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Martha N. Hill, Ph.D.

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The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing
525 North Wolfe Street Room 501
Baltimore, MD 21205-2110 map


Martha N. Hill, RN, PhD, is dean emerita and professor of Nursing, Medicine, and Public Health at the Johns Hopkins University. She served as dean of the School of Nursing from 2002 to 2014; she holds a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and 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 non-physician in that role.  She is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and a member of National Academy of Medicine, formerly the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences.  Dr. Hill served on the IOM Council from 2007 to 2013, and served as the Co-Vice Chair of the Institute of Medicine Committee that produced the 2002 publication “Unequal Treatment:  Confronting Ethnic and Racial Disparities in Health Care.”  Currently, she serves on the National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine Health Sciences Policy Board.

Internationally known for her research in preventing and treating hypertension and its complications – Dr. Hill is widely 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.”  Her expertise is integrating patient, provider, and system level interventions to improve care and outcomes for vulnerable and underserved populations.  Her particular expertise is methods for assessing and improving adherence to medications and other treatment recommendations.  

Dr. Hill has consulted on hypertension care and control in Australia, China, Israel, Scotland, South Africa, and Uganda. She has over 225 publications, including journal articles and book chapters on hypertension care and control, nurse led clinics, community outreach, multi-level compliance interventions, and community-based participatory research in underserved populations.  Dr. Hill has also played a major role in training nurses as clinicians and researchers internationally – particularly in developing countries. 

Currently, Dr. Hill chairs the Global Alliance Panel for the Future of Nursing (GAPFON) of Sigma Theta Tau International, the Nursing Honor Society, and serves on several review panels, editorial boards, and advisory committees including Research! America’s Board of Directors.  In October 2016 she was honored as a 2016 Living legend of the American Academy of Nursing. She was honored as a 2016 Living legend of the American Academy of Nursing. more


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  • Living Legends Award, American Academy of Nursing, 2016 - 2017
  • Lucie S. Kelly Mentor Award, Sigma Theta Tau International, 2015 - 2015
  • Influential Marylander honoree, named by The Daily Record, 2013 - 2013
  • Honorary Degree, Honorary Doctorate of the University, University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, Australia, 2012 - 2013
  • UCLA Global/International Leadership Award, UCLA School of Nursing, 2011 - 2011
  • President, American Heart Association, 1997 - 1998


  • International Journal of Nursing Science, 2013
  • Journal of Clinical Nursing, 2013
  • Journal of Healthcare Leadership (Honorary Editorial Board), 2009
  • South African Journal for Nursing & Midwifery, 2009
  • Hypertension, 2001
  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 1990
  • American College of Cardiology, 2001
  • American Heart Association, 1990
  • American Heart Association Council on Cardiovascular Nursing, 1980
  • American Heart Association Council on High Blood Pressure Research, 1993
  • WHO Nursing Collaborating Centers, 2014
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