Jessica Nelson, MD, an Emergency Physician with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Get to know Emergency Physician Dr. Jessica Nelson, who serves patients in Houston, Texas.

Specializing in critical care medicine and emergency medicine, Dr. Nelson assesses patients who seek immediate medical attention at any time of day or night. She works as a clinical specialist at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.

“My goal is to help establish awareness of medical problems, health topics, medications and screening to ensure that patients understand health issues and are competent in managing their care” expressed the doctor. 

Throughout her academic career, Dr. Nelson earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from The University of Texas at Arlington, where she graduated magna cum laude in the top 2% of her graduating class in 2006. She then went on to complete her post-baccalaureate studies in medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine in 2007, and graduated with her medical degree from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in 2011. She completed her residency in emergency medicine at Baylor College of Medicine / Ben Taub General Hospital in 2014, and her fellowship in emergency medicine administration at Baylor Medical Center of Garland with EmCare in 2016. 

Before long, she attained board certification in emergency medicine through the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM). The ABEM certifies emergency physicians who meet its educational, professional, and examination standards.

Advancing her efforts, Dr. Nelson is a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians and the Texas College of Emergency Physicians. She also holds certifications in Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS).

Emergency medicine, also known as accident and emergency medicine, is the medical specialty concerned with the care of illnesses or injuries requiring immediate medical attention. An emergency physician is a physician who works at an emergency department to care for acutely ill or injured patients. They care for unscheduled and undifferentiated patients of all ages.

Recognized as a journalist, speaker, and patient advocate, Dr. Nelson’s various awards and honors include: Baylor Medical Center of Garland Physician of the Month, 2015; EMRA Scholarship for Emergency Department Directors Academy Baylor Medical Center of Garland Physician of the Month, 2013; TCEP Leadership and Advocacy Fellowship, 2012; Carl E. Herzog Scholarship, 2007-2011; University of Texas at Arlington Scholar Baylor Medical Center of Garland Physician of the Month, 2006; School of Science Honoree for Academic Excellence Baylor Medical Center of Garland Physician of the Month, 2004; Golden Key International Honor Society, 2004; and Duncan Robinson Award for Outstanding Freshman Writing Baylor Medical Center of Garland Physician of the Month, 2003.

On a more personal note, she speaks both English and Spanish. 

Learn More about Dr. Jessica Nelson:

Through her findatopdoc profile,, through The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, or through her website, 


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