TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) – A medical staple of North Mississippi, as well a familiar face on TV, is retiring.
Dr. Edward Hill announced his retirement, effective December 31.
He has been a family medicine physician for 54 years. He was also the former director and faculty member at North Mississippi Medical Center’s Family Medicine Residency Center.
The residence center will be renamed in Hill’s honor.
He also served as the president of the American Medical Association from 2005 to 2006 and chairman of the World Medical Association from 2007 to 2011.
He also graced the televisions of North Mississippi as the host of “60 Second House Call” on WTVA for nine years.
“It’s been a fascinating career, with the last big chapter being in Tupelo,” he said. “I’ve been unbelievably blessed. North Mississippi Medical Center has been extremely supportive of me since the very beginning and of our program ever since.”
“Dr. Hill is the prototype of what a true physician is supposed to be,” said C.K. White, M.D., chief medical officer for NMHS.
“This was a new career for me,” Hill said about his journey to Tupelo to help start the residence program. “I hadn’t been in teaching at all. It was a new endeavor. I think the leadership understood the enormous need for family practice physicians in this area, and the only way to fill that need was to train them ourselves.”
Hill is a graduate of Ole Miss and received his medical degree from Ole Miss in Jackson. He also served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy and as a general medical officer in a naval destroyer group.
He began his medical career in the town of Hollandale in the Mississippi Delta, where he practice for 27 years in a full-service practice.
“The people I’m most thankful for are my extremely and unbelievably supportive wife and our children,” Hill said. “They’ve been the secret of my ability to do everything that I’ve done.”
He and his wife Jean have been married for 54 years.
After his retirement, he will move to Oxford. He plans to write his memoirs for his children and grandchildren to read. He also wants to get back into non-medical reading, including a re-reading of the works of William Faulkner. He and his wife will also look for volunteer opportunities.