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Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Institute

Meet Dr. Joseph Nelson, MD

Orthopedic Fellowship at Anderson Clinic, Trained, Adult Arthroplasty

• Anterior approach total hip replacement • Robotic total knee replacement • Partial knee replacement • Revision hip and knee replacements • Minimally invasive joint replacements

 

I treat every patient as if they are a member of my family. Each patient has unique needs. I talk through the patient's goals and needs; meanwhile, I work through the treatment plan in collaboration with the patient and the family. We are a team.  

About Dr. Nelson

Education

Undergraduate studies in Public Health at Brigham Young University.

University of Arizona Medical School at  he was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha for top academic performance and the Gold Humanism Honor Society for showing outstanding compassion and respect for patients and their families.

He then went on to complete his Orthopedic Surgery residency at the University of Michigan Health System. While there, he served as an assistant team physician for the University of Michigan football and hockey teams.

Dr. Nelson then sub-specialized by completing a fellowship in Adult Reconstruction and Joint Replacement at the world-renown Anderson Orthopedic Research Institute in Alexandria, Virginia

Specialties

Dr. Nelson specializes in surgery of the hip and knee.

He has advanced training in anterior hip replacement, robotic knee replacement, partial knee replacement, and outpatient joint replacement.

Because his practice is focused on hip and knee replacement, he has a keen understanding of the intricacies and complexities involved in these surgeries.

This allows him to serve as a referral source for both simple and complex joint replacements.

A pioneer of the ROSA robotic surgery program at Dignity Health Medical Group, Dr. Nelson and his team are dedicated to developing and investigating operative techniques and protocols with the potential to enhance recovery and improve patient outcomes. 

Biography

Dr. Nelson is a 5th-generation Arizona native, having grown up in Mesa, Arizona. 

Dr. Nelson is an active member in multiple societies including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons.

In his free time, Dr. Nelson enjoys spending time in the mountains, playing disc golf and pickle ball, but most of all, spending time with his family. Dr. Nelson and his wife Raegan, are the parents of three beautiful girls. 

Patient Care Philosophy

I treat every patient as if they are a member of my family. Each patient has unique needs. I talk through the patient's goals and needs; meanwhile, I work through the treatment plan in collaboration with the patient and the family. We are a team.