Ann Van Heest, MD

Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Ann Van Heest

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-273-9400

Fax 612-273-7959

Office Address:
M Health Clinics and Surgery Center
909 Fulton St SE
4th Floor
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Mailing Address:
University of Minnesota
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
2450 Riverside Avenue South
Suite R200
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Administrative Assistant Name
Amber Prahl

Administrative Phone

Administrative Email

Administrative Fax Number

Additional Locations


  • Orthopaedic Clinic

Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Orthopaedic Hand Surgeon

University of Minnesota Medical School

University of Minnesota (Orthopaedic Surgery)

Brigham and Women's Hospital / Children's Hospital, Boston, Mass. (Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery, Pediatric Hand Surgery)


Dr. Van Heest is a Professor, the Director of Education, and the Residency Program Director for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. As the residency program director she received the Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award, the highest recognition for an ACGME program director. She specializes in hand and upper extremity surgery. Her academic interests include neuromuscular disorders — arthrogryposis, cerebral palsy, and spinal cord injury — congenital and pediatric upper extremity and hand disorders. Dr. Van Heest is also affiliated with the Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, and Shriners Hospital for Children.


  • Orthopaedics
  • Surgery
  • Hand and Upper Extremity
  • Pediatric Orthopaedics

Awards & Recognition

  • Best Doctors in America® (2007-2013)
  • Mpls.St.Paul Magazine "Top Doctor" (2008, 2010, 2012, 2014-2015)
  • U.S. News & World Report Top Doctor (2012)
  • "Best Doctors for Women," Minnesota Monthly Magazine (2011)
  • Minnesota Monthly "Best Doctors" (2014)

Professional Associations

  • Orthopaedic Advisory Board
  • Director of Education
  • Hand and Upper Extremity Clinic Director, Gillette Children's Hospital
  • Hand and Upper Extremity Service Director, Shriner's Hospital for Children


Research Summary/Interests

  • Tendon Transfer
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Wrist
  • Orthopaedics
  • Thumb
  • Arthrogryposis
  • Wrist Joint
  • Ulna
  • Articular Range of Motion
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Radius



Board Certifications

Orthopaedic Surgeons

Clinical Interests

Hand and upper extremity disorders, particularly pediatric disorders such as congenital hand deformities, cerebral palsy, brachial plexus injuries, arthrogryposis nerve injuries, fractures or mal-/non-unions