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Ernest D Hanowell, M.D.

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Specializes in: Adolescents (12-18 years), Adults (18+ years), Children (1-11 years)



Advanced Laparoscopy, Bowel Obstruction, Colon Surgery, Inguinal Hernia, Laparoscopic and Minimally Invasive Surgery, Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy, Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia, Melanoma, Sclerotherapy, Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Thyroid more


Dr. Ernest Hanowell maintains a full-service general surgery practice. Dr.Hanowell also participates in the training of surgical residents from Walter Reed Military Hospital.

Outside of his practice, Dr.Hanowell offers lectures in serveral areas including laparoscopy and breast surgery.

Dr.Hanowell's expertise in laparoscopy allows him to perform surgeries through very tiny incisions with minimal discomfort on patients. He is among the very first surgeons in the DC Metropolitan area to train in laparoscopic surgery and incorporate it into practice.

He was the director of the Suburban Hospital Trauma Service for eight years and he chaired the Intensive Care Committee for six years. 

Dr. Hanowell's advanced laparoscopy expertise and techniques especially benefit patients in need of inguinal hernias treatment because he has found a way to repair hernias through quarter inch incisions. more

Departments / Divisions

  • Surgery at Suburban Hospital



  • MD, The George Washington University School of Medicine (1973)


  • The George Washington University School of Medicine (1978)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery / Surgery (1979)

Academic Affiliations & Courses

Courses and Syllabi

  • Assistant Clinical Professor

Activities & Honors


  • Chairman of the Department of Surgery, Suburban Hospital, 2000 - 2003
  • President of the Medical Staff, Suburban Hospital, 2008 - 2010
  • Instructor of Advanced Trauma Life Support Course, the American College of Surgeons


  • The Society of Laparo-endoscopic Surgeons

    The Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (SLS) is a non-profit, multidisciplinary and multispecialty educational organization established to provide an open forum for surgeons and other health professionals interested in minimally invasive surgery and therapy.

  • The American Society of General Surgeons

    The American Society of General Surgeons ( ASGS ) seeks to serve as a knowledgeable and respected advocate for General Surgeon specialists, and also seeks to enhance General Surgery as a specialty.

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    The ASGS is dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of practice for the specialty of General Surgery, and the highest quality of care for patients.

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  • The International College of Surgeons

    The International College of Surgeons (ICS) is a global organization dedicated to bringing together surgeons and surgical specialists of all nations, races, and creeds to promote surgical excellence for the benefit of all of mankind and to foster fellowship worldwide.

  • The Southeastern Surgical Congress

    The Southeastern Surgical Congress was founded to provide opportunities for surgeons and surgeons in training to come together for educational, scientific, and social purposes to promote and advance the study and practice of surgery.

Professional Activities

  • Trainer of Surgical Residents, Walter Reed Military Hospital

Patient Ratings & Comments

The Patient Rating score is an average of all responses to physician related questions on the national CG-CAHPS Medical Practice patient experience survey through Press Ganey. Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the best score. Comments are also gathered from our CG-CAHPS Medical Practice Survey through Press Ganey and displayed in their entirety. Patients are de-identified for confidentiality and patient privacy.

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