Douglas P Hanel, MD

Douglas P Hanel, MD

Hand and Upper Extremity, Orthopedics, Brachial Plexus

On staff since October 1992

Children's Title: Chief, Hand Clinic; Program Director, Hand Surgery Education

Academic Title: Professor, Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine

    • anthony gig harbor wa 09.16.14

      Dr.Hanel diagnosed my 11 year old son with a severe wrist fracture/with one growth plate dead. after many wrist surgeries he's able to play golf ...his 1st love.this has been a complicated case as 1 in 20,000 wrist breaks end this way.we have been lucky,fotunate and blessed to have Dr.Hanel.

    • Chelsea Plattsburgh, NY 05.29.13

      My son was born with a club had and he was a patient of Dr. Hanel's for a period of 3 years. The operation that he preformed on my son has changed my sons life. He is a wonderful Doctor and he is hands on start to finish. I would recomend him and Cheryl Parker to anyone who asked. My son can now ride a bike, he can cary things with his arm and hand, he is a normal and very active 6 yr old who now goes to school and has a normal life and that is thanks in large part to Dr. Hanel and his staff, not to mention the wonderful nursing staff at Childrens Seattle.

    • Dale Mount Vernon, WA 08.30.12

      Dr. Hanel and Cheryl Parker and his staff are wonderful People. They both did and Outstanding job helping my son from surgery to recovery and now tomorrow he is starting running back for Mount Vernon High Schoo Thank you for helping my son Micah live his dream out.

    • L Seattle, WA 01.27.11

      Very personable, reassuring, great rapport with my adolescent son, perfectly competent. Highly recommended.

    • Tiffany Seattle, WA 01.06.11

      Doctor Hanel is wonderful and kind. He always explained my hand surgeries to me and to my mom. He always put me at ease. He was not my original doctor, he took over for Dr. Almquist when I was ten. I am now 25 and may be going in to see him for another surgery.

  • Award Name Award Description Awarded By Award Date
    SEATTLE'S TOP DOCTOR - 2018 Seattle Magazine 2018
    SEATTLE'S TOP DOCTOR - 2017 Seattle Magazine 2017
    Seattles Top Doctor 2016 Seattle Met Magazine 2016
    SEATTLE MAGAZINE TOP DOCTOR - 2016 Seattle Magazine 2016
    SEATTLE'S TOP DOCTOR - 2015 Seattle Met Magazine 2015
    SEATTLE'S TOP DOCTOR - 2014 Seattle Metropolitan Magazine 2014
    SEATTLE MAGAZINE TOP DOCTOR - 2014 Seattle Magazine 2014
    Seattle's Top Doc Seattle Met Magazine 2013
    U.S. News Top Doctor U.S. News and World Report 2012
  • Other Publications

