Amanda E. Nelson, MD, MSCR, RhMSUS


Awards & Involvement
  • Certified in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
  • 2014 UNC Junior Faculty Development Award
  • Young Investigator Award: Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI, Brussels), 2010
  • Distinguished Fellow Award: American College of Rheumatology (ACR), 2009
  • Young Investigator Award: OARSI (Bethesda Biomarkers workshop), 2009
  • Young Investigator Award: OARSI (Rome), 2008
  • Medical Resident Research Award: ACR/Research and Education Foundation (REF), 2005
Education and Training
  • BA with Distinction, Studio Art, The Colorado College, 1997
  • MD, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, 2002
  • Internship, University of South Alabama, 2003
  • Residency in Nuclear Medicine, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, 2004
  • Residency in Internal Medicine, Virginia Mason Medical Center, 2006
  • Fellowship in Rheumatology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2009
  • MSCR in Epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2011
  • Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Certification in Rheumatology (RhMSUS designation) through the American College of Rheumatology as of 1/23/14.  RhMSUS certification requires extensive training, practice, and passing a comprehensive examination to demonstrate proficiency in the use of ultrasound in the practice of rheumatology.
Clinical Interests

I see patients with a wide variety of rheumatologic conditions, with a focus on arthritis. I am also trained in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound and staff a half-day Ultrasound clinic with our Rheumatology fellows on Thursday afternoons.  In this clinic, we perform real-time imaging to identify causes of musculoskeletal symptoms, and also perform ultrasound-guided therapeutic injections.

    Research Summary

    My research is focused on osteoarthritis (OA), the most common form of arthritis.  I work along with Dr. Jordan in the Johnston County Osteoarthritis Project.  My research is focused in two main areas:

    Publications in PubMed