Donna Hansel, MD, PhD

MD Anderson

Dr. Donna Hansel completed a Bachelor of Science degree program in Biology at the Johns Hopkins University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa.  She subsequently completed the M.D., Ph.D. Medical Scientist Training Program, pathology residency and urologic pathology fellowship at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.  Dr. Hansel joined the Cleveland Clinic Anatomic Pathology Staff as Assistant Professor in 2006 as a subspecialty genitourinary pathologist and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2010. Dr. Hansel was subsequently recruited to the University of California at San Diego as a Professor of Pathology and Chief of the Division of Anatomic Pathology in 2013. In 2019, she assumed the role of Chair of Pathology at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon.

Dr. Hansel has authored over 170 peer-reviewed publications, edited or authored 5 textbooks on urologic pathology and biospecimen repositories, and has participated in more than 100 national or international talks on bladder cancer. She has participated in the Kidney-Urinary tract panel for the 8th Edition of the AJCC Cancer Staging Manual and contributed to the 5th edition of the WHO Classification of Tumours of the Urinary System and Male Genital Organs. In addition, Dr. Hansel is on the editorial board of American Journal of Surgical Pathology, Advances in Anatomic Pathology, American Journal of Pathology, Histopathology, and Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine where she serves as Deputy Executive Editor.  She has mentored over 40 residents, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, while remaining active in clinical sign out and overseeing a research laboratory focused on invasive cancer mechanisms.  Dr. Hansel is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha and has recently received the Ramzi S. Cotran Award from USCAP. Dr. Hansel has been active in establishing COVID-19 testing to serve the Portland Metro area, including walk-up sites in disproportionately affected communities, and assisting the state of Oregon in K-12 return-to-school COVID-19 testing for students. In September 2022, Dr. Hansel joined the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center as Division Head of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.