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After growing up in Flushing, MI Ryan went on to pursue a Biology degree from University of Michigan. During his time in college Ryan met the team at Greater Michigan Orthopedics where he started working as a medical assistant, which sparked his passion for orthopedics. He received his osteopathic medical degree from Midwestern University in Chicago, IL. He returned to Grand Blanc in 2011 for residency here at Genesys where he spent 5 years and served on many committees and chief resident 2015-2016. After residency he continued his training for an additional year in Boston at the New England Baptist Hospital and Boston Children's Hospital. While at these Harvard hospitals, Ryan served as team Doctor for Merrimack College and the Boston Celtics. He was clinical faculty for Tufts University Medical School, and published many research projects. Now as  Dr. Nelson is back in Michigan he enjoys his balance between Surgeon, Teacher, Husband and Dad. 


Medical School

Midwestern University, Chicago, IL


Michigan State University, Genesys Regional Medical Center, Grand Blanc, MI



New England Baptist Hospital, Boston, MA


  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons

  • American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics

  • American Association of Orthopedic Sports Medicine

  • Arthroscopy Association of North America

  • American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons


For More information on Dr. Nelson see his Curriculum Vitae here.

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