Rex Z. Nilson, DPM
Rex Z. Nilson, DPM

Dr. Rex Z. Nilson has been practicing podiatric medicine and surgery in Seattle since 1984. A Board-certified physician since 1987, he joined Ankle & Foot of Edmonds in 2008. His distinguished career includes serving as Chief of Staff at Fifth Avenue Hospital in Seattle, and working for six years as a member of the Washington State Podiatric Medical Board, appointed by Governor Gary Locke. Today, he is the Chairman of the Waldo Medical Foundation, a position he has held for 20 years. He is also a 33-year board member and Treasurer of the International Foot & Ankle Foundation. Dr. Nilson graduated from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in Cleveland in 1983. He did his post-graduate training in Windom, Minnesota and in Seattle, Washington.

Dr. Nilson lives in the greater Seattle area with his wife Torri, who is a journalist and a teacher. Their family includes four wonderful children.

Practice Philosophy

Dr. Nilson believes in being a lifelong learner and consistently embraces opportunities to attend medical seminars, workshops, and conferences. He brings compassion and understanding to the practice of medicine, and is a proponent of prevention as well as providing comfort.

"It is important to me that patients have an understanding of their condition so that we can work together to improve their situation." - Dr. Rex Z. Nilson


  • Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, 1983
  • Windom Area Hospital, Minnesota Podiatric Resident, 1984
  • Oregon State University Bachelors of Science, 1979

Memberships & Associations:


  • Diplomate, American Board of Podiatric Surgery
  • Board Certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery

Professional Society Memberships

  • Fellow, American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
  • Member, Washington State Podiatric Medical Association
  • Member, American Podiatric Medical Association
  • President, Waldo Medical Foundation
  • Treasurer, International Foot and Ankle Foundation

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