Matthew Nelson, DO, has a deep commitment to addressing the health needs of underserved populations through community-based health programs, in part due to his experiences working with the Navajo Nation as an anthropology graduate student. "I had been looking at how cultures move through illness and wellness, and saw that becoming a physician could help me more directly serve the community. Osteopathic schools rose to the top of my list, as many stress the importance of comprehensive approaches to care," he explains.
Dr. Nelson graduated from A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona in 2015, where he also received a Masters in Public Health degree. He is completing a family medicine residency at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Grand Junction, Colorado, with an honors track in obstetrics.
Associate Program Director Sabrina Mitchell DO, who nominated him for this award, calls him one of the most accomplished residents she has ever seen. "Dr. Nelson provides kind, conscientious, and thorough care. He is a quiet, respected leader and consistently ranked highly by faculty and peers alike," she lauds.
Dr. Nelson continues to lead in community-based outreach. A regular volunteer for the homeless, he designed initiatives to provide food boxes to needy populations. Also committed to research, he has submitted several papers and chapters for publication. "Dr. Nelson has achieved more in his first eighteen months than many residents do in their full three years," says Sherman Straw, MD, Program Director.
Dr. Nelson shares credit for this award with his wife and five children. "This award means a great deal to me in that it validates a risky decision we made to leave my PhD program for the field of osteopathic medicine. Further, as an endeavor that has demanded considerable time investment of my wife and five children, this award should really be considered a family effort."
The AOF and the American Osteopathic College of Family Physicians are proud to name Matthew McCune Nelson, DO, as the 2017 Outstanding Resident of the Year in Family Medicine.