Adrienne Wells, MD

Assistant Professor
Department of Anesthesiology, Rush Medical College
Role: Clinician, Faculty, Section Director Regional Anesthesia
​Joined Rush in August 2002


I trained at Duke University where I was Chief Resident. I then came to Rush and started the regional anesthesia program.

What inspired you to get into your field?

I was inspired to become a doctor by my pediatrician. After working abroad in Nigeria and caring for critically ill children there, I was driven to become an anesthesiologist.

What excited you about your work at Rush?

I was excited to have the opportunity to build the regional program from the ground up.

What is your opinion of mentoring and sponsorship? Please comment about your experiences.

I believe it is vital, especially for new, young women in our specialty. My residency director at Duke was a  woman, and she played an integral part in my education through her mentorship.

Do you have tips or advice you would recommend for someone looking to enter your field of work?

Realize that, although the playing field is continuing to become more even, there are still people who will judge and criticize you because you are a woman. Keep proving yourself because it is worth it in the end.

What are your hobbies? How do you like to spend your free time?

I love gardening and playing with my children.