Director of Pediatric Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery Program
Founder and Director of "CATCH" Hand Differences Program
Attending Physician

Associate Professor of Clinical Orthopedic Surgery, Keck School of Medicine of USC
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Nina Lightdale, MD, is a Board-Certified orthopedic surgeon, specializing in upper extremity and hand trauma and sports injuries. Educated at Princeton University and Dartmouth Medical School, Lightdale completed her residency at Duke University Medical Center, fellowship at Cornell Medical College, and continued her observership training at Children’s Hospital Boston and Texas Scottish Rite Hospital.

As a triathlete, marathon runner, and national fencing champion, she understands the needs of active, young athletes who want to return to play and excel in their chosen sports fields.

Clinical Interests

Congenital hand reconstruction, upper extremity trauma, microsurgery, birth brachial plexus palsy, and cerebral palsy treatment of the upper extremity


Medical School: 

Dartmouth Medical School


Duke University Medical Center


Duke University Medical Center


Hospital for Special Surgery, Boston Children's Hospital, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital



American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery 

Hand Surgery Certified

Professional Memberships: 

American Association of Orthopaedic Surgery, American Society for Surgery of the Hand, California Hand Society


Ryan DD, Lightdale-Miric NR, Joiner ER, Wren TA, Spragg L, Heffernan MJ, Kay RM, Skaggs DL.  Variability of the Anterior Humeral Line in Normal Pediatric Elbows.  J Pediatr Orthop. May 16 2015

Lightdale-Miric, N.  Mueske NM.  Lawrence EL.  Loisell L.  Berggren J.  Dayanidhi S.  Stevanovic M.  Valero-Cuevas FJ.  Wren TAL.  Long term functional outcomes after early childhood pollicization.  Journal of Hand Therapy  28(2) 158-165  April/June 2015

Lightdale-Miric, NR. Meisel E.  Iantorno S.  Successful Delayed Reconstruction of Finger Flexor Tendon Laceration after Cesarean Delivery.  Journal of Hand Surgery Dec 2014

Ramirez R. Ryan DD.  Williams J.  Wren T.  Ibrahim D.  Kay R.  Lightdale-Miric N.    Skaggs D.    A line drawn along the radial shaft misses the capitellum in 16% of radiographs of normal elbows.     Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics  Dec 2014

Lee C, Lightdale-Miric N. Chang E. Kay R.  Silent Compartment Syndrome in Children.   Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics – British Sept 2014

Research Interests: 

Congenital Hand Reconstruction, Birth Brachial Plexus Palsy, Cerebral Palsy Treatment of the Upper Extremity

Children's Hospital Los Angeles

4650 Sunset Blvd.
MS #69
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Phone: 323-361-2142Office
Referral: 3233617686Referral
Fax: 323-361-1310Fax

Jackie and Gene Autry Orthopedic Center - Beverly Hills

444 S. San Vicente Blvd.
Suite #603
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Phone: 310-423-9942Office
Fax: 323-361-3112Fax