Dustin Hillerson, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor
What is your primary professional focus in any or all of our mission areas (clinical, research, and/or medical education)?
My clinical interests in cardiology are cardiac critical care and recovery from critical illness. I am hoping to work towards building a network within critical care cardiology and ICU recovery clinics.
What drew you to UW-Madison and the Department of Medicine?
I was looking for an academic position that allowed me to utilize my training in critical care. When I heard about UW from a mentor, I was thrilled to hear what UW envisioned for the redesign of the CCU while seeking dual-trained cardiac intensivists. It is an honor to be invited to be a part of this growing team.
What are you most excited about during your first year with the department in this role?
Being a part of building a state-of-the-art CCU has been my dream since early in fellowship! I am excited to be on this team and focus on the difficult transition back to a normal life that survivors of critical illness face.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
Growing up in New Mexico, I developed a love for the outdoors. I miss my mountains dearly, but I’m excited to explore the lakes and woods of Wisconsin. I love reading fiction, non-fiction, comic books, and reading to my kids.
Favorite piece of advice from a mentor or inspiring figure in your life?
I did well on a test one time and the professor quoted Han Solo and said, “great kid, don’t get cocky.” I didn’t get it until I got a B on the midterm.