Harold S. Nelson, MD

Harold S. Nelson
Harold S. Nelson, MD, is an allergist and immunologist at National Jewish Health. Dr. Nelson is in the Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.
Department of Medicine
Research AreasResearch Areas
  • Allergen Immunotherapy


University of Michigan, MS
Emory University, MD
Harvard College, BA
Letterman Army Medical Center, San Francisco, Internal Medicine
University of Michigan, Allergy/Immunology

Awards & Recognition

American College of Allergy and Immunology:
2008, 2009: Harold S. Nelson Lectureship at annual meeting
2001: 1st Annual Gold-Headed Cane Award – for lifetime achievement
1995: Lester Mittelstaedt Lecturer
1990: McGovern Lecturer
1989: Jaros Lecturer
1986: Fellow, Distinguished Award
1985: Bela Schick Lecturer

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology:
2008: Special Recognition Award
2005: Distinguished Service Award
2001-2017, 2020-2024 Present: Harold S. Nelson Lectureship at annual meeting

National Jewish Health:
2006: Life-time Achievement Award
2005: Teacher of the Year Award

Western Society of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
2018-2022: Harold S. Nelson MD lecture at annual meeting 

World Allergy Organization:
2007: Outstanding Clinician Award

Board Certification

American Board of Internal Medicine
American Board of Allergy and Immunology

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI)
American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI)
Colorado Allergy and Asthma Society
Royal College of Physicians (London)
Western Society of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology


Nelson HS. Future directions in allergen immunotherapy. Allergy Asthma Proc. 2022 Jul 1;43(4):356-362.
Nelson HS. Standardized allergen extracts for allergen immunotherapy. Allergy Asthma Proc. 2022 Jul 1;43(4):327-332.
Nelson HS. To mix or not to mix in allergy immunotherapy vaccines. Curr Opin Allergy Clin Immunol. 2021 Dec 1;21(6):583-589. doi: 10.1097/ACI.0000000000000784.PMID: 34475330.
Nelson HS.How our treatment of asthma has changed in the last half century.
Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2021 Nov;127(5):518-519. doi: 10.1016/j.anai.2021.05.016. Epub 2021 May 19.PMID: 34022389.

Nelson HS. How our treatment of asthma has changed in the last half century. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2021 May 19:S1081-1206.

Academic Affiliations

Professor of Medicine

Teaching & Professional Positions

Professor of Medicine, National Jewish Health

Conflicts of Interest

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