Roberta Hines, MD

Nicholas M. Greene Professor of Anesthesiology; Department Chair and Chief, Anesthesiology

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Years active at Yale: 1982-present

Dr. Hines is being recognized for her deep scholarship as well as for breaking the glass ceiling in the field of anesthesiology. In 1994, Dr. Hines, the Nicholas M. Greene Professor of Anesthesiology, became the first woman at Yale to be named chair of a clinical department. In this post, which she still holds, she has greatly expanded its size, vision, and prominence. It is now a multidisciplinary department that provides anesthesia care for 60,000 patients a year. She helped convince the department to become one of the first in the country to assume responsibility for patient care after cardiac surgery. Dr. Hines is also a mentor and champion for women in anesthesiology. 

At least eight graduates under her tutelage went on to become department chairs. Dr. Hines continues to guide women toward leadership positions and believes that diversity and a proper work-life balance are critical to maintaining healthy departments. For more than a quarter-century, Dr. Hines has been an examiner for the American Board of Anesthesiology. She also has served as president for both the Association of University Anesthesiologists and the Association of Academic Anesthesiology Chairs. She has edited key textbooks in her field. Over her distinguished career, Dr. Hines has been invited to give presentations on five continents and has been a visiting professor at hospitals and universities in eight states and Washington, D.C.