Dr. Joseph Nelson III, MD

Dr. Joseph Nelson III, MD

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Gastroenterology  |  
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68 y/o
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Dr. Joseph Nelson III, MD is a gastroenterology doctor who practices in Salem, VA. He is 68 years old and has been practicing for 40 years.

LewisGale Physicians

2155 Apperson Dr

Salem, VA 24153
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Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Humana
  • Medicaid
  • MultiPlan
  • Optima Health
  • Virginia Premier

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Top Care Areas

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Diarrhea
very high
more than 99% of peers
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
very high
more than 99% of peers
Diverticulitis, Intestinal
very high
more than 99% of peers

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Nelson III "'Be receptive and listen' One of my esteemed, wise professors at Medical College of VA gave me these words of advice in my early years of training. The patient will tell you what is ailing them. We try sometimes too quickly to direct the line of sentinel questions. If we give the patient a little more time to clarify their thoughts, the properly trained, astute physician will, in a reasonable period of time, arrive at a correct diagnosis. Similarly, allowing the patient to talk with someone who is willing to truly listen will allow the patient to self-enable and provide their own best therapy. Care involves being willing to listen. This works in Houses of Worship, classrooms, our homes, as well as in the Physician office."
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Specialties

  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
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Board Certifications

  • Gastroenterology
    Accredited by: American Board of Internal Medicine*
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Conditions Treated

  • Abdominal Disorders
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Abscess
  • Anal Prolapse
  • Anal or Rectal Pain
  • Anemia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Barrett's Esophagus
  • Benign Neoplasm of the Digestive System
  • Benign Tumor
  • Biliary Atresia
  • Blood Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Celiac Disease
  • Cholecystitis and Gallstones
  • Cholelithiasis
  • Cirrhosis
  • Colon Polyp
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Constipation
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Dehydration
  • Diaphragmatic and-or Hiatal Hernia
  • Diarrhea
  • Diverticulitis, Intestinal
  • Diverticulosis, Intestinal
  • Duodenal Ulcer
  • Duodenitis
  • Dysentery
  • Dysphagia
  • Enteritis
  • Esophageal Achalasia and Cardiospasm
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Esophageal Diverticulum
  • Esophageal Ulcer
  • Esophageal Varices
  • Esophagitis
  • Gallbladder Diseases
  • Gas-Bloat Syndrome
  • Gastric Ulcer
  • Gastritis
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Gastrointestinal Bleeding
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Gastrointestinal Malabsorption
  • Gastroparesis
  • Heartburn
  • Hemochromatosis
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hepatitis B - Immune Response
  • Hepatitis C
  • Hernia
  • Ileus
  • Impacted Shoulders
  • Indigestion
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Intestinal Abscess
  • Intestinal Ischemia
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Lactose Intolerance
  • Liver Damage from Alcohol
  • Malnutrition
  • Nausea
  • Neoplasm of Gastrointestinal Tract
  • Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
  • Non-Neonatal Jaundice
  • Noninfectious Gastroenteritis and Colitis
  • Pancreatitis
  • Peptic Ulcer
  • Pouchitis
  • Pyloric Stenosis
  • Reflux Esophagitis
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Stomach Diseases
  • Stomach and Small Intestine Cancer
  • Ulcer
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Unexplained Weight Loss
  • Viral Hepatitis
  • Vomiting Disorders

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Procedures

  • Colonoscopy
  • Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, and Sigmoidoscopy
  • ERCP (Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography)
  • Endoscopy (Esophagus, Stomach, Small Intestine)
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
  • Gastroenterology Procedures
  • Liver Biopsy
  • Manometry

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Virginia.

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

  • Virginia Commonwealth University / Medical College Of Virginia School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1978
  • University Of Virginia
    Internship Hospital | Completed
  • University Of Virginia
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • Bowman Gray School Of Medicne-Wake Forest Univeristy
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Nelson III has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Lewisgale Medical Center

is a Healthgrades Top-Rated Hospital

Hospital Quality

2016 Five Star Recipient for Treatment of Gastrointestinal Bleed

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Dr. Nelson III's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Nelson III to family and friends
4.8
based on 17 total reviews (8 with comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (17)

  • 5
    (16)
  • 4
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  • 3
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  • 2
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  • 1
    (1)

Dr. Nelson III'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
EXCELLENT
Average wait time
10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (8)

in Roanoke, VA |
Dr. Nelson is one of the best Gastroenterlogist's I have known & I have had Crohn's Disease for over 45 years., He is caring, easy to talk to, will spend as much time to listen to you and,compassionate about helping his patients. For example, one night when I was in the hospital, I didn't get my...more
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in Vinton, VA |
Dr. Nelson is such a caring doctor. He listens to what you say and ask questions to help with your problem. I always feel that he gives me all the help and knowledge he has to made me feel better. Dr. Nelson opens the door with with a smile, greets me and when we're through it's the same, I feel...more
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Moneta, Virginia |
Great doctor.
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in Bedford, Va. |
Dr. Nelson is a very grea he explains things to his patients that make them feel comfortable about what he is telling them and if you never leave his office without fully understanding what he he explains things to his patients that make them feel comfortable about what he is telling them and if...more
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in New Castle, VA |
One of the best Dr. in the valley. Takes the time to talk to you and follows up with your results. I would recommend him.
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Now Accepting New Patients
Dr. Nelson III accepts 12 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Anthem
    Pathway X Tier Hosp HealthKeepers DirectAccess VA
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
    KeyCare PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • Coventry Health Care
    Southern Health PPO
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
  • Medicaid
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO
  • Optima Health
  • Virginia Premier

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Hospitals where Dr. Nelson III has admitting privileges

Lewisgale Medical Center
1900 Electric Rd
Salem, VA 24153
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