Dr. Nelson is a board certified Infectious Disease specialist. She specializes in the treatment of immunocompromised patients, including patients who have had solid organ or bone marrow transplantation or who have malignancy undergoing chemotherapy.

Clinical Focus

  • Infectious Disease
  • Immunocompromised Host Infectious Disease

Academic Appointments

Professional Education

  • Fellowship:Stanford University Pediatric Infectious Disease Fellowship (2015) CA
  • Fellowship:Stanford University Pediatric Infectious Disease FellowshipCA
  • Board Certification: Infectious Disease, American Board of Internal Medicine (2015)
  • Board Certification: Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine (2012)
  • Residency:Rhode Island Hospital/Brown University (2012) RI
  • Medical Education:Robert Wood Johnson Med School (2009) NJ


All Publications

  • Donor-Derived Coccidioides immitis Endocarditis and Disseminated Infection in the Setting of Solid Organ Transplantation. Open forum infectious diseases Nelson, J. K., Giraldeau, G., Montoya, J. G., Deresinski, S., Ho, D. Y., Pham, M. 2016; 3 (3): ofw086-?


    Background.  Endocarditis is a rare manifestation of infection with Coccidioides. This is the first reported case of donor-derived Coccidioides endocarditis obtained from a heart transplant. Methods.  We present a unique case of donor-derived Coccidioides immitis endocarditis and disseminated infection in a heart transplant patient. We also conducted a review of the literature to identify other cases of donor-derived coccidioidomycosis in solid organ transplant recipients and reviewed their clinical characteristics. Results.  Fifteen prior cases of donor-derived coccidioidomycosis were identified. A majority of these cases were diagnosed by positive culture (83%). Mortality was high at 58%. Conclusions.  Clinicians should maintain a high index of suspicion for disseminated coccidioidomycosis in patients who received transplants with organs from donors with a history of residing in endemic regions.

    View details for DOI 10.1093/ofid/ofw086

    View details for PubMedID 27413765

    View details for PubMedCentralID PMC4940450

  • Encephalitis caused by chikungunya virus in a traveler from the kingdom of tonga. Journal of clinical microbiology Nelson, J., Waggoner, J. J., Sahoo, M. K., Grant, P. M., Pinsky, B. A. 2014; 52 (9): 3459-3461


    Febrile travelers from countries with unique endemic pathogens pose a significant diagnostic challenge. In this report, we describe the case of a Tongan man presenting with fever, rash, and altered mental status. The diagnosis of Chikungunya encephalitis was made using a laboratory-developed real-time RT-PCR and serologic testing.

    View details for DOI 10.1128/JCM.01288-14

    View details for PubMedID 24958800