About Dr Nelson
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B.S., Michigan State University
M.D., University of Michigan Medical School
Internship (Internal Medicine), Neurology Residency, University of New Mexico
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (Neurology)
American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine (Electromyography)
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Added Qualification – Clinical Neurophysiology
Added Qualification – Neuromuscular Medicine
Current University of Kentucky Academic Appointments
Director of Medical Affairs
Assistant Dean for Clinical Affairs
Professor, Department of NeurologyUniversity of Kentucky Assignments
In the Neurology Department, Dr. Nelson directs the Neuromuscular clinical neurophysiology laboratory and cares for patients with Neuromuscular disease. As Director of Medical Affairs within the Chief Medical Office, Dr. Nelson is responsible for the credentialing and privileging process of 1300 University of Kentucky Healthcare physicians and providers, and overseeing key clinical activity of 1700 physicians and healthcare providers. Dr. Nelson is also medical director of the UK Risk Management program.
National Committees / Assignments
The American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM; www.AANEM.org) is composed of 5000 member physicians and is the only national organization devoted to all aspects of Neuromuscular Medicine. Dr. Nelson has served on many AANEM committees, including Chair of Program Committee responsible for organizing and moderating the 2005 Plenary session in Monterey CA entitled: “Emerging concepts and technologies in Neuromuscular Medicine”, Symposia committee(Chair), AANEM Board of Directors, as well as active in developing national accreditation standards for EMG/NCS laboratories. Dr. Nelson is currently Secretary-Treasurer elect of the AANEM. For the American Academy of Neurology Dr. Nelson is Councilor for the Clinical Neurophysiology Section.
Exploring the relationship of the autonomic nervous system to arousal and conscious states.
Nelson, K.R., Rivner, M. Electromyography and Nerve Conduction Laboratory in Clinical Neurologic Practice. Seminars in Neurology 10:131 140, 1990.
Harper, C..M., Nelson, K. Intraoperative Electrophysiologic Monitoring in Children. Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology 9(3): 342-356, 1992.
Nelson, K.R., Goodheart, R., Salotto, A., Tibbs, P. Median Nerve Entrapment Beneath the Bicipital Aponeurosis: Investigation with Intraoperative Short Segment Stimulation. Muscle Nerve 17: 1221-1223, 1994.
Nelson, K.R., Vasconez, H.C. Nerve Transection Without Neurotonic Discharges During Intraoperative Electromyographic Monitoring. Muscle Nerve 18, 236-238, 1995.
Warf, B, and Nelson, K.R. The Electromyographic Responses to Dorsal Rootlet Stimulation during Partial Dorsal Rhizotomy Are Inconsistent. Pediatr Neurosurg, 25, 13-19, 1996.
Nelson, K.R., Mattingly, M., Lee, S.A., Schmitt, F.A., Does the arousal system contribute to near death experience? Neurology 66:1003–1009, 2006.
Nelson, K.R., Mattingly, M., Schmitt, F.A., Out-of body experience and Arousal. Neurology, 68: 794-5, 2007.
The Scope of Elecrodiagnostic Medicine. American Association of Electrodiagnostic Medicine. Muscle Nerve Supp 8, S5-12, 1999.
Guidelines for Establishing a Quality Assurance Program in an Electrodiagnostic Laboratory. American Association of Electrodiagnostic Medicine. Muscle Nerve Supp 8, S33-39, 1999.
Risks in Elecrodiagnostic Medicine. American Association of Electrodiagnostic Medicine. Muscle Nerve Supp 8, S53-69, 1999.
Somatosensory Evoked Potentials: Clinical Uses. American Association of Electrodiagnostic Medicine. Muscle Nerve Supp 8, S11-118., 1999.
Practice Parameter for Electrodiagnostic Studies in Ulnar Neuropathy at the Elbow. American Association of Electrodiagnostic Medicine. Muscle Nerve Supp 8, S171-205, 1999.
Practice Parameter for Needle Electromyographic Evaluation of Patients with Suspected Cervical Radiculopathy: Summary Statement. American Association of Electrodiagnostic Medicine. Muscle Nerve Supp 8, S209-221, 1999.
Consensus Criteria for the Diagnosis of Partial Conduction Block. American Association of Electrodiagnostic Medicine. Muscle Nerve Supp 8, S225-229, 1999.
Books (Book Chapters)
Nelson, K.R. Intraoperative Nerve Action Potentials. In: Neurologic Clinics: Evoked Potentials. (Gilmore, R.L. ed.) W. B. Saunders. 6:4, pp. 917 933, 1988.
Nelson, K.R. Carpal Tunnel and Other Nerve Entrapments. Saunders Manual of Medical Practice, (Rakel R.E., ed) W.B. Saunders, Philadelphia, 1996.
Nelson, K.R. Carpal Tunnel and Other Nerve Entrapments. Saunders Manual of Medical Practice, (Rakel R.E., ed) 2nd. Edition W.B. Saunders, Philadelphia, 1999.
Nelson, K.R. The Spiritual Doorway in the Brain. Dutton/Penguin (US), January, 2010 and in the United Kingdom as Nelson, K.R. The God Impulse. Simon&Schuster, January, 2010.