Kevin P. Hill, M.D., M.H.S., is an addiction psychiatrist, Director of the Substance Abuse Consultation Service in McLean Hospital’s Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He grew up in Rochester, New York and attended McQuaid Jesuit High School. He subsequently graduated from Skidmore College and Jefferson Medical College before training in psychiatry at the Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training Program. Dr. Hill earned a Masters in Health Sciences from the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at Yale and also completed the Partners Healthcare Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship Program.
Dr. Hill’s clinical research is focused primarily on medications and behavioral interventions that might improve available treatments for those wanting to stop smoking marijuana or cigarettes. Dr. Hill is the recipient of a prestigious federal K99/R00 grant award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA); his project is to test the efficacy of a synthetic marijuana-like compound, nabilone, as a potential medication treatment for patients with marijuana addiction. His work is funded by NIDA, the Brain and Behavior Research Foundations, the American Lung Association, the Greater Boston Council on Alcoholism, and the Peter G. Dodge Foundation. He has received multiple competitive awards as an investigator and published on numerous topics in addiction.
In addition to the clinical trials he directs, Dr. Hill sees patients in his private practice and consults to the Boston Red Sox and the National Football League. He aims to help people improve their lives and build a better future. He works to strip away the shame and embarrassment that often keeps people from seeking help. He has been able to reach many who, for the first time in their lives, develop an understanding of problems experienced by their families and themselves. He offers hope and possibility of change.
More recently, Dr. Hill has been asked to weigh in on marijuana policy issues such as medical marijuana and legalization of marijuana. He is committed to bridging the gap between the science and the public perception about marijuana. He routinely educates students from public (he is an official community partner to the Boston Public Schools) and private schools, parents, healthcare professionals, and organizations about marijuana science, policy, and treatment, as well as alcohol and opioids.
Dr. Hill is now the author of Marijuana: The Unbiased Truth about the World’s Most Popular Weed (Hazelden, March 2015). Because of his broad education, training and experience in the field of psychiatry, and his unique ability to effectively communicate in common sense language, Dr. Hill is frequently called upon for his expert opinion on current events by major news outlets.