Congratulations to George Hill, recipient of the Cowen Award given by the Medical History Society of New Jersey

The Federated Department would like to congratulate distinguished alum George Hill, (MA, 1999), for receiving the Cowen Award given by the Medical History Society of New Jersey!


Dr. George J. Hill was born in 1932 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  He is a fifth generation Iowan, the son of a small town banker and a college teacher.  After graduation from high school in Sac City, Iowa, he received scholarships to study at Yale College and the Harvard Medical School, where he received the M.D. degree in 1957.  Dr. Hill began a career in surgery by training at the New York Hospital‑Cornell Medical Center and the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston.  He joined the faculty of the University of Colorado in 1966 as an Instructor in Surgery.  He later was a Professor of Surgery at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri; at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia; and at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, New Jersey.  He is also an alumnus of the Harvard Business School, as a participant in the Program for Health Systems Management V in 1976.  He retired from surgery in 1996 and was appointed Emeritus Professor of Surgery at the UMDNJ‑New Jersey Medical School.  In 1999 he earned the M.A. in history from Rutgers University, Newark, N.J., and in 2005 he received the D.Litt. in history from Drew University, Madison, N.J.  In 2000-01, Dr. Hill was an Adjunct Professor of History at Kean University in Union, New Jersey.  He is also a Clinical Professor of Surgery with tenure at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City and Adjunct Professor of Surgery at the Hebert Medical School of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland.

     Dr. Hill was a fellow in molecular biology at Princeton University in 1988, and he has been a guest lecturer at many institutions in the United States and abroad.  He is the author of more than 150 scientific reports and many published letters and book chapters.  He is the author/editor of fourteen books, including  Leprosy in Five Young Men; Outpatient Surgery; Clinical Oncology;Edison’s Environment: Invention and Pollution in the Career of Thomas Edison; Intimate Relationships:  Church and State in the U.S. and Liberia; John Saxe, Loyalist (1732-1808) and His Family for Five Generations; and HILL: The Ferry Keeper's Family - Luke Hill and Mary Hout, Who Were Married in Windsor, Conn., in 1651.  Dr. Hill is also the author of Proceed to Peshawar, to be released by the Naval Institute Press in November 2013.  Dr. Hill has been President of the Faculty of the New Jersey Medical School and of the Newark Chapter of Sigma Xi-The Scientific Researh Society, and he has been President of the Newark Chapter of the American Association of University Professors of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.  He received the Faculty Member of the Year Award from the New Jersey Medical School Faculty and was elected as a Faculty Member of the Alpha Phi Omega Honor Medical Society.

     He has been president of the Academy of Medicine of New Jersey and of the American Association for Cancer Education.  He was also president of the Essex County Medical Society and Secretary of the Medical Society of New Jersey.  Dr. Hill was a Trustee of Sterling College, Craftsbury Common, Vermont, from 1990-2002, and he was Interim President of the college in 1996.  His honors include the Gorgas Medal of the Association of Military Surgeons of the U.S., the Margaret Hay Edwards Medal from the American Association for Cancer Education, and the St. George Medal from the American Cance Society.  In 2010 he received the Delta Award for Community Service from the Essex County Medical Society, and the Robert E. Burt Award for Scouting from the National Society, Sons of theAmerican Revolution.  He received the David L. Cowen Award for Achievements in Medical History from the Medical History Society of New Jersey in 2013.  He is an Honorary Member of the Oncology Nursing Society, of the National Assembly of the American Cancer Society, and of the Medical Staff of Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, N.J.  Dr. Hill was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal upon his retirement as a Captain in the Medical Corps of the U.S. Navy Reserve.  He received the Civic Actions Medal with Palm and Frame (Gallantry Color) from the Republic of Viet Nam in 1972, and he received the New Jersey Distinguished Service Medal in 2001.


Visit his website for more details on his remarkable career.