Dr. Hansen received his undergraduate degree in microbiology from Oregon State University, and his medical degree from the Oregon Health and Science University. His postgraduate training took place in the UCLA system, primarily at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he completed a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in infectious diseases. He practiced medicine for many years in Los Angeles providing infectious disease consultations and primary office based internal medicine. He developed a unique expertise in HIV/AIDS care, and was medical director of a dedicated HIV/AIDS ward which opened at Century City Hospital in 1986. Dr. Hansen was active in teaching medical trainees as an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at the UCLA School of Medicine. Additionally, he served as Chief of Staff of Century City Hospital, and was clinical chief of infectious diseases at both Century City Hospital and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Having had enough of living in the Los Angeles megalopolis, he relocated to Albuquerque in 2009, where he worked for the New Mexico Department of Health serving as medical director for the Developmental Disabilities Support Division and the NW Public Health Region. It was important work, but Dr. Hansen missed direct patient care and being "at the bedside." He joined Rehabilitation Partners in October, 2015, where he practices old fashioned patient centered medicine, and has time to talk to families and coordinate care with facility nurses and therapists. Dr. Hansen currently serves as medical director of Advanced Healthcare in Albuquerque.
Dr. Hansen and his wife, Pauline, have a blended family with four children and ten grandchildren. They enjoying traveling to keep up with the kids and grandkids in Bakersfield, San Francisco, Seattle, and Virginia Beach. In his spare time, Dr. Hansen enjoys photography, reading, music, and grilling on the BBQ.