Petr F. Hausner, M.D., Ph.D., was born in Prague in a family of Holocaust survivors. He attended schools in Prague and graduated from Medical School of the Charles University in Prague in 1972. He enrolled in a combined MD/PhD program at the First Department of Medicine of his Medical School. In 1985 he defended his Ph.D. thesis Immunologic Mechanisms in the Prognosis of Melanoma. He dedicated his formative years as Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Laboratory of Clinical Immunology, of the First Medical School of the Charles University in Prague. As his interest turned towards oncology, he joint the research laboratory, of the Oncology Department of the First Medical School, Charles University in Prague, became board certified in Medical Oncology, was promoted to Associate Professor of Oncology and became vice-chair of the department.
With the thaw under Gorbachov, he was allowed to apply for and was awarded a fellowship at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, in the laboratory of Dr. Michael Potter. After years of laboratory research, he entered a clinical fellowship program at NCI/NIH and became a board certified Internist and Medical Oncologist. In 1998 he became a staff oncologist at the Greenebaum Cancer Center and faculty at the Medical School of the University of Maryland in Baltimore. Since 1999, he is Chief of Hematology and Oncology at the Baltimore VA Medical Center.
Dr. Hausner established flow cytometry in the Czech Republic. His laboratory interests center on cancer biology, metastasizing, gap junctional intercellular communications as well as molecular biology and DNA repair, whereas his clinical interests and research revolve around lung cancer, mesothelioma and melanoma. He loves computers, math, statistics and quantitative approaches. He has published 96 papers, over 130 abstracts and contributed to 7 medical books including textbooks.
He is married to Eva Hausnerova, M.D., Ph.D., a cardiologist in private practice in Bethesda and Washington, DC.
Petr Hausner served as SVU President in the years 2012-2016.