Kaz J. Nelson, MD

Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Kaz J. Nelson

Contact Info

kjnelson@umn.edu

Office Phone 612-273-9851

Fax 612-273-9774

Office Address:
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
F282/2A West-B
8393A (Campus Delivery Code)
2450 Riverside Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Mailing Address:
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
F282/2A West-B
8393A (Campus Delivery Code)
2450 Riverside Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Administrative Assistant Name
Natasha Hampton-Anderson

Administrative Email
nhampton@umn.edu

Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Associate Designated Institutional Official, Graduate Medical Education


MD, University of Minnesota Medical School

Residency, Psychiatry, University of Minnesota

BA, University of Minnesota - Morris

Summary

I am an Honors graduate of the University of Minnesota-Morris, and received my medical degree and psychiatry residency training from the University of Minnesota Medical School.

I am a certified in Psychiatry by theAmerican Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. I practice at the University of Minnesota Medical Center. My clinical interests lie in the area of best practices in the diagnosis and management of severe personality disorders, suicide, and psychotherapeutic communication with patients in acute settings. I also serve in the position of Associate Designated Institutional Official with leadership responsibilities across residency and fellowship programs.

I have presented at conferences nationally and internationally, as well as over 80 media contributions to local and national media outlets. I have produced a podcast with my brother, George, called "The Mind Deconstructed" which aims to serve the general community to demystify and increase understanding of common mental health conditions.

Expertise

  • Personality disorders
  • Self-injury and suicide

Awards & Recognition

University of Minnesota:

  • Convener, Statewide Summit on Student Mental Health. University of Minnesota and the Minnesota State System. Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 22, 2020
  • Medical School Dean's Distinguished Teaching Award, “2nd Year Medical Students“, 2018, 2019
  • Inauguration of President Joan Gabel panel participant. “Student Mental Health: Prevention and Resilience,” University of Minnesota and Minnesota Public Radio, Minneapolis, Minnesota, September 18, 2019

External Awards:

  • “Rising Star“, Mpls/St. Paul Magazine 2018, 2019, 2020
  • Service of Excellence Award, I am Borderline Laurice Reed Resilience Foundation, 2019
  • “Top Doctor”, Minnesota Monthly Magazine, 2019
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness Exemplary Psychiatrist Award - Minnesota, 2018
  • Psychiatrist of the Year, Minnesota Psychiatric Society, 2018

Professional Associations

  • American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training
  • American Psychiatric Association, Distinguished Fellow
  • Minnesota Psychiatric Society
  • Association for Academic Psychiatry
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society

Research

Publications

Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications

Sims, E.*, Nelson, K. J., & Sisti, D. (2021) Borderline personality disorder, therapeutic privilege, integrated care: is it ethical to withhold a psychiatric diagnosis? Journal of Medical Ethics. Online ahead of print. 10.1136/medethics-2021-107216

Wichser, L., Homans, J. C., Leppink, E.*, Savage, W*. & Nelson, K. J. (2021) The Minnesota Arc: A New Model for Teaching the Psychiatric Interview to Medical Students Serving on Their Psychiatry Clerkship. Academic Psychiatry. Online ahead of print. PMID: 33904140

Pérez Ortiz, J. M., Koch, S. N. & Nelson, K. J. (2020) Suspected double delusional infestation involving pets in the veterinary setting. Annals of Clinical Psychiatry. 32(3):216-218. PMID: 32722732

Westlund Schreiner, M., Klimes-Dougan, B., Mueller, B. A., Nelson, K. J., Lim, K. O. & Cullen, K. R. (2019). Neurocircuitry associated with symptom dimensions at baseline and with change in borderline personality disorder. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, 290, 58-65. doi: 10.1016/j.pscychresns.2019.07.001

Nelson, K. (2018). Pharmacotherapy for Personality Disorders. UpToDate.

Nelson, K. J. (2013). Managing borderline personality disorder on general psychiatric units. Psychodynamic Psychiatry, 41(4), 563-74. doi: 10.1521/pdps.2013.41.4.563

Book

Primer on Schizophrenia and Related Disorders. Eds. Schulz SC, Green M, and Nelson KJ. April 1, 2016, Oxford University Press: New York.

Teaching

Teaching Areas

Associate Designated Institutional Official, Office of Graduate Medical Education, University of Minnesota Medical School.

University of Minnesota Resident Leadership Academy, Director.

"Health and Disease 5: Neuro, Psyche, Otolaryngology and Ophthalmology”, Director, University of Minnesota Medical School.

Clinical

Board Certifications

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Clinical Interests

Dr. Nelson practices at the University of Minnesota Medical Center and her clinical interests lie in the area of best practices in the diagnosis and management of severe personality disorders, suicide, and psychotherapeutic communication with patients in acute settings.

Media

Video

The Mind Deconstructed: Mental Health and Wellness with Dr. Kaz and George

In The News

“'Empathy Fatigue' in Clinicians Rises With Latest COVID-19 Surge.” Quoted by Emily Sohn in an article published by the online news publication Medscape.September 16, 2021
Wellness Wednesday: World Suicide Prevention Day” Interviewed by Jill Riley in a pre-recorded discussion aired on KCMP FM 89.3 The Current Radio by Minnesota Public Radio.September 8, 2021
What Is Quiet BPD? Symptoms, Causes, Complications & Treatments” Quoted in an online article written by Eric Patterson, LPC, for the website, ChoosingTherapy. August 20, 2021
New Framework Teaches Better Doctor-Patient Conversations During a Personal Crisis.” Online article featuring the work of the Psychiatry Education Research Laboratory by University of Minnesota Medical School Communications author Brianna Vitands.July 16, 2021
11 Coping Skills Therapists Use to Deal With Their (Really Hard) Jobs.” Quoted in an article by Dr. Jessica Gold for the online publication SELF.June 30, 2021
13 Energizing Afternoon Habits That Can Make the Rest of Your Day So Much Better.” Quoted in an article by Amy Marturana Winderl for the online publication SELF.June 16, 2021
“Post-pandemic anxiety: Returning to ‘normal’ after the pandemic”. Interviewed by Tom Crann on All Things Considered for Minnesota Public Radio.June 1, 2021
Zooming in on the Challenges of Remote Learning.” Video produced by University of Minnesota Communications.May 5, 2021
BPD Diagnosis: Tell or don’t tell patient?” Quoted in an article by Deborah Brauser for the online publication Medscape.
March 22, 2021
Minnesota medical workers say thoughts of violence are nothing new.” Interviewed on camera by Sarah Danik for FOX9 News.February 10, 2021