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Charles L. Nelson, MD

Charles L. Nelson, MD Surgeon

Chief, Joint Replacement Service
Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Nelson is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

About Dr. Charles L. Nelson

Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine's May 2002 Top Docs issue

Recognized by Best Doctors in America - 2013-2014

Clinical Specialties


  • Orthopaedic Surgery

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Orthopaedic Surgery, 2000

Clinical Expertise:

  • Complex Hip Revision Surgery
  • Complex Knee Revision Surgery
  • Hemophilic Arthropathy
  • Hip and Knee Preservation Surgery
  • Hip Arthroscopy
  • Minimally Invasive Total Hip Replacement
  • Minimally Invasive Total Knee Replacement
  • Partial Knee Replacement
  • Periprosthetic Fractures

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan

Education and Training

Medical School: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Fellowship: Hospital for Special Surgery


American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, National American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, National American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, National American Orthopaedic Association, National International Congress for Joint Replacement, International Medical Society of Eastern Pennsylvania, Local Philadelphia Orthopaedic Society, Local The Knee Society, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Nelson is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Pennsylvania Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Selected Publications:

Nelson C.: Periprosthetic Fractures of the Femur Following Hip Arthroplasty American Journal of Orthopedics 31 : 221-223,2002.

Nelson C.: Cemented Femoral Revision, Technique and Outcome American Journal of Orthopedics 31 : 187-189,2002.

Konkle B., Nelson C., Forsyth A. and Hume E.: Approaches to Successful Total Knee Arthroplasty in Hemophilia A Patients with Inhibitors Hematology 8 (5): 706-10,2002.

Nelson C.: Cemented Cup Revision American Journal of Orthopedics 31 : 2002.

Lonner J., Battish R., Nelson C., Lotke P.: Efficacy of Mail Surveys for Follow-Up of Total Knee Patients Journal of Arthoplasty : 267,2001.

Nelson C.: Management of Severe Acetabular Bone Loss During Revision Total Hip Arthroplasty: Role of Acetabular Reconstruction Cages Seminars in Arthroplasty, Revision Total Hip Arthroplasty 12 (1): 90-69,2001.

Nelson C.: Primary and Delayed Exchange for Infected Total Knee Arthroplasty American Journal of Knee Surgery 14 (1): 60-64,2001.

Nelson C., Windsor R.: Patella Fractures in Total Knee Arthroplasty Complications, Pitfalls, and Salvage in Knee Surgery : 413-419,2001.

Nelson C., Fitzgerald R.: Correction of Arthritic Deformities of the Hip Arthritis and Allied Conditions : 1044-1060,2001.

Academic Contact Info

Penn Orthgopaedics, Suite 600
3737 Market Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 294-9180
Fax: (215) 222-8852
Patient appointments: 800-789-PENN (7366)

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