Radiation Oncologist Dr. Burnett Hanson represents a new generation of cancer treatment specialist. One who embraces a multidisciplinary approach to increase survival rates and decrease the chances of recurrence. Along with a full roster of highly-trained clerical staff, nurses, radiation therapist, and physics staff, Dr. Burnett Hanson anchors the formidable cancer diagnosis and treatment team at The Mississippi Cancer Institute.
Previously practicing in Nacogdoches, Texas, Dr. Hanson and his wife and three daughters moved to McComb in December, 2003. He is a decorated military veteran, who served as a flight surgeon in Operation Desert Storm. His service awards include: the Southwest Asia Service Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and three Army Commendation Medals.
Dr. Hanson earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, and a doctor of medicine from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. He did his residency at Hurley Medical Center in Flint, Michigan, and was an internal medicine resident at Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas. He also served as chief resident in radiation oncology at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.
Additionally, Dr. Hanson has medical experience at Upper Valley Medical Center in Troy, Ohio, Irwin Army Community Hospital in Fort Riley, Kansas and Wilford Hall Medical Center at Lackland Airforce Base in Texas.
It didn't take Dr. Hanson long to feel at home in McComb. "I was really, really impressed with such a modern facility, the equipment and a superb staff," Hanson said. The size of our city really seems to suit Dr. Hanson's small town roots. "I'm not a big-city person," he commented. "I like to be able to go to Wal-Mart and see my patients."
The primary objective Dr. Hanson has set forth is raising awareness of The Mississippi Cancer Institute among area residents. "I want to let the public know that we've got really state-of-the-art equipment," Hanson said. "There's no need to go out-of-town for the best treatment. I want to increase awareness of the cancer center," Hanson remarked. Dr. Hanson believes in both a high-tech and a high-touch approach to cancer treatment. He referenced the fact that a smaller facility like McComb's can give more personal attention to patients than much larger cancer hospitals.
The Mississippi Cancer Institute and Dr. Hanson look forward to serving the needs of cancer patients throughout southwest Mississippi and Louisiana.