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Donna Hansel, MD, PhD

MD Anderson

Donna Hansel leads a team of 650, including more than 130 clinical and research faculty, across four departments at MD Anderson Cancer Center that serve as a bridge between basic research, translational research and clinical care. The Division of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine plays an essential role in MD Anderson’s mission by providing high-quality patient data to guide clinical care, by managing transfusions and blood products for hundreds of patients daily, and by conducting cutting-edge multidisciplinary research.

Prior to that, Dr. Hansel joined Oregon Health & Science University as Professor and Chair of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine in April of 2019. Prior to that, she served as Chief of Anatomic Pathology at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine as the Chief of Anatomic Pathology from 2013 to 2019 and as an Assistant and Associate Professor at the Cleveland Clinic.  Dr. Hansel is certified by the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic Pathology and is an expert in urologic pathology, including bladder, kidney, prostate, kidney, and adrenal cancer. Dr. Hansel’s laboratory research focuses on identifying high-yield, targetable pathways in advanced bladder cancer, with a strong emphasis on mTOR signaling and novel downstream targets that are involved in cell motility and invasion. This research has been translated into clinical practice, with impacts on WHO and AJCC categorization and staging changes in bladder cancer. Overall, her research results have been presented nationally and internationally and have culminated in over 160 peer-reviewed publications, numerous textbooks, and peer-reviewed grant funding. Dr. Hansel received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Johns Hopkins University and received her M.D./Ph.D degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 2001.  She completed her residency and fellowship training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in 2006.