BioDr. Hill

Dr. Hill is an Associate Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation & Vice Chair for Education in the UNC School of Medicine. He received his MD from the Medical University of South Carolina and his MPH in Chronic Disease Epidemiology from the Yale School of Public Health. Dr. Hill completed his residency in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at UNC Hospitals and a fellowship in Occupational & Environmental Medicine at the Yale University School of Medicine. He serves as the Medical Director, Occupational Health for the Universiry of North Carolina at Chapel-Hill and the Associate Medical Director, Occupational Health for UNC Hospitals and is a graduate of the NIDRR-sponsored Rehabilitation Medicine Scientist Training Program (RMSTP).

Dr. Hill’s clinical and research interests are at the intersection of employment and health, including absenteeism, return to work, employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities and best practices to ensure a healthy workforce. His areas of expertise include industrial rehabilitation, occupational medicine, public safety medicine, work-attributed musculoskeletal conditions, return-to-work, and military medicine. He practices at the University Employee Occupational Health Clinic (UEOHC).


Associate Professor & Vice Chair for Education


Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina, 2001
Graduate School: Master of Public Health, Chronic Disease Epidemiology, Yale School of Public Health, 2007
Residency: University of North Carolina Hospitals, 2001-2005
Fellowship: Occupational & Environmental Medicine, Yale School of Medicine, 2005-2007


Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Occupational & Environmental Medicine


  • industrial rehabilitation
  • occupational medicine
  • public safety medicine
  • work-attributed musculoskeletal conditions
  • return-to-work
  • military medicine

Recent Honors

2017 Best Doctors in America® (2015, 2016, as well)
2016 Academic Career Leadership Academy In Medicine (ACCLAIM), UNC SOM
2015 UNC Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Excellence in Teaching Award
2015 American College of Occupational & Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) Outstanding Achievement Award.
2010-2014 Gold Star Safety Award, NC Department of Labor.
2013 Complete Health & Safety Program Award, Award of Honor (highest level), Campus Safety, Health, and Environmental Management Association (CSHEMA).
2012-2014 Program for Academic Leadership, Association of Academic


Kanamori H, Weber DJ, DiBiase LM, Pitman KL, Consoli SA, Hill J, Sickbert-Bennett EE, Rutala WA. Impact of Safety-Engineered Devices on the Incidence of Occupational Blood and Body Fluid Exposures Among Healthcare Personnel in an Academic Facility, 2000-2014. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2016; Feb 9:1-8. PMID: 26856246.

Troiani L., Hill JJ 3rd, Consoli S, Weber DJ. Varicella-zoster immunity in US healthcare personnel with self-reported history of disease. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2015; 26:1-2. PMID: 26307155.

Hill JJ 3rd, Filer WF. Safety and Ethical Considerations in Discharging Patients to Suboptimal Living Situations. AMA J Ethics 2015; 17:506-510. PMID: 26075976.

Gaught AMH*, Cleveland CA*, Hill JJ 3rd. Publish or perish? Physician research productivity during residency training. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2013; 92:710-714. PMID: 23478450.

Hill JJ 3rd, Galusa D, Slade MD, Cullen MR. Drug adherence after price changes in a previously compliant population. J Managed Care. 2013; 19:236-237. PMID: 23544765.

Hill JJ 3rd, Scruggs J*, Caveney B. Certifying fitness for duty in high-functioning amputees. PM&R. 2011; 3:1126-33. PMID: 22192322.

Hill JJ 3rd, Slade MD, Russi M. Anthropometric measurements, job characteristics and prevalence of musculoskeletal symptoms in female medical sonographers. Work. 2009; 33:181-189. PMID: 19713628.

Hill JJ 3rd, Mobo BH, Cullen MR. Separating deployment-related traumatic brain injury and posttraumatic stress disorder in veterans: preliminary findings from the Veterans Affairs traumatic brain injury-screening program. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2009; 88:605-614. PMID: 19620825.

Hill JJ 3rd, Slade MD, Cantley L, Vesgo S, Fiellin M, Cullen MR. The relationships between lost work time and duration of absence spells. Proposal for a payroll driven measure of absenteeism. J Occup Environ Med. 2008; 50:840-851. PMID: 18617841.

* Denotes resident physician/medical student

Professional Memberships

Fellow, Association of Academic Physiatrists

Fellow, American College of Occupational & Environmental Medicine