Saratoga Hospital’s Dr. Robert Nielson has been named New York State 2014 Family Doctor of the Year. The award, from the New York State Academy of Family Physicians, recognizes Nielson’s outstanding contributions as a partner in his patients’ care.
Nielson’s selection was based, in part, on patient nominations that described “Dr. Bob’s” exceptional medical care, guidance and support.
“He has gone above and beyond the realm and responsibilities of a physician. He has shown great care, immense concern and deep compassion for our entire family,” wrote one patient.
“Dr. Nielson never stops looking for ways to improve my care,” wrote another. “For the first time in my 55 years, I have confidence that my doc is managing my total healthcare in a comprehensive fashion.”
Nielson is in practice with Saratoga Family Physicians, which is a member of the Saratoga Hospital-owned Saratoga Regional Medical Group. He co-chairs the hospital’s Department of Family Practice. In addition, Nielson has served as a high school football team physician for 30 years. He is the school health director for four Saratoga and Washington county school districts, is a certified ImPACT consultant for management of concussions, is president of the American Board of Ringside Medicine, and travels internationally with the U.S. Boxing Team.
Nielson is board certified in family medicine, with subspecialty certification in sports medicine. He created a local concussion treatment group based on the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center model, which includes the most recent evaluations of concussion and treatment of post-concussive syndrome. He accepts referrals and performs concussion-related consultations Mondays and Wednesdays in the Saratoga Family Physicians office on Route 50 in Wilton.
“Dr. Nielson is an example and an inspiration to his patients, his colleagues and athletes of all ages,” said Dr. Richard Falivena, Saratoga Hospital vice president and chief medical and physician integration officer. “We congratulate him on this much-deserved honor and we applaud The New York State Academy of Family Physicians for making such an excellent choice.”