Bradley Nelson, MD

Associate Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Bradley Nelson

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-273-9400

Fax 612-273-7959

Office Address:
2512 South 7th Street
Suite R200
Minneapolis MN 55454

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

Administrative Assistant Name
Amber Prahl

Administrative Phone

Administrative Email

Administrative Fax Number

Additional Locations


  • TRIA Orthopaedic Center
  • University of Minnesota Sports Medicine Clinic

Associate Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Orthopaedic Surgeon

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

University of Colorado / Fitzsimons Army Medical Center, Aurora, CO

US Army Institute of Surgical Research, Ft. Sam Houston, TX

John A Feagin Sports Medicine Fellowship, West Point, NY


Dr. Nelson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. His clinical interests include sports medicine, specializing in 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 is a member of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and the TRIA Orthopaedic Center.


  • Orthopaedics
  • Sports Medicine

Awards & Recognition

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

Professional Associations

  • Medical Director – TRIA Research and Education Institute
  • Medical Director – University of Minnesota Athletics 


Research Summary/Interests

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



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

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