Martha N. Hill, R.N., Ph.D. (ex officio)
Martha N. Hill, R.N., Ph.D., is Dean of the School of Nursing and Professor of Nursing, Medicine and Public Health at The Johns Hopkins University; she holds a doctorate in behavioral sciences from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. Dr. Hill served as the President of the American Heart Association from 1997-1998; the first of two non-physicians and only nurse to serve in that role. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Hill serves on the IOM Council and served as the Co-Vice Chair of the Institute of Medicine Committee that produced the 2002 publication “Unequal Treatment: Confronting Ethical and Racial Disparities in Health Care.”
Internationally known for her research in preventing and treating hypertension and its complications—particularly among young, urban African-American men—Dr. Hill’s particular expertise is integrating patient, provider and system level interventions to improve care and outcomes for vulnerable and underserved populations.
She has also played a major role in the promotion of training nurses as practitioners and researchers internationally—particularly in developing countries. She is internationally recognized for her NIH-sponsored research including “Comprehensive HBP Care for Young Urban Black Men,” “Barriers to HBP Care and Control in Black South Africans,” and “Research Training in Health Disparities in Underserved Populations.”
Dr. Hill has consulted on hypertension in Australia, China, Israel, Scotland, South Africa and Uganda, and has more than 180 publications, including journal articles and book chapters on hypertension care and control, nurse led clinics, community outreach and community-based participatory research in underserved populations. She currently serves on several review panels, editorial boards and advisory committees including Research! America’s Board of Directors, of which she is vice-chair.