Anne Blaes, MD

Co-Leader, SPECS Program

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Dr. Anne Blaes is a Professor in the Division of Hematology and Oncology at the University of Minnesota. She is the Director of the Screening, Prevention, Etiology, and Cancer Survivorship (SPECS) Program within the Masonic Cancer Center. She is an active medical oncologist with a special interest in the late effects of cancer therapy, particularly in the area of cardio-oncology. Her research focuses on designing and implementing strategies to help prevent the long term complications of treatments in our cancer survivors, particularly in the areas of cardiovascular health. She is the Chair for the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s Cancer Survivorship Committee, a member of the Executive Board for the Global Cardiooncology Society, associate editor for JACC Cardio-oncology, section editor for Hem/Onc Today on Survivorship and an active member of the ALLIANCE for Cancer Clinical Trials.


Medical School, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
Residency, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Fellowship, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Bachelor's Degree, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN

Professor of Medicine and Division Director, Division of Hematology, Oncology and Transplantation
Director of Cancer Survivorship Research, Masonic Cancer Center (MCC)
Member, Masonic Cancer Center (MCC)

Awards & Recognitions

University of Minnesota

  • Outstanding Clinical Mentor Award, Department of Medicine  - Hematology/Oncology Fellowship (2015, 2018)
  • Clinical Excellence Award, Department of Medicine (2015)
  • Medical School Year 3 Distinguished Clinical Teaching Award  (2012-2013)
  • Educational Excellence Award Department of Medicine, University of Minnesota (2010)
  • Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award (2005)
  • Minnesota Medical Foundation and Gold Foundation
  • Resident Teacher of the Year (2005)

External Sources

  • Minneapolis St Paul Magazine Top Doctors (2017-2020)
  • Minnesota Monthly Top Doctors (2017-2020)
  • Castle Connelly's Top Doctors (2017-2020)
  • Mpls. St.Paul Magazine "Top Doctor—Rising Star" (2015)
  • Minnesota Monthly "Best Doctors" (2014)
  • Minnesota Monthly Best Doctors for Women (2014)
  • Masonic Scholar Award (2011-2014)
  • "Best Doctors for Women," Minnesota Monthly Magazine (2013, 2014)
  • Medical School Year 3 Distinguished Clinical Teaching Award (2012-2013)
  • Minnesota Monthly’s Best Doctors for Women (2011, 2012) (Nominated by peers)
  • Darla J. Havlicek Spirit of Collaboration Award (2012)
  • Darla J. Havlicek Spirit of Collaboration Award (2012)
  • Minnesota Cancer Alliance, Survivor Care Plan Project Team (2010)

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Research Summary/Interests

Dr. Blaes has a special interest in cancer survivorship, the late effects of cancer therapy, and medical education. Her research interests, funded by a BIRCWH award, include quality of life, cardiac complications of chemotherapy, and the late effects of cancer therapy in cancer survivors, particularly breast and colorectal cancer survivors. In addition to mentoring medical students and residents on research projects, she teaches the Blood pathophysiology course and the Human Diseases IV course within the medical school. She received an Educational Excellence Award from the Department of Medicine in 2010, and has been named to Minnesota Monthly’s Best Doctors for Women in 2011 and 2012.


  • Breast Cancer
  • Cardiology
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Cancer Survivorship


Academic Interests and Focus

  • Blood Course
  • LCME Visits
  • Working with Fellows



  • Breast Center
  • Masonic Cancer Center

Clinical Interests

  • Breast cancer
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Cancer survivorship
  • Cardio-oncology