Nolan Wessell, MD
Assistant Professor, Orthopedics

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Medical School:
  • MD, Wayne State University School of Medicine (2012)
Undergraduate School:
  • BS, University of Wisconsin–Madison (WI) (2006)
Internship:
  • Henry Ford Hospital Program (2013)
Residency:
  • Henry Ford Hospital Program, Chief Resident, Orthopedic Surgery (2017)
Fellowships:
  • University of Colorado (University Hospital) Program, Orthopedic Surgery of the Spine (2018)
Languages: English
Department: Orthopedics

Professional Titles

  • Assistant Professor, Orthopedics
  • Assistant Professor

Recognition & Awards

  • Nominee - Resident of the Year, Henry Ford Health System (2017)
  • Nominee - Resident Leadership Forum, American Orthopaedic Association (2016)
  • Best Research Paper Award, Michigan Orthopaedic Society (2016)
  • 2nd Place - Medical Education Research Symposium, Henry Ford Health System (2016)
  • Educational Grant Recipient, Mid-America Orthopaedic Association (2016)
  • 1st Place - Resident Research Symposium, Detroit Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (2015)
  • 3rd Place - Resident Research Symposium, Detroit Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (2015)
  • 3rd Place - Medical Education Research Symposium, Henry Ford Health System (2015)
  • Edward D. Henderson, MD - Physician-In-Training Research Award, Mid-America Orthopaedic Association (2014)
  • O.B. Weed Scholarship, Wayne State University School of Medicine (2012)
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, Alpha Omega Alpha (2011)
  • Year III - Comprehensive Honors, Wayne State University School of Medicine (2011)
  • Prentis Foundation Medical Scholarship, Wayne State University School of Medicine (2010)
  • Year I - Comprehensive Honors, Wayne State University School of Medicine (2009)
  • Iber Health Education Scholarship, Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin (2009)
  • Dean's List, University of Wisconsin - Madison (2005)
  • William F. Vilas Scholarship, University of Wisconsin - Madison (2003)

Research Interests

Pre- and post-operative pain management; Complex cervical spine surgery; Spinal deformity correction

Teaching

  • Assistant Professor (2018)
    School of Medicine, Orthopedics

Publications

  • Ayers R, Patel V, Burger E, Cain C, Ou-Yang D, Wessell N, Kleck C. Corrosion of Titanium Spinal Explants Is Similar to That Observed in Oil Field Line Pipe Steel: Evidence of Microbial-Influenced Corrosion In Vivo. Orthopedics. 2020 Jan 1;43(1):62-67. PubMed PMID: 31958342
  • Frisch NB, Wessell N, Charters M, Greenstein A, Shaw J, Peterson E, Trent Guthrie S. Hip Fracture Mortality: Differences Between Intertrochanteric and Femoral Neck Fractures. J Surg Orthop Adv. Spring 2018;27(1):64-71. PubMed PMID: 29762119
  • Wessell NM, Martus JE, Halanski MA, Snyder B, Truong W. What's New in Pediatric Spine Growth Modulation and Implant Technology for Early-Onset Scoliosis?. J Pediatr Orthop. 2018 Jan;38(1):e3-e13. PubMed PMID: 27403917
  • Frisch NB, Wessell N, Jildeh TR, Greenstein A, Trent Guthrie S. Early-Stage Chronic Kidney Disease and Hip Fracture Mortality. J Surg Orthop Adv. Fall 2018;27(3):226-230. PMID: 30489248
  • Frisch NB, Wessell NM, Taliaferro K, Van Holsbeeck M, Silverton CD. Ultrasound findings in asymptomatic patients with modular metal on metal total hip arthroplasty. Skeletal Radiol. 2017 May;46(5):641-649. PubMed PMID: 28204856
  • Frisch N, Wessell NM, Charters M, Peterson E, Cann B, Greenstein A, Silverton CD. Effect of Body Mass Index on Blood Transfusion in Total Hip and Knee Arthroplasty. Orthopedics. 2016 Sep 1;39(5):e844-9. PubMed PMID: 27172370
  • Wessell N, Khalil J, Zavatsky J, Ghacham W, Bartol S. Verification of nerve decompression using mechanomyography. Spine J. 2016 Jun;16(6):679-86. PubMed PMID: 26940191
  • Charters MA, Frisch NB, Wessell NM, Dobson C, Les CM, Silverton CD. Rivaroxaban Versus Enoxaparin for Venous Thromboembolism Prophylaxis after Hip and Knee Arthroplasty. J Arthroplasty. 2015 Jul;30(7):1277-80. PubMed PMID: 25724111
  • Frisch NB, Wessell NM, Charters MA, Yu S, Jeffries JJ, Silverton CD. Predictors and complications of blood transfusion in total hip and knee arthroplasty. J Arthroplasty. 2014 Sep;29(9 Suppl):189-92. PubMed PMID: 25007727
  • Stockwell PJ, Wessell N, Reed DR, Kronenwetter-Koepel TA, Reed KD, Turchi TR, Meece JK. A field evaluation of four larval mosquito control methods in urban catch basins. J Am Mosq Control Assoc. 2006 Dec;22(4):666-71. PubMed PMID: 17304935
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Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Member
  • North American Spine Society, Member
  • American Orthopedic Association, Member
  • Colorado Orthopedic Society, Member

Practice Locations

UCHealth Spine Center - Anschutz Medical Campus
Anschutz Inpatient Pavilion - 1st Floor
12605 E. 16th Avenue
Aurora, CO 80045
720-848-1980

UCHealth - Lone Tree Health Center
9548 Park Meadows Drive
Lone Tree, CO 80124
720-848-2200

UCHealth Highlands Ranch Hospital
1500 Park Central Drive
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
720-516-1000

Hospital Affiliation
  • University of Colorado Hospital
  • Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • UCHealth Highlands Ranch Hospital

Specialty Information

Specialties
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Basic Cardiac Life Support, Certificate (2018)
  • Colorado Medical License, License (2017)
Conditions & Treatments
  • Infections
  • Infections - Fungal Infections
  • Infections - Bacterial Infections
  • Failed Prior Surgery
  • Spine - Sacroiliac Joint
  • Spinal Deformity
  • Spine
  • Spine - Cervical disc herniation
  • Spine - Cervical spinal stenosis
  • Spine - Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Spine - Degenerative Scoliosis
  • Spine - Lumbar disc herniation
  • Spine - Lumbar spinal stenosis
  • Spine - Myelopathy
  • Spine - Radiculopathy
  • Spine - Sciatica
  • Spine - Scoliosis
  • Spine - Slipped Disc
  • Spine - Spondylolisthesis
  • Spine - Spondylolysis
Clinical Interests
Orthopedic Spine injuries and disorders.

Care Philosophy
I believe in educating patients about their conditions so that we can work together as a team towards improving their quality of life.

Personal Interests
In my spare time, I spend time with my wife and children. Personally, I enjoy playing hockey, cycling and golfing.

Public Speaking
Yes

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, Wayne State University School of Medicine (2012)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BS, University of Wisconsin–Madison (WI) (2006)
Internships:
  • Henry Ford Hospital Program (2013)
Residency Programs:
  • Henry Ford Hospital Program, Chief Resident, Orthopedic Surgery (2017)
Fellowships:
  • University of Colorado (University Hospital) Program, Orthopedic Surgery of the Spine (2018)
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Languages: English
Department: Orthopedics
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