Douglas P. Hanel M.D.

Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program Director

Dr. Douglas P. Hanel

Specialty: Hand & Wrist

College: B.A. in Zoology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 1969-1973

Medical School: M.D., Saint Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, 1973-1977

Internship: Saint Louis University Hospitals, St. Louis, MO, 1977-1978

Residency: Saint Louis University Hospitals, St. Louis, MO, 1978-1982

Fellowship: Hand Surgery Associates, Louisville, KY, 1982-1983
Microsurgical Fellowship, Acland, RA and Banis, JA, Louisville, KY, 1983

Board Certification: Board Certified
Certificate of Added Qualification in Hand Surgery

UW Medicine Bio:

About Dr. Hanel

In 1977, Dr. Hanel received his medical degree from St. Louis University School of Medicine. He then completed an Orthopaedic Residency from St. Louis University Health Center. Dr. Hanel completed a Fellowship in Hand and Microsurgery at the University of Louisville in 1984.

In 1985 he served on the Hand Surgery Service at the Medical University of South Carolina. From 1985 to 1988, Dr. Hanel was Assistant Professor at the Department of Orthopaedics at St. Louis University. From 1988 to 1992 he was assistant professor and co-director at the Hand Surgery Fellowship Program at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

In 1992, Dr. Hanel joined our Hand Surgery Service at the University of Washington as an Associate Professor. His areas of expertise include Hand Trauma where he focuses his interest at Harborview Medical Center, the only Level I Trauma Center in Western Washington. He is also in charge of the Pediatric Hand Surgery Program at Seattle Children's Hospital, which the affiliated hospital at the University of Washington providing comprehensive subspecialty care for all pediatric medical problems.

Dr. Hanel's research interests include outcome studies related to Hand Surgery and Hand Trauma as well as biomechanical studies related to methods for treating hand injuries. In order to improve the care for patients with upper extremity trauma, Dr. Hanel has worked to develop new techniques for the emergency treatment of patients with injuries ranging from amputations to need for soft tissue coverage.

Patient Comments:

Dr. Hanel & his medical team were great!!!"
 - Patient name redacted for HIPAA compliance.


  • 2016 Top Doctors, Seattle Magazine, Janurary 2016
  • 2014 Top Doctors, Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, August 2014
  • 2014 Top Doctors, Seattle Magazine, June 2014
  • Dr. Hanel was awarded the UW School of Medicine Service Excellence Award in 2013.
  • Dr. Hanel was selected as one of the Best Doctors in America by BestDoctors, Inc. in 2013.
  • 2012 Top Doctors, Seattle Magazine, July 2012
  • Dr. Hanel, an extraordinary physician at the forefront of health care in the Puget Sound region has been listed on TOP DOCTORS HALL OF FAME (Making the Top Doctors list for one year is an achievement; making it for ten is worthy of the Seattle Magazine's Hall of Fame) by the Seattle Magazine, July 2011.
  • Dr. Hanel has been listed as Top Doctors in the category of Pediatric Hand Surgery and Hand Surgery (News source: Seattle Magazine, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011).
  • Dr. Hanel was featured on 570 AM KVI's radio show - Patient Power discusses carpal tunnel and other hand and wrist problems with host Andrew Schorr aired on 4/22/2007.
  • Dr. Hanel was featured on King5 TV, Boys were born with insensitivity to pain, which aired on December 2006.
  • Dr. Hanel was featured on King5 TV, Baby boy transformed by surgical miracle, which also aired on December 2006.
  • Dr. Hanel was featured in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and on KIRO 7 Eyewitness news for performing an amazing operation. The Seattle P-ICort gets a better grip on life: Doctor's steady hand gives child an essential in life--a thumb. KIRO's story, Amazing Operation Gives Boy Two New Thumbs, aired on October 15th, 2001 and ran a story on October 17, 2001.
  • Dr. Hanel was featured in a cartoon by Ellen Forney, How D'ya Sew an Amputated Finger Back On cartoon, which was printed in The Stranger in Seattle in July 2001.
  • The Edwin G. Bovill Award was presented to Dr. Douglas Hanel and colleagues from the University of Toronto and the University of Minnesota. This award acknowledges the best paper of the year given at the Orthopedic trauma association annual meeting. The investigation was titled A Randomized Controlled Trial of Indirect Reduction and Percutaneus Fixation versus Open Reduction and Internal Fixation for Displaced Distal Radius Fractures. Co-investigators included Hans Kreder, M.D. (an alumnus of the Harborview trauma program) and Julie Agel, currently a research coordinator in the department. The award was presented during the Annual meeting of the AAOS in New Orleans.


  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • American Medical Association
  • American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • Orthopedic Trauma Association

AAOS Disclosures

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Submitted on: 6/2/2014 12:16:45 PM

Item 1. Royalties from a company or supplier

  • No Conflict Reported
Item 2. Speakers bureau/paid presentations for a company or supplier

  • No Conflict Reported
Item 3A. Paid employee for a company or supplier

  • No Conflict Reported
Item 3B. Paid consultant for a company or supplier

The following conflicts were disclosed

  • Aptis Medical LLC
Item 3C. Unpaid consultant for a company or supplier

  • No Conflict Reported
Item 4. Stock or stock options in a company or supplier

  • No Conflict Reported
Item 5. Research support from a company or supplier as a PI

  • No Conflict Reported
Item 6. Other financial or material support from a company or supplier

  • No Conflict Reported
Item 7. Royalties, financial or material support from publishers

  • No Conflict Reported
Item 8. Medical/Orthopaedic publications editorial/governing board

  • No Conflict Reported
Item 9. Board member/committee appointments for a society

  • No Conflict Reported

Surgeries & Diagnosis


Carpal tunnel release

Cubital tunnel release

Reconstruction of stiff elbows

Total elbow arthroplasty

Wrist reconstruction including fusion

Arthritis reconstruction of the thumb and fingers

Repair of tendon, artery and skeletal injuries

Reconstruction of pediatric hand defects and injuries

Free tissue transfer (the use of microsurgical techniques to salvage injured limbs)


All hand problems acute and acquired, including:

Congenital hand problems (birth defects)

Peripheral nerve injury (carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome)

Arthritis involving the hands and elbows

Fracture and dislocations involving the elbow, forearm, wrist, and digits (including treating the complications of injuries treated elsewhere)

Artery and tendon problems

Management of soft tissue defects involving the upper and lower extremity


February 3, 2016: Terrible Triad Injuries and the Complex Elbow: Current Concepts

Daphne M. Beingessner, M.D., Associate Professor
Douglas Hanel, M.D., Professor
Neil S. Tarabadkar, M.D., Orthopaedic Surgery Resident


  • Management of wrist fractures
  • Treatment of elbow stiffness after trauma
  • The roll of surgery in the management of congenital hand differences
  • Education of residents in orthopaedic surgery

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