Maria E. Nelson

Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery


  • Breast Cancer
  • Surgical Oncology


  • Department of Surgery


  • English

Maria E. Nelson, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery

Practicing locations:

  • LAC+USC Medical Center
  • USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital
  • USC Verdugo Hills Hospital

About this doctor:

Maria E. Nelson, MD is Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine at USC. After receiving her undergraduate degree from Carleton College, she completed her masters and medical degrees at the University of South Dakota. She did her residency training in General Surgery at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and completed her fellowship training in Breast Surgical Oncology at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Nelson’s clinical focus and expertise is in benign and malignant breast disease. She is experienced with advanced breast surgical techniques, and seeks in her practice to combine the best evidence-based methods with best in patient-focused care. Dr. Nelson’s research interests include the diagnostic role of breast imaging techniques and the complex nature of decision-making in breast cancer care.


MS, University of South Dakota Graduate School, Biology, 2005
MD, University of South Dakota Medical School, 2008


Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, General Surgery, 2008-2013


Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Breast Surgical Oncology, 2013-2014


15th Annual Lynne Sage Breast Cancer Symposium Achievement Award, 2013
Dr. Robert and Ruth Quinn Scholarship, 2007
I.D. Erinberg, University of South Dakota Medical School Scholarship, 2006
American Society of Hematology Student Research Award, 2005

Professional society memberships:

American College of Surgeons
Society of Surgical Oncology
American Society of Breast Surgeons