Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine
Executive Director, Anschutz Health and Wellness Center
Director, Center for Human Nutrition
Director, Colorado Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC)
James O. Hill, Ph.D. is Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver, Colorado. He holds a B.S. degree from the University of Tennessee and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of New Hampshire in Physiological Psychology. He served as Chair of the first World Health Organization Consultation on Obesity in 1997. He is Past President of the American Society for Nutrition and The Obesity Society (TOS). He was also a member of the Expert Panel on Obesity of the National Institutes of Health that developed first U.S guidelines for the treatment and prevention of obesity.
Dr. Hill has published more than 350 scientific articles and book chapters in the area of obesity. Many of these focus on the importance of healthy eating and physical activity in weight management. He is the recipient of the 2007 TOPS award from The Obesity Society. He has received the Centrum Center and McCollum awards from the American Society for Nutrition.
Dr. Hill is a cofounder of the National Weight Control Registry, a registry of individuals who have been successful in maintenance of a reduced body weight. He also is co-founder of America on the Move, a national weight gain prevention initiative that aims to inspire Americans to make small changes in how much they eat and how much they move to prevent weight gain. He is the author of the Step Diet Book, published in June 2004. Dr. Hill serves on the boards of Livewell Colorado, the Metro Denver Health & Wellness Commission, and the Colfax Marathon.
National Research Service Award from NIH, 1982
Member NIDDK Task Force on Obesity 6/91- 1999
Co-founder, National Weight Control Registry (NWCR)
Member, Steering Committee on Healthy Weights; Providing Advice to USDA and DHHS for 1995 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
Chair, Advisory Committee for ILSI PAN program, 1995-present.
Member, NHLBI Expert Panel on Obesity and Cardiovascular Disease. 1995-1998.
Member, NIH Nutrition Study Section, 1996-2001; Chair 2000-2001.
Chair, WHO Consultation on Obesity, June 1997.
President, North American Association for the Study of Obesity 1997-8.
MERIT Award from NIH, 1998-2005
President’s Lecturer, American College Sports Medicine, 2000
McGovern Award, Ball St. University, 2004.
Centrum Center Science Award, American Society for Nutritional Sciences (2004)
Editor-in-Chief, Obesity Management (2004-2010)
Member, NIH CIDO Study Section (2005-present)
McCollum Award, American Society for Nutrition (2007)
TOPS Award, NAASO the Obesity Society (2007)
Master Scholar, Western Kentucky University (2007)
Invited Scholar, Southern Illinois University (2007)
President, American Society for Nutrition (2008-9)