UCI Health diagnostic radiologist Dr. Kari Nelson

Kari J. Nelson, MD


Vascular & Interventional Radiology, Diagnostic Radiology

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  • American Board of Radiology, Interventional Radiology and Diagnostic Radiology
  • English
Medical School
Medical College of Wisconsin
Arrowhead Regional Medical CenterTransitional Year
University of Virginia Health SciencesDiagnostic Radiology
UCI Medical CenterCardiovascular and Thoracic Imaging
UC San Diego Medical CenterVascular and Interventional Radiology
Professional Positions
  • Chief — Division of Interventional Radiology, Department of Radiological Sciences, UCI School of Medicine
  • Associate Professor — Department of Radiological Sciences, UCI School of Medicine
Awards and Recognition
  • Physicians of Excellence, Orange County Medical Association — 2019-2020
More Information

Dr. Kari J. Nelson is a board-certified UCI Health radiologist who specializes in vascular and interventional radiology.  Her focus is on the treatment of vascular disease and vascular malformations, as well as minimally invasive cancer treatments.

Nelson earned her medical degree at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She completed a residency in radiology at the University of Virginia and fellowships in vascular and interventional radiology at UC San Diego and in cardiovascular and thoracic imaging at UCI Medical Center.

Nelson began her medical career as an assistant professor at UC San Diego School of Medicine. She subsequently entered private practice in Santa Fe, NM, followed by a managed-care practice in the San Francisco Bay area. She returned to her native Orange County in 2013 to join UCI Health as an attending physician in vascular and interventional radiology while completing her fellowship in cardiovascular and thoracic imaging.

UCI Medical Center
101 The City Drive South
Orange, CA 92868
Phone: 714-456-7237
Fax: 855-209-8413