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Susan E. Nelson, M.D., M.P.H.

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Appointment: (585) 275-5321

Administrative: (585) 275-1395

Fax: (585) 276-1897

URMFGA member of the University of Rochester Medical Faculty Group

groupAn Accountable Health Partner

assignmentAccepting New Patients

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Orthopaedics & Physical Performance


My goal as a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon is to help children and their families through the diagnosis, treatment, and recovery of various pediatric conditions and injuries. I specialize in the treatment of spine disorders including adolescent idiopathic scoliosis and early onset scoliosis. I am fortunate to be part of an international group of surgeons dedicated to the study of pediatric spine deformity and how we can improve all aspects of care for these children. I also see children with neuromuscular conditions, infants with hip dysplasia, and I care for children with broken bones and injuries. Regardless of whether the goal is to improve the quality of life for children with complex conditions, or to return to activity after an injury, I look forward to helping children in a way that truly lasts a lifetime.


I have published articles and book chapters on pediatric spinal deformity, pediatric hip, and trauma topics. I have an interest in population and public health; most recently my research has focused on epidemiology of common pediatric orthopaedic conditions and post-operative pain management in the pediatric population.



MD | Queens University School of Medicine (Canada)

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/11/2016 - 07/31/2017
Fellowship at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

07/01/2011 - 04/30/2016
Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at University of Saskatchewan, College of Medicine (Canada)

07/01/2010 - 06/30/2011
Internship in Orthopaedic Surgery at University of Saskatchewan, College of Medicine (Canada)

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Best QSVI Paper
Sponsor: Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America Annual Meeting
Location: Austin, TX

Best Clinical Paper-Nominee
Sponsor: Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America Annual Meeting
Location: Austin, TX

Division of Orthopaedic Surgery Second Prize
Sponsor: University of Saskatchewan

Adiel Steacy Memorial Scholarship
Location: Queen's University, Faculty of Medicine

Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)
Sponsor: Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities

2005 - 2006
Samuel Lunenfeld Summer Studentship
Sponsor: The Hospital for Sick Children
Location: Toronto, ON, Canada

2003 - 2006
Dean's Honour List
Sponsor: Faculty of Arts & Science & Physical & Education
Location: Queen's University

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Journal Articles

Schmitz MR, Blumberg TJ, Nelson SE, Sees JP, Sankar WN. "What's New in Pediatric Hip?" Journal of pediatric orthopedics.. 2018 Jul; 38(6):e300-e304.

Manrique Espinel AM, Feldman JM, Nelson S, Smaliak T, Flynn JM, Nicolson SC. "Anaphylaxis to Surgiflo During Posterior Spinal Fusion in an Adolescent Status Post Truncus Arteriosus Repair: A Case Report." A&A practice.. 2018 Mar 15; 10(6):129-132.

Miller DJ, Nelson SE, Shah AS, Ganley TJ, Flynn JJM. "Outpatient Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery." The Orthopedic clinics of North America.. 2018 Jan; 49(1):55-62. Epub 2017 Oct 06.




Susan E. Nelson, M.D., M.P.H.