“Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many.” -Unknown

Dr. Julia Hiner has loved taking care of older adults since her medical school years. Subsequently, that love has grown into her career’s passion. She believes patient care should not just be about disease management, but rather comprehensive care for the whole person with an emphasis on building meaningful relationships between healthcare professionals, patients, and their families. She enjoys getting to know her patients as individuals through their life stories and experiences. She especially enjoys taking care of vulnerable populations, dedicating her time to adults who have been abused, neglected, or exploited.

Dr. Hiner’s primary roles UTHealth including serving as the Geriatric Medicine fellowship Program Director, course director for the Geriatric Medicine fellowship’s Older Adult Mistreatment rotation, and as adult mistreatment and incapacity/guardianship medical consultant to the Senior Justice Assessment Center (SJAC) and the Forensic Assessment Center Network (FACN). She is passionate about Geriatric Medicine education, regularly collaborating on scholarly activities about adult mistreatment, capacity, cognitive disability, and guardianship topics. She is currently participating in a Health Educator Fellowship Program to further her knowledge and skills as a medical educator.

She is a member of numerous professional societies and committees: the American Geriatrics Society (including the Elder Abuse special interest group), the Consortium on Aging, the Texas Elder Abuse and Mistreatment (TEAM) Institute, the Elder Fatality Review Team (EFFORT) Committee, the McGovern Medical School Curriculum Committee, and director of the Geriatric Medicine Professional Education Committee / Clinical Competency Committee. Additionally, Dr. Hiner was honored with a four-year appointment to Governor Greg Abbott’s ten member Texas Managed Correctional Health Care Committee, to help ensure that Texas Department of Criminal Justice offenders have access to quality and cost-effective health care.

When she is not at work, Dr. Hiner likes spending time with her husband, two daughters, dogs, and extended family and friends. She also enjoys reading fiction books, writing narrative reflections about her experiences in medicine and as a physician, and cheering on the Green Bay Packers.


Medical Degree
University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX
Internal Medicine, Christiana Care Health System, Newark, DE
Geriatric Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

Areas of Interest

Clinical Interests

  • Adult Mistreatment – Abuse, Neglect, Exploitation
  • Cognitive Disability, Decision-Making Capacity, and Guardianship
  • Medical Education


Hiner, J.; Murdock, C. Improving Older Adult Mistreatment Education. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 2022, Vol.70, p.S68-S69.

Murdock, C.; Hiner, J. Knowledge to Action: Teaching Medical Students to Address Social Determinants of Health. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 2022, Vol.70, p.S206-S207.

Hiner, J.A., Murdock, C.C., Lee, J.L., and Halphen, J.M. A Training Curriculum for Assessing Adult Capacity and Mistreatment. TEACH-S 2020 Abstract Book. 1(1): 66, 2020.

Dyer, C.B., Murdock, C., Hiner, J., Halphen, J., and Burnett, J. Elder Mistreatment Intervention: Strategies for Connecting with Diverse and Rural Populations. Generations. 44(1):91-97, 2020.

Halphen, J.M., Dyer, C.B., Lee, J.L., Reyes-Ortiz, C.A., Murdock, C.C., Hiner, J.A., and Burnett, J. Capacity evaluations for adult protective services: videoconference or in-person interviews. Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect. 32(2):121-133, 2020.

Hiner, J. A.; Smith, A.; Johnson, C.; Holton, G.; Bunag, T.; Ahmed, M. Medication Prescribing Practices for Older Nursing Home Patients. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 2019, Vol.67, p.S41-S41.

Al-Jumayli, M.; Hiner, J. A.; Taffet, G. E.; Agarwal, K. S. Use of the 4AT to Detect Delirium in Older Hospitalized Cancer Patients. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 2018, Vol.66, p.S33-S33.