in 1998 and is a Fellow of the Academy of Microbiology in 2002. He was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2011 for distinguished contributions to tropical diseases research, leadership as President of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, and for fostering a diverse research and healthcare workforce. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Nairobi, in Nairobi, Kenya and a NIH Special Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, Great Britain.

Dr. Hill is the Founder and President of Leadership Excellence, LLC which is committed to work towards a diverse workforce of science and medical leaders. The mission of Leadership Excellence, LLC is to help institutions and organizations nurture, mentor, and increase the numbers of leaders from diverse backgrounds in the healthcare and biomedical sciences fields.

Dr. Hill has mentored and trained hundreds of Ph.D. students, M.S. students and post-doctoral fellows. In 1999, Dr. Hill was recognized as a “Giant in Science” by the Quality Education for Minorities Network for his commitment to motivating minority students to pursue the sciences. He received the 2013 Levi Watkins Jr., MD award from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine for fostering diversity and inclusion throughout the university as well as nationally.

Before joining Vanderbilt, Dr. Hill was Professor of Microbiology and served as Vice President for Sponsored Research at Meharry Medical College, where he also served as Dean of the Graduate School, Director of the Division of Biomedical Sciences, and Associate Vice President for International Programs also was a Professor at Colorado State University.  

Currently, he serves on the NIH Fogarty International Center Scientific Advisory Board and is on the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University Medical Board.   Dr. Hill obtained his B.S. from Rutgers University, M.S. from Howard University, and Ph.D. from NYU in Biochemistry.


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