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Nelson, Benjamin A., MD

  • Director Pediatric Bronchoscopy
  • Program Director Pediatric Pulmonary Fellowship Program
  • Associate Director CME for MGHfC


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Centers & Specialties

MassGeneral Hospital for Children

Clinical Interests
  • Pediatric pulmonary diseases
  • Asthma
  • Bronchoscopy, including interventional procedures
  • Congenital lung disease
  • Bronchopulmonary dysplasia
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Pediatric lung tumors
  • Chronic cough
Medical Education
  • MD, Georgetown University School of Medicine
  • Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital
Board Certifications
  • Pediatrics
  • Pediatric Pulmonology
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Concord: Emerson Hospital
  • Danvers: The Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care
Patient Gateway
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Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - ACD
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - PBO
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO

Note: This provider may accept more insurance plans than shown; please call the practice to find out if your plan is accepted.

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Dr. Nelson is a board certified pediatric pulmonologist who is now seeing patients in Concord and Danvers, in addition to MassGeneral.

Dr. Nelson received his medical degree from Georgetown University in 2005. He completed his residency in 2008 at the Massachusetts General Hospital where he also completed his fellowship training in pediatric pulmonology in 2011. In addition to his clinical responsibilities, Dr. Nelson serves as the director of pediatric bronchoscopy and is the fellowship director of the pediatric pulmonary program at the MassGeneral Hospital for Children. He is also the associate director for CME for the department of pediatrics at MGHfC and is very involved in medical education.

His areas of special interest include asthma, chronic cough, bronchoscopy, shortness of breath/exercise difficulty, tracheomalacia, general pulmonary disorders, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, and medical education.

A resident of Boxborough, he enjoys spending time with his wife and their twin daughters.

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Research & Publications

Research Summary
The Influence of MBL on the Lung Macrophage Response to Influenza A Virus

Book Chapter:

Pediatric Thoracic Neoplasm. Textbook of Pediatric Chest Imaging. Editor; Robert Cleveland, MD. In Press.

Pocket Pediatrics: The MassGeneral Hospital for Children Handbook of Pediatrics, Editor: Paritosh Prasad, MD, 2010

Refereed Journals:

Tiotropium use in pediatric patients with asthma or chronic cough: A case series.  Clinical Pediatrics. 2014.

Recombinant human mannose-binding lectin dampens human alveolar macrophage inflammatory responses to influenza A virus in vitro. J Leukoc Biol. 2014 Jan 7.

Vitamin D rescues impaired Mycobacterium tuberculosis-mediated TNF release in HIV+ macrophages through enhanced TLR signaling pathway in vitro. Infect Immun. 2012 Oct 15.

Case Report: BRD4-NUT Carcinoma of the Mediastinum in a Pediatric Patient: Multidetector CT Imaging Findings.  J Thorac Imaging. 2010 April 14.

Neuropathology in   Neuropathology in Rhinosinusitis.  Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2005 Jan 1; 171(1):5-11.


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Pediatric Pulmonary
275 Cambridge Street
Boston, MA 02114-3108
Phone: 617-726-8707
Fax: 617-724-2803
Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care
102 Endicott Street
Danvers, MA 01923-3623
Phone: 978-882-6999
Emerson Hospital Center for Specialty Care
54 Baker Ave Extension
Suite 302
Concord, MA 01742
Phone: 978-287-8503

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