About Our Physicians
Dr. Ross P. Nathan
Dr. Ross Nathan is a board-certified diplomat of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery (www.aaos.org) and Medical Director of The Hand & Wrist Center. 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. Dr. Nathan is also "on staff" at Community Hospital of Long Beach, and he is an active partner at the Surgery Center of Long Beach.
Dr. Nathan was born in Reseda, California. He received a Bachelor of Science at the University of California at 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 training, Dr. Nathan achieved further specialized training at the Philadelphia Hand Center at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, where he completed his hand fellowship under Doctors Larry Schneider and James Hunter. Dr. Nathan received his Certificate of Added Qualification in Surgery of the Hand (www.assh.org). He also received further experience and training in microvascular surgery at the University of California at San Francisco, before establishing himself in Long Beach, California.
In addition to his involvement in training medical students and other physicians in-training, Dr. Nathan has lectured at international, national, and regional meetings. He has been an invited guest lecturer at Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, where he provided a special hand surgery symposium, and also provided a "hands-on" surgical demonstration to the physicians at this institution.
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.
And before opening The Hand & Wrist Center in March 2006, Dr. Nathan was an associate (in practice) 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 events.
We invite you to view Dr. Nathan's Curriculum Vitae.
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.
Dr. Nathan presently holds an Associate Clinical Professor of Orthopedic Surgery position at Harbor/UCLA Medical Center. In the past, he had been the Chief of the Hand Surgery Section from 1992 through1999. Today, he remains an active member of the teaching staff.
Dr. Nathan also 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. George A. Macer
Dr. George A. Macer, Jr. is a board certified orthopedic surgeon and is President and CEO of George A. Macer, Jr. Medical Corporation. Born and raised in Pasadena, California, Dr. Macer grew up in a medical family. His father was a physician in Pasadena for 50 years and his siblings also currently practice medicine in Los Angeles County.
After attending primary and secondary school in his hometown, he completed his undergraduate training, medical school and orthopedic residency at the University of Southern California. Dr. Macer completed the renowned Joseph Boyes hand fellowship at Orthopaedic Hospital in Los Angeles, California. There, he trained under Doctors Joseph Boyes, Herbert Stark and C. Ray Ashworth, among other well-known hand surgeons.
Dr. Macer is certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery with a Certificate of Added Qualifications in surgery of the hand.
He is a fellow in the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery, an active member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Western Orthopedic Association and California Orthopedic Association. He also recently completed a four-year term as President of the Southern California Society for Surgery of the Hand.
Dr. Macer has been practicing hand and upper extremity surgery in Long Beach, California since 1983, and he has also been affiliated with the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic. He has also practiced with other physicians at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California.
He has held teaching positions in the department of orthopedic surgery at the Keck School of Medicine at USC. He has also been on teaching staff at Harbor UCLA Medical Center and currently holds teaching positions at USC and UC Irvine.
Dr. Macer served as Chairman of the Department of Orthopedics at St. Mary Medical Center, Long Beach and the Orthopedic Executive Board at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, where he remains active. He is also "on staff" at neighboring hospitals: Lakewood Regional Medical Center and Los Alamitos Medical Center, and he is also a partner in the Surgery Center of Long Beach.
He has trained and worked internationally, including in Mexico, Australia and New Zealand, and he has lectured widely to doctors in training, nurses and therapists, as well as in the arena of workers' compensation. He has presented numerous hand surgery papers at national meetings.
His practice treats hand conditions from newborn infants with congenital differences to elderly patients with disabling arthritis, in addition to the more common afflictions of the hand and wrist.
Dr. Macer joined The Hand & Wrist Center in January, 2007.
We invite you to view Dr. Macer's Curriculum Vitae.