Angela Hanson, MD

Geriatrician
Acting Instructor, UW Medicine, Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine

Angela Hanson, MD, is a geriatrician who specializes in the care of older adults with dementia. She completed her training in internal medicine and geriatrics from the University of Washington. Currently, she is a part of the Memory and Brain Wellness Center care team at Harborview Medical Center. Dr. Hanson also works with the inpatient medicine service at Harborview, and enjoys teaching geriatric principles to medical students and residents.

Her research interests include understanding how dietary factors can affect cognition and Alzheimer's disease progression, and she leads the Meal and Memory Study. In adults age 55 and older who do not have dementia, she is examining how a risk gene for Alzheimer's disease might affect people's memory and metabolic responses to different meals.  Her preliminary work showed that people who carry the gene APOE4 (E4) responded differently to different Alzheimer's treatments and diets, compared to people who did not carry this gene. She aims to find out whether there are better diets for different people.

Research Interests

Clinical Interests: Internal medicine/geriatrics; Dementia diagnosis and management. Research Interests: How diet and macronutrients affect cognition; How a risk gene for Alzheimer's (APOE 4) affects how the brain responds to different diets.