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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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Patient Care Setting

Orthopaedics & Physical Performance


Susan Nelson, M.D., M.P.H., F.R.C.S.C. joins our team from Oxford University Hospitals in England where she completed a fellowship in pediatric orthopaedic surgery. Prior to this she also completed a fellowship in pediatric orthopaedic surgery at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She earned her medical degree at Queen's University in Ontario, Canada and her Master's in Public Health from Harvard University. Dr. Nelson completed her orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, earning fellowship with The Royal College of Surgeons of Canada.

Dr. Nelson specializes in pediatric orthopaedic surgery, treating spinal disorders and deformities including adolescent idiopathic and early onset scoliosis, developmental dysplasia of the hip, neuromuscular conditions, and pediatric trauma. She has published articles and book chapters on pediatric spinal deformity, pediatric hip, and trauma topics. Dr. Nelson has an interest in population and public health; most recently her research has focused on epidemiology of common pediatric orthopaedic conditions and post-operative pain management in the pediatric population.

Away from work she enjoys outdoor activities and is an avid equestrian, cyclist, and skier. She looks forward to exploring with her family all that Rochester and the surrounding area have to offer.



MD | Queen's University School of Medicine

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

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

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

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

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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 0; 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 0; 49(1):55-62. Epub 2017 Oct 06.




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