Dr. Nelson

Clinic:Dr. Nelson is board certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology. She sees patients with a wide variety of rheumatologic disorders with a focus on arthritis. Dr. Nelson is also trained in the use of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound in Rheumatology.

Research: Dr. Nelson is involved in the Johnston County Osteoarthritis Project along with Dr. Jordan, and her research is focused on osteoarthritis (OA), the most common form of arthritis in adults. One focus of her work has been on OA involving multiple different joints, also called “generalized” OA. Through this work, she found that OA of the hip joint had unique features, leading her to direct her research efforts toward the potential of bone shape at the hip to alter OA risk. She is working with international collaborators in this research endeavor, funded by the NIH.

Education: Dr. Nelson supervises medical students, medicine residents, and Rheumatology fellows in clinic and in the hospital. She has given local, regional, and national talks on OA. She also trains the fellows in the use of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound through didactic sessions, review of practice scans, and hands-on experience in the Ultrasound clinic.

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Amanda E. Nelson, MD, MSCR, RhMSUS
Assistant Professor of Medicine

2013 - ACR representative to the OA Action Alliance

2010, 2009, 2008 - Young Investigator Awards, Osteoarthritis Research society International

2009 - Distinguished Fellow Award, American College of Rheumatology

2009 - Clinical Investigator Fellowship Award, American College of Rheumatology Research Foundation

2005 - Medical Resident research Award, American College of Rheumatology Researrch Foundation

Grants and Collaborative Projects
NIH/NIAMS K23 AR061406, 2011-2016
Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award
Variations in Hip Morphology: Frequency and Impact on Osteoarthritis Outcomes

NIH/NIAMS Clinical Research Loan Repayment Program 2008-2013

North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute Pilot funding, 2011-12
Identifying pain vulnerability phenotypes in osteoarthritis

American College of Rheumatology, Rheumatology Research Foundation 2009-12
A composite score of multi-joint radiographic OA