Dr. James E.K. Hildreth is the Director of the National Institutes of Health Center for Health Disparities Research in HIV at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN. He received his undergraduate degree at Harvard University, where he graduated magna cum laude in chemistry in 1979. He then went to Oxford University in England as a Rhodes Scholar and got his doctorate in immunology in 1982.
Five years later, he earned his medical degree at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. Dr. Hildreth joined the faculty at Johns Hopkins as Assistant Professor and later made history when he became the first African American in the 125-year history at John Hopkins School of Medicine to earn full Professorship with tenure in the basic sciences. He later served for several years as the first Associate Dean for Graduate Studies. Dr. Hildreth is both Professor of Internal Medicine and Professor of Biomedical Sciences at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN.