Nelson Hager, MD

Lieutenant Colonel (Ret), Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, USUHS

Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) Nelson Hager, MD, MS, is the Principal Investigator for the Collaboratory for Musculoskeletal Injury Rehabilitation Research (CMIRR), Vice Chairman of the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) and faculty member at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS). His current board certifications included PM&R, and Sports Medicine. He is RMSK certified for musculoskeletal ultrasound from the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography. He has a particular clinical and research interest in diagnostic and interventional ultrasound as well as regenerative medicine. He has established himself as a national leader in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound education and investigation over the past 15 years – directing & presenting numerous educational seminars, various book chapters, with additional editorial credits in the field of musculoskeletal medicine and ultrasound.

Dr Hager received his undergraduate degree at USMA and his initial service in the military was as an infantry office culminating in service as a Company Commander for two light infantry companies and as aide-de-camp for two consecutive Commanding Generals, 7th Infantry Division. He completed a Masters of Science Program at Indiana University prior to returning as a faculty and research officer in the Dept of Physical Education at the United States Military Academy. Subsequently, he received his medical degree from USUHS. As a military medical corps officer he served in various capacities to include; Deputy Commander for Clinical Services at Hawley Army Community Hospital, Assistant Chief of PM&R at Madigan Army Medical Center, Chief of the Dept of PM&R at Tripler Army Medical Center, and Chief of PM&R at Walter Reed Army Medical Center during 9/11.

Since military retirement, Dr Hager has served in private practice and academic medicine positions to include; Musculoskeletal Fellowship Director- Northwest Spine and Sports Physicians, Associate Clinical Professor in the Dept of PM&R University of Washington and Medical director of the Bone and Joint Clinic, Medical Director of the Sports, Orthopedics and Spine Health Center, Franciscan Health System and attending faculty at VA Puget Sound Health Care, Tacoma, Washington. He has served as a team physician and race coverage physician in various sports settings along with sports coverage of the Vancouver Winter Paralympics in 2010. Dr Hager has received various military and academic awards to include; the Outstanding PMR Resident and Resident Research reward, the Order of Military Medical Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (4), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Ranger Tab, Airborne Parachutist Badge and the Expert Infantryman’s Badge.