By Michaela Gibson Morris
Dr. Edward Hill’s colleagues from around the nation have honored the Tupelo doctor for his decades of leadership among family physicians.
Hill received the 2013 John G. Walsh Award from the American Academy of Family Physicians at its annual meeting. The award, named after the physician who was the first to serve as president for all three major family medicine organizations, recognizes long-term commitment and effective leadership in the development of family medicine. It is among the academy’s highest honors.
“This award was the most humbling thing that I have experienced in my professional journey,” Hill said.
In addition to serving in a number of leadership roles at the state and national levels with the family physician academy, Hill served as chairman of the board of trustees and later president of the American Medical Association. He then served as the chairman of the World Medical Association.
Hill began his career in Hollandale where he practiced for 27 years. He developed a maternal health program that lowered the fetal mortality rate from one of the highest in the United States to below the national average. He was the founding director of the Family Practice Residency Program at North Mississippi Medical Center and served again as director from 2008 through June 2013. He continues to serve on the center’s faculty.
“Anyone who gets such honors knows who the credit goes to,” Hill said. “It’s those who have worked with you and for you throughout your career … the first credit needs to go to my wife Jean.”