Paul D. Hansen, MD, FACS

Gastrointestinal & Minimally Invasive Surgery
(503) 281-0561
Areas of Focus: 
Liver and Pancreas Surgery
Minimally Invasive Gastrointestinal Surgery
Adrenal Surgery

About Me

I spent 10 years in surgical training, developing the technical skills I would use for a career in Minimally Invasive and Liver and Pancreas Surgery. My real education, however, came over the last 15 years of my practice where I have learned to apply these skills individually to patients. Each patient presents a unique set of challenges, both medical and social. Meeting my patients and taking the time to understanding them and their desires and expectations ultimately help assure that they get the best outcome possible.

- Paul D. Hansen, MD, FACS

Dr. Paul Hansen grew up in Montana and the Pacific Northwest. He graduated Cum Laude from the University of Washington in 1984 and AOA with honors from the University of Washington Medical School in 1988. He trained in general surgery at UC San Francisco (’88-’95), where he also spent two years on an NIH Trauma fellowship studying sepsis and critical care (‘91-‘93). This was followed by two years of advanced laparoscopy fellowships at UCSF (‘95-’96) and Legacy Portland (’96-’97) hospital with Dr. Lee Swanstrom. Finally, he completed his training at the Royal College of Medicine in London, UK to studying liver and pancreas surgery in (’97). Dr. Hansen’s current positions include the Medical Directorship of Surgical Oncology, and the co-Director of the Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery Program at Portland Providence Cancer Institute in Portland, Oregon.

His primary field of interest has been the development of minimally invasive approaches to major liver and pancreas surgery. These pioneering efforts have led to authorship of more than 60 peer reviewed journal articles and more than a dozen book chapters.Dr. Hansen holds leadership positions in several regional and national professional associations. He is currently the chair of the Education and Training Committee for the AHPBA , as well a member of the Program Directors Committee. He was given the ‘Clinical Excellence’ Award by the Society of the Americas Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) in 2009. He is the Oregon State Chair for the Commission on Cancer and a member of the Executive Committee for the Oregon Chapter of the American College of Surgeons. As the Medical Director for Surgical Oncology of the Portland Providence Cancer Institute, he oversees development and management of 10 subdivisions of surgical oncology.

My Work

Hospitals Served: 
Providence Portland Medical Center
Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital
Board Certified: 
General Surgery

Education & Honors

Education & Training: 
  • 1980-1982 Bellevue Community College, Bellevue, WA
  • 1982-1984 University of Washington, Seattle, WA. BS – Cell Biology
  • Biology1984-1988 University of Washington, School of Medicine, Seattle, WA.M.D.
  • Post Medical School Training: 1988-1989 Internship, UCSF, General Surgery, San Francisco, CA
  • CA1989-1995 Residency, UCSF, General Surgery, San Francisco, CA
  • CA1990-1992 NIH Trauma Grant (Sepsis and Critical Care), UCSF, Department of Surgery
  • Surgery1995-1996 Laparoscopy and Intraoperative Ultrasound, UCSF, Department of Surgery
  • Surgery1996-1997 Laparoscopy and Surgical Endoscopy Fellowship, LPH/OHSU Dept. of Surgery
  • /97-12/97 Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery, Royal College of Medicine, Hammersmith Hospital, London, England
  • 1984 Phi Beta Kappa, University of Washington
  • Washington1984 Cum Laude, University of Washington
  • Portland Monthly Magazine, "Top Doctors," 2006
  • Portland Monthly Magazine, "Top Doctors," 2007
  • Portland Monthly Magazine, "Top Doctors," 2008
  • Portland Monthly Magazine, "Top Doctors," 2012
  • Portland Monthly Magazine, "Top Doctors," 2013
  • Portland Monthly Magazine, "Top Doctors," 2014
  • Washington1987 Alpha Omega Alpha, University of Washington School of Medicine
  • 1988 Graduated with Honors, University of Washington
  • School of Medicine Awards:1987 University of Washington student representative to the ACS1988 Henry N. Harkins Award for Excellence in Surgery, UW, Dept. of Surgery
  • Surgery1990 Student Teaching Award, UCSF1994
  • Student Teaching Award, UCSF2000 Video Achievement Award, Laparoscopic Placement of a Hepatic Artery Infusion Pump, SAGES, March 2000, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Georgia2002 Resident Teaching Award, Oregon Health and Sciences University
  • 2009 Clinical Excellence, SAGES
Other Activities: 
American College of Surgeons, Fellow Commission on Cancer 2010 – current
Cancer Liaison Physician – Providence Cancer Institute 2011 – current
Oregon State ChairAHPBA/IHPBA 2014 - current
Education and Training - Committee Chair 2014 - current
Executive Committee 2010 - current
Education and Training 2009 - current
Program Directors Committee 2009 - 2012
Development Committee Society of Surgeons of the Alimentary Tract
Society of Surgical Oncology
Volunteer, International Humanitarian Surgical Teams
Volunteer, Project Access, Surgical Staff, Chimaltenango, Guatamala, January 2006
Volunteer, Project Access, Surgical Staff, Vietnam and Cambodia, November 2008