Paul J. Nielsen, M.D.

Board-Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon

Medical Degree

University of Missouri School of Medicine
Columbia, Missouri

Orthopedic Surgery Residency

University of Nebraska College of Medicine
Omaha, Nebraska

Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery Fellowship

Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center
Indianapolis, Indiana

Personal Information

Dr. Nielsen and his wife Jess are raising their two young daughters in Kearney. They enjoy exercise, the outdoors, and Husker football.


Common Conditions Treated (Click on the conditions to learn more)

  • Nerve injuries
  • Fractures
    • Hand, Wrist, Forearm, Elbow, Shoulder, Clavicle
    • Lower Extremity Fractures
  • Hand Trauma
    • Amputations
    • Tendon Injuries
    • Lacerations
  • Pediatric Injuries
    • Fractures
    • Trauma
    • Pediatric Trigger Finger
  • Arthritis
    • Thumb Base Arthritis
    • Finger Arthritis
    • Wrist Arthritis
    • Shoulder Arthritis
    • Other Upper Extremity Arthritic Conditions
  • Tendon Conditions
  • Worker’s Compensation
    • Injuries
    • Independent Medical Evaluations

Dr. Nielsen’s Team

Physician Assistant

Abbie Oran is a Physician Assistant with Dr. Nielsen who assists in surgery and clinic. She completed her training at Union College in Lincoln, NE. Abbie has been treating hand and upper extremity injuries for over a decade.

Nursing Staff

Susanne and Stacey are Dr. Nielsen’s primary clinic nurses.


Haley and Ashley help in clinic to complete paperwork and arrange follow-up appointments. Ashley also assists with surgery as a surgical technologist.