Carl Hanger

Dr Hanger is a Geriatrician with broad clinical interests, including management and rehabilitation of frail older people in all settings (community both urban and rural, institutions and hospitals). He has a subspecialty interest in management of stroke, with a particular emphasis on stroke rehabilitation. Since 1996, he has been involved in development of stroke services in the Canterbury District Health Board. A Stroke Rehabilitation Unit was opened at PMH in 2001, an Acute Stroke Unit at Christchurch Hospital followed in 2004 and a Community Stroke Rehabilitation Service was rolled out in 2008. He has been part of the expert working group re-writing the newly released 2010 New Zealand Stroke guidelines.

His research interests centre on common clinical questions that arise during his day-day work with patients, but also include service development initiatives. Published articles include many on stroke care, intracerebral haemorrhage and stroke rehabilitation. Other research interests include nutrition in older people, frailty syndromes, falls and fracture, appropriate prescribing for older people and community care.
He has served on a number of Ministry of Health advisory groups.

Positions currently held:-
Geriatrician, based at The Princess Margaret Hospital, CDHB
Clinical Senior Lecturer in Medicine, University of Otago Christchurch Clinical School
Honorary Medical Director for Stroke Foundation (Southern Region)
On International Advisory Board for Clinical Rehabilitation journal