Frederic Nicola, M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon

Biography: 

Dr. Frederic Nicola is a Johns Hopkins Fellowship trained physician who is an experienced orthopedic surgeon specializing in the fields of orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. His expertise in disorders of the knee joint and in advanced techniques for cartilage preservation using minimally invasive and FDA approved techniques is unsurpassed.

Having served as team physician for the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders since 1983, Dr. Nicola still actively maintains that role for the Raiders, performing game day, training camp, and NFL Combine duties. As a member of the National Football League Team Physician Society, Dr. Nicola has worked as team physician during two Super Bowls and two Pro Bowls. He is also an experienced Ringside Boxing Physician for the California State Athletic Commission. With more than 20 years of treating some of the top athletes in the nation, Dr. Nicola’s experience as an orthopedic surgeon and sports physician is unmatched.

The former Chairman of Orthopedics at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Dr. Nicola is currently the Director of the Knee and Hip Institute at DISC, where he continues to use minimally-invasive as well as the latest FDA approved techniques to treat disorders of the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, and ankle. His other specialty lies in utilizing the technique of cartilage preservation to prolong the natural life of those joints. As an orthopedic surgeon, he is dedicated to relieving the pain caused by joint-related injuries and allowing his patients to enjoy the same active lifestyle they had prior to their injury.

Education:  Rush Medical College, Doctor of Medicine, 1977. University Of California, Los Angeles, General Surgery, 1977-1978.University Of California, Los Angeles, Orthopedic Surgery, 1978-1982.

Certifications:  Diplomate, American Board of Orthopedic Surgery – 1985. Fellow, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons – 1987. Advanced Trauma Life Support – 1991. Qualified Medical Examiner, State of California – 1992. State of California Ringside Physician. CARTICEL Surgeon Orientation Program at Genzyme Tissue Repair, Cambridge, Massachusetts – 1995.

Hospital Affiliations: The former chairman of orthopedics at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Dr. Nicola is currently the director of the Knee and Hip Institute at DISC.

Specialties:  Minimally-invasive, FDA approved techniques to treat disorders of the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, and ankle. Cartilage preservation methods to prolong the natural life of those joints.