William R. Hiatt, MD, is a professor of medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Division of Cardiology with a clinical and research focus in vascular medicine. He is president of CPC Clinical Research which is a university-affiliated, non-profit cardiovascular and clinical trials research organization. Active in many national societies, Dr. Hiatt is a past-president of the Society for Vascular Medicine and is a fellow in the American Heart Association and the American College of Physicians. He is a past chair of the American Heart Association Peripheral Vascular Disease Council. Dr. Hiatt serves on the editorial board as an associate editor for the Journal of Vascular Medicine, the Cochrane Review Group and is guest editor for Circulation and a section editor for Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Dr. Hiatt is a past chairman of the United States Food and Drug Administration Cardiovascular and Renal Advisory Committee (2003-08) and the FDA Endocrinologic and Metabolism Advisory Committee (guest member 2010-2012 and full member 2013-2016). He has received two outstanding medical student teacher awards and has been elected several times as Best Doctors in America (most recently in 2012). In 2008 he received the Robert W. Schrier Award of Excellence from the Department of Medicine, University of Colorado and he received the Julius H. Jacobson II, MD Physician Excellence Award from the Vascular Disease Foundation. In 2014 he received a Distinguished Scientist award from the American Heart Association and in 2018 he received the Clinical Research Prize from the AHA. Research activities include studies evaluating the pathophysiology and epidemiology of peripheral artery disease, mechanisms of supervised exercise as an effective treatment modality for claudication, and numerous clinical trials to develop new therapies for claudication and critical leg ischemia. His research at the CPC has pioneered new methods to control endpoint variability in clinical trials. Dr. Hiatt has over 300 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters and reviews.
Dr. Hiatt was born in Denver, Colorado in 1950, received his medical degree cum laude from the University of Colorado School of Medicine in 1976, and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha medical society. He completed his residence at Boston University Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, and the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in 1979. He was a fellow in internal medicine and vascular medicine at the University of Colorado from 1979 to 1981, and then joined the University of Colorado faculty in 1981.