We are proud to announce that George J. Hill, M.D., D.Litt, M.A., was presented the 2012 David Cowen Award for Achievement in Medical History. Dr. Hill was the interim president at Sterling College during the summer of 1996, a Sterling trustee for many years, and is a distinguished surgeon, educator, and author. He was honored for his many years of publications and presentations in medical history, especially his work on New Jersey’s own Thomas A. Edison and Edison’s impact on the environment.

Dr. Hill has published over 150 scientific reports and is the author/editor of 14 books. He is Emeritus Professor of Surgery at the UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and is Clinical Professor of Surgery at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. He is a veteran of the War in Vietnam and was recalled to duty as a surgeon in the Navy during the Gulf War of 1990–91. Dr. Hill was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal from the U.S. Navy in 1993 and in 2001 received the New Jersey Distinguished Service Medal.


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