The National Palliative Care Research Center

Curing suffering through palliative care research.


Laura C. Hanson MD, MPH

University of North Carolina

Laura C. Hanson, MD, MPH, is Professor of Geriatric Medicine in the Department of Medicine at the University of North Carolina, where she also leads the Hospice & Palliative Care Program.  Board-certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine and Hospice & Palliative Medicine, she provides clinical care for frail and seriously ill patients in diverse settings.  Dr. Hanson leads a research program to improve the quality of care and outcomes for people living with dementia, as well as for frail and medically complex older adults living with cancer and other serious illnesses. She is principal investigator or co-investigator for numerous biobehavioral clinical trials to improve decision-making and palliative care outcomes for people with dementia and their caregivers.  In addition to her own research studies, Dr. Hanson leads the Patient and Caregiver Reported Outcomes Core for the NIA IMbedded Pragmatic Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and AD-Related Dementias (AD/ADRD) Clinical Trials (IMPACT) Collaboratory.  She is a founding member of the Palliative Care Research Cooperative group (PCRC), and current co-leads its Measures Core with Dr. Antonia Bennett.