Anne Hansen, MD, MPH
Associate in Medicine
Medical Director, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
|Academic Title||Associate Professor of Pediatrics|
My research focuses on improving the care of newborns seriously ill with medical and surgical conditions. For surgical patients, I am currently working on a novel approach to minimize post operative stricture formation after esophageal atresia repair and collaborating on the development of a safe surgical checklist tailored to NICU patients. I was lead investigator in a study of Donation after Cardiac Death (DCD) in the NICU. For medical patients, I have examined innovative approaches to the treatment of neonatal conditions including intraventricular urokinase for the prevention of posthemorrhagic hydrocephalus, once daily gentamicin dosing in infants (adopted nationally), substitution of cord for infant blood in peri-natal sepsis evaluations, and inhaled racemic epinephrine for the treatments of TTN. I am in the early phase of developing a lung bypass circuitor for extremely preterm infants. I developed and implemented the first therapeutic hypothermia program in New England and am collaborating on studies of pharmacokinetics and sophisticated MRI and NIRS technology to better assess neurologic function and outcome.
Using my experiences from the CHB NICU, I am collaborating on projects for resources poor settings, including development of a Mannose Binding Lectin Techonology for the Diagnosis of Bacteremia in Resource Poor Settings. I developed and implemented a pacakage of newborn medicine materials for Rwanda that was accepted by the Rwandan inistry of health as the national standard for neonatal care. We are now developing and testing quality metrics to assess the efficacy of this intervention.
About Anne Hansen
Anne Hansen received her MD from Harvard Medical School and her MPH from Harvard School of Public Health with a concentration in Clinical Effectiveness. She completed pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital Boston and fellowship in Newborn Medicine at Children’s Hospital Boston, Beth Israel Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Hansen joined the Harvard Medical School faculty in 1996 and is currently an Associate Professor of Pediatrics.
Dr. Hansen has acted as Chair of the Harvard-wide Neonatal Research Review Committee since 2004, and as Neonatology Consultant for the Rwinkwavu, Kirehe and Butaro Hospitals in Rwanda since 2010. She is a member of multiple committees, including the Children’s Hospital Boston Steering Committee (Medica chair), the NICU Nutrition Committee, Harvard neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Training Program Fellowship Committee, and the Neonatology Representative for the Advanced Fetal Care Center at Children’s Hospital Boston. She is also a Fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Dr. Hansen has been nominated for the Harvard Medical School Prize for Excellence in Teaching twice, the Harvard Medical School Humanism in Medicine Award, and was awarded the Best Tutor of the Year Harvard Medical School Teaching Award in 2004.
- Labrecque M, Parad R, Gupta M, Hansen A. Donation after cardiac death: the potential contribution of an infant organ donor population. The Journal of Pediatrics. January 2011; 158(1):87-92.
- Barnes CM, McElrath TF, Folkman J, Hansen AR. Correlation of 2-Methoxyestradiol Levels in Cord Blood and Complications of Prematurity. Pediatric Research. 2012; 67:545-550
- Kao B, Stewart de Ramirez, Belfort M, Hansen A. Inhaled Epinephrine for the Treatment of Transient Tachypnea of the newborn. Journal of Perinatology. 2008; 28(3):205-210. (Reviewed in World Reviews in Perinatology, 2008)