Message from the Chair

O Joe Hines, MD

The UCLA Department of Surgery is relatively young by many standards.  However, when Dr. William P. Longmire, Jr. founded the department in 1948, he brought to UCLA the distinctive traditions from his own training which focused on the tripartite vision -- excellence in clinical work, scholarly research, and a dedication to education and training.  These are the cornerstones of our academic mission and remain the core of our activities today, just as when the department was founded.

The UCLA Department of Surgery is housed on the campus of a comprehensive research university consistently ranked  globally and with a well funded research portfolio. The presence of all disciplines on a single compact campus - medicine, engineering, life sciences, physical sciences, public health, business and law - provides an unlimited environment for leading edge surgical research.

Our training programs offer a unique combination of active faculty involvement, world class research, advanced technology, and a steadfast commitment to exceptional patient care.  These programs offer unparalleled opportunities to learn and grow as a surgeon.

The UCLA Department of Surgery is committed to measuring and improving the care of our patients through rigorous health services, clinical outcomes, and policy-related investigation. Leading work in partnership with national and internationally-recognized experts will continue to contribute meaningfully to the improvement of surgical quality of care, patient experience, and end results on our own campuses, and throughout the world.

O. Joe Hines, M.D.
Professor and Chair