Class of 1976
James “Jim” E. Hill, Jr., MEd, PA-C graduated from the Duke University Physician Assistant Program in 1976 with a Bachelor of Health Sciences. Prior to entering the PA program, Mr. Hill earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 1970 and served on active duty in the United States Marine Corps for four years. After graduating from the Duke PA program, he practiced clinically in Charlotte, N.C., and continued his service as a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps (1970-1978).
From 1986 to 2005, Mr. Hill worked as an executive account manager at GlaxoSmithKline, managing numerous health insurance clients across North Carolina and South Carolina. During this time, Mr. Hill continued to practice clinically in emergency and urgent medical care on a part-time basis. He also joined the U.S. Air Force Reserve as a Medical Service Corps officer in 1988 and served on active duty for Operation Desert Storm in 1991. He was subsequently awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal and later retired from military service in 2000.
In 1999, Mr. Hill began practicing at Carolinas Medical Center, a U.S. Acute Care Solutions-affiliated hospital. In addition to clinical practice, Mr. Hill was responsible for precepting new hire PAs and nurse practitioners as part of their orientation to emergency medicine. Mr. Hill’s role with U.S. Acute Care Solutions expanded in 2016 to include serving as the Southeast Regional Director of APPs. Mr. Hill has also held multiple leadership positions in NCAPA and NCMS over the years.
Since retiring from his clinical and regional director positions with U.S. Acute Care Solutions in August 2018, Mr. Hill has served as the lead mentor for the Duke PA Veterans Mentoring Project. Within this role, he works to develop mentoring relationships between incoming military veteran students and alumni with military experience. Mr. Hill also assists alumnus Michael Steigerwald, MHS, PA-C, in the recruitment of potential PA students with military experience and the advancement of military veterans in the PA profession.
Today we honor Jim Hill for his service to the United States, his commitment to quality patient care and his dedication to the success of the Duke Physician Assistant Program through the James and Nancy Hill Endowment established in 2003. Veterans are the foundation of the PA profession, and we commend Mr. Hill for building upon the profession’s military legacy at Duke and beyond.