Dr. Ross Nathan, The Hand & Wrist Center

Dr. Ross Nathan is a board-certified Diplomate of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery.  Dr. Nathan specializes in the evaluation and treatment of all disorders related to the hand and wrist. He is an active member at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center where he was the Chairman of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery. He is also an active partner at the Surgery Center of Long Beach.

Born in Reseda, California, he received a Bachelor of Science Degree at the University of California, Irvine where he graduated with Honors. After receiving his Medical Degree at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, Dr. Nathan trained at the prestigious New York University-Bellevue Medical Center, where he completed his Surgery Internship and Orthopedic residency.

Following his residency, Dr. Nathan achieved further specialized training at the Philadelphia Hand Center at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital where he completed his hand fellowship under the Doctors Larry Schneider and James Hunter. He has also received his Certificate of Added Qualification in Surgery of the Hand. Dr. Nathan also received further experience and training in microvascular surgery at the University of California, San Francisco before establishing himself in Long Beach, California.

Dr. Nathan is passionate about training the next generation of physicians and regularly has lectured at international, national, and regional conferences. Invited as guest lecturer at Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, he provided a special hand surgery symposium, and also provided a live surgical demonstration to local medical students and physicians. He also is dedicated to continued involvement in training medical professionals.

In the past several years, Dr. Nathan has participated in Operation Rainbow, a non-profit organization, which provides surgical care and training to third-world countries. He has traveled with this group several times to Guatemala, sharing his expertise in treating infants and young children with congenital hand deformities.

Before founding The Hand & Wrist Center in 2006, Dr. Nathan was a private practice associate at Hand Surgery Consultants in Long Beach, California, for 16 years. Today, in addition to running his own practice and occupational therapy facility, Dr. Nathan continues to participate in further medical research involving Spinal Cord Injury reconstructive surgery, as well as other medical-community initiatives.

Dr. Nathan’s Curriculum Vitae:

Teaching appointments

From 1989 through 1990, Dr. Nathan was a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco. During that period, he was involved in both clinical teaching and laboratory research in the Hand and Microvascular section of the Orthopedic Surgery Department.

From 1992 through 1999, Dr. Nathan was an Associate Clinical Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Harbor/UCLA Medical Center, as well as the Chief of the Hand Surgery Section.

Today, Dr. Nathan participates in the University of California at Irvine (UCI) plastic surgery fellowship program, where he has been appointed as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Plastic Surgery. His involvement includes teaching residents and fellows hand surgery procedures, as well as clinical office practice.


Dr. Ross Nathan