Ann R. Stroink, M.D., FAANS
Dr. Ann Stroink is a board-certified neurosurgeon and senior partner of Central Illinois Neuro Health Sciences. Dr. Stroink was trained in general neurosurgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN (1979-85), under the supervision of Thorals Sundt, M.D., and fellowed in pediatric neurosurgery at the Hospital for Sick Children at the University of Toronto (1985).
Dr. Stroink is a passionate educator, researcher and philanthropist. In cooperation with local professionals, she established the Central Illinois Neuroscience Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to enhancing neuro healthcare through education and research. As Director of Continuing Medical Education for the Foundation, Dr. Stroink champions life-long learning in the neurosciences among physicians, nurses and allied health professionals. Building on the success of this program, Dr. Stroink and her colleagues, in collaboration with local hospitals, also established a neurosurgical residency program for which she currently serves as Interim Program Director. Dr. Stroink is consistently recognized for her educational efforts, receiving awards for faculty physician of the year four years running.
Hand in hand with her educational endeavors, Dr. Stroink is also an active clinical researcher with interests in the applications of biomedical materials and spinal instrumentation specific to the cervical spine. She has been instrumental in the design and implementation of several research protocols in her field including use of the CyberKnife(R), a non-invasive radiation system, in brain and spinal-cord cases. Her contributions to the body of evidence-based medicine have been published in some of the most rigorous and widely respected peer-reviewed journals. She also helps to supervise the CINF Cerebrovascular Research Laboratory at Illinois State University.
A former president of the Illinois State Neurological Society, diplomat and officer in the Council of State Neurosurgical Societies, and active member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Dr. Stroink actively volunteers her time and energies to give back to her profession.
Recognizing Dr. Stroink's many contributions to the community and her profession, Illinois Wesleyan University, her alma mater, invited her to give the keynote commencement address in 2010 and award her an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree.