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The Flyer: Eric Hanson, MD, MPH

Updated: Feb 6

Dr. Eric Hanson is a Scientific Advisor for the biomedical industry. He has served for twenty-seven years as a scientific advisor, physician, researcher, and author. He is residency trained in aerospace and preventive medicine, and he has a Masters in epidemiology with a genetics concentration from Johns Hopkins. He served for 17 years as an Air Force physician and Senior Flight Surgeon (750hr in 36 aircraft; call sign “Genes”) with numerous operational deployments focused on aeromedical evacuation. He has managed complex multidisciplinary clinical research (highly multiplexed diagnostic assays) and diagnostic neuroimaging trials (traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, carbon monoxide).

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Dr. Hanson has founded five companies including his current company, Tier Seven. At Tier Seven, he is a biomedical and human systems consultant for connecting industry technologies to Department of Defense and other Federal Agencies researchers. He has also published four books, 24 articles, and owns eight patents. He is an Affiliate Associate Professor at OHSU in the Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology and serves on numerous Scientific Advisory Boards. He has 501(c)3 board-level experience. LinkedIn profile at

Dr. Hanson’s Prescription for Success:

Number 1: Embrace new opportunities and seek-out mentors. Whether you were writing your first peer-reviewed medical literature article, your first book, your first grant or climate contract application or your first patent. Be sure that you take that project all the way to completion. Mentors can help bridge the gap in your experience or training.

Number 2: Network consistently and consistently invest in yourself. Networking is a career-long activity and social media has made this even easier. LinkedIn has allowed me to build an extensive Department of Defense and federal agency network that I can reach out to subject matter experts and connect on specific topics. Invest in yourself by consulting with your network as colleagues.

Number 3: Pursue training in business prior to or following medical school. We’re not frequently taught business or economics in medical school. Business training will help you in many ways, from building your own practice to improving your interaction with your colleagues and administrators in the hospital.

Connect with Dr. Hanson:

Twitter: @erichansonmd

Notable Quotes from Dr. Hanson’s Interview:

(On his military service) …it really was an honor and a privilege. And I think everybody who served really does appreciate it when people reach out in that way and say thank you.
One of the reasons that I chose Uniformed Services University was the opportunity to travel the world and experience a different type of medicine.
I had quite a bit of flying time about 750 hours in 36 different aircraft in my time in the Air Force.
The drivers throughout my career have been to continually learn and continuously serve.
Persistence is a key theme in my life. When I start on a project I want to see it through.

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