Orthopaedic and Spine Institute Announces Addition to Practice

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The Orthopaedic and Spine Institute of San Antonio, Texas announces the addition of Decorated Army Surgeon, Dr. Joel B. Nilsson, M.D., FAAOS to aid in the treatment of knee, hand, hip and other orthopeadic procedures.

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Dr. Joel B. Nilsson, M.D., FAAOS

Joel B. Nilsson, MD, is a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon who also specializes in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery. He graduated with a BS in Biology from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. He earned an MS in Physiology from Georgetown University in Washington, DC, and then went on to earn his MD from Georgetown University’s School of Medicine. Once his academic studies were completed, his 14-year career in the US Army began with a one-year transitional internship in Hawaii. This is where Dr. Nilsson’s love for orthopedic surgery began, leading him ultimately to orthopedic residency in El Paso, Texas at the Texas Tech University Health Science Center/William Beaumont Army Medical Center combined program. It was there that he trained in the full range of orthopaedic disciplines, to include complex hip and knee replacement surgery.

Upon finishing residency Dr. Nilsson moved back to the Washington, DC area for his hand specialty training at the prestigious Curtis National Hand Center and Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The Army utilized Dr. Nilsson’s skills next at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky where some of the Army’s finest soldiers serve with the 101st Airborne Division, Special Operations Aviation Regiment and 5th Special Forces Group. These patients experienced a wide range of sports related, battle and general orthopedic injuries, which greatly expanded Dr. Nilsson’s surgical expertise.

As a faculty member of the San Antonio Military Medical Center, a level 1 trauma center, Dr. Nilsson has had the privilege of caring for some of the most seriously injured soldiers returning from overseas, as well as, for those seriously injured from our own community, and the Central and Southwest Texas regions. He’s also been privileged to teach military doctors in residency here at one of the largest military medical complexes in the world.

As part of the Iraqi invasion force, Dr. Nilsson was recognized for treating more combat wounded patients than any other surgeon while maintaining the highest technical standards and as a result, was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service with the 86th Combat Support Hospital. The Bronze Star is the fourth-highest US Armed Forces combat individual medal and the ninth-highest military individual award. His service to his country culminated with a second tour of duty in Iraq at the Air Force Theater Hospital at Balad where he served with the founder of the Orthopaedic and Spine Institute (OSI), Dr. Steven J Cyr.

The friendship made in Iraq convinced Dr. Nilsson that he and Dr. Cyr shared the same passion for excellence, and became a driver in his decision to join OSI. Dr. Nilsson is a Diplomate, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, received the Certificate of Added Qualification in Hand Surgery, is a Fellowship Trained Orthopaedic Hand Surgeon, and Member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand.

Dr. Nilsson and his family are pleased to live in the San Antonio area and he is happy to serve you with a full range of hand, knee, hip and other orthopaedic procedures.

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