Martha A. Nance, MDSee location(s)
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
Genetic Neurological Disorders
My background and qualifications
Medical College of VA - VCU Health System 1984
TrainingInternship 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
CertificationsAm Bd of Med Genetics and Genomics-Clinical Genetics
Am Bd of Psych & Neuro-Neurology
Where Martha A. Nance, MD practices
Saint Louis Park, MN 55426
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.
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.
- Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital
6500 Excelsior Blvd
Saint Louis Park, MN