Bradley Nelson, MD

Associate Professor, Department of Orthopedic Surgery

Bradley Nelson

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-672-7100

Fax 612-273-7959

Office Address:
University of Minnesota
Department of Orthopedic Surgery
2512 South 7th Street
Suite R200
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Mailing Address:
University of Minnesota
Department of Orthopedic 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 Orthopedic Center
  • University of Minnesota Sports Medicine Clinic

Associate Professor, Department of Orthopedic Surgery

Sport Section Leader

Orthopedic Surgeon

MD, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Orthopedic Surgery Residency, 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

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.


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
  • 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/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