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Maureen R. Nelson, MD

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Maureen R. Nelson, MD

Dr. Nelson achieved a long time goal when she arrived in Austin in 2011. She has been involved in academics in Houston and then North Carolina before coming here to her dream city. She is involved in clinical care, teaching medical students and residents, medical writing and research.

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  • Pediatric Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Hospital Affiliation

  • Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas
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Additional Language Spoken

  • Spanish (conversational)

My Passion for Healthcare

I have been involved in care of children with special needs since I was a volunteer in junior high school. Working at the local hospital as a high school volunteer and college student developed my interests in medical care. During medical school I found the wonderful, little-known specialty of Pediatric Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R).

Services I Provide

  1. Traumatic Brain Injury
  2. Brachial Plexus Palsy
  3. Electrodiagnosis (EMG and NCS)
  4. Spasticity Management

Degree & Residency

  • Medical School

    University of Illinois at Peoria College of Medicine, Peoria, IL

  • Residency

    University of Texas Health Science Ctr San Antonio, San Antonio, TX

  • Fellowship

    Alfred I. du Pont Institute, Wilmington, DE

  • Board Certification

    American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehab

My Clinical Focus

The specialty of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) emphasizes function, so doing Pediatric PM&R I focus on the function of a child now, while aiming to optimize their future as an adult. I take care of children with physical issues limiting their mobility, use of hands for activities, or communication. I have a major research interest in severe brain injury.


  1. Amercian Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  2. American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine

Why Choose Dell Children's

Dell Children's offers a different brand of healthcare. We call it personalized care. We believe in showing everyone dignity and respect while providing the best care possible for the children we serve.

We are the premier healthcare provider for children and adolescents in Central Texas. While Dell Children's Medical Center is the cornerstone of our pediatric care, our doctors, nurses and associates work in schools, clinics, programs and practices throughout the community to deliver excellent care and better health for our children.

We provide a range of health services to keep your children healthy. We are advancing healthcare and improving lives with easy clinical visits for everyday illnesses, school district and county health partnerships, in-hospital playtime through our child life program, community outreach events and innovative medical treatments for complex and specialized illnesses.

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