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William H Nelson, MD
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Allegheny General Hospital (Primary)
East Wing Office Building
420 E North Ave, Suite 304
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Fax (412) 359-6732
Wexford Health + Wellness Pavilion
12311 Perry Hwy, 2nd Floor
Wexford, PA 15090
Fax (412) 605-6316
West Penn Hospital
4815 Liberty Ave, Suite M02
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
Fax (412) 605-6316

Certified in general surgery, Dr. Nelson brings his expertise in elective and emergent surgery to the Allegheny Health Network (AHN) Surgery group. His focus includes stomach, small bowel, colon, gallbladder and bile ducts, and advanced hernia repair surgeries. He is also certified in advanced trauma life support and advanced cardiac life support.

Dr. Nelson earned his degree from Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia and completed his surgery residency at Allegheny General Hospital. A member of the American College of Surgeons and Christian Medical and Dental Association, Dr. Nelson is also an adjunct assistant clinical professor of surgery at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, Pennsylvania.

He volunteers as a mission surgeon for Pan African Academy of Christian Surgeons (PAACS) and has performed surgery with limited resources at Kijabe Hospital in Kijabe, Kenya, and at Bongolo Hospital in Lebamba, Gabon.

Dr. Nelson has medical staff privileges at Allegheny General Hospital and West Penn Hospital.

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Abdominal Surgery
Abdominal Wall Hernia Surgery
Abdominal Wall and Inguinal Hernia Surgery
Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery
Bloodless Surgery
Bowel Surgery
Gallbladder Surgery
General Surgery
Hernia Repair
Hernia Surgery
Incisional Hernia Surgery
Inguinal Hernia Surgery
Intestinal Stoma Reversal
Minimally Invasive Hernia Repair
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Peritoneal Dialysis Catheter Surgery
Pilonidal Cyst
Robotic Assisted Inguinal Hernia Repair
Robotic Assisted Ventral Hernia Repair
Robotic Hernia Surgery
Robotic Surgery
Robotic-Assisted Surgery
Spleen Surgery
Umbilical Hernia Surgery


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Recent Patient Comments

"Very professional. Easy to understand. Had a clear and concise plan to solve the problem."

March 17, 2024

"I feel as though he did not read the notes the nurse put into the file. I had to repeat everything. He also had 2 other people with him. At least 1 of the three should have read the file and notes and asked me questions based on that. I feel doctors are missing that step more and more. If a patient comes in for a first time appointment and goes through questions for 15 minutes with the nurse, the doctor should read that detail, and ask to clarify or expand on the details that were shared with the triage nurse."

February 26, 2024

"Would recommend him to anyone"

December 19, 2023

"Dr. Nelson as alternative and treated me well. His office employees were equally as kind and attentive."

December 15, 2023

"Dr. Nelson is phenomenal. I had a fantastic outcome from my cholecystectomy and his follow up care was excellent."

November 29, 2023

"Every staff member we encountered was courteous, helpful, and professional. Each one seemed concerned that my wife and I had our questions answered and everything was done in a timely manner. My instructions for surgery and obtaining my CT scan and EKG were explained clearly. Dr Nelson explained my upcoming surgery & testing clearly and answered all of our questions. He spent a lot of time with us and was concerned that we understood everything correctly."

November 21, 2023

"All of the nurses were very good"

November 07, 2023

"He was excellent. Good listener and a good explainer."

October 26, 2023

"The best of the best."

October 24, 2023

"Good experience."

July 02, 2023



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