Area's of Expertise

  • Hand surgery
  • Upper extremity surgery
  • Simple and complex reconstruction of fingres, hand, wrist, and elbow
  • Microvascular surgery

Andrew J. Nelson, MD, FAAOS

Board-Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon

“People can come in with difficult problems, things that change their lives. Our team tries to bring them over that canyon of trouble to the better side.”

Andrew J. Nelson, MD, specializes in hand and upper extremity surgery.  With his advanced training, Dr. Nelson performs both simple and complex reconstruction of fingers, hand, wrist and elbow as well as microvascular surgery.

Dr. Nelson’s interests include: simple and complex hand and wrist trauma, wrist fractures, endoscopic (limited incision) carpal tunnel surgery, endoscopic cubital tunnel surgery, wrist arthroscopy and Dupuytren’s disease treated with needle aponeurotomy or Xiaflex enzyme injection or open surgery.

After more than 20 years of wide-ranging upper extremity experience, Dr. Nelson is a firm believer in providing both non-operative as well as operative solutions.  Dr. Nelson is committed to the value of patient education in order to maximize each patient’s understanding of their condition or injury, their options and their overall health.

Dr. Nelson also provides expert services, including independent medical evaluations and medical record reviews.

Education and Qualifications

  • Board Certification: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS)
  • Fellow: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
  • Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ): American Association of the Hand (ASSH)
  • Fellowship: Hand and Microvascular Surgery,  Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, RI
  • Residency: Orthopaedic Surgery, Boston University, Boston, MA
  • Internship: General Surgery, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Boston, MA
  • MD: Boston University Medical School, Boston, MA
  • BA: Biology and Biomedical Engineering, Brown University, Providence, RI
  • Hospital Staff: St. Mary’s Hospital and Waterbury Hospital
  • Hospital Affiliations: Waterbury Hospital; St. Mary’s Hospital, Waterbury, CT; Southington Surgery Center; Naugatuck Valley Surgical Center
  • Member: American Association of the Hand (ASSH), American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery (AAOS), Connecticut Orthopaedic Society, New Haven Medical Society.
  • Awards: CT Magazine “Top Docs” for 2001, 2003, 2007, 2009 & 2010. Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society.
  • Military Service: Lieutenant Commander, United States Navy, Charleston, SC