Marilyn Heins, MD

Areas of Achievement: 
Higher Education

Honored By

Honored by: Wilkening, Laurel L.
Date submitted: October 24, 2006
Gift: Gateway Entry and Two Arches with Seating
Honored by: Lipson, Milton P.
Date submitted: October 24, 2006
Gift: Leaf Tile, Large

I want to honor my wife, Dr. Marilyn Heins, for all of her hard work helping people as a physician, a medical school dean, and a parenting educator. She managed to do all of these jobs and still find time for our children and me. She was my own personal 'superwoman' and I will always be proud of her. -- Milton P. Lipson


Marilyn Heins graduated from Radcliffe College and received her MD degree from the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University. She interned in pediatrics at New York Hospital and completed a residency in pediatrics at Babies Hospital in New York. Dr. Heins served as Director of Pediatrics at Detroit Receiving Hospital and Director of Project RESCAD, a federally funded program to provide comprehensive health services for medically indigent children. She was the associate Dean for Student Affairs at Wayne State University School of Medicine and Vice Dean and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. Dr. Heins was a member of the Editorial Board of the of the Journal of the American Medical Association, served on the National Board of Medical Examiners, chaired the Committee on Medical Education of the American Hospital Association, and served as the first woman Chair of the Group on Student Affairs of the Association of American Medical Colleges. She belongs to many professional organizations and is also active in community organizations focusing on women and children's health, parenting education, and women's issues.

Her special interests in pediatrics include helping parents to parent and teaching health professional how to help parents parent. She published 58 scientific papers and is the senior author of 'Child Care/Parent Care,' Doubleday, 1987, a comprehensive book on child care focusing on the needs of the parents as well as those of the child. Her latest book, 'ParenTipsÌ_for Effective, Enjoyable Parenting' was published in 1999 and her website,, is a popular resource for parents. Dr. Heins was the producer and host of a weekly call-in radio program called The Parenting Show, which aired on KNST, Tucson's leading talk radio station, for two years. She has written over 900 parenting columns for the Arizona Daily Star and currently devotes her time to writing, consulting, lecturing, and conducting workshops for parents and those who work with children.

Dr. Heins' daughter, who completed residencies in both internal medicine and psychiatry, is the Associate Chair for Clinical Affairs and Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan Medical School, and the mother of twins. Her son is a musician, audio engineer, and producer. She also has two stepsons and three step-grandsons.