Dr. Philip Hanno specializes in the treatment of urologic chronic pain syndromes including bladder pain syndrome/interstitial cystitis and chronic pelvic pain syndrome in men (nonbacterial prostatitis). He sees patients with voiding dysfunction, urinary tract infection, and general urologic problems as well. From 1981 to 1990 he was an Associate Professor of Urology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Chief of Urology at the Philadelphia Veterans Administration Medical Center. For the next decade he was Chairman of Urology at Temple University School of Medicine. After a year as a medical officer in the Food and Drug Administration in Washington, he returned to the University of Pennsylvania in 1999 as Professor of Urology. He came to Stanford in October 2016.

He has studied bladder pain syndrome both from a basic science and clinical perspective for much of his career and has published extensively on the syndrome. He is co-chair of the Medical Advisory Board of the Interstitial Cystitis Association and on the executive board of the International Society for the Study of Bladder Pain Syndrome (ESSIC). He is the past Chair of the Bladder Pain Syndrome Guideline Committee of the American Urological Association.

Dr. Hanno focuses on the non-operative management of common urologic conditions with his special interest being helping patients with urologic chronic pain syndromes.

Professional Summary

Professional Education
  • Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania General Surgery Residency (1975) PA
  • Medical Education: Baylor College of Medicine Registrar (1973) TX
  • Board Certification: American Board of Urology, Urology (1982)
  • Fellowship: University of Pennsylvania Dept of GME (1980) PA
  • Residency: University of Pennsylvania Dept of GME (1976) PA
  • Residency: Baylor College of Medicine Surgery Residency (1974) TX
  • fellowship, Southeast Hampshire Health District, England, Urology (1981)
  • Residency, University of Pennsylvania, Urology (1980)
  • MPH, Medical College of Wisconsin, Health Care Administration (2005)
  • MD, Baylor College of Medicine, Medicine (1973)
  • BA, University of Pennsylvania, Economics (1970)

Honors & Awards
  • Best Reviewer, Journal of Urology (2013)
  • First Prize, "Heparin as an Antibacterial Agent in the Rabbit Bladder", Philadelphia Urological Society Essay Contest (1978)
  • Honorable Mention: Best Reviewers, Journal of Urology (2006)
  • Immergut Honorary Lectureship, Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn (1996)
  • Most Outstanding Reviewer, Journal of Urology (2008)
  • Most Valuable Player Award, Interstitial Cystitis Association (1993)
  • Second Prize, "Urinary Tract Infection in Pregnancy", Philadelphia Urologic Society Essay Contest (1980)
  • Special Award, Interstitial Cystitis Association (1990)
  • Third Prize, "The Effect of Preexisting Bacteriuria on t Bladder Resistance to Superinfection", Philadelphia Urologic Society Essay Contest (1979)

Administrative Appointments
  • Chairman Department of Urology, Temple University School of Medicine (1990 - 1998)
  • Chief of Urology, Philadelphia Veterans Administration Medical Center (1981 - 1990)
  • Director Infection, Inflammation, and Interstitial Cystitis Program, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (1999 - 2016)
  • Director, Center for the Study of Male Sexual Dysfunction, Hospital of University of Pennsylvania (1981 - 1990)
  • Director, Women's Center for the Evaluation and Treatment of Interstitial Cysitis, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (1985 - 1990)
  • Medical Director, Clinical Effectiveness and Quality, University of Pennsylvania Health System (2000 - 2005)
  • Patient Safety Officer, Clinical Practices of the University of Pennsylvania (2006 - 2007)


