About Dr. David HillPediatrician, father, communicator
Health is about communication, and communication is about listening.
In almost 25 years of practice, Dr. Hill has learned that from the exam room to the Internet, communication is the key to improved health. Communication starts with listening: to the child, to the family, to the community, to society. Whether helping a family understand a child’s illness, speaking to national media, or co-hosting the AAP’s flagship podcast, Dr. Hill listens, reflects, and searches for the best ways to promote child health at every level.
Dr. Hill’s Approach to Child Health
Dr. David Hill believes that the best way to ensure children’s wellbeing is to combine the best available scientific evidence with a deep understanding of how families and communities work. To grow and develop, children need real food, physical and intellectual stimulation, appropriate sleep, and lots of love and understanding. Most importantly, Dr. Hill knows that before he can help any child, he has to listen to the family and learn what unique challenges that family faces and what specific resources and values the family brings to bear. Health and healing always requires a team effort.
Dr. David Hill’s Professional Activities
Hospitalist Pediatrician, Goldsboro Pediatrics
Dr. David L. Hill currently works as a hospitalist pediatrician for Goldsboro Pediatrics in Wayne County, NC. He admits and cares for newborns and pediatric inpatients, including stabilizing critically ill children and consulting in the emergency department. He continues to see outpatients in the Goldsboro Pediatrics afternoon clinic. In the past Dr. Hill has served as a hospitalist for Coastal Children’s Services in Wilmington, NC and as Associate Medical Director of KidzCare Pediatrics, a multi-site practice in North Carolina and Georgia. For many years he was Vice President and Managing Partner of Cape Fear Pediatrics/Coastal Pediatric Associates, a multi-site pediatric clinic in Wilmington.
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, UNC School of Medicine
Dr. Hill serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the UNC School of Medicine, taking an active role in teaching medical students and allied health professionals. A passionate teacher, Dr. Hill is as comfortable working side-by-side with students as lecturing at the podium, such as when he served as the 2014 Media Visiting Professor at Duke University’s Pediatric Residency Program. He continues to teach medical students and pediatric residents through UNC and the Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine.
Leadership, American Academy of Pediatrics
Dr. Hill is co-host of the AAP’s flagship podcast, Pediatrics on Call. From 2015 to 2019 Dr. Hill served as Chair of the AAP Council on Communications and Media, placing him at the nexus of national-level pediatric policy making and advocacy, including the creation of updated guidelines on children and media. He now serves the 67,000 member organization in leadership on the AAP Council Management Committee, part of the AAP’s governing structure. Additionally, he serves as Associate Editor of Pediatric Care Online Patient Information, helping to educate families on pediatric conditions.
Physician Consulting Services
Dr. Hill is a nationally recognized expert on the effects of media use on child health and development as well as on how medical professionals and organizations can use traditional and new media to best educate patients on health-related issues. Dr. Hill speaks and consults nationally to help medical professionals and families meet in the place where the media promote the best possible health outcomes for children. Dr. Hill also serves as a medical editor, writer, and advisory board member for publications that seek to provide the public with accurate and up-to-date child health information.
Keynote and Event Speaking
Dr. David Hill is a sought-after speaker for both medical and lay audiences on the topics of medical communication, media and child health, fatherhood, parenting, and family transitions. He helps nationally recognized organizations train their members to feel comfortable engaging with both traditional and social media as well as to improve their exam room communication skills. He combines his experience as a doctor, a broadcaster, and a humorist to engage audiences with material that is as entertaining as it is informative. Listeners both laugh and learn. You can book Dr. Hill for both in-person and virtual presentations.
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Good Parenting: Books by Dr. David Hill
Dr. Hill’s first book, Dad to Dad: Parenting Like A Pro, was awarded the 2013 Benjamin Franklin Book Award Gold Medal and the 2013 Living Now Book Award Silver Medal. Dad to Dad combines Dr. Hill’s experience as a father with his work as a pediatrician and humorist to produce a dad-friendly child parenting guide that is as funny as it is informative.
Dr. David Hill debuted as Associate Medical Editor for the 7th edition of the American Academy of Pediatrics’s #1 bestselling child care book for parents. Parents have come to rely on “Birth to Age 5” for comprehensive and authoritative advice on everything from sleep to feeding to tummy aches and ear infections
Dr. Hill’s most recent book, co-authored with Dr. Jann Blackstone, is Co-parenting Through Separation and Divorce: Putting Your Children First. Drs. Hill and Blackstone draw from years of professional and personal experience to guide families through one of the most challenging journeys they can face. Learn how to set aside the pain, sadness and anger these situations bring and ensure that your children emerge with the best possible life.
A Good Parenting Tip with Dr. Hill
Healthy Media Use
Dr. David Hill regularly speaks on a variety of children’s health topics. Here’s a clip of him providing healthy media use advice for families on behalf of the American Academy of Pediatrics.