Dr. Cory Nelson, MD

Dr. Cory Nelson, MD

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Dr. Cory Nelson, MD is a sports medicine doctor who practices in Scottsdale, AZ. He has been practicing for 14 years. Read his story

20401 N 73rd St Ste 175

Scottsdale, AZ 85255

Contact Information

(480) 353-0446

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • American International Group (AIG)
  • Arizona Foundation
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Broadspire
  • Cigna
  • CNA
  • Comprehensive Medical and Dental Program (CMDP)
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Dr. Nelson's Experience

Dr. Nelson's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Sports Medicine
  • Board certified in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Surgery
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found

Dr. Nelson's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Nelson "Originally from Arizona, Dr. Nelson received his Doctorate of Medicine at The George Washington University. Upon completion of his medical degree, Dr. Nelson went on to do his orthopedic surgical residency at Stony Brook University in New York. Crediting his passion for sports as a catalyst, Dr. Nelson completed an additional year of advanced sports medicine training at the world-renowned Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles, CA. While at Kerlan-Jobe, he participated in both the sideline and surgical management of professional athletes from the Los Angeles Lakers, LA Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels, LA Kings, and Anaheim Ducks. Dr. Nelson also provided on-field coverage for several high school and collegiate football teams, including USC, Fullerton College, and Stony Brook University. Dr. Nelson has been a driving force in the medical community by being one of the Valley's premier surgeons, where he masterfully blends his love of sports with his desire to do what is best for his patients. This dedication can be seen by Dr. Nelson's active involvement in his community. He is currently the orthopedic consultant for Fountain Hills High School/School District and Paradise Valley High School. He is also the team physician for Phoenix's professional soccer team, Arizona United Soccer Club. Phoenix Magazine has repeatedly awarded Dr. Nelson with the prestigious title of "Top Doc" over the years as voted by his peers."


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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Nelson "Dr. Nelson specializes in the non-operative and operative management of injuries in youth and adult patients of all skill levels from recreational to professional athletes. He excels in patient-centered care to help his patients, who span all ages, get back to a healthy, active, and pain-free lifestyle."


  • Sports Medicine
  • Orthopedic Knee Surgery
  • Orthopedic Shoulder & Elbow Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*
  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle Sprain
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Arthritis of the Shoulder
  • Bursitis
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Disorders
  • Elbow Fracture
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Pain
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Elbow Strain
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Hip Bursitis
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intra-Articular Fracture
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Arthritis
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Ligament Injuries
  • Knee Pain
  • Knee Sprain
  • Knee Tendinitis
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Cramp
  • Limb Pain
  • Non-Traumatic Rupture of Achilles Tendon
  • Orthopedic Sports Injuries
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Injuries
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Shoulder Diseases
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Sports Injuries
  • Sports Injuries of the Knee
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Subacromial Bursitis
  • Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
  • Trochanteric Bursitis
  • Upper Extremity Fracture


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  • ACL Surgery
  • All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Elbow Surgery
  • Foot and Ankle DislocationTreatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Fracture Care
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Hip Replacement
  • Hip Resurfacing
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Surgery
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Partial Shoulder Replacement
  • Reverse Total Shoulder and Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Replacement
  • Shoulder Surgery
  • Steroid Injection
  • Synovial Biopsy
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate


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Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

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0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • G Washington Univ Sch Med & Hlth Sci
    Medical School | Graduated 2003
  • Stony Brook University
    Residency Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Nelson has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Nelson's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Nelson to family and friends
based on 20 total reviews (7 with comments)
Dr. Nelson's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (7)
in Scottsdale AZ |
Phoenix, AZ |
Knowledgeable and easy to talk to about pros and cons. Explained surgical after care quite well. Liked his willingness to work with my other doctor to choose the best timing for surgery.
in Phoenix, AZ |
I just wanted to say how very pleased Im with Dr Nelson and Ross Uthe PA~C and staff. I received excellent care for treatment of my knee. They took care of my needs and went above and beyond. A special thank you to Erin and Liz for answering all my phone calls and sending faxes. I Highly recommend Dr Nelson for all your orthopedic needs. Dr. Nelson referred me to Dr, Shane Martin for a partial Knee replacement. Im so very happy with his recommendation. Sincerely, Julie C. Hough
in Phoenix, AZ |
Dr Nelson is reportedly an excellent surgeon. Although his office is run to make money with little regard to patient preference or needs. If you question Dr. Nelson about where he chooses to perform his surgery or the anesthesia team that he uses, he says that if you want something different he won't perform your surgery. Dr. Nelson prefers to do his surgeries at his physician owned outpatient surgery center when patient would prefer a hospital.
Cave Creek, AZ |
My son saw Dr Nelson for a broken collar bone from an ice hockey injury. He explained all the options and was very efficient. My son felt at ease and the surgery went great. Couldn't ask for a better experience. His PA Dr. Ross is also awesome. I would recommend Dr. Nelson and his team 100% without hesitation.
in Glendale, AZ |
Dr. Nelson has done it again! After 4 failed knee surgeries, NOT performed by Dr. Nelson, I finally found this blessing of a man!! He performed surgery on my left knee in 2014 and my right knee this past August of 2016. I can honestly say with 100% certainty that he is the best surgeon I have ever met. He genuinely cares about his patients, his bedside manner is phenomenal, and he ensures you know what is going to happen, what is wrong with you, and the future plans he has for you. The BEST!!!!
Phoenix, AZ |
He is a nice doctor, but the way he runs is office is all about making more money instead of making it easy and efficient for the patient. Again seems to care more about how much money they can make than taking care of the patients.
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Dr. Nelson accepts 25 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
  • American International Group (AIG)
  • Arizona Foundation
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Broadspire
  • Cigna
  • CNA
  • Comprehensive Medical and Dental Program (CMDP)
  • CopperPoint Mutual
  • CorVel
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Gallagher Basset
  • Golden Rule
  • Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
  • Humana
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance Company
  • Meritain Health
  • MultiPlan
  • Private HealthCare Systems
  • Sedgwick Claims Management Services
  • Travelers
  • UnitedHealthCare
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  • York Risk Services

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Hospitals where Dr. Nelson has admitting privileges

HonorHealth Scottsdale Thompson Peak Medical Center
7400 E Thompson Peak Pkwy
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
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