For more than 30 years, Dr. Andrew Nelson says he's stayed in medicine for one reason: he enjoys taking care of patients. "I'm their conduit into the healthcare system," he adds. "I work to restore their health or to help them understand the normal aging process. Face time with patients matters, and it shouldn’t be replaced by reliance on technology. Focused time allows for meaningful, personalized patient interactions and better understanding of care plans."
Dr. Nelson studied biology at the University of Texas at Austin and earned his medical degree at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He completed residencies in family and aerospace medicine at the University of Missouri and the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute in Pensacola, Florida, respectively. He also holds a Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians (Fellow), the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Private Physicians and the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States.
His successful career includes honorable service in the United States Navy and military medicine, where he held top positions as Director of the Executive Medicine Clinic, Medical Director at Branch Health Clinic at Naval Station Norfolk and Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. Dr. Nelson also served 5,200 crewmembers aboard the USS George Washington, CVN-73, as Chief of Medicine. He has practiced at military medical installations around the world, from Missouri to Iraq, Kuwait and Haiti.
In his free time, Dr. Nelson likes to read, exercise and hike. He also enjoys seeing the world and names Italy, France, the United Kingdom and Puget Sound among his favorite places. He and his wife have two sons and tend to their cats at home.