Bradley Nelson



Dr. Nelson is an associate professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery. His clinical interests include sports medicine, ACL injuries and reconstructions, revision ACL reconstructions, articular cartilage injuries, meniscal injuries and transplants, shoulder instabilities, arthroscopic shoulder surgery, and arthroscopic rotator cuff repairs. He also practices at TRIA Orthopedic Center.


  • Orthopedics
  • Sports Medicine

Awards & Recognition

  • Best Doctors in America®: 2011-2012, 2013
  • Mpls St. Paul Magazine "Top Doctor:" 2012, 2014-2015, 2020, 2021, 2024
  • U.S. News & World Report Top Doctor: 2012
  • "Best Doctors for Women," Minnesota Monthly: 2014
  • Minnesota Monthly "Top Doctors:" 2014, 2020, 2021

Professional Associations

  • The Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons (2013-present)
  • NHL Team Physician Society, Director of Education (2018-present)
  • American Orthopaedic Association (2008-present)
  • Mid-America Orthopaedic Association (2008-present)
  • International Soc. of Arthroscopy Knee Surgery & Ortho Sports Med (ISAKOS) (2006-present)
  • European Meniscal Transplant Group (2006-present)
  • International Cartilage Research Society (2002-present)
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America (2001-present)
  • Orthopaedic Research Society (2000-present)
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (1999-present)
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (1999-present)
  • Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons (1994-present)
  • Staff Physician – Children's Hospital
  • Medical Director – TRIA Research and Education Institute
  • Medical Director – University of Minnesota Athletics 

Research Summary

Research Interests

  • ACL clinical outcomes
  • Pediatric/Adolescent ACL injuries
  • Cartilage restoration outcomes
  • Shoulder instability
  • Rotator cuff clinical outcomes
  • Athletic Injuries

Clinical Summary

My special interests are the knee and shoulder which include: shoulder instabilities, shoulder surgery, arthroscopic rotator cuff repairs, ACL injuries, meniscal and articular cartilage injuries. I have a passion for sports, especially hockey, and I am excited to bring that into my practice.

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery- Sports Medicine;
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Clinical Interests

Shoulder instability; Arthroscopic shoulder surgery and rotator cuff repair; Articular cartilage injuries; ACL injuries and reconstructions; Meniscal injuries and transplantation

Hospital Privileges

University of Minnesota Health Maple Grove Clinics; University of Minnesota Medical Center



Administrative Contact

Erika Whitaker
Fax: 612-273-7959

Clinic Information
M Health Fairview Clinics & Surgery Center
909 Fulton Street SE,
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Orthopedic Surgery (4th Floor) | (612) 672-7100

Mailing Address
University of Minnesota
Department of Orthopedic Surgery
2450 Riverside Avenue South
Suite R200
Minneapolis, MN 55454