Dr. Derek Hanson is the Section Chief of Pediatric Neuro-oncology at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center. He received his medical degree from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. Following graduation he completed his pediatric residency at the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children and his pediatric hematology/oncology fellowship at North Shore-LIJ Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York. He then completed a pediatric neuro-oncology fellowship at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Since meeting his first patient with ETMR, Dr. Hanson has made it his goal to find better cures for children with this tumor. He has worked with physicians from across the globe to develop a specialized treatment protocol for children with ETMR, which is now available through the ETMR One Registry. His lab at the Center for Discovery and Innovation focuses on translational research to bring new therapies for ETMR from the bench to the bedside. In addition to caring for his own patients, he has worked with families of ETMR patients around the world to provide consultation and help parents find the best treatment for their children.