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Thomas N. Hansen, MD

Thomas N. Hansen, MD

Neonatology, Respiratory Support Technologies

On staff since September 2006

Children's Title: Chief Executive Officer

Research Center: Center for Developmental Therapeutics

"Before becoming a hospital CEO more than a decade ago, I spent about three-quarters of my time in the laboratory trying to find ways to save the lives of premature babies with lung disease. Today, I spend one day a week at Seattle Children’s Research Institute developing low-cost ways to help infants around the world deal with respiratory problems that accompany premature birth. Why my continued interest in medical research? I think it’s the key to eliminating all childhood diseases. I know that sounds grandiose, but I truly believe that research breakthroughs in our lifetimes will allow us to see the end of childhood diseases like cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy and sickle cell anemia — just like our parents or grandparents saw an end to the polio epidemics of their generation."

Thomas N. Hansen, MD, joined Seattle Children’s in October of 2005 as CEO. He is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Hansen received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine, with postdoctoral fellowships in neonatal medicine at Baylor and in pediatric pulmonary disease at the University of California, San Francisco.

Formerly Dr. Hansen served as Chairman and CEO of Nationwide Children’s while retaining his title of Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics.  During his ten-years in Columbus, Nationwide became one of the nation’s five largest, free-standing children’s hospitals and one of the ten largest pediatric research centers.   

Under Dr. Hansen’s leadership, Seattle Children’s has consistently been placed among the nation’s best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report and has ranked in the top five in National Institutes of Health funding for pediatric research. He is working closely with board members, physicians, staff and the community to significantly expand the hospital’s clinical and research capabilities to support a growing need for the specialized services that Seattle Children’s provides to the region.   He leads the organization with a bold vision of becoming the best pediatric hospital in the nation.

Dr. Hansen is a member of the Seattle Chamber Community Development Roundtable, and currently serves on the Board of the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce. 

 

Making A Difference

Overview

Board Certification(s)

Pediatrics
Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

Medical/Professional School

Baylor College of Medicine, Houston

Residency

Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston

Fellowship

Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston
Pediatric Pulmonology, University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, San Francisco

