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Sub Specialty:
Urologic Oncology
Urological Surgery
Bloodless Medicine

Hospital Affiliation(s):
UPMC Shadyside
UPMC Presbyterian

Patient Satisfaction Ratings:
5 Stars
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University of Pittsburgh Physicians

Department of Urology
Shadyside Medical Building
5200 Centre Ave.
Suite 209
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Office Phone:
(412) 605-3000


Urology, American Board of Urology


MD, Northwestern University - Feinberg, Chicago, IL

Northwestern University - Feinberg,
Chicago, IL

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine,
Baltimore, MD

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January 25, 2017


January 18, 2017

Both my wife and I really appreciated Dr. Joel Nelson as my surgeon. From day one he was generally concerned about my cancer and did an excellent job taking care of me.

December 14, 2016

Amazing team of people working for Dr Nelson. Thorough and extremely attentive to my care. Dr Nelson eminates shear confidence making me know I have made the absolute right choice of doctors and I'm in the BEST hands possible. I have never felt so strongly regarding my decision. He and his staff have helped ease some of my worries about having cancer.

November 18, 2016

dr Nelson is the ultimate professional who cares, listens, and explains things in great detail

November 09, 2016

Best Dr & staff!

November 09, 2016

Dr Nelson and his staff are excellent. All healthcare should be delivered with the expertise, efficiency and compassion shown by Dr. Nelson and his staff.

November 02, 2016

Excellent Experience throughout ..... Pre, surgery and post

October 12, 2016

I've met with 2 other doctors re. evaluation of my condition. Dr. Nelson provided the best summary of my diagnosis and all available options. I've chosen Dr. Nelson to perform my surgery based on excellent patient referral, attentiveness to my concerns and impressive surgical record.

October 05, 2016

Dr Nelson and his staff are wonderful. A great health care experience each visit.

September 21, 2016

The best surgeon in the world working with me. May have saved my life. no complaints.