Stephen Nelson, MD, is a fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon specializing in hip and knee replacement surgery. Born and raised in Connecticut, he went on to attend Wheaton College (IL) where he played lacrosse and graduated Cum Laude. He earned his medical degree from the University of Connecticut where he was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. He then completed his surgical internship and orthopaedic residency at the Yale University School of Medicine where he received exceptional training involving all aspects of orthopaedics. As chief resident, he served as a clinical instructor of orthopaedics for the Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Nelson then completed an additional year of advanced training as an Adult Total Joint Reconstruction Fellow at the University of Virginia.
Dr. Nelson believes in a patient-centered care model which only considers hip or knee replacement after exhausting all other more conservative measures. Once a decision is made for surgery, he utilizes minimally-invasive arthroplasty techniques and technologies to improve outcomes following hip and knee replacement. He performs direct anterior approach total hip arthroplasty – a muscle sparing technique which has been shown to expedite postoperative recovery after hip replacement. His clinical interests include complex revision hip and knee arthroplasty as well as orthopaedic trauma and fracture care.
Dr. Nelson has written numerous reports and articles published in leading orthopaedic textbooks and journals. In addition, he has contributed numerous presentations and surgical videos to national orthopaedic conferences. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons.
Dr. Nelson currently lives in New Haven with his wife and son and enjoys volunteering his skills and talents out and about within the community. He is an attending team physician for a high school in Wallingford, Women’s Tennis Association and provides medical assistance at the New Haven Open.
When he is not working or spending time with family, you may find him mountain biking, running, playing lacrosse or traveling. He also has interests in woodworking and furniture design.