Donald Henson, M.D.

Donald E. Henson, M.D.

Name: Donald E. Henson, M.D.

USU Department of Primary Appointment: 
Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics
Faculty Rank: 
Assistant Professor
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD

Research Interests:
Tumor Pathology

Office Phone: 
(301) 319-0450


Dr. Henson is a retired Captain in the PHS. He is currently Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at USUHS. He is also Clinical Professor of Pathology and Clinical Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at The George Washington University School of Medicine. Board Certified in Pathology, Dr. Henson trained at Rush Presbyterian St Luke’s Hospital in Chicago. After a year of post-doctoral training, Dr. Henson joined the National Institutes of Health and eventually the Laboratory of Pathology of the National Cancer Institute. In addition to pathology, Dr. Henson has served in the Division of Cancer Prevention as Program Director in the Early Cancer Detection program. Research interests have included the analysis of prognostic factors, diagnostic encoding, and the morphology of precancerous lesions. He has served as a consultant to the World Health Organization and to the Pan American Health Organization. He has also served as Chair of the American Joint Committee on Cancer and Chair of the Cancer Committee of the College of American Pathologists. Dr. Henson also served as a medical delegate to the Soviet Union during the cold war. Dr. Henson has published more than 225 peer reviewed manuscripts and chapters in 15 books and manuals. His books include “The International Classification of Diseases for Oncology”, “Pathology of Incipient Neoplasia”, and the AFIP Fascicle on “Tumors of the Gallbladder, Extrahepatic Bile Ducts, and Vaterian System”. Dr. Henson is currently Chair of the Tumor Registry Advisory Board for the Department of Health in Washington, DC.