Dr. David Nelson is Professor of Medicine and Assistant Vice President for Research at the University of Florida where he serves as the Director of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute. At this position he focuses on improving how biomedical research is conducted and how to enable scientists to collaborate more efficiently in order to accelerate the translation of laboratory discoveries into real- world clinical treatments.
Dr. Nelson’s area of clinical expertise is Hepatology with an emphasis on the management of viral hepatitis and liver cancer. He has strong translational research interests, focusing primarily on the immunopathogenesis and treatment of chronic hepatitis C and hepatocellular carcinoma. In 2013, he was recognized as one of the Clinical Research Forum’s Top 10 Clinical Research Achievements and in 2014 received the AAMC Learning Health System Champion Research Award. He currently oversees more than 15 active clinical trials and has a 15 year track record of NIH funding. . Dr. Nelson has an impressive record of academic achievement with more than $40 million in research funding and over 200 publications.
He received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College, his medical degree from SUNY Upstate University in Syracuse, completed a Residency in Internal Medicine at The University of Massachusetts, and obtained fellowship training in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the University of Florida.