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Erik Hansen


Chief, Arthroplasty Division
Orthopedic surgeon

Dr. Erik Hansen is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in surgeries of the hip and knee, including reconstruction, replacement and revision (surgery to address problems with or caused by a previous implant). He has expertise in the direct anterior approach for hip joint replacement, a minimally invasive approach that has advantages such as faster postoperative healing and enhanced joint stability.

In his research, Hansen focuses on diagnosing, treating and preventing infections around artificial joints.

Hansen earned his medical degree and completed an orthopedic surgery residency at UCSF. He served as a fellow in adult reconstructive surgery at the Rothman Orthopaedic Institute at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

Hansen directs a database of total joint replacements as well as a database of postsurgical joint infections for the surgery.

  • Education

    University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, 2005

  • Fellowships

    Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, 2012

  • Board Certifications

    Orthopaedic Surgery, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

  • Academic Title

    Associate Professor

  • Languages



Where I see patients (1)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    823 Ratings
    About our process
    Nov 30, 2023
    Amazing staff. I'm was very pleased with my visit
    Nov 30, 2023
    Felt very comfortable
    Nov 24, 2023
    Dr. Hansen is an amazing physician..both as a surgeon and a doctor who is so committed to listening and devising the best care plan for my very complex hip problem.
    Nov 15, 2023
    Dr. Hansen is the best. I've said this before. Still true.
    Nov 15, 2023
    Dr Hansen is an excellent surgeon but also a very kind and concerned physician
    Nov 08, 2023
    Very grateful to Dr. Hansen and the wonderful staff.
    Oct 25, 2023
    First meeting so we'll see what happens
    Oct 19, 2023
    Dr Hansen and his entire are awesome!
    Oct 11, 2023
    The conversation was informative focused on issues important to my care and personal questions and concerns!
    Oct 11, 2023
    My only issue is the wait time before I can have the surgery.
    Oct 04, 2023
    Good place to be.
    Sep 28, 2023
    I have already recommended Dr Hansen to many people.
    Sep 28, 2023
    Dr Hansen is an exemplary physician. He is the ideal surgeon caring and exceedingly competent.
    Sep 27, 2023
    X-ray tech very good helpful considerate
    Sep 27, 2023
    The doctor was very responsive listened to my questions and concerns and gave me clear an and he allowed me to ask follow up questions.
    Sep 17, 2023
    Dr Hansen is the best! I feel lucky to be treated by him. He respects me and listens to me really listens. We work together on my treatment
    Sep 07, 2023
    Dr Hansen is a very caring doctor and listened to my concerns.
    Sep 06, 2023
    This was a follow up appointment after surgery. So there really weren't any proposed treatments it was more a discussion of goals and how to achieve them.
    Aug 31, 2023
    Dr Hansen and the rest of his team has always listened to all I have to say or ask and they always provide detailed answers or information on a manner I can understand
    Aug 25, 2023
    Worked well with me
    Aug 24, 2023
    Dr. Hansen listened carefully and explained fully the ins and outs of any options. He was careful to explain how my allergies impacted my treatment options
    Aug 19, 2023
    Erik Hansen is the best!
    Aug 17, 2023
    Overall satisfied
    Aug 17, 2023
    I do appreciate Dr Hansen and his team. They're responsive and do an excellent job in providing care!
    Aug 16, 2023
    Dr Hansen is extraordinary!
    Aug 09, 2023
    Thank you
    Aug 07, 2023
    Dr Hansen is the best!! He answered all my questions and really listened to and addressed my concerns. I really appreciate him.
    Jul 20, 2023
    The only problem was scheduling my surgery. I have to wait 6 months
    Jul 20, 2023
    Dr Hansen is very kind respectful easy to talk with and seems to genuinely care for his patients; he always takes his time with me He took excellent care of me through TWO surgeries.His support staff reflects him very well.Always he answer questions and one never feels he is rushing one out the door. I have recommended him to several people!
