Dr. Cory Nelson, M.D.

Dr. Cory Nelson is a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon who joins Spine & Orthopedic Specialists with an expertise in orthopedic sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery.  He currently has hospital privileges at Scottsdale Healthcare in Thompson Peak and Shea as well as Desert Ridge Outpatient Surgery Center and North Valley Surgery Center.

Dr. Nelson specializes in the non-operative and operative management of injuries in youth and adult patients of all skill levels from recreational to professional athletes. He emphasizes not only surgical treatment, but also the importance of injury prevention and rehabilitations. Dr. Nelson has experience in the latest minimally invasive, arthroscopic techniques for the shoulder, knee, and elbow including treatment of rotator cuff tears, shoulder dislocations, labral tears, and knee ACL reconstructions. He also performs joint preserving and reconstructive procedures in the shoulder and elbow.

Dr. Nelson completed an additional year of advanced training at the world-renowned Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship in Los Angeles, CA. While at Kerlan-Jobe, he participated in both the sideline and surgical management of professional athletes from the Los Angeles Lakers, LA Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels, LA Kings, and Anaheim Ducks. Dr. Nelson also provided on-field coverage for several high school and collegiate football teams, including USC, Fullerton College, and Stony Brook University. He is currently the orthopedic consultant for Fountain Hills High School School District.

Dr. Nelson was raised in Phoenix and is a graduate of Paradise Valley/North Canyon High School. Although his education and training took him outside of Arizona, he considers The Valley to be home. In his free time, he enjoys playing volleyball, softball, and soccer. He has also volunteered his time for international Orthopedic Surgery missions, most recently to Honduras, and enjoys traveling. Dr. Nelson is proficient in both written and spoken Spanish.


B.S. in Microbiology, magna cum laude
Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff, AZ

Medical School
M.D. with distinction
The George Washington University School of Medicine
Washington, DC

Residency: Orthopedic Surgery

Stony Brook University Medical Center
Stony Brook, NY

Fellowship: Orthopedic Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy

Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic
Los Angeles, CA


Nelson CO, Vollmer EA, Lee TQ, and Tibone JE. Quantitative assessment of tibial rotation in anterior cruciate ligament deficient knees. Presented at KJOC Fellows' Day AOSSM Annual Meeting July 2009. (Keystone, CO)

Nelson CO, Bergert N, Limpisvasti O, and Yocum LA. Changes in glenohumeral range of motion in professional baseball pitchers throughout the pitching rotation and baseball season. Presented at KJOC Fellows' Day AOSSM Annual Meeting July 2009. (Keystone, CO)

Nelson CO, Sileo MJ, Serra-Hsu F, and Grossman MG. Modified Mason-Allen versus double-row rotator cuff repair: a biomechanical and surface area comparison. Arthroscopy 2008;24:941-948.

Sileo MJ, Joseph S, Nelson CO, Botts JD, and Penna J. Management of acute glenohumeral dislocations. Am J Orthop. 2009;38(6)

Mckinney B, Nelson CO, and Carrion W. Apophyseal Avulsion Fractures of the Hip and Pelvis. Orthopedics 2009;32:42-50.

Penna J, Deramo DM, Nelson CO, Sileo MJ, Tompkins B, Ianuzzi A, and Levin S. Determination of anterior labral repair stress during passive arm motion in a cadaveric model. Arthroscopy 2008;24:930-935.

Levin SM, Teplitz GA, Nelson CO, Botts J, Kwon Y, and Serra-Hsu F. Biomechanical Evaluation of Volar Locking Plates for Distal Radius Fractures. Hand 2008; 3:55-60.

Sileo MJ, Ruotolo C, Nelson CO, Serra-Hsu F, and Parchal AP. A biomechanical comparison of the modified Mason-Allen stitch and massive cuff stitch in vitro. Arthroscopy 2007;23:235-240.

Tompkins B, Nelson CO, Serra-Hsu F, Grossman MG, and Penna J. Biomechanical Comparison of Soft Tissue Femoral Fixation for ACL Reconstruction. E-poster AANA Annual Meeting: May 2006. (Hollywood, FL)