Erik Nels Hansen, M.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He specializes in pediatric surgery.

Dr. Hansen earned his medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine and performed his general surgery residency at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, which included two years of metabolic research as well as the completion of a Master of Public Health degree program. After finishing his pediatric surgery training at The Children’s Hospital of Alabama and the University of Alabama at Birmingham, he spent the next eight years living and working in Kijabe, Kenya, as a general and pediatric surgeon at AIC Kijabe Hospital and BethanyKids of Kijabe Hospital. 

In Kenya, he served as the Head of Paediatric Surgery, as the Clinical Director of BethanyKids of Kijabe Hospital, and as Program Director of East Africa’s first formal pediatric surgery training program. He participated in the training of eleven pediatric surgeons from eight African countries and of dozens of general surgery residents from Africa and North America.    

Certified by the American Board of Surgery in surgery and pediatric surgery, he joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2019. 

Dr. Hansen is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the College of Surgeons of East, Central, and Southern Africa, and he is a member of the American Pediatric Surgical Association’s global surgery committee. 

He has published numerous academic articles, completed several research projects, and contributed to the book Paediatric Surgery: A Comprehensive Text for Africa.

Dr. Hansen’s diversity of clinical experience spans the breadth of pediatric surgery. He has particular interest in medical and surgical education, including global pediatric surgical training; pediatric colorectal disease; minimally invasive pediatric surgery; and gastrointestinal, oncologic, and hepatobiliary disease in children. 

Education & Training
  • Other Post Graduate Training - Vanderbilt University Medical Center (2004-2006)
  • Residency - Vanderbilt University Medical Center (2001-2008), General Surgery
  • Fellowship - Children's Hospital of Alabama (2008-2010), Pediatric Surgery
  • Medical School - Baylor College of Medicine (1997-2001)
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American College of Surgeons, Fellow
  • College of Surgeons of East, Central, and Southern Africa, Fellow
  • American Pediatric Surgery Association
  • American Academy of Pediatrics, Fellow
Honors & Awards
  • D Magazine Best Doctor 2022
  • CANDLE Award (Caring, Advocating, Nurturing, Determination, Leadership, & Empathy) 2008, Vanderbilt Medical Students
  • Housestaff Teaching Award 2008, Vanderbilt Medical Students
  • Joseph W. & Bonnie J. Graves Award for Excellence in Teaching 2008, Selected by Vanderbilt General Surgery Residents
  • Alpha Omega Alpha 2001, Baylor College of Medicine