IU Health

Rick F. Nelson, MD, PhD

IU Health

Neurotology | Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery

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Dr. Nelson specializes in Neurotology & Lateral Skull Base Surgery at IU Health. He is the Medical Director of the IU Health’s Skull Base Surgery Program. Nelson has an extensive background in medical education and research and has published numerous articles on acoustic neuromas and spontaneous CSF leaks. He has treated over 700 skull base tumors, where he specializes in facial nerve preservation and hearing preservation. In addition, he specializes in hearing restoration through cochlear implantation.


Insurance plans accepted by this provider are below.

  • Aetna Medicare Advantage
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Anthem Healthy Indiana Plan
  • Anthem Hoosier Care Connect
  • Anthem Hoosier Healthwise
  • Anthem Medicare Advantage
  • Anthem Medicare HMO
  • Anthem Medicare PPO
  • Anthem Pathway Essentials Network
  • Care Source Healthy Indiana Plan
  • Care Source Hoosier Healthwise
Community Health Alliance
  • Community Health Network - Employee Plan
Community Health System
  • CorVel/Corecare - Workers Compensation
Coventry/First Health
Deaconess OneCare
  • Encore Workers Compensation
  • Health Alliance Medicare Advantage
  • Humana Medicare Advantage
  • Indiana Health Network - Workers Compensation
  • Indiana University Health - Workers Compensation
  • IU Health Plans Medicare Advantage
Lutheran Preferred
  • Managed Health Services Healthy Indiana Plan
  • Managed Health Services Hoosier Care Connect
  • Managed Health Services Hoosier Healthwise
  • Managed Health Services Medicare Advantage
  • MDWise Excel Healthy Indiana Plan
  • MDWise Excel Hoosier Healthwise
  • Parkview Health Plan Signature Care PPO
  • Point Comfort - Refugee Medical Assistance Program
  • Point Comfort - Unaccompanied Children Program
Select Health Network
Suburban Health Organization
  • The Healthcare Group Encircle
  • The Healthcare Group Encore
  • TriCare Select
  • United DSNP
  • United HealthCare
  • United HealthCare Hoosier Care Connect
  • United HMO
  • United Medicare Advantage
  • United PPO
  • VA - CCN via United Healthcare

Note: Although this listing was accurate at the time of posting, insurances change regularly, and insurance plans listed may not be accepted at all office locations for this provider. Please confirm with your insurance company that this provider is covered by your plan before your appointment.

Specialties & Details


Neurotology, Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery

Conditions & Treatments:

Acoustic Neuroma, Vestibular Schwannoma, Meningioma, Skull Base Tumors, Facial Nerve Preservation, Hearing Preservation, Facial Nerve Disorders, CSF Leaks, Cochlear Implants¿Robotic, Hearing Preservation, Hearing Loss (Acquired, Congenital), Cholesteatoma, Otosclerosis, Conductive Hearing Loss

Hospitals & Affiliations

Hospital Privileges:

IU Health Methodist/IU Health University

Physician Group:

IU Health Physicians


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