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Patient Reviews

Patient comments (11)

The overall average patient rating of Dr. Joel Nelson is Excellent. Dr. Nelson has been reviewed by 54 patients who have provided 11 comments. The rating is 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Patient Ratings
Ease of Appointment 4.7
Promptness 4.5
Courteous Staff 4.8
Accurate Diagnosis 4.9
Bedside Manner 4.1
Spends Time with Me 4.4
Follows Up After Visit 4.4

Specialties & Research

Dr. Joel Nelson, MD is board certified in Urology.

  • He has special expertise in 12 areas:
  • Biological Therapy (Immunotherapy)
  • Castration (Orchiectomy)
  • Erectile Dysfunction (ED)
  • Hormone-Dependent Cancer
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Kidney Cancer (Renal Cell Carcinoma)
  • Kidney Stones (Kidney Calculi)
  • Laproscopic Surgery (Laparoscopy)
  • Local Neoplasm Recurrence
  • Overactive Urinary Bladder
  • Prostate Cancer (Prostatic Neoplasm)
  • Prostate Surgery (Prostatectomy)

Education & Awards

Dr. Nelson graduated from Northwestern University, Chicago. He has 7 awards.

One of America's Leading Experts on:
Prostate Cancer (Prostatic Neoplasm)
Castle Connolly America's Top Doctors® (2002 - 2008, 2010 - 2015)
Castle Connolly America's Top Doctors® for Cancer (2005 - 2007, 2009 - 2012, 2014 - 2015)
Patients' Choice Award (2010, 2013, 2015)
Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2015)
Top 10 Doctor - Metro Area (2014)
Greater Pittsburgh
On-Time Doctor Award (2014 - 2015)


Dr. Nelson has 12 hospital affiliations:

  • UPMC South Side 
  • UPMC Presbyterian/Shadyside 

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Additional Information
Dr. Joel B Nelson MD is a male Urologist, has 24 years of experience and practices in Urology.
Where does Dr. Joel B. Nelson practice?
Dr. Joel Nelson has 1 office location.
Dr. Joel Nelson practices Urology near Pittsburgh, PA.
See Pittsburgh Urologists.