Dr. Steve Nelson followed his father’s footsteps in graduating from the University of Iowa where he completed his undergraduate and dental degrees. He obtained his training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas where he earned a Master’s Degree in Oral Biology. Steve brings expertise in Orthognathic and Reconstructive Surgery to the oral surgery residents at Denver Health & Hospital and is a member of the Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children Craniofacial and Cleft Palate team. He is on the medical staff of Porter Adventist Hospital, Littleton Adventist Hospital, Craig Rehabilitation Hospital and Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children.
Dr. Nelson is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons. He is active in the American Dental Association (ADA), formerly serving as Vice Chairman of the Council on Access Prevention and Inter-Professional Relations. He has been re-elected to his 21st term as the Speaker of the House of Delegates for the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS). He was recently awarded The Presidential Achievement Award at the 2022 AAOMS Annual Meeting. He is currently serving as a board member of the Colorado Dental Association (CDA) and a member of the CDA Sunset Review Task Force. He has also been involved with numerous committees of the Metropolitan Denver Dental Society. In addition, he has been elected by his peers as a Fellow in the International College of Dentists, the American College of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Academy.
Steve is very active in the community having served for many years as President for the Colorado Dental Lifeline Network, formerly known as the Colorado Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped. He is still an active volunteer.
Steve is married and has 3 active sons. In his spare time he likes to summit fourteener’s with his sons, fly fish and play tennis and pickleball with his wife.