Benjamin Nelson, MD is the program Director for the Pediatric Pulmonary Fellowship at MassGeneral Hospital for Children and the Director of Pediatric Bronchoscopy.  He treats patients in Boston, Danvers, and Concord.



Centers & Specialties

MassGeneral Hospital for Children

Clinical Interests
  • Asthma
  • Pediatric pulmonary diseases
  • 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
  • Pediatric Pulmonology
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Concord: Emerson Hospital
  • Danvers: The Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care
Existing Patients
Patient Gateway
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • AllWays Health (NHP) - ACD
  • AllWays Health (NHP) - PBO
  • 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
  • BMC HealthNet Mass Health MCO/ACO
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Commonwealth Care Alliance
  • 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
  • Maine Community Health Options (MCHO)
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • OSW - Connecticut
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • OSW - Vermont
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO
  • Well Sense Pediatrics

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

Patient Age Group
Provider Gender


Dr. Nelson is a board certified pediatric pulmonologist who is 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.

Dr. Nelson's research is in the field of medical education.  He is the Associate Director for CME for the Department of Pediatrics at MGHfC where he creates content and leads national conferences.

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.

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Teaching trainees how to critically evaluate the literature – A crossover study at two pediatric residency programs. Int J Med Educ. 2017 April 24;8:137-141


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:

Teaching trainees how to critically evaluate the literature – A crossover study at two pediatric residency programs. Int J Med Educ. 2017 April 24;8:137-141

Surveillance of actionable pulmonary nodules in children: the potential of thoracic MRI. Insights in Chest Diseases. 2016 Jan;1(1:11):1-5

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 May;95(5):715-722.

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.


News & Events

  • Pediatric Primary Care Conference Celebrates 40 years

    This year, MGHfC celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Primary Care Pediatrics course, in which MGHfC providers shared their clinical expertise with doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners and other allied health professionals from around the world.

  • A positive focus helps coaches change the narrative for trainees

    A focus on the positive is the mindset behind a new coaching program in the Pediatric Residency and Fellowship programs at MGHfC. The coaching program aims to maximize the experiences of interns, residents and fellows by pairing them with providers who coach trainees on personal and professional goals.

  • Providing patient education during Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

    At least 7 million children experience shortness of breath, wheezing recurring cough caused by asthma. This May, the MGH marks Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month to educate parents about how to better manage their child’s asthma and allergies.


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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