Matthew E. Nielsen

MD, MS, FACS, Director, Urologic Oncology; Associate Professor, Urology; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Epidemiology; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Health Policy and Management, UNC-Chapel Hill, Cancer Prevention and Control, Urologic Oncology Program

MD, MS, FACS
Director, Urologic Oncology; Associate Professor, Urology; Adjunct Associate Professor, Epidemiology; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Health Policy and Management
UNC-Chapel Hill
Cancer Prevention and Control
Urologic Oncology Program

Area of interest

Nielsen’s clinical practice is focused in urologic oncology – in particular the treatment of bladder, prostate and kidney cancer. He was co-Director of the integrated Multidisciplinary Genitourinary Oncology Program at the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center from 2013-2018, and has served on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network. His research in medical decision making, cancer care quality and implementation science has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and The American Cancer Society, and nationally recognized by the Urology Care Foundation / Astellas Rising Stars in Urology Research Award.

Alongside his clinical, research and teaching activities, Dr. Nielsen is actively engaged in quality improvement and patient safety efforts as Associate Director of the UNC Institute for Healthcare Quality Improvement and other leadership roles in the UNC Health Care System, where he received the Physician Friend of Nursing Award in 2017. He has been an active contributor to multiple national organizations, as a member of the Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Committee of the American Urological Association, serving as Chair from 2019-2022, as well as the Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement (PCPI) and the American College of Physicians’ High Value Care Task Force and Performance Measurement Committee.

Awards and Honors

  • Chair, American Urological Association Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Committee, 2019
  • Young Urologist of the Year, American Urological Association 2018
  • Castle Connolly Top Doctors, 2017-2019
  • UNC Health Care System Medical Friend of Nursing Award, 2017
  • Urology Care Foundation / Astellas Rising Stars in Urology Research Award, 2016
  • Best Doctors in America, 2013-2018
  • 2012-2013 American Urological Association Leadership Program
  • 2010-2012 National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Program Award
  • 2009 Member, Scientific Advisory Board, Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network
  • 2008 3rd Prize, AUA/Gyrus ACMI Clinical Research Essay Contest, American Urological Association National Meeting
  • 2007 Merit Award, American Society for Clinical Oncology
  • 2006 2nd Prize, Pfizer Resident Clinical Research Essay Competition, Mid-Atlantic Section of the American Urological Association
  • 2002 Alpha Omega Alpha, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
  • 2001 American Foundation for Urologic Diseases Student Research Scholar
  • 2001 Harold Lamport Medical Student Research Prize, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
  • 1998 Phi Beta Kappa, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

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