BIOGRAPHYSteven R. Nichols, MD effectively retired from practice June 31, 2021. We are grateful to Dr. Nichols for his decades of service to his patients and our practice.
Steven R. Nichols, MD was a founding partner of Alabama Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center and upon its dissolution became a founding partner of Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center at St. Vincent's Hospital. As a spine specialist, Dr. Nichols' practice is concentrated on the treatment of spinal disorders, including: cervical, thoracic and lumbar diseases. He treats complex spinal problems including disc disease, instability, arthritis-related issues, trauma and tumors. He also performs revision procedures.
The majority of his spine practice is devoted to the minimally-invasive surgical treatment of spinal disorders. Dr. Nichols is experienced in the minimally-invasive treatment of lumbar disc disease and lumbar fusion. Appropriate surgical candidates can generally expect to experience a more rapid recovery compared to traditional fusion procedures.
He also performs arthroscopy related to knee and shoulder disorders. This includes rotator cuff disease and arthritis, as well as sports-related injuries. He also treats work-related injuries including Workers' Compensation claims.
An Alabama native, Dr. Nichols graduated from the University of Alabama 1974, receiving B.S. degrees in biology and chemistry. He then earned his medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham. He completed an orthopaedic internship and residency at the Orthopaedic Hospital of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Charlotte Memorial Hospital and Medical Center, associated with the University of North Carolina. This also included training at the North Carolina Rehabilitation and Spinal Cord Injury Hospital.
Dr. Nichols was trained in both neurosurgical and orthopaedic spine surgery. He spent additional educational time with some of the pioneers in modern day spine fixation. He has maintained an active spine practice his entire 32-year career. He strives to provide state-of-the-art spine surgery and treatment. He is experienced in minimally-invasive techniques, including various fusion procedures.
Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery in 1987, Dr. Nichols has maintained current recertification status. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and a member of the Clinical Orthopaedic Society and the North American Spine Society. He is also a member of various state and local societies.
Dr. Nichols and his wife have four adult children, three grandsons and one granddaughter. He spends much of his free time with family and they enjoy lake and farm activities. He enjoys teaching young people about the outdoors around them. Dr. Nichols believes in "giving back" to the community and supports church and local organizations. He and his wife are supporters of the University of Alabama, including the scholarship and athletic programs.
Education, Training & Awards ...
Orthopaedic Surgery Residency & Internsip:
Orthopaedic Hospital of Charlotte (Charlotte, N.C.)
Charlotte Memorial Hospital and Medical Center
Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
University of Alabama School of Medicine at UAB (Birmingham, AL)
University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL)
Natalia Grenett, PA-C
As a Certified Physician Assistant, Natalia Grenett works closely alongside Dr. Steven R. Nichols to assist in the evaluation and treatment of acute and chronic spine and orthopedic conditions. Her skills are utilized both in the clinical setting as a provider, as well as in the operating room as a surgical assistant.
Natalia earned her bachelor's degree in Biology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a minor in Chemistry and Spanish. She then went on to complete her Masters in Physician Assistant Studies at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She completed her orthopedic clinical internship as a physician assistant student within the UAB physician assistant studies. Natalia is Board Certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). She is also a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.