    Jul 13, 2023
    I'm very grateful of the efforts Dr Hansen committed and say thanks a lot
    Jul 12, 2023
    Dr. Hansen is the best doctor l have encountered in the medical profession.
    Jun 30, 2023
    Dr Hansen is the best!
    Jun 29, 2023
    Wonderful experience. Dr Hansen took his time and explained everything. He answered all of my questions.
    Jun 22, 2023
    I just wish there was a higher rating than "Very Good." Dr. Hansen is an outstanding doctor who really cares about his patients.
    Jun 21, 2023
    Dr. Hansen has been consistently excellent in providing me the health care I require. His medical skills have allowed me to advance my mobility so that my quality of life has been greatly improved. I would gladly recommend Dr. Hansen to anyone who needs the orthopedic services he provides.
    Jun 17, 2023
    Jun 14, 2023
    Dr Hansen is extremely professional and kind as well as a good surgeon.
    Jun 10, 2023
    Dr Hansen and his team are top notch. Every question and/or concern I had were answered quickly and with care. I always feel they listen well and I feel heard and well cared for.
    Jun 01, 2023
    Dr hansen most awesome but it becomes difficult to recommend due to having 5 surgeries that have nothing to due with dr hansens expertise. People hear that many surgeries and they get judgmental
    May 20, 2023
    Truly excellent throughout
    May 20, 2023
    Everyone has been super helpful. Always listen. Always allow me to be a pest and ask questions. Thanks
    May 18, 2023
    The very best in care. Thank you.
    May 18, 2023
    Outstanding team
    May 18, 2023
    Dr Hansen is an exceptional surgeon and emotionally sensitive person. He is fantastic.
    May 18, 2023
    The pa and doctor were both very good
    May 12, 2023
    I have been very happy with all my interactions with Dr. Hansen. He listens and provides lots of eduction regarding my health.
    May 12, 2023
    Dr Hansen is approachable friendly professional and listens well answers questions and addresses concerns.
    May 04, 2023
    Dr. Hansen is a great orthopedic surgeon as well as a very kind human being. I would happily recommend him to others for orthopedic care.
    Apr 20, 2023
    Dr. Hansen is amazing; both surgical expertise and a caring compassionate bedside manner. I would highly recommend him to anyone.
    Apr 20, 2023
    I have had difficulties getting to the bottom of my hip tendinitis. With just two visits with Dr Hansen his assessment of the problem and appropriate treatment has given me a lot of confidence that there is hope that it can finally be resolved. I've been very impressed as I have seen many drs before him.
    Apr 19, 2023
    I travel 3 and 1/2 hours to be seen by this group of amazing staff. UCSF is a god send for my myopathy. Thank you everyone don't change your day job.
    Apr 07, 2023
    Dr. Hansen gives very thorough and thoughtful explanations. He listens very well and shows genuine concern. I have already recommended him to others.
    Apr 06, 2023
    Dr. Hansen is an excellent orthopedic surgeon and a wonderful doctor. He is professional smart considerate and personable. He encourages and readily engages in conversation and questions with the patient. I have tremendous confidence in him and feel very fortunate to be his patient.
    Apr 06, 2023
    Excellent job. Thank you
    Apr 06, 2023
    Thank you
    Mar 30, 2023
    Dr. Erik Hansen was lighthearted professional explained things in great detail and was absolutely on top of his game In keeping me comfortable and informed about the decisions that I needed to make.
    Mar 29, 2023
    All awesome
    Mar 29, 2023
    Dr Hansen is amazing
    Mar 17, 2023
    Both physician and physician's assistant were excellent
    Mar 17, 2023
    Excellence ALWAYS. Great care. Everyone seems to care about you.
    Mar 11, 2023
    Dr. Hansen is tops.
    Mar 09, 2023
    I have recommended Dr Hansen to others. Both he and his staff are always kind and caring.
    Mar 08, 2023
    100% recommendations from me on the complete staff
    Mar 02, 2023
    A superior provider in all aspects.
    Mar 02, 2023
    Great experience
    Feb 20, 2023
    Dr Erik Hansen is the best! He always walks in the room with a big smile. He listens to my concerns explains his treatment plan thoroughly and asks if I have any questions. He's the best doctor anyone could ask for.
