John Hansen, Ph.D.

Honored Member Award 2013

John Hansen is Professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy and Associate Dean for Admissions at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Dr. Hansen grew up in eastern Wisconsin and received his B.A. degree from Beloit College, his M.S. from Creighton University, and his Ph.D. in Anatomy from Tulane University in 1974. Dr. Hansen's dissertation research focused on the cell biology, ultrastructure and neurophysiology of the aortic body chemoreceptors. From 1974-1975, he was an Adjunct Instructor in Anatomy at Tulane. From 1975-1976, John served as an Instructor in the Department of Anatomy at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and remained there until 1985, rising through the ranks to tenured Associate Professor. In 1985, Dr. Hansen was recruited to the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy at the University of Rochester Medical Center, where he also assumed the directorship of their revamped Human Structure and Function course (anatomy and embryology). In 1989 he was appointed full Professor and in 1991 became the Acting and then the Kilian J. and Caroline F. Schmitt Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy. While Chair, John continued his active NIH research program and directorship of the anatomy course for first-year medical students. In 1996, John was appointed Associate Dean for Admissions, a position he has held for the past 17 years in addition to involvement if neuroscience and basic science education research.

Dr. Hansen has received numerous teaching awards from medical schools at three different schools and in 1999 was the recipient of the Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award from the AAMC. He also has been recognized locally by receiving the Gold Medal Award ("for integrity, inspiring teaching, and devotion to medical students") from the URMC Alumni Association, the Award of Merit from the Rochester Academy of Medicine and was the first recipient of the Presidential Diversity Award at the University of Rochester. Dr. Hansen has been a consultant on various aspects of medical school basic science curricular design at 14 U.S. and 5 foreign medical schools.

In addition to over 110 research publications, book chapters and books, and over 90 meeting abstracts, Dr. Hansen is also a co-editor of Clinical Anatomy, the lead consulting author of Netter's Atlas of Human Anatomy, author of Netter's Clinical AnatomyNetter's Flash Cards, the Essential Anatomy DissectorNetter's Anatomy Coloring Book, and co-author of Netter's Atlas of Physiology and the TNM Staging Atlas with Oncoanatomy.

For his contributions to the AACA as a former member of Council, a reviewer of annual meeting abstracts, a poster judge, and a regular at the Young Anatomists gatherings, and for his inspired teaching, anatomical scholarship and contributions to clinical anatomy education, John has been selected the 2013 Association's Honored Member.