It was a shoulder condition that ignited Dr. Nelson’s interest in orthopaedics.
While at the University of Dallas, he played starting flanker for the university’s rugby football club. This was when he developed problems with his shoulder that ultimately needed surgery. This gives him a unique perspective from the point of view of both doctor and patient.
“I enjoy meeting each and every patient and making recommendations based on their current needs in life and their hopes for the future,” he said.
A Raleigh native, Dr. Nelson is a second-generation orthopaedic surgeon. He attended Our Lady of Lourdes and Cardinal Gibbons High School before he left for college in the great state of Texas.
He graduated magna cum laude and phi beta kappa from the University of Dallas.
He earned his medical degree at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where he graduated at the top of his class and was inducted into the AOA medical honors society.
He completed his residency at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan and his fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh.
While at the University of Pittsburg, Dr. Nelson was trained by the nation’s leading experts in hand and upper extremity surgery. He has extensive knowledge of the newest techniques in the operative and non-operative treatment of all upper extremity conditions.
Dr. Nelson also has vast experience in research and has been extensively published in several peer-reviewed journals. Between medical school and residency, Dr. Nelson devoted a year to research at the Laboratory for Regenerative Technologies in Orthopaedic Surgery at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois,
He then completed his training at the internationally-renowned Shoulder Unit of the Centre Orthopédique Santy in Lyon, France. He worked closely with Dr. Lionel Neyton and Dr. Arnaud Godeneche to further refine his expertise to bring only the best of care to his patients in North Carolina.
His focuses and interests include:
- Advanced shoulder arthroscopy
- Open and arthroscopic treatment of primary and recurrent shoulder instability
- Shoulder replacement.
- Open and endoscopic nerve decompression
- Tendon and ligament repair
- Management of hand and arm injuries
- Arthroscopic treatment of the shoulder, elbow, and wrist
- Treatment of severe rotator cuff injuries
- Treatment for shoulder instability
- Evaluation and treatment of wrist pain.
Dr. Nelson lives in Raleigh with his wife and three children. He enjoys exercise, reading, classical piano and woodworking.