Maureen Nelson, MD

Education

School Education Degree Year
University of Illinois Bachelors Bachelor of Science in Biology 1981
University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago Medical School Doctor of Medicine 1985
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Internship Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 1986
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Residency Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 1989
Alfred I. DuPont Institute Fellowship Pediatric Rehabilitation 1990

Personal Statement

As a pediatric physical medicine & rehabilitation physician, I help patients with physical difficulties to maximize their functional potential, making the fullest use of all attributes and working to effectively compensate for any shortcomings. I work to minimize discomfort while increasing activity and ease of care. Rehabilitation is a team approach encompassing the patient and family, the medical team, the patient’s therapists and orthotists as well as additional team members as needed. Our team works with the patient’s family to improve the patient’s immediate situation and also to anticipate future status changes to promote a stable lifestyle. We know that children want and need to play, and our team focuses on making the treatment experience as much fun as possible.


Clinical Interest

  • Brachial plexus palsy
  • Childhood physical disability
  • Trauma care & prevention

Research Interest

  • Brachial plexus palsy
  • Medical systems

Organizations

  • American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine - Member
  • American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation - Member

Selected Publications

Nelson MR: Birth Brachial Plexus Palsy.  In:  Kliegman RM, Stanton BF, St Geme J, Schor N (eds), Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics, 21st Edition, Elsevier, 2019 

Nelson MR: Birth Brachial Plexus Palsy. In: Alexander MA and Matthews D (Eds.): Pediatric Rehabilitation: Principles & Practice, Demos, New York, NY,6th Edition, 2021, 505-511. 

Nelson M, Fleming N, Marcantuone N: Electrodiagnosis. In: Alexander MA and Matthews D (Eds.): Pediatric Rehabilitation: Principles & Practice, Demos, New York, NY,6th Edition, 2021,146-162. 

Nelson MR, Matthews D: History and Physical. In: Alexander MA and Matthews D (Eds.): Pediatric Rehabilitation: Principles & Practice, Demos, New York, NY,6th Edition, 2021, 1-10. 

Nelson MR, Armenta AH Birth Brachial Plexus Palsy Update. Current Physical Medicine Rehabilitation Report, 2:75-85 (2014) 


Awards

Top Doctors, Women in Medicine, Top Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Texas Super Doctors, The Top Texas Physicians

Outstanding Council Service Award, American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Pediatric /Developmental Disabilities 2012

US News and World Reports Best Doctors

America’s Top Doctors/p>

Clinical Care Award, Baylor College of Medicine to Brachial Plexus Team 2002

Best Doctors in America

Ross Laboratory Award for Outstanding Student in Pediatrics, University of Illinois