Hank Willner, M.D. attended Yale University College and Medical School and completed his residency in Family Practice at the University of Virginia where he was the Chief Resident from 1977-78. He was Board Certified in Family Practice initially in 1978 and has been recertified in 1984, 1991, 1997, 2004, and 2014. From 1978-80 he served in the National Health Service Corps as a family practitioner in a large rural health clinic in Buckingham County Virginia. In 1980 he founded Virginia Family Practice Associates, PC in western Fairfax where he worked in private family practice until 2001 when he decided to change careers to focus on Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He worked with Hospice of Northern Virginia, now Capital Caring, as a staff Medical Director and a Palliative Care Consultant with Capital Palliative Care Consultants from 2001-2013. He also worked as a part-time Emergency Physician from 1997-2013 at Laurel Regional Hospital. He served as the Chief Medical Director and Palliative Care Consultant at Holy Cross Home Care and Hospice; resigned 2/20/20. He now works for Capital Caring Health as a Hospice Medical Director and Palliative Care Consultant
Dr. Willner is active in teaching medical students and House Staff from the Medical Centers in the Washington Metropolitan Area and has served as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Practice both at Georgetown University Medical School and the Medical College of Virginia. His special interests include the doctor-patient relationship, informed consent, and Bioethics and he was the Chairman of the Ethics Committee at Fair Oaks Hospital as well as at Capital Caring, and is still active on the Ethics Committee at Holy Cross Hospital. He is the Medical Consultant to the Hospice Foundation of America. He also serves on the Maryland State End of Life Council.
His hobbies are spending time with his family and friends, exercise, reading mystery thrillers and he is an avid golfer. Dr. Willner lives in Bethesda, MD with his sons, Daniel and Jonathan.