- Fellowship - UT Southwestern Medical Center (2011-2014), Maternal Fetal Medicine
- Residency - UT Southwestern Medical Center (2007-2011), Obstetrics & Gynecology
- Medical School - University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (2003-2007)
David Nelson, M.D.
- Dedman Family Scholar in Clinical Care
- Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
- Maternal-Fetal Consultations
Dr. Nelson’s clinical practice is based at Parkland Hospital, where he staffs the obstetrics service and a high-risk prenatal clinic. He also leads a depression clinic for women at high risk for postpartum depression.
After receiving his medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Dr. Nelson completed residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology and fellowship training in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at UT Southwestern.
Dr. Nelson’s research focuses on cardiac function in pregnancy and the prevention of preterm birth and postpartum depression. He is the primary investigator on a prospective study of prevention measures for preterm birth and a prospective study of cardiac function in pregnancy using cardiac magnetic resonance imaging modalities throughout gestation and the postpartum period.
He also is involved in teaching medical students, residents, and fellows at UT Southwestern.
In 2018, Dr. Nelson received UT Southwestern's Rising Star Award.
Meet Dr. Nelson
Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist
Maternal-fetal medicine specialist David Nelson, M.D., helps women with high-risk pregnancies deliver a healthy baby and be healthy mothers.
Several risk factors exist for high-risk pregnancy, including advanced maternal age, lifestyle choices, medical history, pregnancy complications, and carrying multiples.
Dr. Nelson identifies the specific risk that his patients face and devises a treatment plan for each individual. In most cases, he seeks to avoid preterm birth, also known as preterm labor. The earlier preterm birth happens, the greater the health risks for the baby.
“At every patient appointment, we adapt and modify the treatment plan because that patient’s clinical scenario may have changed over the course of her pregnancy,” Dr. Nelson says. “Some of our patients have very complicated medical problems. It’s our job to solve those problems and maintain health for the mother and baby.”
At Parkland Hospital, Dr. Nelson staffs the obstetrics service as well as a high-risk prenatal clinic dedicated to the care of women at the greatest risk for preterm birth. He also leads a depression clinic for women at risk for or experiencing postpartum depression, which can affect five percent to 10 percent of women following pregnancy.
“Postpartum depression can have devastating effects on the mother and the infant, and it can affect dynamics within the family,” Dr. Nelson says. “If we can identify women who are at risk, we can provide interventions that can help reduce that risk after delivery.”
- D Magazine Best Doctor 2020
- Rising Star Award – UT Southwestern 2018
- Outstanding Faculty Teacher - Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology 2015
- Dedman Family Scholar in Clinical Care 2014
- Peggy J. Whalley Medicus Award, UT Southwestern Medical Center 2011
- Excellence in Obstetrics Award - UT Southwestern Medical Center 2011
- Excellence in Gynecologic Surgery Award, UT Southwestern Medical Center 2011
- Academic Excellence Award, Highest CREOG Score, Third-year Resident, UT Southwestern 2010
- Member of Alpha Omega Alpha 2007
Subsequent Pregnancy Outcomes in Women Previously Diagnosed with Subclinical Hypothyroidism.
Nelson DB, Casey BM, McIntire DD, Cunningham FG American journal of perinatology 2013 Mar
Neurofibromatosis and pregnancy: a report of maternal cardiopulmonary compromise.
Nelson DB, Greer L, Wendel G Obstetrics and gynecology 2010 Aug 116 Suppl 2 507-9
Primary iliopsoas abscess and pregnancy.
Nelson DB, Manders DB, Shivvers SA Obstetrics and gynecology 2010 Aug 116 Suppl 2 479-82
Hyperammonemia: a report of maternal biliary cirrhosis and neonatal outcome.
Hussamy DJ, Nelson DB, Shivvers SA Case reports in critical care 2013 2013 507169
Placental pathology suggesting that preeclampsia is more than one disease.
Nelson DB, Ziadie MS, McIntire DD, Rogers BB, Leveno KJ American journal of obstetrics and gynecology 2014 Jan 210 1 66.e1-7
Hemostatic dysfunction with acute fatty liver of pregnancy.
Nelson DB, Yost NP, Cunningham FG Obstetrics and gynecology 2014 Jul 124 1 40-6
Acute fatty liver of pregnancy: clinical outcomes and expected duration of recovery.
Nelson DB, Yost NP, Cunningham FG American journal of obstetrics and gynecology 2013 Nov 209 5 456.e1-7
The obstetrical and neonatal impact of maternal opioid detoxification in pregnancy.
Stewart RD, Nelson DB, Adhikari EH, McIntire DD, Roberts SW, Dashe JS, Sheffield JS American journal of obstetrics and gynecology 2013 May
Relationship of the length of the first stage of labor to the length of the second stage.
Nelson DB, McIntire DD, Leveno KJ Obstetrics and gynecology 2013 Jul 122 1 27-32
A Prospective Study of Postpartum Depression in 17,648 Parturients.
Nelson DB, Freeman MP, Johnson NL, McIntire DD, Leveno KJ The journal of maternal-fetal & neonatal medicine : the official journal of the European Association of Perinatal Medicine, the Federation of Asia and Oceania Perinatal Societies, the International Society of Perinatal Obstetricians 2013 Feb
Does preeclampsia involve the pancreas? A report of original research.
Nelson DB, Duraiswamy S, McIntire DD, Mayo MJ, Leveno KJ The journal of maternal-fetal & neonatal medicine : the official journal of the European Association of Perinatal Medicine, the Federation of Asia and Oceania Perinatal Societies, the International Society of Perinatal Obstetricians 2014 Jul 1-3
Fetal skeletal dysplasias: sonographic indices associated with adverse outcomes.
Nelson DB, Dashe JS, McIntire DD, Twickler DM Journal of ultrasound in medicine : official journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine 2014 Jun 33 6 1085-90
Obstetric Antecedents to Body Cooling Treatment of the Newborn Infant.
Nelson DB, Lucke AM, McIntire DD, Sánchez PJ, Leveno KJ, Chalak LF American journal of obstetrics and gynecology 2014 Feb
Ultrasound in pregnancy after endometrial ablation.
Holt R, Santiago-Muñoz P, Nelson DB, Twickler D Journal of clinical ultrasound : JCU 2012 Aug
Is preeclampsia associated with fetal malformation? A review and report of original research.
Nelson DB, Chalak LF, McIntire DD, Leveno KJ The journal of maternal-fetal & neonatal medicine : the official journal of the European Association of Perinatal Medicine, the Federation of Asia and Oceania Perinatal Societies, the International Society of Perinatal Obstetricians 2014 Oct 1-24
- Subsequent Pregnancy Outcomes in Women Previously Diagnosed with Subclinical Hypothyroidism.
- Maternal-Fetal Consultations