Biography: James O. Hill, PhD

James O. Hill, PhD
  • Professor
  • University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • Denver, CO

Dr. James Hill is one of the world’s foremost experts in obesity and weight management. He is Anschutz Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics and Director of the Colorado Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC) at the University of Colorado. Dr. Hill served as President of the American Society for Medicine (ASN) in 2008-9. He was also President of The Obesity Society (TOS) in 1997-8. He was Chair of the first World Health Organization Consultation on Obesity in 1997. He was a member of the NIH Expert Panel on Obesity that developed first U.S guidelines for the treatment and prevention of obesity. Dr. Hill has published more than 600 scientific articles and book chapters. Many of these focus on the importance of healthy eating and physical activity in weight management and in preventing and managing type 2 diabetes. He has been continuously funded from NIH since 1981 and in 1998 received a prestigious MERIT Award from NIH. He is the recipient of several ASN awards, including the Centrum Center Science Award, the McCollum Award, and the David Kritchevsky Career Achievement Award in Nutrition. He has received the TOPS award and the George Bray Founder’s Award from the Obesity Society. He was the 2012 Atwater Lecturer for the US Department of Agriculture. He received the Joseph Sewall Award for Distinguished Service from the University of Colorado in 2014. Dr. Hill was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2014. Dr. Hill is a cofounder of the National Weight Control Registry, a registry of individuals who have been successful in maintenance of a reduced body weight. He has a passion for translating research to address public health issues. He is co-founder of America on the Move, a national weight gain prevention initiative that aims to inspire Americans to make small changes to prevent weight gain. He is the author of the Step Diet Book, published in June 2004 and the State of Slim published in August 2013.