Dr. E. Lee Nelson

Dr. E. Lee Nelson

Neurosurgeon at Boulder Neurosurgical & Spine Associates

Meet Dr. E. Lee Nelson

Dr. E. Lee Nelson is a board certified Neurosurgeon with Boulder Neurosurgical & Spine Associates.

Dr. Nelson's clinical specialties include complex spinal surgery and neurological oncology, including tumors of the brain. For every patient he sees, Dr. Nelson utilizes the most minimally invasive procedure possible, whether operative or non-operative. Through his training, clinical experience, and on-going education in the field, Dr. Nelson provides cutting-edge treatment and compassionate care to every patient he sees.

Doctor Quote

Each day I renew my commitment to excellence, continuous improvement, and the people who have entrusted me with their care.

Directions to our primary location in

Boulder, CO

How Dr. E. Lee Nelson Can Help You


  • Neurosurgeon

Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Aneurysm
  • Brain Tumors
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chiari Malformation
  • Chronic Pain
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Degenerative Spinal Conditions
  • Essential tremor
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
  • Glioma
  • Herniated Disc / Bulging Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Meningioma
  • Movement Disorders & Epilepsy
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Pain
  • Neuroma
  • Neuropathic Pain
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteoporosis
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
  • Schwannoma
  • Sciatica / Radiculopathy
  • Scoliosis and Deformity
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spinal Tumors
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sports Injuries
  • Thoracic spine disorders
  • Trauma
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Tumors
  • Upper Back Pain


  • ALIF (anterior lumbar interbody fusion)
  • Annulus Repair
  • Anterior / Posterior Lumbar Fusion
  • Anterior Cervical Corpectomy
  • Anterior Cervical Discectomy
  • Anterior Cervical Discectomy / Decompression
  • Anterior Cervical Fusion
  • Artificial Disc Replacement - Cervical
  • Artificial Disc Replacement - Lumbar
  • Back Surgery
  • Bone Graft Substitutes
  • Bracing
  • Cervical Discectomy/corpectomy
  • Cervical Spine Fusion Instrumentation
  • Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Cranitomy
  • Cyberknife
  • Deep brain stimulation
  • Disc Arthroplasty
  • Discectomy
  • Endoscopic Microdiscectomy
  • Endovascular procedures
  • Interspinous process spacers
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Laminectomy / Decompression Surgery
  • Laminoplasty
  • Laser Spine Surgery
  • Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion
  • Lower Back Surgery
  • Lumbar Corpectomy
  • Lumbar Spine Fusion Instrumentation
  • Microdiscectomy / Microdecompression
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Myelotomy
  • Neck Surgery
  • Non-Surgical Treatment and Diagnosis
  • Nucleoplasty
  • PLIF (posterior lumbar interbody fusion)
  • Percutaneous Treatment
  • Posterior Cervical Decompression
  • Posterior Cervical Discectomy
  • Posterior Cervical Foraminotomy
  • Posterolateral Lumbar Fusion
  • Reconstructive / Revision Spine Surgery
  • Scoliosis Surgery
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Cord Surgery
  • Spinal Decompression
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spine Surgery
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery
  • TLIF (transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion)
  • Upper Back Surgery
  • Ventriculoperitoneal Shunt
  • X-STOP
  • XLIF (lateral lumbar interbody fusion)

What Patients are Saying About Dr. E. Lee Nelson

  • My son was a patient of Dr. Nelson in August and September of 2015. He fractured his skull, suffering a TBI. Thank you, Dr. Nelson, for all your kind care and assessment. My husband and I were obviously terrified, however your calm explanation of his injuries, plan of care and prognosis helped us 'get a grip’. He completed about a month of out-patient rehab and is returning to school in January. Thank you so much for your expertise and gentle care of my son.
    — Irene O.
  • Please pass along to Dr. Nelson and everyone there that I am thankful daily for the spine surgery you did about 2 or 3 years ago.... I always refer friends when the opportunity presents. Thanks for fixing my back!
    — Sal D.

Accolades for Dr. E. Lee Nelson

Professional Distinctions

  • Director of Neurosurgical Service, Exempla Good Samaritan Hospital- Lafayette, CO
  • Medtronic Cranial Advisory Board
  • Kinjiro Iwata Award for outstanding contributions to Baylor’s Neurosurgical Department during his residency

Professional Affiliations

  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • North American Spine Society
  • Colorado Medical Society
  • Boulder County Medical Society
  • Society of Lateral Access Surgery (SOLAS)
  • American Medical Association
  • Alpha Omega Alpha

Board Certifications

  • Board Certified, American Board of Neurological Surgery

Office Information for Dr. E. Lee Nelson

Boulder Community Foothills Hospital
4743 Arapahoe Avenue
Suite 202
Boulder, CO 80303
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Profile last updated: August 31, 2016. This information was supplied by or on behalf of the provider.