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Thomas Nelson, MD

Hutchinson Health Orthopedic & Rehab Clinic
Dr. Thomas Nelson

Thomas Nelson, MD specializes in minimally invasive hip and knee replacements and orthopedic oncology. His special interests include joint replacement revisions, knee surgery, hip surgery, hip resurfacing and arthritis care. Dr. Nelson has specialized training in direct anterior minimally invasive total hip arthroplasty, quad-sparing total knee replacements and operative treatment of cancers of the musculoskeletal system.

A graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School, Dr. Nelson also completed his orthopedic residency there. He also completed an Orthopedic Oncology fellowship at the Mayo Clinic. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota.

Special Achievements & Awards:
"Top Doctor" -- Dr. Nelson was voted a top orthopedic surgeon by his peers in Mpls/St. Paul magazine, 2013.

"Doing the right thing and putting patients first has always been my philosophy of care,” says Dr. Nelson. “I enjoy interacting with patients and helping them continue to enjoy an active life."

Board-Certified Specialties

  • Orthopedics

Professional Interests

  • Joint and Hip
  • Arthritis
  • Hip injuries
  • Knee injuries and disorders
  • Orthopedic procedures
  • Minimally invasive procedures
  • Sports Injuries
  • Pediatrics
  • Adults

Other Skills

  • Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota.


  • Male

Education & Experience


  • University of Minnesota Medical School Orthopedic Residency


  • Orthopaedic Oncology fellowship at the Mayo Clinic.