Ann M. Parr, MD, PhD

Ann M. Parr, MD, PhD, FRCSC


Languages I Speak

  • English

Hospital Privileges

  • Fairview Southdale Hospital
  • University of Minnesota Medical Center

Care Philosophy

I am 50 percent clinical and 50 percent academic. This means that half of the time I see patients and operate on various disorders of the brain and spine, and half of the time I am in my spinal cord injury laboratory at the Stem Cell Institute. I became interested in spinal cord injury through interaction with my patients and the realization that there really are no good therapies available for spinal cord injured patients. The focus of my research is “translational” which means that my ultimate goal is to bring possible treatments to the clinic. My focus is on cell transplantation therapy, specifically looking at the oligodendrocyte.

Care and Clinical Interests

  • Degenerative Back and Neck Disorders
  • Spin Instability
  • Spinal Fractures
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spinal Tumors
  • Spine Pain

Education, Training and Certifications

Medical Schools

  • Queens University, Kingston, Canada


  • University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
  • University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada


  • University of Miami, Miami, FL

Board Certifications

  • FRCSC (Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada)

Recognition and Leadership


  • AANS/CNS Cahill Spine Fellowship, (2009-2010)
  • Mayfield Basic Science Award (2008)
  • Institutes of Health Research Fellowship (CIHR)


  • AAMC Early Career Women Faculty Professional Development Conference (2011)

Academic Information

Assistant Professor

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