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Meet Helen E. Hilts, M.D.

aaa Dr. Hilts is a Board-Certified Family Medicine physician serving Scottsdale and Paradise Valley with more than 20 years of experience in both public and private practice. During her career, she’s done it all–from treating shingles to delivering babies to caring for patients with gunshot wounds. As a diabetic herself, she has a special interest in the diagnosis, treatment and care of patients with diabetes.

Born in San Francisco, Helen grew up in Tucson, Arizona. While in high school, she played string bass with the Tucson Symphony. She earned her B.S. degree in Biology at Stanford University and received her M.D. degree in 1983 from the University of Arizona.

Fluent in Spanish, Helen is also a volunteer physician and guest lecturer at regional health fairs and other community events. Listen to Dr. Hilts share her thoughts on managing diabetes with a low-carb lifestyle in a podcast interview.


  • Indiana University, Bloomington, IN (music and biology)
  • BS Biology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
  • MD, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
  • Internship, Los Angeles County Hospital / University of Southern California Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • Residency in family practice, University of Southern California Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital, Whittier, CA

Professional Affiliations & Awards

  • American Academy of Family Practice
  • Arizona Academy of Family Practice
  • American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists
  • The Endocrine Society
  • American Diabetes Association
  • Scottsdale HealthCare Hospitals collaborative care privileges
  • Maricopa Medical Center hospital affiliation
  • Arizona Medical Association
  • Former Medical Director, Chandler and Guadalupe Family Health Centers
  • Preceptor for medical residents, students and nurse practitioner students
  • Former Inpatient Physician, Yale-New Haven Hospital, and St. Raphael Hospital and Bridgeport Hospital, Connecticut
  • Living Love Award, Unity of Phoenix, for work as physician in medically underserved communities and volunteer work at church
  • Top Doc of Maricopa Managed Care System Award, Arizona Business Magazine

Other Professional Activities

  • Community educator. Presented to community (in Spanish and English) on diabetes, HIV, respiratory illnesses, breastfeeding. Taught diabetes classes for lay health workers, Centro de Amistad, Guadalupe.
  • CME to physicians on breastfeeding, diabetes
  • Volunteer physician at various health fairs, church
  • Former Chairperson, Family Practice Continuing Medical Education Committee, Family Practice Department, Maricopa Integrated Health Systems.
  • Former Chairperson, Diabetes Committee, Guadalupe Health Alliance.
  • Former Consultant to De Colores Women’s Shelter, Phoenix.
  • Volunteer physician, Salvation Army Clinic, Mexico City.

Follow Dr. Hilts for educational links and guidelines everyday on Twitter. Click here for more information.

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