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Martha N. Hill, PhD, RN, FAAN

Dean Emerita
Martha Hill
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Specialties and Expertise

  • Adult Health
  • Cardiovascular


Martha Hill served as dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing from 2001 until early 2014 and has been a member of the faculty since the school was established in 1983. As an educator, she is known for her mentorship of students and faculty members; as a researcher, for her investigations in preventing and treating hypertension and its complications, particularly among young, urban African-American men and the effectiveness of nurse-run clinics. Her expertise in community-based participatory research focuses on the integration of multi-professional health care to improve treatment and outcomes for vulnerable and underserved populations. She has been an active investigator, mentor, and consultant on numerous National Institutes of Health-funded clinical trials and is recognized around the globe for her research projects 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 is a member of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) and serves on its health sciences policy board. Dr. Hill previously served on the IOM Council and the Board of Directors of Research! America. From 1997-1998, Dr. Hill served as president of the American Heart Association, the first non-physician to be named to that position. She is a professor of nursing, medicine, and public health.

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  • Videos
  • Publications/Research

    De Geest, S., Ruppar, T., Berben, L., Schöenfeld, S., Hill, M.N. (2014) “Medication non-adherence as a critical factor in the management of presumed resistant hypertension: A narrative review.” EuroIntervention. Jan 22;9(9):1102-9.

    Cene, C., Dennison, C., Powell Hammond, W., Levine, D., Bone, L., Hill, M. (2013). “Antihypertensive Medication Nonadherence in Black Men: Direct and Mediating Effects of Depressive Symptoms, Psychosocial Stressors, and Substance Use.” Journal of Clinical Hypertension. Vol. 15, Issue 3. March: 201-209.

    Berben, L., Dobbels, F., Engberg, S., Hill, M., & DeGeest, S. (2012). “An Ecological Perspective on Medication Adherence.” Western Journal of Nursing Research. Published online February 6.

    Allen, J.K., Dennison-Himmelfarb, C.R., Szanton, S.L., Bone, L., Hill, M.N., Levine, D.M., West, M., Barlow, A., Lewis-Boyer, L., Donnelly-Strozzo, M., Curtis, C., Anderson, K. (2011). “Community Outreach and Cardiovascular Health (COACH) Trial: A Randomized, Controlled Trial of Nurse Practitioner/Community Health Worker Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction in Urban Community Health Centers.” Journal of the American Heart Association. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. Published online September 27.

    Kim, M.T., Han, H.R., Hedlin, H., Kim, J., Song, H.J., Kim, K.B., Hill, M.N. (2011). “Teletransmitted Monitoring of Blood Pressure and Bilingual Nurse Counseling-Sustained Improvements in Blood Pressure Control During 12 Months in Hypertensive Korean Americans.” Journal of Clinical Hypertension. Vol. 13, Issue 8. August: 605-612.

  • Awards/Honors

    2016 Living Legend—American Academy of Nursing

    2013 Influential Marylander, the Daily Record

    2012 Honorary Degree, Honorary Doctorate of the University, University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, Australia

    2011 UCLA Global/International Leadership Award, UCLA School of Nursing

    2011 Commencement Speaker, Flinders University Health Sciences Commencement Ceremonies, Adelaide, South Australia

    2011 Maryland’s Top 100 Women honoree, Circle of Excellence, the Daily Record

    2011 Leadership in Research Award, Southern Nursing Research Society

    2010 Honorary Degree, Doctor of Public Health, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia

    2010 Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame, inaugural member

    2009 Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, Honorary


    2009 Pillar of Cardiovascular Nursing Science, American Heart Association Council on Cardiovascular Nursing

    2009 Maryland’s Top 100 Women, the Daily Record

    2006 Maryland’s Top 100 Women, the Daily Record

    2005 Honorary Degree, Doctorate of Science, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey

    2004 Degree of Doctor Honoris Causa, Göteborg University,

    Sahlgrenska Academy

    2003 American Heart Association Katharine A. Lembright

    Award for Achievements in Cardiovascular Nursing Research

    2003 Nell J. Watts Lifetime Achievement in Nursing Award, Sigma Theta Tau International

    2001 Honorary Doctoral Degree, State Univ. of New York, Downstate School of Nursing and Allied Health

    2000 One of 50 Pioneers of the Past, Present and Future, Johns Hopkins Magazine 50th Anniversary Issue

    2000 Fellow, American Heart Association Council for High Blood Pressure Research

    2000 Fellow, European Society of Cardiology

    1999 Public Service Award, National Kidney Foundation of Maryland

    1999 Fellow, Society of Geriatric Cardiology

    1999 Commencement Speaker, University of California San Francisco School of Nursing, San Francisco, CA

    1999 One of the Top Ten Women’s Health Heroes, Reader’s Digest

    1999 Distinguished Research Award, International Society on Hypertension in Blacks

    1998 Member, Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science

    1998 Partners in Public Health Award, Center for Disease Control and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

    1997-98 President, American Heart Association

    1997 Scientific Councils Distinguished Achievement Award, American Heart Association

    1997 American Heart Association Council of Cardiovascular Nursing New Investigator Award re-named as the Martha N. Hill New Investigator Award

    1997 Honorary Membership, American Association of Critical Care Nurses

    1997 Distinguished Alumni Award, Johns Hopkins University

    1996 National Service Award, American Heart Association, Maryland Affiliate

    1996 Fellow, International Society of Hypertension in Blacks

    1995 Chairman's Recognition Award, Maryland Affiliate, American Heart Association

    1995 Fellow, The Society for Behavioral Medicine

    1995 Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Contribution to Nursing Research, Howard University College of Nursing

    1994 Distinguished Practitioner in Nursing, National Academies of Practice

    1994 Award of Merit, American Heart Association

    1994 Special Award, Maryland Affiliate, American Heart Association

    1993 National Service Award, Maryland Affiliate, American Heart Association

    1991 Outstanding Teacher Award, The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, Undergraduate Program

    1990 Member, International Society of Hypertension

    1990 Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Volunteer Service, American Heart Association, Maryland Affiliate, also received in 1982, 1986

    1989 Fellow, American Academy of Nursing

    1989 Delta Omega, The National Honorary Public Health Society

    1988 Fellow, Council on Cardiovascular Nursing, American Heart Association

    1998 One of 46 nurses in “Making Choices: Taking Chances: Nurse Leaders Tell Their Stories.” School, T.M. and Zimmerman,A., St. Louis: The C.V. Mosby Company

    1987 Ruth B. Freeman Prize for Academic Performance and

    Outstanding Thesis of a Graduating Doctoral Nurse. The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health

    1985 Malcolm Alderfer Schweiker Award for Innovative Practice in Nursing, The Society of the Alumni of the School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania

    1982 American Nurses' Association Certificate of Service in Recognition of Contribution to the Profession and to the Care of the Public as representative to the National High Blood Pressure Program Coordinating Committee

    1977 Sigma Theta Tau, The National Nursing Honor Society