Dr. Virginia Nelson

Virginia S. Nelson, MD, MHP

Active Clinical Emeritus Professor, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Adult and Pediatric Clinical Faculty

Areas of Practice

  • Pediatric brachial plexus palsy
  • Arthrogryposis
  • Rehabilitation of upper extremity problems (eg amputation, nerve injuries, brachial plexopathy)
  • Pediatric and adolescent rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation of ventilator assisted children and adolescents
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Myelodysplasia
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Skeletal dysplasias
  • International pediatric rehabilitation


Medical School or Training

Stanford University School of Medicine, 1970


Stanford University Hospital, Pediatrics, 1971

University of Michigan Health System, Physical Med & Rehab, 1985

Board Certifications

Physical Medicine & Rehab


Professional Organizations

Fellow, American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine

Fellow, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Research Interests

  • Brachial plexus palsy in children
  • Outcomes in international pediatric rehabilitation
  • Ventilator-dependent children and adolescents
  • Cerebral palsy (especially upper-extremity problems)
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Quality of life of children with disabilities