    • Wrist and Radius Injury Surgical Trial (WRIST) Study Group
      Reflections 1 year into the 21-Center National Institutes of Health--funded WRIST study: a primer on conducting a multicenter clinical trial.
      23608306 The Journal of hand surgery, 2013 June : 38(6)1194-201 PMCID:PMC3668563
    • Ghatan AC, Hanel DP
      Madelung deformity.
      23728962 The Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2013 June : 21(6)372-82
    • Kennedy SA, Hanel DP
      Complex distal radius fractures.
      23174328 The Orthopedic clinics of North America, 2013 Jan. : 44(1)81-92
    • Iyer RS, Hanel DP, Enriquez BK, Weinberger E
      Ulnar artery aneurysm causing palmar mass in 5-month-old girl.
      22722871 Pediatric radiology, 2012 Nov. : 42(11)1401-4
    • Ehsan A, Hanel DP
      Recurrent or persistent cubital tunnel syndrome.
      22305725 The Journal of hand surgery, 2012 Sept. : 37(9)1910-2
    • Huang JI, Hanel DP
      Anatomy and biomechanics of the distal radioulnar joint.
      22554659 Hand clinics, 2012 May : 28(2)157-63
    • Richard MJ, Katolik LI, Hanel DP, Wartinbee DA, Ruch DS
      Distraction plating for the treatment of highly comminuted distal radius fractures in elderly patients.
      22480509 The Journal of hand surgery, 2012 May : 37(5)948-56
    • Ehsan A, Huang JI, Lyons M, Hanel DP
      Surgical management of posttraumatic elbow arthrofibrosis.
      22673273 The journal of trauma and acute care surgery, 2012 May : 72(5)1399-403
    • Malone KJ, Martineau PA, Hanel DP
      Ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction in posttraumatic elbow release.
      22310407 Orthopedics, 2012 Feb 17 : 35(2)e202-7
    • Reichel LM, Wiater BP, Friedrich J, Hanel DP
      Arthrodesis of the elbow.
      21501789 Hand clinics, 2011 May : 27(2)179-86, vi
    • Friedrich JB, Katolik LI, Hanel DP
      Reconstruction of soft-tissue injury associated with lower extremity fracture.
      21292931 The Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2011 Feb. : 19(2)81-90
    • Leong NL, Buijze GA, Fu EC, Stockmans F, Jupiter JB, Distal Radius Malunion (DiRaM) collaborative group
      Computer-assisted versus non-computer-assisted preoperative planning of corrective osteotomy for extra-articular distal radius malunions: a randomized controlled trial.
      21156074 BMC musculoskeletal disorders, 2010 Dec 14 : 11282 PMCID:PMC3017007
    • Trumble TE, Vedder NB, Seiler JG 3rd, Hanel DP, Diao E, Pettrone S
      Zone-II flexor tendon repair: a randomized prospective trial of active place-and-hold therapy compared with passive motion therapy.
      20516313 The Journal of bone and joint surgery. American volume, 2010 June : 1381-9
    • Hanel DP, Ruhlman SD, Katolik LI, Allan CH
      Complications associated with distraction plate fixation of wrist fractures.
      20494750 Hand clinics, 2010 May : 237-43
    • Yaszay B, Kubiak E, Agel J, Hanel DP
      ACGME core competencies: where are we?
      19309062 Orthopedics, 2009 March : 171
    • Waitayawinyu T, Martineau PA, Luria S, Hanel DP, Trumble TE
      Comparative biomechanic study of flexor tendon repair using FiberWire.
      18590853 The Journal of hand surgery, 2008 May : 701-8
    • Lynch JR, Waitayawinyu T, Hanel DP, Trumble TE
      Medial collateral ligament injury in the overhand-throwing athlete.
      18343303 The Journal of hand surgery, 2008 March : 430-7
    • Friedrich JB, Muzaffar AR, Hanel DP
      Pediatric hand friction burns from treadmill contact.
      18780051 Hand (New York, N.Y.), 2007 Dec. : 188-93
    • Hanel DP, Pfaeffle HJ, Ayalla A
      Management of posttraumatic metadiaphyseal radioulnar synostosis.
      17548013 Hand clinics, 2007 May : 227-34, vi-vii
    • Hanel DP, Chin SH
      Wrist level and proximal-upper extremity replantation.
      17478249 Hand clinics, 2007 Feb. : 13-21
    • Wolf JC, Weil WM, Hanel DP, Trumble TE
      A biomechanic comparison of an internal radiocarpal-spanning 2.4-mm locking plate and external fixation in a model of distal radius fractures.
      17145376 The Journal of hand surgery, 2006 Dec. : 1578-86
    • Hanel DP
      Re: a simple clinical test for flexor pollicus longus rupture. Melton JTK, Murray JRD, Lowdon IMR. Journal of Hand Surgery 2005; 30B: 624-625.
      16926062 Journal of hand surgery (Edinburgh, Scotland), 2006 Oct. : 584; author reply 584
    • Friedrich JB, Hanel DP, Chilcote H, Katolik LI
      The use of tensor fascia lata interposition grafts for the treatment of posttraumatic radioulnar synostosis.
      16713843 The Journal of hand surgery, 2006 May : 785-93
    • Muzaffar AR, Friedrich JB, Lu KK, Hanel DP
      Infantile fibrosarcoma of the hand associated with coagulopathy.
      16641700 Plastic and reconstructive surgery, 2006 Apr 15 : 81e-86e
    • Hanel DP, Lu TS, Weil WM
      Bridge plating of distal radius fractures: the Harborview method.
      16505725 Clinical orthopaedics and related research, 2006 April : 91-9
    • Ginn TA, Ruch DS, Yang CC, Hanel DP
      Use of a distraction plate for distal radial fractures with metaphyseal and diaphyseal comminution. Surgical technique.
      16510798 The Journal of bone and joint surgery. American volume, 2006 March : 29-36
    • Coles CP, Barei DP, Nork SE, Taitsman LA, Hanel DP, Bradford Henley M
      The olecranon osteotomy: a six-year experience in the treatment of intraarticular fractures of the distal humerus.
      16648697 Journal of orthopaedic trauma, 2006 March : 164-71
    • Mohler LR, Hanel DP
      Closed fractures complicated by peripheral nerve injury.
      16394165 The Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2006 Jan. : 32-7
    • Ruch DS, Ginn TA, Yang CC, Smith BP, Rushing J, Hanel DP
      Use of a distraction plate for distal radial fractures with metaphyseal and diaphyseal comminution.
      15866955 The Journal of bone and joint surgery. American volume, 2005 May : 945-54
    • Johnson JE, Rudzki JR, Janisse E, Janisse DJ, Valdez RR, Hanel DP, Gould JS
      Hindfoot containment orthosis for management of bone and soft-tissue defects of the heel.
      15766421 Foot & ankle international / American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society [and] Swiss Foot and Ankle Society, 2005 March : 198-203
    • Poolman RW, Hanel DP, Mann FA, Ponsen KJ, Marti RK, Roolker L
      Trans-Atlantic hospital agreement in reading first day radiographs of clinically suspected scaphoid fractures.
      12228796 Archives of orthopaedic and trauma surgery, 2002 Sept. : 373-8
    • Harvey EJ, Hanel DP
      Bone-ligament-bone reconstruction for scapholunate disruption.
      16520626 Techniques in hand & upper extremity surgery, 2002 March : 2-5
    • Hanel DP, Jones MD, Trumble TE
      Wrist fractures.
      11832312 The Orthopedic clinics of North America, 2002 Jan. : 35-57, vii


Board Certification(s)

Surgery of the Hand
Orthopaedic Surgery

Medical/Professional School

St. Louis University School of Medicine, Saint Louis, MO


Saint Louis University School Of Medicine, Saint Louis, MO

Clinical Interests

Hand and wrist problems including congenital hand problems; carpal tunnel syndrome and cubital tunnel syndrome; arthritis involving hands, wrists and elbows; fractures and dislocations of hands and forearms; artery and tendon problems; and complications resulting from earlier treatments.

Research Description

In order to improve care for patients with upper extremity trauma, he has worked to develop new techniques for the emergency treatment of patients with injuries ranging from amputations to the need for soft-tissue coverage. In addition, he is interested in outcome studies related to hand surgery and hand trauma and biomechanical studies related to methods for treating hand injuries.