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Ann Van Heest, M.D.

Ann Van Heest, M.D.

Ann Van Heest, M.D., is a pediatric orthopaedic hand surgeon at the University of Minnesota Department of Orthopaedics and Shriners Children's Twin Cities. She is board certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery with subspecialty certification in surgery of the hand. She received an undergraduate degree from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, and earned a medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Van Heest completed an internship in general surgery at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, and a residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Minnesota Hospital. She also completed a Harvard Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship at Brigham and Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.

Areas of special interest to Dr. Van Heest are hand and upper extremity, with special areas of interest in arthrogryposis, cerebral palsy, birth brachial plexus injuries, as well as congenital hand differences, such as syndactyly, polydactyly and hand deficiencies.

Dr. Van Heest is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Society for Surgery of the Hand and American Orthopaedic Association. Along with her services to Shriners Children's Twin Cities, Dr. Van Heest serves as a professor in the department of orthopaedic surgery at the University of Minnesota, School of Medicine.


  • Medical Degree, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Internship, Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, Minn., General Surgery
  • Residency, University of Minnesota Hospital, Minneapolis, Minn., Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Fellowship, Harvard hand and Upper Extremity, Brigham and Woman’s/Children’s Hospital, Boston, Mass.