Photo: Eric C. Hanson, M.D.
Photo: Eric C. Hanson, M.D.

Eric C. Hanson, M.D.

Knee & Shoulder Arthroscopy Specialist


Centers of Excellence

Dr. Eric Hanson received his Bachelor of Science degree in physiology at the University of California, Davis. From there, he went on to earn his medical degree at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. A surgical internship was completed at Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield, California. He completed four years of orthopedic residency at Loma Linda University. Dr. Hanson's private practice opened in January 1989 after six months of service in the Orthopedic Traumatology Department at the Loma Linda affiliated County Medical Center in Riverside, California.

Dr. Hanson is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, having earned his board certification in 1991. Recertification was accomplished in 2002 and 2009. He received his orthopedic subspecialty board certification in sports medicine in 2009. His professional memberships include the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Arthroscopy Association of North America, the California Orthopaedic Association, and the Fresno-Madera Medical Society.

Dr. Hanson's practice focuses on sports medicine with an emphasis on the shoulder and knee. He has been a team physician at Fresno State University since 1991 and head team physician since 1996. His role as consulting team physician is ongoing with the Fresno Grizzlies/San Francisco Giants. With his two brothers, Dr. Hanson was raised in northern Thailand, where his parents were medical missionaries for 10 years. Both of Dr. Hanson's parents are physicians, having retired after many years of practice in Fresno. Along with church activities and yearly mission trips to Thailand, his interests include backpacking, telemark skiing, playing golf, and spending time with his wife, Darlene, daughters Lauren and Allison, Lauren's husband, DJ, and Allison's husband, Jesse. They have been blessed with two grandchildren, Jedidiah and Riley.

Dr. Hanson continues to accept new patients at Sierra Pacific Orthopedics' Herndon Campus, 1630 East Herndon Avenue, Fresno, California. His office phone is (559) 435-9020.

Education, Training, and Affiliations

  • Medical Degree, Loma Linda University School of Medicine
  • Internship, General Surgery, Kern Medical Center
  • Residency, Orthopedic Surgery, Loma Linda University School of Medicine
  • Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Diplomate, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Member, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • Member, Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • Member, California Orthopaedic Association
  • Member, Fresno-Madera Medical Society
  • “Having recently retired from 35 years in education, I finally decided to check out an annoying problem with my right knee. As a former runner, and now 60, my knee ached with pain from simple walking and bending motions. After having my personal physician look at my knee, we agreed that a referral to Dr. Hanson was in order. Dr. Hanson quickly diagnosed that the cartilage in my right knee was beginning to wear thin and eventually I would need a knee replacement. In order to delay surgery, Dr. Hanson suggested OrthoVisc injections to help with the joint movement and pain. I have been receiving the injections (every three to six months) for a year and a half. It has dramatically improved my activity level and pain comfort. As an avid golfer, before the injections I would play once a week and take another week for the pain to subside. I can now play back-to-back days without taking timeout for recovery. I recently played five days straight, with the assistance of a brace made by an associate of Dr. Hanson's. All in all, the experience with Dr. Hanson and his office staff has been terrific.”

    – Andrew V.

  • Greg Mellor, P.A.

  • Kyrian Obidiegwu, P.A.-C.

  • Did you happen to see Dr. Eric Hanson on KSEE's Bulldog Insider?!  Dr. Hanson is the head team physican for the Fresno State Bulldogs and he and his wife, Darlene, are donors to Fresno State's First Team Full Scholarship Program.

    Check out the full interview below!

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