Brian Nickel, MD

  • Orthopedic Surgery
Brian T. Nickel, MD


Dr. Nickel is a board certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in minimally invasive hip and knee surgery. His expertise includes hip and knee reconstruction and replacement with emphasis on minimally invasive techniques and rapid recovery. Well-versed in modern, state of the art techniques and technology, his treatment philosophy emphasizes a patient-centered and specific practice that utilizes the best procedure, implant, approach and navigation for each individual. He has a particular interest in returning all patients to their highest possible function using tailored treatment options, particularly in young, active patients with hip and knee pathology.

Dr. Nickel is a Waupun native and graduated with honors from Johns Hopkins University for his undergraduate. He returned to Wisconsin to attend the Medical College of Wisconsin where he got his medical degree and graduated with distinction in research. Dr. Nickel completed his residency at Duke University and his fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery. A prolific surgeon, educator and researcher, Dr. Nickel has been recognized with numerous clinical and research awards at national and international meetings.

Languages spoken
  • English
More about Brian Nickel
Knee replacement patient Susan Cowles
Patient storyComing full-circle for her knee replacment
When a knee replacement became imminent, Susan Cowles ended up returning more than six decades later to the place that had provided her with expert care as a child.

Education & credentials

Board certifications
  • Orthopedic Surgery
Medical School
  • Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

Adult Reconstructive and Joint Replacement, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York City, NY

  • Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC

Areas of expertise

  • Anterior and Posterior Total Hip Replacement
  • Hip pain
  • Hip replacement
  • Joint replacement
  • Knee pain
  • Knee replacement
  • Minimally Invasive Joint Replacement
  • Orthopedic Joint Reconstruction and Replacement
  • Partial Knee Replacement
  • Rapid Recovery Protocols
  • Robotic Hip and Knee Replacement
  • Robotic Partial Knee Replacement
  • Robotic Total Knee Replacement
  • Total Knee Replacement