Ariana Nelson, MD


Pain Medicine, Anesthesiology

Clinical Interests

Complex regional pain syndrome, Chronic back pain, Knee/hip pain, Nerve (neuropathic) pain, Vertebral fractures

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  • American Board of Anesthesiology, Anesthesiology
  • American Board of Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine [Anesthesiology]
  • English
Medical School
University of Michigan Medical School
St. Joseph Mercy HospitalTransitional
Northwestern Memorial HospitalAnesthesiology
Northwestern Memorial HospitalMultidisciplinary Pain Management
Professional Positions
  • Assistant Professor — Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Care, UC Irvine School of Medicine
More Information

Dr. Ariana Nelson is a board-certified physician specializing in anesthesiology, interventional pain management and acute and chronic pain. Her clinical interests include chronic hip, back and knee pain; nerve pain; complex regional pain syndrome and vertebral fractures.

Nelson is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists and a member of the Spine Intervention Society. She has contributed to several book chapters on regional anesthesia and pain medicine. In addition to research in functional MRI and connective tissue disorders, she has a strong interest in the harmful effects of opioid medications and strives to improve her patients’ enjoyment of life through prescription of non-opioid medications, adjuvant therapies and state-of-the-art procedures.

Nelson earned her medical degree from the University of Michigan Health System before completing an internship at the Saint Joseph Mercy Health System in Ann Arbor, Mich. She went on to finish a residency in anesthesiology, as well as a multidisciplinary pain management fellowship, at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

UC Irvine Medical Center
101 The City Drive South
Orange, CA 92868
Phone: 888-456-7002
Fax: 714-456-7321
UCI Health — Tustin
1451 Irvine Blvd.
Tustin, CA 92780
Phone: 714-838-8408
Fax: 714-838-0003
UCI Health Gottschalk Medical Plaza
1 Medical Plaza Drive
Irvine, CA 92697
Phone: 949-824-7246
Fax: 855-209-8413