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CNOS Welcomes New Physicians

Sep 18, 2013 11:17AM ● By Med Editor

Mike Hurlburt, CEO, is pleased to announce the addition of six new physicians to CNOS, P.C. These experienced doctors specialize in neurology, neurosurgery, hand surgery, sports medicine and orthopaedic surgery.  

Benjamin Bissell, M.D. is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine, shoulder, knee and hip surgery and general orthopaedics. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Omaha College of Medicine.  Dr. Bissell completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at University of Vermont Fletcher Allen Health Care and an orthopaedic sports medicine/shoulder fellowship at the University of Michigan. 

Elizabeth Hartman, M.D. is a board certified neurologist and multiple sclerosis (MS) specialist.  She is a graduate of the University of University of Nebraska College of Medicine.  Dr. Hartman completed her residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and her Multiple Sclerosis/Neuroimmunology fellowship at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Her specialties include multiple sclerosis, movement, cognitive and gait impairment disorders, headache and neuropathic pain syndromes.


Daniel Nelson, M.D. is a graduate of the Sanford School of Medicine at the University of South Dakota.  He completed his residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and an adult reconstruction fellowship at the Southern Joint Replacement Institute at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Nelson specializes in joint replacement and general orthopaedics. 


Michael Nguyen, M.D., M.H.S.R., M.H.M. is a board certified primary care physician specializing in sports medicine.  He is a graduate of the Saba University School of Medicine (SUSOM) in Saba, Netherlands Antilles. Dr. Nguyen also received a Master in Hyperbaric Medicine degree from SUSOM, and a Master in Health Services Research degree from Texas State University at San Marcos.  He was fellowship trained in sports medicine at Morristown Medical Center in Morristown, New Jersey.


John Pracyk, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.A.N.S., F.A.C.S. received his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees through the Medical Scientist Training Program at Duke University School of Medicine. Upon concluding his doctoral work in the Department of Pharmacology & Cancer Biology, he was awarded a Davison Fellowship to study at Cambridge University in England. In addition to his postgraduate medical education, Dr. Pracyk was awarded a postdoctoral research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.  Dr. Pracyk has also served a number of academic appointments including Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at Texas Tech University Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas and as a spine fellow in the Department of Neurosurgery at The University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. He specializes in neurosurgery of the brain, nerves and spine.


Bruce Watkins, M.D. is a graduate of the American University of the Caribbean (AUC) School of Medicine.  He completed his internship in general surgery at the University of Minnesota Medical Center and his residency at Marshfield Clinic-St. Joseph’s Hospital at the University of Wisconsin.  Dr. Watkins is the only fellowship trained hand surgeon in the area, having trained in Orthopaedic Hand and Upper Extremity at the University of Colorado School of Medicine at Denver. He specializes in hand/upper extremity and laparoscopic surgeries.


"I am pleased to announce that with the addition of these six highly accomplished physicians, CNOS is now able to take care of all major neuro-musculoskeletal injuries,” says Hurlburt. “With their breadth of specialties and clinical interests, this group is an excellent example of the coordinated, specialty care at CNOS. We truly are fortunate to have such quality and range of care right here in Siouxland.”