Dr. Melbert Carl (Bob) Hillert Jr.

October 30, 1946March 20, 2020

Born on October 30,1946, in San Antonio and lost his battle with cancer on March 20, 2020, in Dallas. He was preceded in death by his parents, Melbert Carl Hillert Sr. and Bobbie E. Hillert.

Bob and his family moved to Ft. Worth, where he graduated top of his class at Eastern Hills High School. He then attended TCU, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1967. He graduated from UT Southwestern Medical School (UTSW) in 1971, followed by an internship and residency at UTSW and a cardiology fellowship at Dallas VA Hospital. Bob was a Captain in the US Army as a physician in Bad Kissingen, Germany, for two years and was awarded the Meritorious Medal of Honor. Bob started his cardiology private practice in Dallas in 1978 and retired in 2018 due to ill health.

Bob was a fellow in the American College of Cardiology of Physicians, American Heart Association and National Lipid Association. He served as Medical Director of Cardiology at Doctors Hospital in Dallas and served a term as President of the Medical Staff. Bob was a Clinical Assistant Professor at Parkland Hospital for UTSW for many years. He served in many leadership positions in the Dallas Division of the American Heart Association, including President.

Bob was the founder of the American Heart Association’s Cotes de Cour annual event, which has raised over $45 million benefiting the American Heart Association, making it the largest fundraiser in the United States for the American Heart Association.

Governor Rick Perry appointed Bob to serve as one of the original members of the Pharmacy and Therapeutic Committee for Texas Medicaid, and he served in that role for many years.

Bob is survived by his wife of 50 years, Meg Little Hillert, and his children, Robert E. Hillert (wife Kristen) of Austin and Nina Hillert Durham of Dallas. Grandchildren include Harlee and Jenny Hillert, Berkley and Knox Durham. He is also survived by his Ginger Jose and her husband, David, and their children, John David Jose and Jennifer DeJong.

The Hillert family would like to recognize several incredible physicians who provided his care, including Sreeni Chittoor, M.D. and Honling Yuen, M.D. of Dallas and Maria Cabanillas, M.D. of Houston and the compassionate and professional nurses who served Bob and his family at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the family will have a private graveside service on March 25. In lieu of flowers, Bob asked for donations to Crossroads Community Services (


  • Graveside Service Wednesday, March 25, 2020


Dr. Melbert Carl (Bob) Hillert Jr.

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Kathy Miles

April 8, 2020

Myself and my husband were patients of Dr. Hillert for 25-30 years. After he heard of my husband's passing in March of last year, he took the time to call and extend his sympathy.
Personally, Dr. Hillert was the first doctor I’ve ever known that actually listened to me. Listened and understood that we all don’t fit into the same mold. Old school doctors are the best doctors. Though I was only a patient of his, I highly respected him and enjoyed being around him and was so sorry I didn’t know about his passing sooner. My condolences to his family and may God comfort you during this time.

Karen Pickard

March 31, 2020

We had the pleasure of working with Dr Bob on the Caruth Grant almost from Day 1. He was so dedicated to our effort and was a tireless worker. Many of us drew our energy and enthusiasm from him as we pressed toward our goal. Dr Hillert will be missed; he was a good guy.

Debby Rush

March 31, 2020

I was blessed to work with Dr. Hillert on the quality Committee of AHA Mission Lifeline - Caruth Grant . He was a personable caring physician who put the health of the people of Texas first. He will be missed as a true gentelman, scholar and champion for improved cardiac care.

Karen Yates

March 31, 2020

I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Hillert in his work with AHA Mission LifeLine North Texas and the Dallas Caruth initiative. My heart is heavy to learn of the passing of such an advocate for cardiovascular care in North Texas. His compassion, kindness, and dedication will be greatly missed. Rest easy Dr. Hillert, we have it from here.

Karen Yates, MSN, RN, RN-BC, CEN, EMT-P
Chest Pain Coordinator/EMS Liaison
Methodist Mansfield Medical Center

Bob Brockie,M.D.

March 31, 2020

God's speed ,Bob enjoyed being your cath jockey.

David Merkin

March 26, 2020

I will miss the best tcu fan and and am sorry for your loss. Enjoyed many lunches at doctors’ hospital with him

Sreeni Chittoor MD

March 25, 2020

Dr. Bob Hillert, my colleague and my good friend, was one of those "old fashioned doctors" who spent time with his patients, talked and listened to them, cared a lot about them, and went above and beyond, helping them. His patients loved him and were sad to see him retire in 2018. In spite of his accomplishments and contributions to the medical field at National, State and Local levels, he remained humble and unassuming.

I will greatly miss him.

David Fuller

March 23, 2020

Great man and physician.
I will always remember our conversations about the military and Germany.
God bless.

Roslyn Hancock

March 23, 2020

A very special doctor and friend. I worked with Dr. Hillert at Doctors Hospital in many different capacities. He cared for my late husband, Gil Hancock, with great compasion. He will be greatly missed by many people who experienced his care and love.

Andrea Thompson

March 23, 2020

I would just like to take a moment to remember a wonderful Doctor, mentor, and strong example of hope and character. I had the extreme pleasure of working closely with Dr.Hillert in the CHF clinic at Doctors hospital. I loved being one of his "girls". It was here that my greatest appreciation for one of the most passionate and caring physicians was attained. I looked on in admiration as he provided his very best to each of his patients without reservation. It was because of this that he often went above and beyond. I remember the many times that he advocated for the health of others when we knew that he himself was in need. It is, I believe, this fire that burned within him that made him as polished as the purest gold. Here amongst the living, his presence will be missed, in the hearts of many it will be remembered, and in heaven it will be forever at rest. GOD BLESS Dr. Hillert! May the impression that he left be a torch of your compassion that helps to guide the type of healthcare providers and individuals that you wish us to be.