Bryce Nelson, MD, PhD

Dr. Nelson joined the Children’s Hospital of Richmond Division of Pediatric Endocrinology as Division Chief in 2019 building on the legacy of Gary Francis.  Dr. Nelson was born and raised in the upstate of South Carolina, graduated from Riverside High School in Greenville SC and went on to graduate from the University of South Carolina Honors College with a degree in Biology.   He had aspirations to be a doctor since a boy and was particularly interested in diabetes due to his uncle, Mitchell Dryman, having type 1 diabetes.  During his college career, he had the opportunity to work with Dr. David Essig who showed him the wonders of a research career.  Dr. Nelson was accepted to and graduated from the Medical Scientist Training Program at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC with a Doctorate of Medicine and Doctorate of Philosophy (MD/PhD).  He attended Vanderbilt University for his Pediatric Residency and Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship.  He has spent the last 25 years devoted to children who suffer from diabetes both by providing medical care and participating in diabetes research.  His research interests have included studying mechanisms of insulin action, insulin resistance, and transitioned his research efforts to focus on type 1 diabetes prevention and type 2 diabetes treatment in children.   He is the proud husband to Kathy Nelson who he met at MUSC and the proud father of Rebecca (14 years old) and Reed (11 years old). He enjoys playing bass guitar and everything to do with Christmas and especially “exterior illumination” for the holidays.