Dr. Nicholas Hill, Tufts Medical Center’s Chief of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine received the 2009 Award of Excellence in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH) Care from the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA). Hill was recognized for his extensive research on pulmonary hypertension and for his commitment to improving the lives of those afflicted with the condition. In order to further his work in treating and understanding pulmonary hypertension, the PHA presented a $50,000 grant to Hill and Tufts Medical Center.
"I'm deeply honored by this award and am very grateful to the PHA and Actelion. I plan to use it to strengthen our research network of hospitals in New England that aims to test new and more effective PH therapies," said Hill.
The Pulmonary Hypertension Association strives to find ways to prevent and cure pulmonary hypertension and to provide hope for the pulmonary hypertension community through support, education, advocacy, and awareness.
Pulmonary hypertension is a rare blood vessel disorder that affects the pulmonary arteries in the lungs. Symptoms of pulmonary hypertension are generally subtle, but can include shortness of breath, fatigue, and chest pain. Because of this, cases of pulmonary hypertension often progress to late stages before they are accurately diagnosed. While pulmonary hypertension has been historically regarded as incurable, the introduction of new treatments, through the work of many pulmonary hypertension specialists like Hill, has significantly improved the prognosis for patients with the condition.
To refer a patient or schedule an appointment with Dr. Hill, please call 617-636-6377or visit the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine webpage.