Board-Certified, Fellowship Trained Spine Surgeon in San Diego & Temecula, CA

Meet Mark Nelson

About The Surgeon

Doctor Nelson’s surgical training began as an undergraduate studying Human Anatomy and Biology at the University of Utah. Late nights and Summer vacations were spent in the Anatomy Laboratory dissecting cadaver specimens. He worked for two years as a teaching assistant in Human Anatomy at the undergraduate level, and another two years at the School of Medicine teaching anatomy to medical students.

He next attended the University of Utah School of Medicine where his interests focused on Orthopaedic Surgery. This interest led to a research fellowship studying bone response to mechanical stimuli.

He completed a residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at George Washington University in Washington, DC - a residency renowned for producing leaders in the field of Spinal Surgery.

Doctor Nelson then completed fellowship training in Spinal Surgery at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York City, NY.

He then traveled to Germany as a visiting fellow in Spinal Surgery at the Klinikum Karlsbad Langensteinbach.

Dr. Nelson then moved to San Diego, CA where he joined a sports orthopaedic surgery group where he served as a spinal consultant and surgeon to numerous professional, collegiate, and recreational athletes.



Mark Nelson, M. D.

Mark Nelson, M.D.

  • Spine Fellowships

    Spinal Surgery: Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY; International Spinal Surgery: Lenox Hill Hospital New York, NY & Klinikum Karlsbad
    Langensteinbach, Germany

  • Residency

    Orthopaedic Surgery: George Washington University Hospital, Washington, DC

  • Internship

    General Surgery: George Washington University Hospital, Washington, DC

  • Medical School

    University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT

  • Undergraduate

    University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

  • Professional / Medical Organizations

    American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery
    North American Spine Society

  • Hospital Affiliations

    Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla, CA

  • Board Certification

    American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Mark Nelson, M. D.