Matthew E. Nielsen, MD, MS

Associate Professor of Urology
Director of Urologic Oncology

Matthew Nielsen received his medical degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and completed his residency at the Brady Urological Institute of The Johns Hopkins Hospital. After residency, Dr. Nielsen served on the faculty at Johns Hopkins prior to joining the UNC Urology faculty in 2009. In addition to his position as Associate Professor with the UNC Department of Urology, Dr. Nielsen also serves as Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Departments of Epidemiology and Health Policy & Management at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.

Dr. Nielsen’s clinical practice is focused in urologic oncology—in particular the treatment of bladder, prostate and kidney cancer. He is a member of the integrated Multidisciplinary Genitourinary Oncology Group at the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, where he serves as Director of the Division of Urologic Oncology. Dr. Nielsen is committed to providing compassionate, individualized, patient-centered care, and has been selected by his peers to be named among the Best Doctors in America in Urology since 2013.  Alongside his clinical practice, Dr. Nielsen serves in leadership roles in Patient Safety and Quality Improvement activities locally as well as on the national level. 

Dr. Nielsen’s research in medical decision making, cancer care quality and treatment outcomes has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and The American Cancer Society, and nationally recognized by the Rising Stars in Urology Research Award. He is also a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network.


Postgraduate:  MS, Clinical Research, Department of Epidemiology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, 2012
Residency: Urology, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD, 2003-2008
Residency:  General Surgery, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD, 2002-2003
MD: The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, 1998-2002


Urologic Oncology

UNC Hospitals Affiliations

Member, Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
Research Fellow, Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research

Board Certifications

Urology - Board certified 2011

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