Ian F. Parney, M.D., Ph.D.

  1. Neurosurgeon



  1. Rochester, Minnesota



Ian F. Parney, M.D., Ph.D., is a neurosurgeon with special interests in malignant brain tumor surgery. His clinical focus includes:

  • Brain tumors including gliomas, glioblastomas and other primary malignant brain tumors, metastatic brain tumors, and meningiomas
  • Surgery for tumors in critical brain locations
  • Surgery using intraoperative MRI
  • Mapping motor and speech function during surgery, including awake brain surgery
  • Gamma Knife radiosurgery
  • Laser ablation for brain tumors

In addition to his clinical activities, Dr. Parney is a scientist and cancer researcher. He coordinates local and national clinical trials of brain tumor vaccines and other immune therapies, authors expert content, and publishes in high-impact medical and scientific journals. He is active in education and provides supervision for students, residents and fellows.

Dr. Parney is the vice chair for research for the Department of Neurologic Surgery at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota and Mayo Clinic enterprise chair for neurosurgery research. He is also a member of the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine Admissions Oversight Committee and has leadership roles in multiple national neurosurgical and neuro-oncology organizations.

  1. Brain tumor
  1. Awake brain surgery
  2. Brain stereotactic radiosurgery
  3. Brain tumor surgery
  • Brain tumor surgery
  • Gamma knife/stereotactic radiosurgery
  • Awake brain surgery
  • Brain tumor vaccines

Rochester, Minnesota

  1. 2004
    Post Doctoral FellowshipBrain Tumor Research Center, University of California, San Francisco
  2. 2003
    Clinical Fellowship - Neuro-Oncology ServiceDepartment of Neurological Surgery, University of California, San Francisco
  3. 2001
    ResidentDivision of Neurosurgery, University of Alberta
  4. 1999
    PhD - Experimental SurgeryDivision of Experimental Surgery, University of Alberta
  5. 1993
    MD - with DistinctionFaculty of Medicine, University of Alberta
  6. 1991
    BSc - with DistinctionFaculty of Medicine, University of Alberta


  1. 2013
    Neurological SurgeryAmerican Board of Neurological Surgery
  2. 2001
    NeurosurgeryRoyal College of Physicians & Surgeons Canada