Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at Opelousas General Health System Welcomes Oncologists

Opelousas General Health System (OGHS) and Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center (Mary Bird Perkins) have announced that two long-time oncologists, Bryan Bienvenu, MD and David Hanson, MD, FACP are now accepting patients at the Cancer Center located on OGHS’ South Campus, 3983 I-49 S. Service Rd.

The Cancer Center is also in the initial phases of offering new resources, including patient navigation, genetic services, telehealth palliative care services, a clinical trials program, and the adoption of a new electronic medical records system.

In January 2023, Mary Bird Perkins and OGHS engaged in a partnership agreement to expand and enhance cancer care resources. Through this partnership, patients can access cancer care specialists through Mary Bird Perkins –conveniently located close to home.

Bienvenu received a medical degree from Louisiana State University Medical School in New Orleans. He attended undergraduate school at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, where he completed coursework in three years and was named a General College Distinguished Scholar. He completed an internship and residency at Earl K. Long Medical Center in Baton Rouge, where he earned the Lange Medical Publications Award. He chose to continue his training at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York with a Medical Oncology Fellowship. At Memorial Sloan Kettering, he focused on the clinical development of new therapeutic agents in phase I and early phase II clinical trials. Bienvenu was previously named one of the “Best Doctors” in America.

Hanson is board-certified in medical oncology and internal medicine. He received an undergraduate degree in biological science at the University of Denver in where he graduated summa cum laude and is a member of the American Osteopathic Association. He then received a medical degree at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in where he graduated with honors.

Hanson completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Colorado Health Science Center (UCHSC) where he received the Lange Award for outstanding performance in internal medicine. He chose to continue his work at UCHSC, completing a fellowship in hematology and oncology. Hanson was named Fellow in the American College of Physicians, as well as being named one of the “Best Doctors” in America.

“Cancer patients and their families are at the forefront of every decision we make at Mary Bird Perkins,” said Jonas Fontenot, PhD, MBA, Chief Executive Officer, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center. “St. Landry Parish has the highest cancer mortality rate in the Acadiana region and is among the top 10 parishes in Louisiana with the highest cancer death rate, according to the Louisiana Tumor Registry. We know that if we want to make a real difference in reversing these health outcomes, we must provide the community with every treatment and support service in our toolbox. Together, with Opelousas General Health System, we are advancing the fight against cancer.”