Dr. David Nelson, MD

Dr. David Nelson, MD

Orthopedic Hand Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 67
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Dr. David Nelson, MD is an orthopedic hand surgery specialist in Greenbrae, CA and has been practicing for 29 years. He graduated from George Washington University / School Of Medicine and Health Sciences in 1982 and specializes in orthopedic hand surgery.

1363 S Eliseo Dr Ste B

Greenbrae, CA 94904

Contact Information

(415) 925-0501

Insurance Accepted

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Worker's Compensation

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Top Care Areas

See how frequently Dr. Nelson performs your care needs compared to other doctors.

Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
very high
more than 91% of peers
Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
very high
more than 91% of peers
Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
very high
more than 91% of peers

Dr. Nelson's percentages are based on the rate of treatment compared to peers nationwide from insurance data. Learn more info about our data and this Top Care Areas component.

Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Nelson "I have been devoting 100% of my practice for over 20 years to helping patients with hand problems. Patient education is a priority, which you can see from my website, DavidLNelson.MD (.MD, not .com). I am the only hand surgeon in the US who is a member of the International Association for the Study of Pain, and my research interest is in postoperative pain management. In a 2013 study, we found that 72% of our patients with a distal radius fracture never needed any narcotic pain medication."

1  Specialties

  • Orthopedic Hand Surgery

2  Board Certifications

  • Hand Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*
  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*

39  Conditions Treated

  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Wrist
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Bone Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Fractures
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Colles' Fracture
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • Distal Radius Fracture
  • Dupuytren's Contracture
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Fracture
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Gout
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Hand Injury
  • Hand Pain
  • Joint Pain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Limb Pain
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteopenia
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Tendonitis
  • Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
  • Trigger Finger
  • Wrist Disorders
  • Wrist Fracture
  • Wrist Pain

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13  Procedures

  • Arm Surgery
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • De Quervain's Release
  • Excision of Metacarpal and Carpal
  • Fracture Care
  • Fracture Open Reduction and Internal Fixation (ORIF)
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Hand or Wrist Tendon Transfer
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigger Finger Release
  • Wrist Fusion

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

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.

Education

  • San Jose State University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1973
  • George Washington University / School Of Medicine and Health Sciences
    Medical School | Graduated 1982
  • University Of California, Davis
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1983
  • Case Western Res U
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1989
  • Case Western Reserve University School Of Medicine
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1989
  • Hand Biomechanics Fellowship
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1985

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Nelson has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

  • California Orthopaedic Association, Member

Dr. Nelson's Reviews

4.4
Likelihood of recommending Dr. Nelson to family and friends
7 total reviews (2 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (7)

  • 5
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  • 4
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  • 3
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  • 2
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  • 1
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Dr. Nelson's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

    EXCELLENT
  • Explains condition(s) well

    EXCELLENT
  • Answers questions

    EXCELLENT
  • Time well spent

    EXCELLENT

Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

    EXCELLENT
  • Office environment

    EXCELLENT
  • Staff friendliness

    VERY GOOD
  • Average wait time

    Under 10 minutes

Patient Comments (2)

I was under his care for a fracture at the base of my thumb. I would like give him my highest recommendation. He is an excellent doctor and helped me through my recovery. Without surgery! He has an excellent web site that is very informative on what your particular injury is and how it should...more
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On August 19th, I had surgery on my right hand at MGH by Dr. Nelson, for excision of carpal boss and a soft tissue mass. I had been experiencing pain, tightness, and swelling for about two years, which caused an increasing lack of power and weakening grip. I work full time and am also very active,...more
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