About Our Physicians

Dr. Ross Nathan, The Hand & Wrist Center

Dr. Ross 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 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 the 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.

Dr. Nathan lecturing on hand surgery in Nairobi, KenyaIn 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 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.

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.

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 through 1999. 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, The Hand & Wrist Center

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. Dr. Macer joined The Hand & Wrist Center in January 2007.

Dr. Macer was born and raised in Pasadena, California, where he 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 completed a four-year term as President of the Southern California Society for Surgery of the Hand.

Dr. Macer had been practicing hand and upper extremity surgery in Long Beach, California since 1983, and he had also been affiliated with the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic. He had 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.

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.

Although he has retired from his clinical practice effective January 1, 2019, Dr. Macer continues to provide his professional services to the medical-legal community.

We invite you to view Dr. Macer’s Curriculum Vitae.

Dr. John F. Cook, Jr. 

Dr. John F. Cook, Jr. is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon. He is also certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery as having Added Qualifications in Surgery of the Hand.

Dr. Cook has been a significant member of the Southern California orthopedic community for over 25 years, serving as the Past President of the Western Orthopedic Association, Orange County Chapter, and as Chairman of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Hoag Hospital.

After graduating from Bowdoin College, Dr. Cook completed his Medical Degree at the College of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. During his Orthopedic Residency at Mc Gill University’s Royal Victoria Hospital in Montréal, he sought special training in Hand Surgery at Columbia University Presbyterian Hospital in New York.  He then completed a Hand Surgery Fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.

Dr. Cook has authored numerous scientific publications and presentations on hand surgery and is accomplished in the field of medical-legal report writing.

Dr. Cook received a Certificate of Appreciation from the United States Congress for “outstanding service to our community” during the Afghan Medvac project. He has participated in the University of Southern California School of Medicine’s orthopedic International Children’s Program and continues to be involved in local service ventures. Additionally, Dr. Cook has been recognized in the past by his peers with the Orange County Medical Association’s Physicians of Excellence award.

A patient’s trust is of the utmost importance to Dr. Cook; therefore, Dr. Cook takes a personal and individual approach to care for his patients, placing emphasis on listening to the needs of each individual patient, establishing a relationship with and educating each patient, and involving each patient in the decision making and treatment of their condition.

Dr. Cook joined The Hand & Wrist Center in October 2018. We are excited to have him in our local community!

We invite you to view Dr. Cook’s Curriculum Vitae.

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