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Practice Locations

Urology Clinic in Palo Alto ,

Urology Clinic in Emeryville ,

Pelvic Health Center ,


Center for Female Urology and Neuro Urology ,

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I like him and he did a very thourough job.
He answered all my questions and l look forward to moving along.
Very professional
He was thorough and then explained what the next steps might be to move forward. He gave me the opportunity to ask questions and was able to satisfy my curiosity. I felt comfortable speaking with him. He seemed interested in what I had to say - he validated my concerns. He was kind and caring.
He's very confident and quick and to the point. He gives the impression he has seen my problem before with others and that conveys a level of confidence.
He reviewed my data before the appointment and took the initiative to do some research prior to the appointment. It made me feel respected.
Based on talking, MD is very knowledgeable and experienced
Excellent doctor
He took the time to find out my condition and answered my questions.
Very Knowledgeable!!!
One of my best most knowledgeable and helpful doctors. Very grateful for him
Again, Dr. Hanno is an excellent doctor. He does not waste time and addressed my questions very succinctly. He has a wealth of information.
Very prompt and thorough. As well as polite physician.
He's kind and knowledgeable and made me feel comfortable talking about my issue.
excellent doctor and vary caring.
He seemed very relaxed and was definitly personable. I felt a connection which made me feel comfortable and relaxed.
very knowledgeable, sensible, communicative.
Very on-point and direct consultation.
Great Doctor
He is an excellent physician, extremely knowledgeable and excellent with me as a patient. I have already recommended Dr. Hanno go several colleagues and friends over the years.
I am very pleased with the care that Dr. Hanno has provided me. Dr. Hanno is very knowledgeable and experienced and has been thoughtful in his evaluation of my case.
He is an excellent Dr
Very nice person, with great doctor listening skills and great explanation skills. Great personality.
Dr. Hanno was very polite, listened to my concerns and gave excellent feedback and medical advice. I highly recommend Dr. Hanno both for in person and video visits.
The visit was good. He explain things well. He is using several approaches to help me with my bladder.
Very pleasant.
He was excellent. I appreciated his input on my health issue
an excellent doctor!
Explained things well.
Thank you for the opportunity to meet with dr Hanno via the telephone health program. It was a very satisfactory method for me to get the help I needed at this point in my life.
He was very knowledgeable and well spoken. Very informative. He was very Quick with getting A prescription to my Pharmacy. Can't say much more 5 stars in my opinion.
All good!
Hanno was excellent.
There wasn't much to spend time on. The doctor reviewed the blood work done in December and recommended an ultrasound once the shelter in place lifts. He was very friendly and encouraging.
very good experience
The time I spent with Dr. Hanno was very informative and he answered all my concerns with answers that I clearly understood.
Dr Hanno let me describe my condition and questions in detail, which allowed us together to come up with a good solution to my issues. It probably added 5 minutes to face time with Doctor, but this allowed us to come up with a lot better diagnosis and solution to my issues.
Dr. Hano is very much to the point and he uses his 20 min very carefully, answers all the questions and makes me feel that I am in the hands of a real professional. I'm lucky to have him my Urologist.
Dr. Hanno was very nice. He was very helpful explaining the issue and was very understanding of my problems.
seasoned professional, great manner.
Dr Hanno is excellent -- very experienced in this area -- his inputs and recommendations should be quite helpful to me.
I was quite pleased that Dr Hanno personally called me within 2 hours of me leaving his office to warn me about potential birth defects from a treatment because he racalked I had mentioned that I'm trying to conceive. A moment after we hung up, his nurse practitioner called me with the same warning, and she was also surprised to hear the Dr had called himself. I really appreciated Dr. Hanno calling.
Dr. Hanno was very patient, kind and professional. Excellent doctor.
Sadly, the provider did not show me empathy. When asked about the meaning of hematuria, he said with a blunt affect: "hematuria is bladder cancer unless otherwise diagnosed." I did not feel he empathized with my condition and worries. He may be competent but I could tell from this first meeting he is not as compassionate as I'd hope providers would be.
As noted above, I'm very impressed by the services provided by Dr. Hanno and his entire team. I feel fortunate in having them help me through this difficult period. My only wish were if I were able to get my 1st appointment sooner.
All very good.
Dr. Hanno is the very best!
He was excellent.
Dr Hanno was one of the best doctors I've ever seen. He made me feel comfortable and explained about my problem. He was easy to understand .
Very good - explained every thing very clearly.
All of the care providers attended to me with kindness.
Dr. Hanno is excellent in EVERY respect - Thanks!
She was outstanding!
Dr. Hanno was thorough in explaining diagnosis, options for treatment and a referral to Dr. Thong, options for OTC medication I could use that could provide some relief of symptoms and LISTENED to mine & my husbands questions & concerns AND addressed each and every one!
Dr. Hanno was very professional, friendly and knowledgeable. He was a great listener and seemed genuinely concerned about by health issues.
last encounter; urology was very good from Patient point of view. Painless Foley change. wow.
Great visit with Dr. Hanno - Great guy.
Dr Hanno was patient and kind. two very good qualities
He used medical terms that were unfamiliar to me.
Good experience.
Doctor is extremely knowledgeable!
Very good.
To be honest I was completely intimidated by the doctor. I did not feel he was interested in anything I had to say.
All was very good.
Excellent doctor in terms of both interpersonal skills and technical competence.
Very pleasant experience. Great care and empathy shown by the doctor & staff.
Very experienced urologist fast, efficient, knowledgeable great dr. He was also friendly & nice.
Doctor was on point and address my questions honestly and made me feel comfortable.
Very pleased with my doc...he listens and seems to really care.
I only wish he allows me to finish my sentences instead of cutting me off all the time.
Doctor was hurried, too quick to leave.
Dr. Hanno was very clear in instructions I like that he uses a conservative method - I'm hearing impaired and he faced me at all times (I lip read) was attentive to my resistance of antibiotic, meds - I'm due for a 3 month follow up - so far - He strikes me as a no nonsense person - I appreciate that!
Dr. Hanno was professional, caring. And knowledgeable.
I was very pleased to be cared for by Dr. Hanno.
doctor Hanna was very thorough in listening and evaluation my complex situation and offered an alternative treatment. Great
Dr. Hanno was excellent in his demeanor, professionalism, and providing insight to the issues at hand.
Outstanding physician and very good assistants!
Dr Hanno was superb in my treatment. I would definitely recommend him and his staff.
Best experience after seeing 3 other urologists!
Dr. Hanno listened to me very carefully, which was reflected in the accuracy of my treatment summary (on MyHealth) and in his responsiveness to my unique health situation. I appreciate that we are proceeding with conservative tests and treatment first.
I can easily say that in all my years this is the best experience I have ever had with a physician.
Wonderful, most complete experience.
Dr. Hanno provided excellent service.
This was my first experience with Dr. Hanno. He is an expert in the field of my problem and gave me handouts to explain the condition & scheduled surgery quickly.
Also excellent!
Dr. Hanno knows his stuff. I felt confident in his diagnosis & expertise.
Dr. Hanno was so incredibly thorough and competent, and walked me through everything in clear language. He was patient, thoughtful, and kind. It was honestly one of the best appointments I have ever had with a physician. I feel extremely fortunate to be in his care and genuinely teared up as I was leaving, just thinking about how grateful I was to have him as my doctor. Thank you!!!!
Smart, professional - Exactly what I was hoping for - Thanks!

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