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Martha A. Nance, MD

Park Nicollet Neurology/Neurosurgery St. Louis Park

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Martha A. Nance, MD



Meet Martha A. Nance, MD

I am a board-certified neurologist and clinical geneticist with special interest in movement disorders, such as Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, hereditary ataxias and spastic paraplegias, as well as other neurogenetic disorders. I have served as the medical director of the Struthers Parkinson's Center since 2000.

In addition to the care of patients and families with neurologic diseases, I am also involved in clinical research to develop better treatments for Parkinson's disease and Huntington's disease. I am interested in education for both patients and medical professionals. I currently serve as a clinical professor of neurology at the University of Minnesota.

My other current regional and national professional activities are as follows:
• Medical Advisor, Minnesota Chapter of the Huntington's Disease Society of America, 1992 – current
• Chair, Scientific Advisory Board for the Spastic Paraplegia Foundation, 2003 – current
• Member, Steering Committees for KINECT-HD and GENEPDAssociate Editor, Journal of Huntington’s Disease

Medical interests

  • Neurological Disorders
  • Genetic Disorders
  • Genetic Neurological Disorders
  • Movement Disorders



My background and qualifications

About certification


Medical School
Medical College of VA - VCU Health System 1984


Internship in Neurology
Regions Hospital 1985
Residency in Neurology
University of Minnesota 1988
Fellowship in Genetics
University of Minnesota 1990
Fellowship in Stroke
Hennepin County Medical Center 1991


Am Bd of Med Genetics and Genomics-Clinical Genetics
Am Bd of Psych & Neuro-Neurology

Where Martha A. Nance, MD practices

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Park Nicollet Neurology/Neurosurgery St. Louis Park
3931 Louisiana Ave S Ste E500
Saint Louis Park, MN 55426
Park Nicollet Struthers Parkinson's Center
6701 Country Club Dr
Golden Valley, MN 55427
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  • Park Nicollet Neurology/Neurosurgery St. Louis Park

    3931 Louisiana Ave S Ste E500
    Saint Louis Park, MN 55426
  • Park Nicollet Struthers Parkinson's Center

    6701 Country Club Dr
    Golden Valley, MN 55427
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More about me

I have always found the workings of the brain to be fascinating, and was pleased to discover in medical school that I also enjoyed taking care of people with neurological problems.

Patients can expect thoughtful and sustained care through the course of their illness.

I’ve enjoyed various things over the years. For a long time, my free time was dedicated to raising my two sons. Now that they are grown up, I do things like reading, writing, photographing dragonflies, playing the piano and perhaps a little exercising now and again. Otherwise, you can find me in my garden or my new (as of 2019) greenhouse or traveling somewhere. In the last year or two, I have taken to writing a little bit about the experience of being a doctor, and have had a few of my pieces on that topic published.

Finding a balance between work and non-work, and continuing to learn from and marvel at the world around me.

I was born in Nashville, TN.

I wanted to be a scientist or doctor.

“Moderation is best in all things.” – the Greek poet, Hesiod

We have a large yard filled with all kinds of non-human critters, which provides an endless resource of things to wonder about and marvel at.

2019–The Earl G. Young Physician of Excellence Award (Park Nicollet Foundation) 2014–HealthPartners President’s Award (to Struthers Parkinson’s Center) 2012–The Juvenile HD Award (Huntington’s Disease Society of America) 2010–Park Nicollet Institute 2009 Educator of the Year Award 2010–Park Nicollet Foundation Community Service Award 2005–Park Nicollet Institute 2004 Researcher of the Year Award

My research in recent years has focused almost exclusively on Parkinson's disease and Huntington's disease, and my name has appeared on about 130 research publications over the last 35(!) years. I have also written or co-authored three books for families and patients.

Hospital affiliations

This doctor provides care at the following hospitals, but may not take patients at all of them. Talk to your doctor to see where you can go.


Nance, MA for the National Ataxia Foundation. Living with ataxia: an information and resource guide. National Ataxia Foundation, Minneapolis, MN, 2003. MA Nance. Juvenile Huntington’s disease—a handbook. Huntington’s Disease Society of America, New York, NY, 2001. Second Edition, 2008. Nance MA, JS Paulsen, A Rosenblatt, V Wheelock. A Physician’s Guide to the management of Huntington’s disease. Third Edition. Huntington’s Disease Society of America, New York, NY, 2011. Heimer G, Kerätär JM, Riley LG, Balasubramaniam S, Eyal E, Pietikäinen LP, Hiltunen JK, Marek-Yagel D, Hamada J, Gregory A, Rogers C, Hogarth P, Nance MA, Shalva N, Veber A, Tzadok M, Nissenkorn A, Tonduti D, Renaldo F; University of Washington Center for Mendelian Genomics, Kraoua I, Panteghini C, Valletta L, Garavaglia B, Cowley MJ, Gayevskiy V17, Roscioli T, Silberstein JM, Hoffmann C, Raas-Rothschild A, Tiranti V, Anikster Y, Christodoulou J, Kastaniotis AJ, Ben-Zeev B, Hayflick SJ. MECR Mutations Cause Childhood-Onset Dystonia and Optic Atrophy, a Mitochondrial Fatty Acid Synthesis Disorder. Am J Hum Genet. 2016 Dec 1;99(6):1229-1244. doi: 10.1016/j.ajhg.2016.09.021. Epub 2016 Nov 3. Nance MA. Genetic counseling and testing for Huntington's disease: A historical review. Am J Med Genet B Neuropsychiatr Genet. 2017 Jan; 174(1): 75-92. doi: 10.1002/ajmg.b.32453. PMID: 27174011. Beck CA, Beran DB, Biglan KM, Boyd CM, Dorsey ER, Schmidt PN, Simone R, Willis AW, Galifianakis NB, Katz M, Tanner CM, Dodenhoff K, Aldred J, Carter J, Fraser A, Jimenez-Shahed J, Hunter C, Spindler M, Reichwein S, Mari Z, Dunlop B, Morgan JC, McLane D, Hickey P, Gauger L, Richard IH, Mejia NI, Bwala G, Nance M, Shih LC, Singer C, Vargas-Parra S, Zadikoff C, Okon N, Feigin A, Ayan J, Vaughan C, Pahwa R, Dhall R, Hassan A, DeMello S, Riggare SS, Wicks P, Achey MA, Elson MJ, Goldenthal S, Keenan HT, Korn R, Schwarz H, Sharma S, Stevenson EA, Zhu W; Connect.Parkinson Investigators. National randomized controlled trial of virtual house calls for Parkinson disease. Neurology. 2017 Sep 12;89(11):1152-1161. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000004357. Epub 2017 Aug 16. Nance MA. Psychiatric management of Huntington’s disease. Psychiatric Annals. 2017; 47: 263-267. Donley S, McGregor S, Wielinski C, Nance MA. Use and perceived effectiveness of complementary therapies in Parkinson’s disease. Parkinsonism Relat Disord. 2019 Jan;58:46-49. doi: 10.1016/j.parkreldis.2018.08.003. Epub 2018 Aug 7. PMID:30245174. Wielinski CL, VandenDolder R, McManus L, Nance MA, Wichmann R, Parashos SA. Attention training improves attention and gait in Parkinson disease: a pilot study. Parkinsonism Relat Disord. 2019 Mar;60:188-189. doi: 10.1016/j.parkreldis.2018.08.015. Epub 2018 Aug 27. PMID: 30174276.