Dr. David Hillis was born and grew up in Tyler, TX. He obtained his B.A. and his M.D. from Columbia University, New York, NY, in 1967 and 1972, respectively, after which he served as an intern, resident, and Chief Medical Resident at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas (1972-1975). He performed his fellowship in cardiology at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, from 1975 to 1978, then he returned to UT Southwestern to join the Department of Medicine faculty. In 1987, he was promoted to Professor of Medicine. In 1993, he was appointed as Vice Chair of the Department of Medicine. From 1993 to 2005, he held the James M. Wooten Chair in Cardiology, then in 2005 he became the inaugural holder of the Daniel W. Foster Distinguished Chair in Internal Medicine. In January, 2008, he assumed the position of Professor & Chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of Texas School of Medicine in San Antonio. Dr. Hillis has coauthored almost 400 peer reviewed manuscripts and book chapters, dealing with ischemic, valvular, and congenital heart disease; 35 of these publications have appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine. He has been elected to membership in the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians. He is a member of the Editorial Boards of several major biomedical journals, including Circulation, the American Journal of Cardiology, and the New England Journal of Medicine.