James J. Hill, III, MD, MPH

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Assistant Professor; Director of UNC Employee Occupational Health; Director, UNC Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program


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


Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2006
Board Certified in Preventive Medicine/Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 2007


  • industrial rehabilitation
  • occupational medicine
  • impairment ratings
  • return to work
  • absenteeism and earnings after acute illness and injury
  • traumatic brain injury outcomes in combat veterans

Recent Honors

2010-2013   Gold Star Safety Award, NC Department of Labor
2011              University Leadership Education and Development (ULEAD)
2012-2014    Program for Academic Leadership, Association of Academic Physiatrists
2013              Complete Health & Safety Program Award, Award of Honor, Campus Safety, Health, and Environmental
                       Management Association (CSHEMA)
2015              UNC PM&R Teaching Excellence Award 
2015-2016    Best Doctors in America®


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, "Cerebral Deficits Following Head Injury." In: Occupational Injuries and Illnesses, LexisNexis, 2012.

Hill JJ 3rd, "Prosthetics." In: ACOEM Guidance for the Medical Evaluation of Law Enforcement Officers, 2011.

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.

Professional Memberships

Fellow, Association of Academic Physiatrists 

Fellow, American College of Occupational & Environmental Medicine