Bryan C. Nelson, MD, FAAP

Bryan C. Nelson, MD, FAAP


Dr. Bryan Nelson, who has been working with children and families at Johnson County Pediatrics for 40 years, has announced his retirement in Spring 2020. He is not accepting new patients.

 Since 1978 Dr. Nelson has been seeing children during appointments and also during the walk-in clinic.

“Children get sick quickly, but they get well quickly,” Dr. Nelson says. “Plus you get to ‘play’ with your patients.’

Born in San Diego, Dr. Nelson has been in Kansas City since the age of 7. He attended J.C. Nichols Grade School, Pembroke Hill School, Stanford University and the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Dr. Nelson's father, Dr. Ben Nelson, was also a well-known physician in Kansas City.

It was during his time at KU Med that Dr. Nelson decided he wanted to be a pediatrician.

“During medical school I discovered that I was very interested in the types of problems and diseases kids got,” he says. "Most adults have problems because they made the wrong lifestyle choices. That not the same with children."

After earning a medical degree, Dr. Nelson completed his pediatric internship from 1975 to 1977 and his pediatric residency from 1977 to 1978 at Children's Mercy Hospital.

In the early years at Johnson County Pediatrics, there were two doctors – Dr. Gerry Wigginton and Dr. Nelson – seeing patients in two locations.

Dr. Nelson's advice to new parents is, “Don't sweat the small stuff!’

In his free time he enjoys golf, reading and his annual fishing trip to Canada. He and his wife Karen have four children and six grandchildren.