Hanto to oversee continuing medical education

​Douglas W. Hanto, MD, PhD, is the new associate dean for continuing medical education (CME) at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

He replaces W. Edwin Dodson, MD, who continues to serve as associate vice chancellor and associate dean for admissions.

Hanto, who previously served on the School of Medicine faculty, returns to St. Louis from Harvard Medical School, where he was the Lewis Thomas Professor of Surgery and chief of the Division of Transplantation at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He also served as the associate chair of surgery and vice chair for faculty development and academic affairs. He has broad experience in curriculum development, conference organization and CME development.

Hanto also will serve as chief of general surgery at the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center.

“We are delighted that Doug is returning to the School of Medicine,” said Alison Whelan, MD, senior associate dean for education. “His broad leadership and program building experience will help strengthen our continuing medical education, and I look forward to working with him. I am confident he will do an excellent job.”

Hanto served on the School of Medicine faculty in the Department of Surgery from 1985 to 1991.

Some of Hanto’s research interests include malignancies that develop after organ transplantation, the role of low dose-inhaled carbon monoxide to improve organ function, and disparities in access to transplantation.

A native of Great Falls, Mont., Hanto earned a bachelor’s degree from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., and a medical degree from the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson. He then completed his general surgery training, a transplant fellowship and a PhD at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

Hanto serves as a director of the American Board of Surgery. He also is a member of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, the American Surgical Association and numerous other organizations.

Washington University School of Medicine’s 2,100 employed and volunteer faculty physicians also are the medical staff of Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s hospitals. The School of Medicine is one of the leading medical research, teaching and patient care institutions in the nation, currently ranked sixth in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Through its affiliations with Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s hospitals, the School of Medicine is linked to BJC HealthCare.