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Charles L. Nelson, MD

Charles L. Nelson, MD Physician

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

Dr. Nelson is employed by Penn Medicine.

About Dr. Charles L. Nelson

Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine's May 2002 Top Docs issue

Recognized by Best Doctors in America - 2013 - 2018

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

Patient Rating Breakdown

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

Comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Penn Medicine.

Overall Ratings

Clinical Specialties


  • Orthopaedic Surgery

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Orthopaedic Surgery, 2000

Clinical Expertise:

  • Arthritis
  • Arthroscopic and Joint Preserving Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Hip Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Knee Reconstruction
  • Arthroscopic Knee Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Surgery
  • Artificial Hip
  • Avascular Necrosis (Osteonecrosis)
  • Cartilage Injuries
  • Cementless Total Hip Replacement
  • Ceramic Hip Replacement
  • Complex Hip Revision Surgery
  • Complex Knee Revision Surgery
  • Female Knee
  • Hemophilic Arthropathy
  • Hip and Knee Preservation Surgery
  • Hip Arthritis
  • Hip Arthroplasty
  • Hip Arthroscopy
  • Hip Deformities
  • Hip Disorders
  • Hip Pain
  • Hip Preservation Surgery
  • Hip Reconstructive Surgery
  • Hip Surgery
  • Joint Aspiration (Arthrocentesis)
  • Joint Injections
  • Joint Preservation Surgery
  • Joint Reconstruction Surgery
  • Joint Replacement
  • Knee Arthritis
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Avascular Necrosis
  • Knee Deformities
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Infection
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Pain
  • Knee Problems
  • Knee Prosthesis
  • Knee Reconstructive Surgery
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Revision Surgery
  • Knee Surgery
  • Meniscus Tear Surgery
  • Meniscus Tears
  • Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Knee Replacement Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Total Hip Replacement
  • Minimally Invasive Total Knee Replacement
  • Osteoarthritis (OA)
  • Partial Knee Replacement
  • Partial Knee Resurfacing
  • Periprosthetic Fractures
  • Post-Traumatic Arthritis
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Reconstructive Surgery
  • Revision Hip Replacement Surgery
  • Revision Joint Replacement
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
  • Second Opinion
  • Total Hip Replacement
  • Total Knee Replacement

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

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

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 J. Robert Gladden Orthopaedic Society, National Medical Society of Eastern Pennsylvania, Local Philadelphia Orthopaedic Society, Local The Hip Society, National The Knee Society, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Nelson is employed by Penn Medicine.

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
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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