Robert Hilkert, MD, FACC, FAHA
Global Program Clinical Head
Global Clinical Development – Cardiovascular and Metabolism
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
Dr. Robert Hilkert is board certified cardiologist and presently serves as the Global Program Clinical Head in the Cardiovascular and Metabolism Group at Novartis Pharmaceutical Corporation. He joined Novartis in 2007 as a Medical Director in the USCDMA division focusing on hypertension and atherosclerosis. Since joining Novartis, Bob has held multiple roles of increasing responsibility, most recently serving as the Vice President of US Medical Affairs for the Cardiovascular and Respiratory Franchise. Prior to joining Novartis, Bob worked in the cardiovascular division of Pfizer Pharmaceuticals. His roles at Pfizer included Medical Director for Torcetrapib and Lipitor as well as serving as a Director in the Regional Medical and Research Scientists (RMRS) Division. Bob joined Pfizer after serving 10 years as a member of the faculty at UMDNJ Robert Wood Medical School, Division of Cardiology as Associate Professor of Medicine. In the UMDNJ-RWJMS cardiology division, he served in the roles of Director of the Congestive Heart Failure Program, Associate Program Director of the Cardiovascular Diseases Fellowship Program and Director of Cardiology Education. Dr. Hilkert is board certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular diseases and is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. He began his medical education at Medical College of Ohio, where he received his MD degree in 1985. He received his internal medicine training at the University of Pittsburgh and Cardiology Research and Clinical Cardiology training at Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston University. He is a member and serves on the board of several professional organizations including the American Heart Association, the American Society of Echocardiography, the American College of Cardiology and the National Lipid Association. In 2012, Dr. Hilkert served as the chair of the Morris County NJ Heart Walk and 5K Run. He recently joined the Board of Directors for the Northern New Jersey AHA local affiliate and was inducted as a fellow of the American Heart Association (FAHA) in 2014. He has lectured throughout New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut and his expertise has led to several research grants from the National Institutes of Health and the American Heart Association.