Former Gladden Society President Recognized as 2020 AAOS Diversity Award Winner

September 2021 
James Hill, MD, longtime Professor of Orthopaedics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (Evanston, IL) was recognized as the 2020 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Diversity Award Winner. Dr. Hill is a founding member and served as the second president of the J. Robert Gladden Orthopaedic Society. This award was given by the 2020 AAOS President Joseph Bosco III, MD after the 2020 AAOS meeting was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Hill has both pioneered and exemplified Diversity and Inclusion his entire career. He is the first African American surgeon of any specialty on staff at Northwestern University School of Medicine. (1980) A Chicago native, he immediately volunteered to also work at the Cook County Hospital. He donates his own time to mentor inner city grade school students at his childhood Chicago school. Dr. Hill firmly believes that “one must contribute to overcoming barriers and bias over a career” and that “we must reach our students before age 12 or 13 in order to make a real difference.”

Dr. Hill attended Northwestern University School of Medicine and graduated from the Northwestern University Orthopaedic program (1979). A sports medicine specialist who trained at the famous Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic Sports Medicine Fellowship at “a time when I was the only resident out of 10 who did a fellowship.” He returned the next year to join the Northwestern staff. He had a series of international sports medicine experience culminating in being the Team Physician for the 1988 United States Olympic Basketball Team in Seoul, South Korea (1988). He was a past member of the AAOS Board of Directors and the Diversity Advisory Board. Under his leadership the J. Robert Gladden Orthopaedic Society held a highly successful international meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, including leading experts discussing achieving diversity, eliminating health care disparities and overcoming bias. He has served as president of Northwestern University of Medicine Feinberg School of Medicine’s Alumni Association and on the board of trustees of the historically black Talladega College (Alabama). He remains committed to making the orthopaedic workforce more representative of the population it serves.