Education & Training

Medical School

Loyola University of Chicago Stritch School of Medicine


Orthopaedic Surgery

  • University of Missouri at Columbia


Orthopaedic Surgery, Hand Surgery

  • Loyola University Medical Center-GME


American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery/Hand Surgery


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Academic Information

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Research Interests

  • Nerve Regeneration
  • Pediatric and Congenital Hand Surgery
  • Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

Areas of Expertise

  • Pediatric and Congenital Hand Differences
  • Limb Optimization After Trauma
  • Microsurgery
  • Nerve Compression (including Carpal and Cubital Tunnel Syndrome)
  • Hand and Wrist Fractures
  • Arthritis of the Hand and Wrist

Awards & Honors

  • 2021 Best San Antonio Doctors, Scene in SA, San Antonio, TX
  • 2021 Best San Antonio Female Doctors, Scene in SA, San Antonio, TX
  • 2020 Innovation Team of the Month, 378 EMDS, Prince Sultan Air Base, KSA
  • 2019 Hospital Escuela Universitario Achievement Award, General (R) Edilberto Ortiz, Tegucigulpa, Honduras
  • 2019 AAOS Achievement Award
  • 2019 EMEDS Above and Beyond Award, Camp Bullis, TX
  • 2019 Military Health System Female Physician Leader
  • 2019 San Antonio Best Doctors & Dentists, SA Scene, San Antonio, TX
  • 2018 SA Scene 2018 Rising Star Doctor, San Antonio, TX
  • 2018 Emerging Leaders Program, American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • 2017 AAOS Best Poster Overall, 2017 AAOS Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA
  • 2017 AAOS Best Poster in Pediatrics, 2017 AAOS Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA
  • 2017 Mid-America Orthopaedic Association Education Grant, 2017 MAOA Annual Meeting, Amelia Island, FL
  • 2016 Best Nerve Repair Award, Advances & Best Practices in Upper Extremity Nerve Repair, Indianapolis, IN
  • 2016 Olson Award for Research, University of Missouri, Dept of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • 2016 Alan Menard Leadership Award, University of Missouri, Dept of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • 2016 MOI Nursing Administration Award for Outstanding Orthopaedic Resident, University of Missouri
  • 2016 Dedicated Dozen Award, University of Missouri, Dept of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • 2016-Present Emerging Leaders Program, American Orthopaedic Association
  • 2016 AAOS Resident Assembly Delegate
  • 2011 Alpha Omega Alpha, national medical honor society
  • 2009 Alpha Sigma Nu, honor society of Jesuit Colleges and Universities
  • 2007 Omicron Delta Kappa, national leadership honor society
  • 2007 Alpha Eta Society, national honor society for allied health professions
  • 2006 Eleanor Garm Hemminger Merit Scholarship, International Gamma Phi Beta Sorority
  • 2004-2007 Alpha Epsilon Delta, national pre-medical honor society
  • 2003-2007 Dean’s List, Saint Louis University
  • 2003-2007 Saint Louis University Presidential Scholarship, full-tuition merit scholarship
  • 2003-2007 Missouri Higher Education Academic Scholarship, merit scholarship from the State of Missouri

Military Awards and Decorations

  • 2021 Meritorious Service Model
  • 2020 Air Force Commendation Medal
  • 2020 Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border
  • 2020 59 MDW USAF Outstanding Unit
  • 2020 59 MDW AF Organizational Excellence Award
  • 2019, 2020 959 MDW ACS NSQIP Meritorious Status/Top 10% Hospital
  • 2019 Air Force Achievement Medal
  • 2007 National Defense Service Medal
  • 2007 Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • 2007 Air Force Training Ribbon


  • Gelman D, Bates T, Nuelle JAV. Septic Arthritis of the Proximal Interphalangeal Joint after Rattlesnake Bite. Journal of Hand Surgery. 2021 May 25:S0363-5023(21)00209-4.
  • Nuelle JAV, Coe KM, Oliver HA, Cook JL, Hoernschemeyer DG, Gupta SK. Effect of NSAID Use on Bone Healing in Pediatric Fractures: A Prospective, Randomized, Blinded Study. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics. 2020 Sep;40(8):e683-e689.
  • Cancio JM, Jones KA, Stanley B, Truax C, Nuelle JAV. Design and Fabrication of the Cubital Tunnel Control Orthosis. Journal of Hand Therapy. 2020 Aug 24:S0894-1130(20)30119-8.
  • Bates T, Nuelle JAV, Pierrie SN. The Flexor Carpi Radialis Brevis: A Description of an Anomolous Wrist Flexor and Surgical Exposure Technique. Techniques in Orthopaedics. July 29, 2020 - Published Ahead of Print - doi: 10.1097/BTO.0000000000000482
  • Nuelle CN, Nuelle JAV, Balldin BC. Open Reduction Internal Fixation of a Traumatic Osteochondral Lesion of the Patella With Bioabsorbable Screw Fixation. Arthroscopy Techniques. 2019 Nov;8(11)e1361-5.
  • Bates, T, Nuelle JAV, Pierrie, S. The Flexor Carpi Radialis Brevis: A Description of an Anomalous Wrist Flexor and Surgical Exposure Technique. The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. 2019 Apr;33(1)Ib106.
  • Carroll JJ, McClain WD, Nuelle JAV. Treatment of a Subacute Locked Thumb Metacarpophalangeal Joint with Sesamoid Entrapment. Case Reports in Orthopedics. 2019 Mar 24; 2019:2136540.