Department of
Internal Medicine at Highland Hospital
A member of Alameda Health System


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Nick Nelson, MBBS

Associate Program Director / Primary Care
Medical Director, Human Rights Clinic
Affiliated Faculty, Berkely Center for Social Medicine
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, UCSF

Undergraduate School:

Reed College

Medical School:

University of London


Highland Hospital Internal Medicine, Primary Care Track

Clinical Interest:

Bedside diagnosis, forensic evaluation of torture victims, trauma-informed care, evidence-based medicine.

Research Interest:

Physical examination, bedside diagnosis, graduate medical education, asylum seekers and refugees in primary care.

Recent Publications:

Neff J, Knight K, Satterwhite S, Nelson N, Matthews J, Holmes S. “Teaching Structure: A Qualitative Evaluation of a Structural Competency Training for Resident Physicians.” JGIM 32(4), 430-433 (2017)

Nelson N. “Re: CCG is criticized for paying private firm to screen referrals.”  Letter to the Editor, BMJ 2016;355:i5765 (2016)

““Structural Competency: Moving Beyond 'Cultural Competency' to Address Health Disparities.”  Lecture to Ethnic Health Institute (Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Oakland CA), 2017.

“Structural Competency in Graduate Medical Education.” Speaker and panelist at “Anthropology on the Front Lines,” a conference honoring the work of Nancy Scheper-Hughes at UC Berkeley, 2017.

“Delivering Trauma Informed Care”  Speaker and panel discussant on considerations in primary care respecting asylum seekers, refugees, and other migrants at National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine event “Facilitating Health Communication with Immigrant, Refugee, and Migrant Populations Through Use of Health Literate Approaches: A Workshop,” 2017