J. Stuart Nelson, M.D., Ph.D.
Meet J. Stuart Nelson, M.D., Ph.D.
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J. Stuart Nelson, M.D., Ph.D., is Medical Director of the Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic, and Professor of Surgery and Biomedical Engineering, at the University of California Irvine, located in Southern California in Orange County.

Dr. Nelson specializes in the diagnosis, clinical management and treatment of infants, young children and adults with port wine stains, hemangiomas and other vascular malformations. Dr. Nelson’s university-based clinical practice and research combines his expertise in engineering, optics, medicine and surgery. In addition to Dr. Nelson's faculty, research, teaching and clinical responsibilities, he is the Director of the Port Wine Stain Vascular Birthmarks and Malformations Diagnostic and Treatment Center at the University of California Irvine Medical Center.

Dr. Nelson and colleagues developed the “Dynamic Cooling Device” which in conjunction with pulsed dye laser technology has become the treatment of choice for the treatment of port wine stain birthmarks, hemangiomas and other vascular malformations. Worldwide, this methodology developed by Dr. Nelson has now been incorporated into more than 20,000 laser devices. Because of Dr. Nelson’s expertise and the program’s reputation for providing high quality care with the latest technology, patients with port wine stains, hemangiomas and other vascular malformations travel from all over the world to the Beckman Laser Institute to seek treatment.

Dr. Nelson has published more than 300 scientific articles and 13 book chapters. Dr. Nelson served as President of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS) 2001-2002. He assumed the position of Editor-in-Chief of the ASLMS journal Lasers in Surgery and Medicine in April 2005. Dr. Nelson is internationally recognized in the field as an expert in port wine stains, hemangiomas and other vascular malformation. As such, he has been invited to Belgium, Canada, China, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, Spain, United Kingdom and Vietnam to address major international meetings.
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ADDITIONAL ACCREDITATIONS
Honors and Awards

December 1991: Whitaker Foundation Biomedical Engineering Research Grant 

January 1992: Dermatology Foundation Career Development Award

April 1992: National Institutes of Health, Biomedical Research Technology Program R03 Small Grant for Innovative Technology
Title: Pulsed Photothermal Radiometry of Port Wine Stains

April 1993: NIH; Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Disease
R29 First Independent Research and Transition Award
Title: Photodynamic Therapy of Hypervascular Cutaneous Anomalies 

August 1994: NIH; Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Disease
R01 Independent Research Grant Award
Title: Pulsed Photothermal Radiometry of Port Wine Stains

January 1996: NIH; Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Disease
R01 Independent Research Grant Award
Title: Temperature Distribution in Tissue after Pulsed Laser Exposure

February 2000: NIH; Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering
R01 Independent Research Grant Award
Title: Microvascular Monitoring using a Novel Optical Technology

September 2001: NIH; Institute of General Medicine
R01 Independent Research Grant Award
Title: Optimized port wine stain laser therapy

September 2002: NIH; Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Disease
K24 Mid-Career Investigator in Patient-Oriented Research Award
Title: Mid-Career Investigator in Patient-Oriented Research Award

September 2002: Dr. ASC Chan Memorial Lectureship
The University of Hong Kong School of Medicine

July 2003: ARISE Exemplary Performance Award, University of California Irvine Medical Center

September 2003: NIH; Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Disease
R01 Independent Research Grant Award
Title: Characterization of port wine stain birthmarks

September 2003: NIH; Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering
R01 Independent Research Grant Award
Title: Optical Doppler Tomography of Human Skin

April 2004: Ellet H. Drake, M.D., Lectureship Award
American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery

June 2004: Research Associates Athalie Clarke Achievement Award
College of Medicine, University of California Irvine

November 2004: Lifetime Achievement Award
DakDak Photoaging Technologies Photobiology Working Group
October 2005: 2005 Physician of the Year Award
The Vascular Birthmarks Foundation

November 2005: 2005 Innovation Award for Product Commercialization
University of California Irvine Office of Technology Alliances

April 2007: Leon Goldman, M.D., Lectureship Award
American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery

April 2009: Caroline and William Mark Memorial Lectureship Award
American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery

November 2009: Elected to the College of Fellows, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE)

December 2010: NIH; Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Disease
R01 Independent Research Grant Award
Title: Novel Approach to Port Wine Stain Treatment in Human Skin

May 2015: Visiting Honorary Professor, Department of Dermatology, Fourth Military Medical University, Xijing Hospital, Xi’an, China

EDUCATION
May 1978: B.S., Biological Sciences, University of Southern California
May 1981: M.D., University of Southern California School of Medicine
March 1987: Ph.D., Cell Biology, University of California, Irvine


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