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Klein Buendel Collaborator Spotlight: Dr. Hilton Hudson II

Klein Buendel Collaborator Spotlight: Dr. Hilton Hudson II

(February 11, 2016)

Klein Buendel’s newest research collaborator is Hilton M. Hudson II, M.D., one of less than 40 board-certified, African-American interventional cardiologists practicing in the U.S.

Dr. Hudson specializes in cardiac and thoracic surgery. Currently, he is a partner of the Institute of Cardiothoracic and Vein Surgery, LLC in Illinois. He has served as Chairman of the Board at Heartland Hospital in Munster, Indiana, as the Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Franciscan Physicians Hospital in Munster, Indiana, and as the Clinical Director of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery at Rockford Memorial Hospital in Rockford, Indiana.

With respect to his research experience and publications, Dr. Hudson is perhaps best known for authoring and publishing the successful book, “The Heart of the Matter: The African American’s Guide to Heart Disease, Heart Treatment, and Heart Wellness,” in 2000.

In addition to practicing medicine, Dr. Hudson is the President and CEO of the Hilton Publishing Company, Inc. (HPC), which he founded in 1996 to publish trusted content that can improve the health, education, awareness and wellness of health disparate and other underserved populations.

“Around that time,” recalls Dr. Hudson, “I started practicing medicine as a cardiothoracic surgeon and immediately noticed an unfortunate but quite obvious correlation between the socio-economic, racial and gender status of my patients and subpar health. Patient after patient from these community groups lacked the education to teach them how simple changes to their daily habits and health routines could significantly reduce many of their risks for heart issues and other chronic diseases. I spent a lot of time researching what information was available for patients, and discovered a critical gap – a need for new health literature that would be culturally meaningful, evidence-based and impactful for improving the state of health in our health disparate populations. So…I started a new company to do it myself!”

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, Dr. Hudson is a graduate of Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in English and Math in 1980. He earned his medical degree at Indiana University Medical Center in 1987. Dr. Hudson then completed his Cardiovascular Surgery Extern at Methodist Hospital and his residency for General Surgery at Boston City Hospital and Boston University Hospital before serving in the U.S. Army Medical Corps from 1992-1998. During his years in the military, Dr. Hudson completed a fellowship for Cardiothoracic Surgery at Ohio State University in Columbus. That was 1994, just two years before he founded HPC.

Just last year, HPC started a new affiliated company called EMIC LLC (Evidence-based Medical Information Company) to disseminate evidence-based e-health programs on technology platforms to facilitate positive health behavior and improve the quality of healthcare.

Dr. Hudson has received many distinguished awards and honors throughout his career, including:

  • The Sagamore of the Wabash Award for Distinguished Service in Minority Health which he received from the Governor of Indiana in 2000;
  • A Nomination for the Humanitarian Award by the International Society on Hypertension in Blacks (ISHIB) in 2003; and
  • The Award for Achievement in Health in the State of Indiana which was presented to him by Governor Mitch Daniels in 2008.

Dr. Hudson is a Co-Investigator on a new research project with Dr. Valerie Myers (Principal Investigator) from Klein Buendel called, “Pinpoint: Gaming Technology to Engage Adolescent Sickle Cell Patients in Precision Pain Management. The project is funded by the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (MD010746) at the National Institutes of Health. As an African American, physician, researcher, and publisher, the effective management and treatment of sickle cell disease is very important to Dr. Hudson. In fact, HPC is the publisher of two preeminent books on sickle cell disease for the public: Hope and Destiny for adults and Hope and Destiny, Jr. for adolescents that will guide the development of Pinpoint.

Klein Buendel would like to thank the Hilton Publishing Company for this biographical information.