New faculty Q&A with Luke Hillman, MD

Luke Hillman, MDLuke Hillman, MD

Assistant Professor
Gastroenterology and Hepatology

What is your primary professional focus in any or all of our mission areas (clinical, research, and/or medical education)?
My primary professional focus is helping patients with esophageal diseases including gastroesophageal reflux disease, eosinophilic esophagitis and motility disorders such as achalasia. When patients struggle to eat, it not only impacts their physical health, but also their mental health. These patients often stop eating out at restaurants and avoid social events out of fear of an embarrassing event. My goal is to help these patients understand their diseases and live without worry next time they go out to eat.

What drew you to UW-Madison and the Department of Medicine?
As a UW-Madison undergraduate, UW-SMPH medical school graduate and former GI fellow, I've always seen Madison and UW as my home. The Department of Medicine and Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology have always been incredibly supportive of me and my professional pursuits.

What are you most excited about during your first year with the department in this role?
Obviously, starting during a pandemic really changes how we practice and experience medicine. It's been really exciting to see how we've been able use telemedicine in our Dysphagia Clinic to improve access to care and streamline patient testing.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
When I'm not working, I love to spend time outdoors and on the golf course. My wife and I are expecting our first child this winter, so I'm looking forward to all the changes that will bring!

Favorite piece of advice from a mentor or inspiring figure in your life?
The mantra at my residency was "Nice, Hardworking and Smart." These are the characteristics in order of importance that I think make a great doctor.