Melissa A. Hilmes, M.D.

Associate Professor
Radiology & Radiological Sciences
Associate Professor
Medical Student Education
Delivery Address
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital At Vanderbilt
2200 Children's Way
Diagnostic Imaging

Melissa Hilmes, MD, is an honors graduate and earned her medical degree from Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She completed a residency in Diagnostic Radiology at University of Michigan Medical Center, which she served as chief resident, and a fellowship in Pediatric Radiology at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. She joined the Vanderbilt faculty in 2007 as Assistant Professor following one year in private practice. In 2019, she was promoted to Associate Professor. Dr. Hilmes’s many academic interests include medical student education at multiple levels, including faculty leadership in the Vanderbilt Program for Interprofessional Learning (VPIL), serving as a portfolio coach and co-director, and serving as course director for an ACE in pediatric radiology, a course for students in the 3rd and 4th years. Dr. Hilmes previously directed the elective in pediatric radiology for pediatric residents and interested fellows, as well as graduate students in medical physics. Research interests include MR imaging characteristics of the pancreas in diabetic patients, which is partially grant-funded. More recently, she is involved with the PRISM study, a study of children with COVID and MIS-C. The study is sponsored and funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health. In 2023, she received a VUSM Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Small Group Setting. She has been a member of the Academy of Excellence in Education since 2020.

Section: Pediatric Radiology



The Vanderbilt Program in Interprofessional Learning: Sustaining a Longitudinal, Clinical Experience That Aligns Practice With Education. Davidson HA, Hilmes MA, Cole S, Waynick-Rogers P, Provine A, Rosenstiel D, Norman L, Miller B. Acad Med. 2020 Apr;95(4):553-558. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000003141. PMID: 31876566


Pancreas Volume Declines During the First Year After Diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes and Exhibits Altered Diffusion at Disease Onset. Virostko J, Williams J, Hilmes M, Bowman C, Wright JJ, Du L, Kang H, Russell WE, Powers AC, Moore DJ. Diabetes Care. 2019 Feb;42(2):248-257. doi: 10.2337/dc18-1507. Epub 2018 Dec 14. PMID: 30552135 Free PMC article. Clinical Trial.

Davidson HA, Hilmes MA, Cole S, Waynick-Rogers P, Provine A, Rosenstiel D, Norman L, Miller B. The Vanderbilt Program in Interprofessional Learning: Sustaining a Longitudinal, Clinical Experience that Aligns Practice with EducationAcad Med [print-electronic]. 2019 Dec 12/24/2019; PMID: 31876566, DOI: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000003141, ISSN: 1938-808X.

 Radiology in Medical Education: A Pediatric Radiology Elective as a Template for Other Radiology Courses. Hilmes MA, Hyatt E, Penrod CH, Fleming AE, Singh SP. J Am Coll Radiol. 2016 Mar;13(3):320-5. doi: 10.1016/j.jacr.2015.08.003. Epub 2015 Oct 17. PMID: 26482815

Spottswood SE, Liaw K, Hernanz-Schulman M, Hilmes MA, Moore PE, Patterson B, Chen H, Kan JH. The clinical impact of the radiology report in wheezing and nonwheezing febrile children: a survey of cliniciansPediatr Radiol [print-electronic]. 2009 Apr; 39(4): 348-53. PMID: 19241075, DOI: 10.1007/s00247-009-1154-4, ISSN: 1432-1998.

Kan JH, Hilmes MA, Martus JE, Yu C, Hernanz-Schulman M. Value of MRI after recent diagnostic or surgical intervention in children with suspected osteomyelitisAJR Am J Roentgenol. 2008 Nov; 191(5): 1595-600. PMID: 18941107, PII: 191/5/1595, DOI: 10.2214/AJR.08.1115, ISSN: 1546-3141.