Dianne Bonner - PA-C

Dianne Bonner - PA-C

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I joined Park Nicollet Neurosciences department in 2014 having moved from Denver, Colorado and a busy neurosurgery practice there.   I have many years experience in the field of surgery and neurological surgery, beginning in the 1980s as an RN First Assistant to the surgeons of the Minnesota Spine Center, then furthering my education to become a PA in 1993.  Since then I've held positions with both private practice neurosurgical groups, and at such nationally recognized institutions such as the Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa, Florida where I was the the only PA in the department of Neurosurgical Oncology.

General Information

Gender: Female

Practicing Since: 1993

Accepting New Patients: Yes


Practices at

3931 Louisiana Ave. S.
St. Louis Park, MN 55426

Methodist Hospital
6500 Excelsior Blvd.
St. Louis Park, MN 55426

Education & Certifications

National Commisssion on Certification of Physician Assistants

 1994, 2000, 2006, 2012

Physician Assistant Studies University of Florida
Gainesville, FL

RN Lutheran Deaconess School of Nursing
Minneapolis, MN

Research & Publications

Preksto, D., The Kaneda Device, A New Anterior Spine Stabilization Device.   AORN Journal, March 1992

Robinson, LA, Preksto, D,  Pleural Tentinf During Upper Lobectomy Decreases Chest Tube Time and Total Hospital Days.  Journal of Cardiovascularl and Thoracic Surgery, 1998; 115: 319-27

Robinson, LA, Preksto, D, Muro-Cacho, C Hubbell, D  Intraoperative Gamma Probe Localizations of ABnormal Tracer Activity to Aid Biopsy of Suspected Rib Metastases, Annals of Thoracic Surgery, 1998: 65: 1426-32

Fluctuations of Patient Core Body Temperature After CABG, Internal investigation performed at Heart Surgery Associciates in 1999 to identify specific interventions to stabilize body temperatures post-op. 

I've done a number of  community education talks, taught classes, and spoken at many nursing inservices over the past 34 years of professional life.


Professional Associations & Awards

American Academy of Physician Assistants 1992 to present

Ciba-Geigy Award for Academic Excellence 1993

Past associations and activities have included:

American College of Chest Physicians

Association of PAs in Oncology

American Association of Neurological Surgeons


I'm a certified blue water sailor and cruiser, holding certifications in Basic Keel Boat and Bareboat Cruising.  I've been a competitive Country Western Team and Couples dancer, and for many years have volunteered doing ad hoc counseling for women at risk.  Currently I spend my spare time gardening with the help of my dog Dixie, who assists with the holes.