UConn Health Hires Inaugural CDO, Dr. Jeffrey Hines, MD

Dear Colleagues,

Diversity is vital to UConn Health as we continue to advance medicine academically, clinically, and scientifically. This is why we are excited to announce that Jeffrey Hines, MD, will take the new role of Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) at UConn Health. He joins us from Wellstar, one of the largest not-for-profit, integrated health systems in Georgia.

The CDO position is an important milestone for UConn Health and our schools. The position allows UConn Health to follow in the University’s footsteps of having a leader focused on our health system’s diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) needs in a time of unprecedented growth. The CDO ensures our professional healthcare community reflects the diverse patient population we serve and the diverse student population we train.

We look forward to Dr. Hines’s leadership in building upon our diversity commitment and efforts. For nearly two decades, UConn Health has led the way in increasing underrepresented groups in medicine. Our Health Career Opportunity programs have been key to diversifying the student bodies for our dental and medical schools. In fact, the U.S. News & World Report recently named UConn School of Medicine as one of the nation’s top-10 medical schools for diversity. We look forward to working with Dr. Hines to build a stronger and more diverse workforce, as well as a more diverse pipeline of healthcare professionals for our state and nation.

Dr. Hines is board certified in Obstetrics /Gynecology with special competence in gynecologic oncology. He earned his Bachelor of Science and medical degree at Brown University and completed his Obstetrics and gynecology residency training at Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center and gynecologic oncology fellowship training at Georgetown University Medical Center. In addition to his expertise in the most up-to-date care for women’s cancer, Dr. Hines brings to UConn Health a wealth of experience in developing DEI strategic plans; implementing frameworks for achieving health excellence through health equity; addressing disparities in healthcare; and in facilitating university and healthcare leaders’ efforts to implement best practices that align diversity and inclusion strategies with core business objectives.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Hines to UConn Health! We know he will make great contributions to our missions.


Bruce T. Liang, MD
Interim Chief Executive Officer | UConn Health
Dean | UConn School of Medicine

Dr. Frank Tuitt
Office for Diversity and Inclusion
VP | Chief Diversity Officer
Professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs