After completing his tour of duty with the United States Air Force as an Aeromedical Evacuation Command Pilot, Dr. Hanker attended Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. His orthopedic surgery residency was at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and an additional year of advanced hand surgical training was accomplished at the University of Southern California (USC) as the Joseph Boyes Hand Surgical Fellow.
He has an academic appointment as Assistant Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at USC. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. Dr. Hanker has written numerous scientific articles for many prestigious orthopedic journals and has contributed to many comprehensive textbook chapters on arthroscopic wrist surgery. He has served as the team physician for several local high schools and colleges and remains active in the sports medicine surgical care of local athletes. He was a Sports Medicine Orthopedic Physician at the 1984 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
In the field of medical-legal orthopedic issues, Dr. Hanker has worked as a consultant and evaluator regarding work-related and personal injuries, as well as medical malpractice. He has provided expert legal opinion on contested orthopedic cases for both the plaintiff and the defense. He also performs Independent Medical Evaluations (IME) to resolve orthopedic hand surgical medical-legal disputes.
Dr. Hanker is designated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as a Senior AME-Aviation Medical Examiner.
Dr. Hanker is married and has two adult children. His wife Mary Pat is retired from UCLA Business Enterprises and is active and gardening and community events. His son Corey is a business entrepreneur, and his daughter Kelly is a Labor & Employment attorney. Dr. Hanker is an avid aviator, he and his wife are avid bicyclists and they enjoy traveling.