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 received his Medical Degree with Alpha Omega Alpha honors from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. He completed an internship in the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery and neurological surgery residency under the tutelage of Robert Grossman, MD; a program that emphasized the development of technical skills in the operating room. During his residency, Dr. Nelson received the esteemed Kinjiro Iwata Award for outstanding contributions to Baylor’s Neurosurgical Department. At the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, in Houston, Dr. Nelson expanded his skill and experience in complex spinal instrumentation under Ziya Gokaslan, MD.

Dr. Nelson At a Glance:

  • Specialties include complex spinal surgery, neurological oncology, and brain tumors
  • Utilizes minimally invasive surgery techniques when possible
  • Has published more than 18 peer-reviewed articles in leading journals
  • Has presented numerous abstracts and educational talks nationally and internationally
  • Regularly participates in FDA and Non-FDA clinic trials and research

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


  • Arthritis
  • Back Pain And Neck Pain
  • Cervical Spine Disorders
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Degenerative Spine Conditions
  • Facet Disease
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
  • Herniated Disc / Bulging Disc
  • Low Back Pain
  • Nerve Pain / Neuralgia
  • Neuropathic Pain
  • Piriformis Syndrome
  • Sciatica / Radiculopathy / Leg Pain
  • Scoliosis and Deformity
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spinal Trauma
  • Spinal Tumors
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sports Injuries
  • Tumors


  • Artificial Disc Replacement
  • Axial Lumbar Interbody Fusion (AxiaLIF)
  • Conservative / Non-Operative Treatment of Spinal Disease
  • Diagnostic Testing
  • Discography
  • Foraminotomy
  • Injections and Blocks
  • Laminectomy
  • Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Nerve Testing
  • Spinal Cord Surgery
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Total Disc Replacement
  • Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF)
  • X-STOP®

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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Primary Location:

Boulder Community Foothills Hospital

4743 Arapahoe Avenue
Suite 202
Boulder, CO 80303


Monday: 8:00 - 5:00
Tuesday: 8:00 - 5:00
Wednesday: 8:00 - 5:00
Thursday: 8:00 - 5:00
Friday: 8:00 - 5:00

Boulder Neurosurgical Associates & Justin Parker Neurological Institute

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Insurance Accepted

  • Most Insurance Plans Accepted
  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Great West Healthcare
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • UnitedHealthcare

Profile last updated: February 27, 2017. This information was supplied by or on behalf of the provider.