Duke Medicine Profiles: Kevin D. Hill, MD, MS

Duke Medicine Profiles: Kevin D. Hill, MD, MS


Hi, I’m Kevin Hill and
I’m a pediatric cardiologist here at Duke. I’m one the interventional cardiologists, which means that I do cardiac
catheterization procedures on children. There are a lot of different reasons that children might need
a catheterization procedure. One of my specific areas of
interest is pulmonary hypertension. Having children of my own, when they’ve
needed medical care you realize what an anxiety provoking experience it is for
families. Even the little things, like when my
child has needed a dental procedure. Going through that process is a very
nerve-wracking experience for me. And so I think understanding what
the parents are going through is very important to what we do. I think I’m somebody who likes
to not create excess anxiety. I think parents are always
anxious enough about the process. There are some physicians who perhaps like to emphasize the bad
things that could happen. For most of what we do things
turn out very well, and our patients do really well. And I like parents to understand
that before we go into them. We always talk to the parents about the
risk of the procedure that they’re about to go through. But I think almost everything
that we do is done very safely, we have a lot of experience
doing the things that we do. And so I don’t think parents
need to be overly anxious or any more anxious than they already are. I think one of the most important things
we offer for our families is we’re entirely pediatric, our staff
are all pediatric cath lab nurses. The people that do the interventions
in the cath lab do nothing but pediatric cardiology. So that’s reason number one, and
I think that’s really important. You get a real pediatric
children-centric experience when you’re coming to the cath lab at Duke. I grew up in South Africa and
my father was a physician, and when I was growing up I was
often in the hospital with him. Every Christmas we would go to
the hospital and see all the children. So I think from a young age it was
really something I considered. I loved seeing what he did, and
being around the children, and seeing how they got better
when he took care of them. Seeing how much he helped some of them. So there was definitely that component. But then as I got older and
got into college I was also fascinated by
the science behind medicine. And the ability to really
impact the lives of children by advancing care in sort of
a cutting edge fashion as well.

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