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Q & A with Pink and Teal Hero Katherine Hansen, DO

Katherine Hansen, DO, is a surgeon at the Janet Knowles Breast Cancer Center at MD Anderson Cooper and a 2017 Pink and Teal Hero. Find out what’s on her reading list right now and why she thinks Pink Roses Teal Magnolias is so important.

Q. How did you decide to become a doctor?

A. I knew I wanted to be a surgeon when I was 16. I shadowed my neighbor who was a plastic surgeon and loved that surgeons could heal their patients with real time treatment of the disease. As much as I enjoy talking with my patients in the office, I enjoy the creativity and physical aspect of operating.

Q. What do you like about practicing at Cooper?

A. Cooper is by far the best fit for me. We are a very supportive team, and we all work well with each other. Plus, we are practicing very current medicine and setting the pace with the newest cancer care.

Q. What books are currently on your nightstand?

A. “4321” by Paul Auster, “Tender is the Night” by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Womankind Magazine, which is a magazine for women about wellness and mindfulness. I’ve never been able to commit to reading one book at a time.

Q. What do you do for fun?

A. Doing anything outdoors and traveling are things I enjoy. I love to travel places where I can disconnect – no phone, no Internet, no TV. I need to take a break and hear my own thoughts. I also knit quite a lot.

Q. Why should people support Pink and Teal?

A. Pink and Teal is so important because it directly benefits our patients. I refer so many patients to our complementary medicine programs, which we are so lucky to have in large part because of Pink Roses Teal Magnolias.

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