    Feb 10, 2023
    Feb 09, 2023
    The best patient care
    Feb 03, 2023
    Excellent visit
    Feb 01, 2023
    If was a very positive experience I felt that Dr Hansen is a special and dedicated person who has found his 'calling'. The initial introduction gave me a full understanding of the challenges the arthritis has created in my hips the medical solutions or options available to me and the solution I am choosing (surgery). Communication was excellent and my initial experience with Dr Eric Hansen was very positive and comfortable. Thank you!
    Jan 27, 2023
    Dr. Hansen is an excellent Surgeon
    Jan 25, 2023
    Dr Hansen is amazing he is the best
    Jan 25, 2023
    Dr Hansen & staff are just great.
    Jan 20, 2023
    Dr. Hansen is an excellent care provider. He showed me my CT results and made sure I could see the problem area.
    Jan 19, 2023
    I would recommend Dr. Eric Hansen and his staff to my entire family very satisfied with the service the treatment and the compassionThank you again
    Jan 12, 2023
    Just outstanding Physician and team. Efficient effective professional and caring. Surgery is scary but this team conveys a confident and expert level of service.
    Jan 11, 2023
    He answered all of my questions took time with me I did not feel rushed he is a very good doctor
    Jan 05, 2023
    Excellent doctor and professional. I'm very happy he even speaks Spanish so my mom could express herself.
    Jan 04, 2023
    Dr Hansen is a very skilled surgeon and also a sensitive and caring person. He shows empathy and takes time with his patients.
    Dec 22, 2022
    I wished that they could have informed me about my Physical Therapy options. Maybe inform me to schedule my PT early since there are backlogs for appointments.
    Dec 11, 2022
    He answered my questions and agreed to do my right knee replacement.
    Dec 08, 2022
    Dr. Hansen is an exceptional doctor.
    Dec 07, 2022
    Amazing support from the entire team.
    Dec 07, 2022
    I am very thankful for the care and treatment that I received from Dr. Hansen and his staff. The exceptional ratings are well warranted
    Dec 07, 2022
    Dec 02, 2022
    I didn't think of it at the time but it would have been helpful to get suggestions for exercises or things I could do to strengthen my knee/leg before my physical therapy appt over two weeks in the future
    Dec 02, 2022
    Dr Hansen is my Santa Clause. He is an Angel and a saint. Pursuant to my second hip he replaced for me I have experienced a pain free groin or core area ever since. This is the first time I have been completely pain free in that area for over thirty seven (37) years. I told him he saved my life. While this may be a slight exaggeration he surely did salvage what is left of my life and I am back out there baby!!!
    Nov 28, 2022
    Nov 16, 2022
    Best info and handling I've had with any providers.
    Nov 11, 2022
    Dr Hansen is excellent great rapport.
    Nov 11, 2022
    Dr. Hansen was excellent in all respects and was able to answer my questions definitively which had not been true of an earlier provider at another facility (not UCSF).
    Nov 06, 2022
    100% I would tell others that this was an excellent way to have your appointment especially if you live 3 hours away the dr was very calm relaxed informative and not rushing to end the visit
    Nov 04, 2022
    Nov 03, 2022
    At this time I am wheelchair confined. Trying to get myslef up on a procedure table and xray table were terrible. Why isn't there a hoyer lift or something similar for assistance? Having 3 to 4 people trying to pull me up was embarassing. If tables went lower I could have transferred successfully.
    Nov 03, 2022
    Everyone listened and included my needs in their responses. Very good interaction. Very professional but yet also very personal and warm.
    Nov 02, 2022
    Erik Hansen is an outstanding physician. Very professional. Caring. Thorough. Thoughtful. Answered all my questions. He's VERY reassuring.
    Oct 20, 2022
    I have recommended Dr. Hansen to my son in law.Dr. Hansen did a "miracle" revision on my hip. For which I'm very thankful!
    Oct 20, 2022
    Very good referral to pain mgt clinic for ablation
    Oct 19, 2022
    Highly recommended.
    Sep 30, 2022
    Excellent patient care
    Sep 22, 2022
