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  • Professional Statement

    After completing his tour of duty with the United States Air Force as an Aeromedical Evacuation Command Pilot, Dr. Hanker attended Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. His orthopedic surgery residency was at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and an additional year of advanced hand surgical training was accomplished at the University of Southern California (USC) as the Joseph Boyes Hand Surgical Fellow.

    Dr. Hanker is a diplomat of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and holds a Certificate of Added Qualification in Hand Surgery. He has an academic appointment as Assistant Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at USC, and is actively engaged in the post-doctoral surgical training of hand fellows. He is an active member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Society of Surgery of the Hand, the Arthroscopy Association of North America, the California Orthopedic Association, and the Los Angeles Society of Surgery of the Hand.

    Dr. Hanker has written numerous scientific articles for many prestigious orthopedic journals, and has contributed many comprehensive textbook chapters on arthroscopic wrist surgery. He has served as the team physician for several local schools and colleges, and remains active in the sports medicine surgical care of local athletes. He was a Sports Medicine Orthopedic Physician at the 1984 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

    In the field of medical-legal orthopedic issues, Dr. Hanker has worked as a consultant and evaluator regarding work related and personal injuries, as well as medical malpractice. He has provided expert legal opinion on contested orthopedic cases for both the plaintiff and the defense.

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