As a young man, Dr. Nieves saw his uncle diagnosed with cancer and the pain it inflicted on his uncle as a result. Seeing that the cancer doctors were not comfortable treating pain, and had very few medications to assist his uncle with his pain, Dr. Nieves was then moved to take action and stop this from happening to any patients he has the power to help.
He received his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, and trained in anesthesiology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He later completed his residency in family medicine at John Peter Smith Health Network. After completing a fellowship in sports medicine at JPS Health Network, he was then selected as one of a few trainees in a prestigious interventional pain management program with JPS Health Network and UT Southwestern Medical Center.
Dr. Nieves receives his reward from seeing the transformation of patients: when they first come in to see him, sometimes in crippling pain, and later go to leading close to normal lives.
He also supports important causes, two of which are: the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, where he has given lectures; the Wounded Warrior Project.
Dr. Nieves’ preferred form of leisure is vacationing to Mexico and other countries. He also enjoys reading science fiction, and working on electronics, like computers.