Paul D. Hansen, MD, FACS

(503) 281-0561
Areas of Focus: 
Liver and Pancreas Surgery
Gall Bladder and Bile Duct Surgery
Treatment of liver cancer, pancreatic cancer, and bile duct cancer
Gastrointestinal Surgery
Hernia Surgery - Open and Laparoscopic

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 20 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

Read Q&A with Dr. Paul Hansen, Liver & Pancreas Surgeon

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 70 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 the past 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 past 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 6 subdivisions of surgical oncology.

Other Interests: 

Dr. Hansen also enjoys history, travel and running. 

My Work

Hospitals Served: 
Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center
Providence Portland Medical Center

Education & Honors

Board Certified: 
General Surgery
Education & Training: 
  • Fellowship, Laparoscopy and Surgical Endoscopy, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR, 1997
  • NIH Trauma Grant (Sepsis and Critical Care), University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, 1992
  • Residency, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, 1995
  • Internship, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, 1989
  • MD, University of Washington, School of Medicine, Seattle, WA, 1988
  • BS, Cell Biology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 1984
  • Phi Beta Kappa, University of Washington, 1984
  • Cum Laude, University of Washington, 1984
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, University of Washington School of Medicine, 1987
  • 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
  • Graduated with Honors, University of Washington, 1988
  • Student Teaching Award, UCSF, 1994
  • Student Teaching Award, OHSU, 2000
  • Clinical Excellence, SAGES, 2009
  • Video Achievement Award, Laparoscopic Placement of a Hepatic Artery Infusion Pump, SAGES, March 2000, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Resident Teaching Award, Oregon Health and Sciences University
  • Portland Monthly Magazine, "Top Doctors," 2006-2009, 2012-2014, 2016, 2018
Volunteer Activities: 
  • USAID - Pakistan 1988
  • Guatemala 2006
Other Activities: 
  • American College of Surgeons, Fellow Commission on Cancer 2010 – current
  • Cancer Liaison Physician – Providence Cancer Institute 2011 – current
  • Oregon State Chair AHPBA/IHPBA 2014 - 2016
  • 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