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Russell W. Nelson, M.D.

Founder and Medical Director


Russell W. Nelson, M.D. is founder and medical director of the newly opened, state-of-the art Nelson Spine Institute in Thousand Oaks, California. As one of the premier orthopedic specialists in complex spine care in the country, Dr. Nelson brings his expertise directly to patients in and around the Ventura County community, as well as across the U.S. The Institute provides comprehensive care of the spine where Dr. Nelson uses the latest technology as a foundation for helping patients.


In addition to his extensive experience and research in orthopedic spine surgery, Dr. Nelson is a co-developer of the Trinity cervical artificial disc replacement currently in U. S. investigation with Orthofix.  These discs have been implanted outside of the United States and are currently in FDA investigation with Orthofix.  Dr. Nelson’s current projects involve patented fusion technology which is currently under development with Pinnacle Spine Group.


An active complex spine surgeon for 30 years, Dr. Russell Nelson has performed thousands of surgical procedures to treat adult cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine problems for pain, scoliosis and spinal injury and fracture. Sought out by many professional organizations for his medical expertise, Dr. Nelson has given more than 50 presentations and is the author of 20 full-length peer-reviewed journals and medical texts focusing on reconstructive orthopedic surgery and spine disorders.

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