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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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  • "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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