Dr. Nelson grew up in Greeneville, TN to physician parents who instilled a love for all things medical. He completed his BS in music at SAU in 2002, his MD degree at LLU in 2006, and then completed a surgery residency at UC Davis in Sacramento, CA, finishing in 2012. He then moved back to TN, completing a Colon and Rectal Surgery fellowship at UTC in 2013, and now is an Asst Professor of Surgery at UTC.
During his time in Loma Linda, he was very involved in health outreach. With his wife (who deserves most of the credit), he started the first medical student-led lifestyle change program, eventually leading to the formation of a new residency, the "Lifestyle Medicine Residency" at LLU. During his time in Sacramento, he continued lecturing on lifestyle to area churches and clubs. During a research year, he published on lifestyle effects on prostate cancer. His current interests include surgical education, church planting, and spending time with his wife Rachel, and kids Amy (11), and Michael (9).