O. Joe Hines, MD

O. Joe Hines, MD

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


Preferred Name: Joe Hines

Dr. Hines is the Interim Chair of the Department of Surgery, UCLA Health Surgical Director for Perioperative Services, 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. In 2008, Dr. Hines received the UCLA School of Medicine Award for Excellence in Education. 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.

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 President-elect 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. Dr. Hines joined the American Board of Surgery in 2015 as a Director and will serve as Chair starting in 2021.




Medical Board Certification

Surgery, American Board of Surgery, 1998


UCLA School of Medicine, 1997


UCLA School of Medicine, 1991


University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, MD, 1990



Hospital Affiliations

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center


Acute and Chronic Pancreatitis



Pancreatic Cancer


  • Top Doctors, Los Angeles Magazine, 2021
  • Southern California Super Doctors, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010
  • 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