Born in Montgomery, AL, Brijesh “Billy” Gill came to McGovern Medical School largely due to Dr. Red Duke. “I used to watch him on TV, and he was really inspiring. I also enjoyed watching MASH with the surgeon character Hawkeye Pierce – he was skillful and effective but also irreverent, and he questioned authority.”

Gill studied engineering in college and sees surgery as the natural extension of engineering. “The human body is the ultimate complex system.” His research interests include development of diagnostic and therapeutic medical devices, focused around acute injury.

Gill has founded four companies through his research at UTHealth – Houston. EMIT Corporation specializes in hypothermia treatment using non-electric, highly portable warming system. Coagulex is developing a MEMS microchip based test of platelet function. Cellvation focuses on stem cell treatment of traumatic brain injury. Ascential Nutrition develops novel delivery systems for hard-to-absorb natural dietary compounds.

For fun, Gill and his wife enjoy college football. He’s an Alabama fan, and she’s a UT diehard. He also likes snow skiing and camping with his family.


Harvard University, 1989-1993
The University of Alabama School of Medicine, 1993-1997
General Surgery, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, 1997-2003
Critical Care, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, 2003-2004

Areas of Interest

Clinical Interests

  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Inflammation
  • Hemorrhage and Resuscitation
  • Medical Device Engineering