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Ann Van Heest MD
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Hand Surgeon; Professor, University of Minnesota Department of Orthopedic Surgery


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  • Ann Van Heest, MD, is a recognized expert in the field of hand and upper extremity orthopedics. She is an accomplished researcher with contributions to more than 50 papers and presentations. Much of her research has a focus on innovations in surgical simulation. Her advanced training (fellowship) in hand surgery was completed at Harvard University. 

    In addition to clinical care, she is a professor at the University of Minnesota Orthopedics Department. Her accolades have included being resident teacher of the year and hand fellowship teacher of the year. She also received the University of Minnesota Award for Outstanding Contributions to Graduate Education and was the recipient of the ACGME Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award. 

    Dr. Van Heest is an active member of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery Board of Directors, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery, American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Pediatric Hand Study Group, Congenital Hand Anomalies Study Group. She is board certified in orthopedic surgery and hand surgery. 

    Clinical Expertise 


    • Fellowship in Hand and Upper Extremity Disorders, Harvard University 

    • Orthopedic Residency, University of Minnesota 

    • Medical School, University of Minnesota 

  • I enjoy partnering with families in the care of their children to maximize each child's potential. My areas of special interest are hand and upper extremity, with special focus in children who have arthrogryposis, cerebral palsy, brachial plexus birth injuries, as well as congenital hand differences such as syndactyly, polydactyly and hand deficiencies.

  • Medical School: 
    University of Minnesota

    Orthopedic Surgery, University of Minnesota

    Hand and Upper Extremity Disorders, Harvard University

    Board Certification(s): 
    Board Certified in Orthopedic Surgery; Board Certified in Hand Surgery

    • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery Board of Directors
    • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery
    • American Society for Surgery of the Hand
    • Pediatric Hand Study Group
    • Congenital Hand Anomalies Study Group
  • My clinical practice is focused on evaluation and treatment of children with disorders of the hand and upper extremity. My areas of specialty have included congenital anomalies, birth brachial plexus injuries, cerebral palsy, arthrogryposis, tetraplegia and injuries of the upper extremity. By narrowing my clinical practice, I have been able to focus on very specific pediatric hand disorders. My research also focuses on the pediatric upper extremity, with 44 peer-reviewed publications.


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