Keck School Faculty

Maria Nelson

Maria Nelson

Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery (Clinician Educator)
Interim Chief, Division of Breast, Endocrine and Soft Tissue Surgery (BEST)
HCC 1510 San Pablo Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles


: 5th Annual Lynne Sage Breast Cancer Symposium Achievement Award, 2013

: Dr. Robert and Ruth Quinn Scholarship, 2007

: University of South Dakota Medical School Scholarship, 2006

: American Society of Hematology Student Research Award, 2005

Maria E. Nelson, MD is Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine at USC. After receiving her undergraduate degree from Carleton College, she completed her masters and medical degrees at the University of South Dakota. She did her residency training in General Surgery at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and completed her fellowship training in Breast Surgical Oncology at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Nelson’s clinical focus and expertise is in benign and malignant breast disease. She is experienced with advanced breast surgical techniques, and seeks in her practice to combine the best evidence-based methods with best in patient-focused care. Dr. Nelson’s research interests include the diagnostic role of breast imaging techniques and the complex nature of decision-making in breast cancer care.
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