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Dominic L. Van Nielen, MD

Board Certified

I view the patient doctor relationship as a team. It’s my job to take the time to clearly and thoroughly explain each diagnosis and to outline all available treatment options. Together, we decide on the course of treatment and work closely to achieve the best possible result. My patients are like family, and I’m dedicated to being there for them during all stages of treatment.

As a fellowship trained joint replacement surgeon, I am extremely knowledgable about the latest treatment options available for hip and knee arthritis and am committed to providing the absolute best, cutting-edge treatments for my patients.

Clinical Focus:

Hip and knee arthritis, complex primary, robotic, and revision total and partial joint replacement, arthroscopic surgery of the knee and shoulder, ligament reconstruction of the knee, general orthopedics and fracture fixation.

Areas of Practice:

  • Orthopedic Surgery

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About Dominic L. Van Nielen, MD

Undergraduate Degree:

Medical Degree:

Tulane University School of Medicine


Naval Medical Center Portsmouth




Dr. Van Nielen completed his undergraduate degree at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, TX. While there, he competed on the multiple national championship winning MSU cycling team. Following graduation, he spent a year racing in Europe before returning for his medical training at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA and orthopedic surgery residency at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, VA. Following graduation, Dr. Van Nielen served as a general orthopedic surgeon in the U.S. Navy for five years, providing world class musculoskeletal care to active duty service members and their dependents in Japan, Southern California, and Spain. He separated from the Navy in 2022 to complete his fellowship training in total joint replacement at the Rubin Institute for Advanced Orthopedics in Baltimore, Maryland.

Outside of work, Dr. Van Nielen enjoys staying active, photography, and spending time with his family. He is happily married to his wife Brittany, a physical therapist. Together they have three children (with a fourth due December 2023) who always seem to keep things interesting. They love spending time outdoors as a family and are avid hikers and lovers of the National Park System.

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