O. Joe Hines, MD

O. Joe Hines, MD

Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery
Accepting new patients
Primary Location
General Surgery
200 Medical Plaza
Suite 214
Los Angeles, California 90095


Preferred Name: Joe Hines

Dr. Hines is the Chair of the Department of Surgery, Professor of Surgery in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Director of the UCLA Agi Hirshberg Center for Pancreatic Disease, and Robert and Kelly Day Chair in General Surgery. He is an established surgeon-scientist focused in the field of pancreatology and cares for patients with pancreatic and gastrointestinal disease. He obtained his MD from the University of Oklahoma in 1990, completed his surgery residency at UCLA in 1997, and then joined the UCLA Department of Surgery where he has been for his entire career. From 2005-2015 he was the UCLA Surgery Program Director and has received the Department Golden Scalpel Teaching Award 12 times. Dr. Hines' research program has been consistently funded by NIH, and, with over 200 publications, he has focused on pancreatic disease including both pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer. In 2008, Dr. Hines received the UCLA School of Medicine Award for Excellence in Education and was selected as the 2022 Sherman M. Mellinkoff Faculty Award recipient. The award, which recognizes physicians who establish close doctor-patient relationships of high ethical standards, is considered by faculty to be the highest honor from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

Dr. Hines serves on the editorial boards of Surgery, Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery, JAMA Surgery, Annals of Surgery, and is an editor of Maignot's Abdominal Operations. Nationally, Dr. Hines is the immediate past Chair of the American Board of Surgery, immediate past President of the American Pancreatic Association, and served as President of the Society of University Surgeons, Vice-President of the Pacific Coast Surgical Association, President of the Southern California Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, and Governor of the American College of Surgeons. He currently serves as the President of the Society of University Surgeons Foundation.




Medical Board Certification

Surgery, American Board of Surgery, 1998


Surgery, UCLA School of Medicine, 1997


Surgery, UCLA School of Medicine, 1991


MD, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, 1990



West Los Angeles

General Surgery

General Surgery| Gastrointestinal Surgical Oncology| Trauma Surgery +2 more specialties

Hospital Affiliations

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center

Areas of Focus

Pancreatic cyst
Pancreas cancer
Hiatal hernia


Acute and Chronic Pancreatitis



Pancreatic Cancer


  • Super Doctors® Southern California, 2023
  • Top Doctors, Los Angeles Magazine, 2022, 2021
  • Southern California Super Doctors, 2010-2013
  • UCLA School of Medicine – Award for Excellence in Education
  • Fellow of the American College of Surgery 2000 American College of Surgeons Traveling Fellowship to Germany 2005
  • Golden Scalpel Teaching Award 1998. 1999, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008