‘The Training Here is Bar None’

As a child, Jennifer Hill, MD, frequently sat on the sidelines because of her asthma. Today, she is pursuing a career in immunology and a fellowship at National Jewish Health to help people who are held back by severe asthma and allergies receive the care they need.

“It is wonderful to feel like you are part of something bigger than yourself.”

Dr. Hill was also drawn to the field because of the spectrum of diseases involved in immunology and how the illnesses can affect every system in the body.

She completed her Bachelor of Science, graduating Magna Cum Laude, at Arizona State University. She obtained her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Arizona College of Medicine, where she was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. She went on to serve as a resident physician, chief resident and clinical instructor at the University of Arizona. Dr. Hill has received numerous awards, including the University of Arizona Outstanding Resident in Allergy, Immunology, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and the Graduate Medical Education Resident Excellence and Leadership Scholarship.

While at the University of Arizona, she served as principal investigator of a chronic rhinosinusitis study and she is looking forward to working with National Jewish Health faculty on research projects.

 

The First Harold S. Nelson, MD, Allergy Fellow

Dr. Hill is the first person to hold the Harold S. Nelson, MD, Endowed Allergy Fellowship, which was funded by many former National Jewish Health fellows. She had the opportunity to participate in two journal clubs led by Dr. Nelson.

“Since coming to National Jewish Health, I have learned more about the incredible impact he has had on our field.” Dr. Hill said. “He has an extraordinary wealth of knowledge.”

 

‘A 360 Degree View of Every Medical Case’

Dr. Hill has completed six months of her two-year fellowship and has been impressed by the learning opportunities, collaboration with world-class faculty members and testing capabilities in the Pulmonary Physiology Unit.

“You work hard, but you learn a lot,” she said. “The training here is bar none.”

“The patients who come here have complex problems and no one has been able to figure out their diagnosis,” Dr. Hill said. “With the coordinated care here, you really get a 360-degree view of every medical case. You are able to simply walk down the hall and collaborate with world-class specialists in pulmonology, gastroenterology, rheumatology, and radiology, among other fields, to try to find answers.”

Because she knows what it’s like to suffer with severe asthma and allergies, Dr. Hill feels that she can relate to her patients and help improve their quality of life. And today, she is at the right place and in the right fellowship to achieve her goals.

“National Jewish Health is simply the best. I am incredibly fortunate to train here,” she said.

 

About the Harold S. Nelson Endowed Allergy Fellowship

The Harold S. Nelson, MD, Endowed Allergy Fellowship was created to honor Dr. Nelson, a professor in the National Jewish Health Division of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology. During Dr. Nelson’s 40-plus years in Denver, he has helped train many of the allergists in the United States and abroad; written more than 300 publications on allergen testing and standardization, immunotherapy and pharmacotherapy of allergic diseases and asthma; and received the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology’s Gold-Headed Cane Award for lifetime achievement, the World Allergy Organization’s Outstanding Clinician Award, and the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology’s Distinguished Clinician Award.

The endowed fellowship was established to carry forward Dr. Nelson’s legacy of education and improve patients’ lives for decades to come. In addition to former fellows and other individuals who donated, TEVA Pharmaceuticals made a generous donation that pushed the endowment passed the funding level needed to fill the fellowship.

The fellowship is still under funding. If you are interested in donating, please contact Rebecca Cover at 303.728.6577 or CoverR@njhealth.org.

 

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