    Dr. Hansen was professional friendly and very concerned about my needs as a patient.
    Sep 22, 2022
    This was my sixth procedure on my right hip. The only one done at UCSF and it was far more professional than any other previous work.
    Sep 21, 2022
    I was referred to this doctor by all kinds of other doctors he is the very best
    Sep 21, 2022
    Dr. Hansen always listened and put me at ease no question went unanswered
    Sep 16, 2022
    This was first appointment with Dr. Hansen and his team. They were all amazing and we appreciate their kind and caring way while being well informed about the medical issues.
    Sep 10, 2022
    Dr. Hansen is a superb communicator.
    Sep 03, 2022
    Dr Hansen is great!
    Sep 03, 2022
    Doctor Hansen and his group is very helpful explained everything so clear and answered all my concerns.
    Sep 01, 2022
    These doctors are the best of the best. World class every one of them but Dr Hansen is in a class of excellence by himself
    Aug 31, 2022
    Dr.Eric Hansen is a fantastic physician: efficient pleasant listens well and we work together to agree on treatment and next steps .
    Aug 28, 2022
    I already have recommended care provider to another person
    Aug 21, 2022
    I didn't feel rushed. I appreciated they could combine the treatment of my knee and hip in one visit vs. the scheduled two
    Aug 20, 2022
    Dr. Hansen is both a great surgeon and possesses an amazingly compassionate bedside manner.
    Aug 17, 2022
    I am very happy with the care I have received from Dr. Hansen. He replaced my right knee about five years ago and the experience of working with him and his team was great and the outcome was excellent. Based on this experience I was very comfortable with the arranging for him to replace my other knee.
    Jul 30, 2022
    The nurse we called was not naswering in time an no clear response
    Jul 30, 2022
    Jul 24, 2022
    Hansen is great
    Jul 22, 2022
    Dr. Hansen was excellent from start to finish and clearly explained the knee replacement surgery process. He and his team met with me at the hospital before going into surgery as well as after to check on me. Dr. Hansen phoned my sister following the procedure to let her know all went well and when I would be out of recovery. It all felt personal and caring.
    Jul 21, 2022
    Jul 20, 2022
    No complaint
    Jul 20, 2022
    My experience with UCSF is that they see many patients and it feels like an assembly line. I am a cog in the fast moving wheel. Too many people are involved in my care and it is not explained to me in advance who I will be seeing for my care. The caregivers forget that I have not had this experience before and don't know the procedures or protocols. It's very frustrating.
    Jul 20, 2022
    I feel I am being provided with excellent care!
    Jul 20, 2022
    I think Dr. Hansen is a top notch doctor. I would recommend him 100%.
    Jul 11, 2022
    Meetings with the doctor never seem rushed
    Jun 13, 2022
    Jun 09, 2022
    I am very grateful of Dr Hansen's procedure for my problem. Hereby it is necessary to say thank to all staffs in his office .
    Jun 03, 2022
    Dr . Hansen is the best of the best
    May 28, 2022
    Dr. Hansen is fantastic. He listens and goes for info he doesn't have. He sat and listened to what I had to say and then actually answered my concerns. Very good at follow-up. I really appreciate Dr. Hansen. A real gem!
    May 26, 2022
    Awesome experience
    May 19, 2022
    Apr 27, 2022
    This is a wonderful kind knowledgeable Doctor I could not ask for a better human being to take care of me
    Apr 17, 2022
    This provider always is knowledgeable and respectful.
    Mar 29, 2022
    He was very informative regarding my concerns
    Mar 10, 2022
    Dr. Hansen answered all my questions and was clear and thorough about the surgery.
    Mar 05, 2022
    Have been treated by Dr. Hansen for many years . He is excellent.
    Mar 04, 2022
    Provider demonstrated high medical skills as well as high degree of empathy and humility.
    Feb 16, 2022
    Dr. Hansen and his residents re always very cheerful and helpful
    Feb 09, 2022
    All good.
    Feb 09, 2022
    The Best!
    Feb 09, 2022
    Dr Hansen was professional And kind as usual! He has such a caring and empathetic style of communication. Not to mention his surgical talents. I highly recommend him.