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Ann Parr, MD, PhD

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Academic Title

Assistant Professor

Clinical Title



  • Neurosurgery
  • Complex Spinal Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery


  • Neurosurgery Clinic


Medical School
Queens University, Kingston, Canada
University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada (Neurosurgery)
Universityof Miami, Miami, FL (Complex Spine)

Contact Info


Mailing Address
University of Minnesota
Department of Neurosurgery
Mayo Mail Code 96
420 Delaware St SE
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455

Bio Statement

Dr. Parr is interested in finding new therapies for spinal cord injury. She is also a faculty member in the Graduate Program in Neuroscience and the Stem Cell Institute.

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Research Interests

Dr. Parr's research currently centers around transplanting neural stem cells grown from a patient's own skin into the injured spinal cord. She has an active translational research laboratory at the Stem Cell Institute. She is interested in examining mechanisms of functional recovery using techniques such as histology and immunohistochemistry, cell tracking through magnetic resonance imaging, and animal modeling.

Leadership Roles
  • Faculty advisor for the Neurosurgery Medical Student Interest Group
  • Advocate for Women in Surgery (locally) and Women in Neurosurgery (nationally)
  • State representative to the Council of State Neurosurgical Societies
  • Advocate for Research in Spine and Spinal Cord Injury
  • AAMC Early Career Women Faculty Professional Development Conference, 2011
  • AANS/CNS Cahill Spine Fellowship, 2009 – 2010
  • SPINEFEST Poster Competition first prize, 2008
  • AANS/CNS Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves – Mayfield Basic Science Award, 2008
  • Regional Award Winner – ACS Trauma Competition, 2007
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research Fellowship (CIHR), 2006
  • McMurrich Poster Competition second prize – University of Toronto Gallie Day, 2006
  • TWRI Research Day Poster Competition second prize, 2006
  • Top Abstracts – National Neurotrauma Society, 2005
  • Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation Spinal Cord Injury Scholarship, 2005
  • AANS/CNS Codman Fellowship in Neurotrauma and Critical Care, 2004
  • PARIM Clinical Resident Award, 2002
  • Thomas Gibson Scholarship for highest overall standing in Pharmacology, 1998
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Award for acceptance of an abstract for oral presentation, 1998
  • John F. Sparks Summer Student Research Scholarship – Division of Plastic Surgery, 1997
  • Aesculapian Society Summer Project Award – Nairobi, Kenya, 1996
  • PMAC-HRF/MRC Summer Student Research Scholarship – Dept. of Pharmacology, 1995
  • PMAC-HRF/MRC Summer Student Research Scholarship – Dept. of Pharmacology, 1994
  • Canada Scholar (4 year recipient), 1991 – 1995
  • Queen's University Anniversary Scholarship, 1991

Lectures Online

"New Therapies for Spinal Cord Injuries", March 7, 2011


  1. Parr AM, Wang MY.  CT alone may be inadequate for detecting occult spinal injuries. Neurosurgery’s Science Times 66(4) N23-4, 2010.  PMID: 20305484
  2. Wang MY, Parr AM.  An international initiative to define the role for surgery for spinal metastases:  The GSTSG.  World Neurosurgery 73(5) 426-7, 2010.  PMID: 20920912
  3. Parr AM, Wang MY. Preoperative erythropoietin prior to spinal surgery increases DVT risk. Neurosurgery's Science Times 66(2) N16, 2010.
  4. Parr AM, Wang MY. Vertebroplasty: effective or not? Neurosurgery's Science Times 65(6) N14, 2009.
  5. Parr AM, Wang MY. Minimally invasive lumbar discectomy had worse outcome than conventional open microdiscectomy. Neurosurgery's Science Times 65(1) N12, 2009.
  6. Mothe AJ, Kulbatski I, Parr AM, Mohareb M, and Tator CH. Adult spinal cord stem/progenitor cells transplanted as neurospheres preferentially differentiate into oligodendrocytes in the adult rat spinal cord. Cell Transplant 17(7) 735-51, 2008.
  7. Kulbatski I, Mothe AJ, Parr AM, Kim H, Kang CE, Bozkurt G, and Tator CH. Glial precursor cell transplantation therapy for neurotrauma and multiple sclerosis. Prog Histochem Cytochem 43(3) 123-76, 2008.
  8. Parr AM, Kulbatski I, Zahir T, Wang X, Yue C, Keating A, and Tator CH. Transplanted adult spinal cord-derived neural stem/progenitor cells promote early functional recovery after rat spinal cord injury. Neuroscience 155(3) 760-70, 2008.
  9. Parr AM, Kulbatski I, Wang XH, Keating A, and Tator CH. Fate of transplanted adult neural stem/progenitor cells and bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stromal cells in the injured adult rat spinal cord and impact on functional recovery. Surg Neurol 70(6) 600-7, 2008.
  10. Parr AM, and Tator CH. Intrathecal epidermal growth factor and fibroblast growth factor-2 exacerbate meningeal proliferative lesions associated with intrathecal catheters. Neurosurgery 60(5) 926-33, 2007.
  11. Parr AM, Kulbatski I, and Tator CH. Transplantation of adult rat spinal cord stem/progenitor cells for spinal cord injury. J Neurotrauma 24(5) 835-45, 2007.


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