Bergen Nelson, M.D.

Bergen Nelson, M.D.

bnelson@mednet.ucla.edu

Dr. Bergen Nelson is a general pediatrician and health services researcher who completed the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program at UCLA in 2011. Dr. Nelson taught elementary school in New York City for two years through the Teach For America program. Research interests include early childhood development, the connections between education and health, and improving systems of care for vulnerable families. Dr. Nelson has worked with public school districts in Los Angeles and San Francisco, as well as the federally-funded Head Start preschool program, on transformational initiatives that augment the role of early education programs and systems in promoting early identification and response to developmental concerns.

Dr. Nelson attended Harvard Medical School where she received her MD in 2004, and completed internship and residency in pediatrics at University of California, San Francisco, starting in the inaugural year of the Pediatric Leadership for the Underserved (PLUS) program. Dr. Nelson’s undergraduate degree is from Wellesley College.