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

  1. Neurosurgeon
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I'm Ian Parney. I'm a neurosurgeon here at Mayo Clinic. I think you could describe me as a brain tumor neurosurgeon. That means that I'm a neurosurgeon, somebody who does procedures for tumors in the brain. My priority always is to get the best care for my patients. And in particular in brain tumors that's been my focus certainly for the last 15 years at least. So I've been doing it for a little while.

You know I have in my mind the best job in the world. My practice is just focused on brain tumors, and that's all that I do. As a neurosurgeon, I'm one of the first people that someone will see when they come with a brain tumor. And the final major reward from that is to be able to go and see that patient's family, see the patient in the recovery room, and say, it went really well and we were able to do something that was really helpful to you. That's an incredibly rewarding experience that I'm privileged to be able to participate in.

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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
  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


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