Ariana M. 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 - General
  • American Board of Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine [Anesthesiology]
  • English
  • Spanish
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, UCI School of Medicine
Awards and Recognition
  • Physicians of Excellence, Orange County Medical Association – 2021
More Information

Dr. Ariana Nelson is a board-certified anesthesiologist who specializes in interventional pain management, as well as in acute and chronic pain. Her clinical interests include chronic hip, back and knee pain; nerve pain; complex regional pain syndrome and vertebral fractures.

Nelson earned her medical degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich., followed by an internship at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, also in Ann Arbor. She completed a residency in residency in anesthesiology and a fellowship in multidisciplinary pain management at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

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 conducting 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.

She sees patients at UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange, at UCI Health Gottschalk Medical Plaza in Irvine and at UCI Health — Tustin.


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