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Associate Professor of Medicine Adjunct Associate Professor of Epidemiology, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

Areas of Interest

Clinical: osteoarthritis, musculoskeletal ultrasound, crystalline arthritis, spondyloarthropathies, rheumatoid arthritis, polymyalgia rheumatica, and other rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases. Academic: osteoarthritis (particularly multiple joint OA), epidemiology, machine learning, imaging, and research mentoring.


I am a board-certified internist and rheumatologist with a Masters in Clinical Research in Epidemiology. I spend one day per week in clinic, divided between general rheumatology and musculoskeletal ultrasound, and am involved in fellow education and mentoring. My research is focused on a variety of aspects of imaging in osteoarthritis (OA), including the contribution of bone shape to OA risk, novel methodologies for analysis of large and complex datasets including machine learning, and assessment of whole-body burden of OA. I am co-PI of the Johnston County OA Project, a 30-year community-based prospective cohort of OA, multiple chronic conditions, pain and disability in Black and White men and women and its new enrollment phase, the Johnston County Health Study. I am Director of the Phenotyping and Precision Medicine Resource Core of the UNC Core Center for Clinical Research (CCCR).

Education and Training

  • Undergraduate The Colorado College
  • Medical School Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Residency Northwestern University
  • Residency Virginia Mason Medical Center
  • Fellowship University of North Carolina

Awards and Honors

Henry Kunkel Early Career Investigator Award, American College of Rheumatology (ACR, 2021);
UNC School of Medicine Academy of Educators, member (2015-);
ACR Marshall J. Schiff Memorial Fellow Research Award (Adam Doré, mentee, 2013);
Young Investigator Award: Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI, 2008, 2009, 2010);
ACR Distinguished Fellow Award (2009)

Amanda E. Nelson, MD, MSCR, RhMSUS
  • Phone Numbers

    984-974-4191 (Appointments)

  • 919-966-1739 (Fax)

  • Addresses

    Office: Thurston Arthritis Research Center

    3300 Thurston Building

    Box 7280

    Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7280
  • Clinic Location: UNC Rheumatology - UNC Hospitals Outpatient Center at Eastowne

    100 Eastowne Drive

    Chapel Hill, NC 27514