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John H. Hansen-Flaschen, MD

John H. Hansen-Flaschen, MD Physician

Founding Director, Harron Lung Center Paul F. Harron, Jr. Family Professor

Dr. Hansen-Flaschen is employed by Penn Medicine.

About Dr. John H. Hansen-Flaschen

Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012 - 2018

Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2003 - 2018

Recognized annually in Philadelphia magazine's Top Docs issue from 2004 through 2018

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

Patient Rating Breakdown

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Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

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Overall Ratings

Clinical Specialties

Clinical Expertise:

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis
  • Interstitial Lung Disease
  • Lung Disease
  • Lung Volume Reduction Surgery (LVRS)
  • Second Opinion

Description of Clinical Expertise

As the Founding Medical Director of the multidisciplinary Paul Harron Lung Center at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and a practicing physician with 35 years of experience, I offer clinical consultations focusing on diagnostic dilemmas and second opinions in pulmonary medicine. My diagnostic expertise encompasses most rare diseases of the chest.

I am the senior member of a multidisciplinary group of clinicians devoted to diagnosis and management of nontuberculous mycobacterial diseases and related chronic infections of the lungs. We are generally acknowledged as the mid-Atlantic Center of Excellence for management of these diseases.

I am the Founding Medical Director of the Jay and Randy Fishman Program for Home Assisted Ventilation at the University of Pennsylvania. Our team offers comprehensive care for patients with chronic neuromuscular and thoracic skeletal diseases that compromise breathing, including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), muscular dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy, and scoliosis. Our services include ongoing care of patients who require long-term noninvasive or invasive mechanical ventilation at home.

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Amerihealth Caritas
  • Amerihealth Caritas Medicare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • eLAP Services
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Provider Partners Health Plan
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Veterans Choice Program

Education and Training

Medical School: New York University School of Medicine
Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Fellowship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


American College of Chest Physicians, International American College of Physicians, National American Thoracic Society, International College of Physicians of Philadelphia, Local Drinker Society for Critical Care in Philadelphia, Local Pennsylvania Thoracic Society, Local

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Hansen-Flaschen is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Medicine Rittenhouse Long-Term Acute Care Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: On the medical staff, but does not have privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Description of Research Expertise:

My research focuses on palliative and end-of-life care for patients with advanced respiratory disease. I have special interest in the assessment and treatment of chronic breathlessness.

Selected Publications:

Johnson Miriam J, Yorke Janelle, Hansen-Flaschen John, Lansing Robert, Ekström Magnus, Similowski Thomas, Currow David C: Towards an expert consensus to delineate a clinical syndrome of chronic breathlessness. The European respiratory journal 49 (5): 2017.

Kerlin Meeta Prasad, Small Dylan S, Cooney Elizabeth, Fuchs Barry D, Bellini Lisa M, Mikkelsen Mark E, Schweickert William D, Bakhru Rita N, Gabler Nicole B, Harhay Michael O, Hansen-Flaschen John, Halpern Scott D: A randomized trial of nighttime physician staffing in an intensive care unit. The New England journal of medicine 368 (23): 2201-9,2013.

Chandra Divay, Lipson David A, Hoffman Eric A, Hansen-Flaschen John, Sciurba Frank C, Decamp Malcolm M, Reilly John J, Washko George R: Perfusion scintigraphy and patient selection for lung volume reduction surgery. American journal of respiratory and critical care medicine 182 (7): 937-46,2010.

Mahler Donald A, Selecky Paul A, Harrod Christopher G, Benditt Joshua O, Carrieri-Kohlman Virginia, Curtis J Randall, Manning Harold L, Mularski Richard A, Varkey Basil, Campbell Margaret, Carter Edward R, Chiong Jun Ratunil, Ely E Wesley, Hansen-Flaschen John, O'Donnell Denis E, Waller Alexander: American College of Chest Physicians consensus statement on the management of dyspnea in patients with advanced lung or heart disease. Chest 137 (3): 674-91,2010.

Hansen-Flaschen John: The New ATS journal for clinicians. Annals of the American Thoracic Society 10 (1): 54-5,2013.

Hansen-Flaschen John: A PIECE OF MY MIND. What Now? What Next? JAMA 315 (8): 755-6,2016.

Hansen-Flaschen John: Annals of the American Thoracic Society: Ocean Faring at Age 4. Annals of the American Thoracic Society 14 (2): 160-162,2017.

Hansen-Flaschen J H, Brazinsky S, Basile C, Lanken P N: Use of sedating drugs and neuromuscular blocking agents in patients requiring mechanical ventilation for respiratory failure. A national survey. JAMA 266 (20): 2870-5,1991.

Kotloff R M, Tino G, Bavaria J E, Palevsky H I, Hansen-Flaschen J, Wahl P M, Kaiser L R: Bilateral lung volume reduction surgery for advanced emphysema. A comparison of median sternotomy and thoracoscopic approaches. Chest 110 (6): 1399-406,1996.

Kotloff R M, Hansen-Flaschen J, Lipson D A, Tino G, Arcasoy S M, Alavi A, Kaiser L R: Apical perfusion fraction as a predictor of short-term functional outcome following bilateral lung volume reduction surgery. Chest 120 (5): 1609-15,2001.

Margolis Mitchell L, Christie Jason D, Silvestri Gerard A, Kaiser Larry, Santiago Silverio, Hansen-Flaschen John: Racial differences pertaining to a belief about lung cancer surgery: results of a multicenter survey. Annals of internal medicine 139 (7): 558-63,2003.

Halpern Scott D, Hansen-Flaschen John: Terminal withdrawal of life-sustaining supplemental oxygen. JAMA 296 (11): 1397-400,2006.

Kreider Mary Elizabeth, Hansen-Flaschen John, Ahmad Nadia N, Rossman Milton D, Kaiser Larry R, Kucharczuk John C, Shrager Joseph B: Complications of video-assisted thoracoscopic lung biopsy in patients with interstitial lung disease. The Annals of thoracic surgery 83 (3): 1140-4,2007.

Lanken Paul N, Terry Peter B, Delisser Horace M, Fahy Bonnie F, Hansen-Flaschen John, Heffner John E, Levy Mitchell, Mularski Richard A, Osborne Molly L, Prendergast Thomas J, Rocker Graeme, Sibbald William J, Wilfond Benjamin, Yankaskas James R: An official American Thoracic Society clinical policy statement: palliative care for patients with respiratory diseases and critical illnesses. American journal of respiratory and critical care medicine 177 (8): 912-27,2008.

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Academic Contact Info

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
843 Gates
3400 Spruce Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 662-5317
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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