Daniel E. Nelson, MD

Pain Management

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Daniel Nelson, MD, is board certified in anesthesiology, with special certification in pain medicine. He has a special interest in chronic neck and low back pain, joint pain, chronic post-surgical pain, occipital and cervicogenic headache, cancer pain and refractory arthritis pain.

Dr. Nelson is committed to a compassionate approach towards alleviating pain, restoring health and improving the quality of life for his patients. He employs a rational evidence-based approach to chronic pain using a comprehensive interventional approach which starts with a consultation and ordering medically necessary testing, referrals to specialists, and coordinating physical and manual therapy as well as psychological testing or counseling, if needed. If appropriate, he will initiate an interventional plan that will employ image-guided nerve blocks or injections for diagnostic and/or therapeutic purposes. In some cases he may recommend procedures and technologies such as radiofrequency ablation of pain generators or an implantable device, but only after noninvasive options have been exhausted. Other issues may need to be addressed including weight loss or gain, depression, anxiety, and sleep disturbances.

Dr. Nelson is a founding member and Director-at-Large of the Washington Society of Interventional Pain Physicians. On multiple occasions, he has been invited to be a guest lecturer at the University of Washington pain medicine fellowship program and has been actively involved in the teaching of pain fellows, medical students and physician assistants. He has also served as a consultant and speaker to a variety of organizations.

In his off time, he enjoys hiking, biking, golfing, skiing and mountain climbing. He is active in Climb for Captives and Rescue Freedom International, an organization working on behalf of victims of human trafficking.


Program: MD
Institution: University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine

Program: Board certified
Institution: American Board of Anesthesiology

Program: Residency
Institution: Los Angeles County Hospital USC

Program: Fellowship in Anesthesiology
Institution: Morris Cancer Center Hospital USC Medical Center

Program: Subspecialty Certificate in Pain Medicine
Institution: American Board of Anesthesiology


King County Medical Association

Washington State Medical Association

Director-at-Large for Washington Society of Interventional Pain Physicians

North American Neuromodulation Society

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