Douglas P. Hanel, MD
In 1977, Dr. Hanel received his medical degree from St. Louis University School of Medicine. He then completed an Orthopaedic Residency from St. Louis University Health Center. Dr. Hanel completed a Fellowship in Hand and Microsurgery at the University of Louisville in 1984.
In 1985 he served on the Hand Surgery Service at the Medical University of South Carolina. From 1985 to 1988, Dr. Hanel was Assistant Professor at the Department of Orthopaedics at St. Louis University. From 1988 to 1992 he was assistant professor and co-director at the Hand Surgery Fellowship Program at the Medical College of Wisconsin.
In 1992, Dr. Hanel joined our Hand Surgery Service at the University of Washington as an Associate Professor. His areas of expertise include Hand Trauma where he focuses his interest at Harborview Medical Center, the only Level I Trauma Center in Western Washington. He is also in charge of the Pediatric Hand Surgery Program at Seattle Children's Hospital, which the affiliated hospital at the University of Washington providing comprehensive subspecialty care for all pediatric medical problems.
Dr. Hanel's research interests include outcome studies related to Hand Surgery and Hand Trauma as well as biomechanical studies related to methods for treating hand injuries. In order to improve the care for patients with upper extremity trauma, Dr. Hanel has worked to develop new techniques for the emergency treatment of patients with injuries ranging from amputations to need for soft tissue coverage.