C. William Hanson, III, MD

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C. William Hanson, III, MD, is Chief Medical Information Officer and Vice President at University of Pennsylvania Health System.

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Dr. Hanson is also Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Surgery and Internal Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he practices as an internist, anesthesiologist, and intensivist. He has extensive experience in medical informatics and was a visiting professor in the Princeton University Department of Computer Science between 2002 and 2005. Dr. Hanson’s anesthetic specialty is cardiac anesthesia (for cardiac surgery, thoracic surgery, and lung and heart transplantation). 

His research using “electronic nose” technology to detect diseases such as pneumonia and sinusitis by breath analysis has been featured in Scientific American. He recently published The Edge of Medicine: The Technology That Will Change Our Lives, a book that profiles innovations in biotechnology that are changing the delivery of medical care and the ways in which these advances are altering the human experience.

Also in a recently published, Smart Medicine: How the Changing Role of Doctors Will Revolutionize Health Care, Dr. Hanson reveals the revolutionary changes that will soon be sweeping through the medical community. Dr. Hanson’s research has been featured in national and international publications, including Popular Science and U.S. News & World Report.  He has also been a guest on NPR’s Fresh Air as well as television documentaries on the Discovery Channel.

Dr. Hanson has a bachelor's degree in English from Yale University.  He earned his MD from University of Pennsylvania.