Dr. Hanson is a Professor in the Division of Geriatric Medicine in the School of Medicine at The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. She received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School, and her Masters in Public Health from the University of North Carolina. She is board-certified and continues clinical practice in Geriatric Medicine and Hospice & Palliative Medicine. Dr. Hanson is Director of the UNC Palliative Care Program, which integrates clinical service delivery, research and education to promote high quality care for patients with serious illness and their families. In addition, she leads a funded research program to measure and to improve the quality of palliative care. In this role, she has led development and testing of quality metrics for hospice and palliative care, and testing of innovative models of palliative care for persons with advanced dementia and their family caregivers.