Hilma received her medical degree from the University of Iceland in 2000. She completed her internal medicine training at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, and her clinical cardiology training at Emory University in Atlanta. She then pursued research training in cardiovascular genetics at deCODE in Iceland. Hilma has been on faculty at deCODE since 2008 and currently leads the company´s cardiovascular effort. She is actively involved in a wide range of cardiovascular research, including lipids and atherosclerosis, conduction and arrhythmias, congenital heart disesae and heart failure. Hilma also completed training in clinical echocardiology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, in 2014, and is actively involved with patient care at Landspitalinn, the National University Hospital.