Dr. Nicholas Rose


Dr. Rose is one of those rare individuals who was drawn to his profession at an early age, and virtually everything since those formative years has taken him down the path to become one of the country's top hand and upper extremity surgeons. A love of sports extended from days as captain of his high school ice hockey team. Graduating Magna Cum Laude from the University of California, Los Angeles, he continued on at UCLA earning his M.D. and completing his internship and residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.

Following a fellowship in hand, upper extremity and microvascular surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Dr. Rose returned to Southern California, where he continues to share his expertise as a Clinical Instructor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the UCLA School of Medicine in Torrance, California and as a Volunteer Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine.

Dr. Rose is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and Board Certified in Hand Surgery as well. He has received many honors and awards and has authored numerous publications and book chapters. Additionally, his research in arthroscopy, sports medicine and hand surgery has been published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at national and international meetings.

Many recall Dr. Rose making national news in July of 2000 with his reattachment of an artist's severed arm, allowing the patient to return to his beloved vocation (Los Angeles Times, July 15, 2000).

For Dr. Rose, however, one achievement remains paramount in his long list of professional accomplishments, board certifications and prestigious society memberships - his rapport with patients. His proven superior diagnostic, surgical and rehabilitative skills find meaning in the context of a genuine personal commitment to each individual patient. Dr. Rose views himself as a teammate in your treatment. He dedicates himself both personally and professionally to provide the highest level of care to ensure the patient's fastest and most complete possible recovery.




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Doctor's Choice

As a recognized leader in complex reconstruction of the hand and upper extremity, Dr. Rose has won the respect of his peers, receiving regular and numerous referrals from colleagues, insurance providers and healthcare administrators throughout Southern California. His experience and refined surgical skills have taken him to the "All Stars" of the NBA as the upper extremity surgeon for many professional athletes.

Dr. Rose has been named one of the "Top Doctors in the Country" by the Consumer's Checklist, a national non-profit consumer information and service resource that polled 260,000 physicians across the United States to ask which specialist they would send a loved one to for care. Year after year, Dr. Rose has also been recognized by the Orange County Medical Association and Orange Coast Magazine as one of Orange County's Physicians of Excellence.

Dr. Rose is on staff at Hoag Memorial Presbyterian Hospital and is on the board of directors for the Orthopaedic Surgery Center of Orange County.

His expertise is both confirmed and augmented by the following certifications and affiliations:

  • Chairman, Department of Orthopaedics, Hoag Hospital
  • President, Southern California Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • Diplomat, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Sub-Specialty Certification in Surgery of the Hand
  • Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Qualified Medical Evaluator in Orthopaedic & Hand Surgery
  • American Medical Association
  • California Medical Association
  • Orange County Medical Association
  • Hoag Hospital 552 Club
  • Phi Beta Kappa

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Honored to Be Entrusted with Your Care

Not all conditions warrant surgical intervention. If less invasive techniques and procedures can accomplish the goals of restoring function and quality of life, Dr. Rose can be counted on to make the appropriate recommendation. Often, a treatment plan involves a combination of both surgical and non-surgical interventions. The finest available diagnostic testing and imaging, analgesic and anti-inflammatory medicine, cortisone injections, splinting and casting, physical therapy and activity modification are all part of Dr. Rose's comprehensive approach to helping you get back into the game of life. Dr. Rose treats a wide range of conditions and injuries including:

  • Sports Injuries
  • Repetitive Strain Injuries
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Fractures
  • Tendinitis
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Shoulder Impingement
  • Rotator Cuff Tears
  • Ganglion Cysts
  • Trigger Finger
  • Arthritis
  • Tumors
  • Nerve Injuries
  • Tendon and Ligament Injuries