Lab URL

http://www.seattlechildrens.org/neorest

Research Focus Area

Pulmonary

Publications

  • Diblasi RM, Zignego JC, Smith CV, Hansen TN, Richardson CP
    Effective gas exchange in paralyzed juvenile rabbits using simple, inexpensive respiratory support devices.
    Pediatric research , 2010 Sept. 1
  • Diblasi RM, Zignego JC, Tang DM, Hildebrandt J, Smith CV, Hansen TN, Richardson CP
    Noninvasive respiratory support of juvenile rabbits by high-amplitude bubble continuous positive airway pressure.
    Pediatric research , 2010 June : 624-9
  • Lawn JE, Gravett MG, Nunes TM, Rubens CE, Stanton C
    Global report on preterm birth and stillbirth (1 of 7): definitions, description of the burden and opportunities to improve data.
    BMC pregnancy and childbirth , 2010 Feb. 23 : S1
  • Gravett MG, Rubens CE, Nunes TM
    Global report on preterm birth and stillbirth (2 of 7): discovery science.
    BMC pregnancy and childbirth , 2010 Feb. 23 : S2
  • Barros FC, Bhutta ZA, Batra M, Hansen TN, Victora CG, Rubens CE
    Global report on preterm birth and stillbirth (3 of 7): evidence for effectiveness of interventions.
    BMC pregnancy and childbirth , 2010 Feb. 23 : S3
  • Victora CG, Rubens CE
    Global report on preterm birth and stillbirth (4 of 7): delivery of interventions.
    BMC pregnancy and childbirth , 2010 Feb. 23 : S4
  • Sather M, Fajon AV, Zaentz R, Rubens CE
    Global report on preterm birth and stillbirth (5 of 7): advocacy barriers and opportunities.
    BMC pregnancy and childbirth , 2010 Feb. 23 : S5
  • Kelley M, Rubens CE
    Global report on preterm birth and stillbirth (6 of 7): ethical considerations.
    BMC pregnancy and childbirth , 2010 Feb. 23 : S6
  • Rubens CE, Gravett MG, Victora CG, Nunes TM
    Global report on preterm birth and stillbirth (7 of 7): mobilizing resources to accelerate innovative solutions (Global Action Agenda).
    BMC pregnancy and childbirth , 2010 Feb. 23 : S7
  • Smith WH, Rogers JG, Hansen TN, Smith CV
    Early career development in academic pediatrics of participants in the APS-SPR Medical Student Research Program.
    Pediatric research , 2009 Apr, : 474-7
  • Jones MD Jr, McGuinness GA
    The future of pediatric residency education: prescription for more flexibility.
    The Journal of pediatrics , 2009 Feb. : 157-8
  • Jones MD Jr, McGuinness GA, First LR, Leslie LK
    Linking process to outcome: are we training pediatricians to meet evolving health care needs?
    Pediatrics , 2009 Jan. : S1-7
  • Park MS, Rieger-Fackeldey E, Schanbacher BL, Cook AC, Bauer JA, Rogers LK, Hansen TN, Welty SE, Smith CV
    Altered expressions of fibroblast growth factor receptors and alveolarization in neonatal mice exposed to 85% oxygen.
    Pediatric research , 2007 Dec. : 652-7
  • Tipple TE, Welty SE, Rogers LK, Hansen TN, Choi YE, Kehrer JP, Smith CV
    Thioredoxin-related mechanisms in hyperoxic lung injury in mice.
    American journal of respiratory cell and molecular biology , 2007 Oct. : 405-13
  • Knes JM, Hansen TN, Gilligan B, Woo H, Mangino M, Haworth RA, Southard JH
    Loss of endothelium-dependent relaxation in abdominal aorta preserved in a co-storage system.
    Transplant international : official journal of the European Society for Organ Transplantation , 2005 Jan. : 699-706
  • Shepherd EG, Zhao Q, Welty SE, Hansen TN, Smith CV, Liu Y
    The function of mitogen-activated protein kinase phosphatase-1 in peptidoglycan-stimulated macrophages.
    The Journal of biological chemistry , 2004 Dec. 24 : 54023-31
  • Rogers LK, Tamura T, Rogers BJ, Welty SE, Hansen TN, Smith CV
    Analyses of glutathione reductase hypomorphic mice indicate a genetic knockout.
    Toxicological sciences : an official journal of the Society of Toxicology , 2004 Dec. : 367-73
  • McClimon PJ, Hansen TN
    Why are children's hospitals so busy?
    The Journal of pediatrics , 2003 Mar. : 219-20
  • Fernandes CJ, Rong L, Tamura T, Stewart KD, Rogers LK, McMicken HW, Elliston JF, Hansen TN, Smith CV
    Stable transfection of Chinese hamster ovary cells with glutamate-cysteine ligase catalytic subunit cDNA confers increased resistance to tert-butyl hydroperoxide toxicity.
    Toxicology letters , 2002 Dec. 15 : 107-20
  • Rogers LK, Gupta S, Welty SE, Hansen TN, Smith CV
    Nuclear and nucleolar glutathione reductase, peroxidase, and transferase activities in livers of male and female Fischer-344 rats.
    Toxicological sciences : an official journal of the Society of Toxicology , 2002 Sept. : 279-85

Presentations

Presentations Title Event Location Date
Global Health – The Local Impact 213) CityClub Health Care Series Panel Discussion Seattle Town Hall Sept. 1, 2010
Keynote Address International Conference Prematurity and Stillbirth Seattle, WA May 1, 2009
Future of Health: Christine Gleason: Tales from the NICU Interview with author Christine Gleason, MD, Seattle Science Lectures Seattle, WA May 1, 2009
Seattle Children’s Hospital Success and Challenges Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association Annual Meeting Seattle, WA April 1, 2009
Seattle Children’s Hospital Successes and Challenges Emerald City Rotary Seattle, WA April 1, 2009
Pediatric Healthcare: Ensuring Our Future Wells Fargo Leadership Dinner Seattle, WA March 1, 2009
The Health Care Crisis and What to Do About It – Improving Health Care Quality and Lowering Cost CEOtoCEO Breakfast Forum Seattle, WA March 1, 2009
The Hansen Ventilator Foundation Board Trustees Event Mercer Island, WA March 1, 2009
The Hansen Ventilator RSDC Brown Bag Seminar with Dr Hansen Seattle, WA Feb. 1, 2009
What’s New at Seattle Children’s Hospital? Bellevue Rotary Bellevue, WA Feb. 1, 2009
The Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth NALC Mid-Winter Training Seattle, WA Feb. 1, 2009
Learning to See CPI Showcase Seattle, WA Feb. 1, 2009
The Future of Pediatric Healthcare Eastside Business Roundtable Bellevue, WA Feb. 1, 2009
Partnering for the Future of Pediatric Healthcare CUMG Annual Meeting Seattle, WA Jan. 1, 2009