Each year, Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital is home to two
highly qualified postgraduate fellows in a year-long training
program. One of this years fellows is Nathan Frost, M.D., who
will fill a teaching role at Madigan Army Medical Center upon
completion of his fellowship.
THIRD QUARTER 2011
Tell us about choosing LAOH for your fellowship.
LAOH provides a unique setting to learn the practice of pediatric
orthopaedics. The attending surgeons represent some of the
most experienced in the field and a setting that sees thousands of
children a year provides exposure to a wide variety of the injuries
and conditions that I will undoubtedly encounter in the future.
In addition, LAOHs ability to help provide care to the children of
Los Angeles regardless of their ability to pay is something I find
Is there a routine to your work?
One of the great things about pediatric orthopaedics is that
every day provides a different challenge. We may treat a childs
scoliosis one day and anothers anterior cruciate ligament
rupture the next. In that sense there really isnt a routine, which
is part of what I find appealing about this area of orthopaedics. .
How will this year influence your future work?
After the completion of my fellowship, I will move back to Olympia,
Washington, where I will take over the Pediatric Orthopaedic
Surgery service at Madigan Army Medical Center. I will serve
at least six years on active duty in this capacity, and I expect to
deploy to either Afghanistan or Iraq at some point in the year
following my fellowship. The things I learn this year will prepare
me to provide the highest quality care to the dependents of
the military personnel serving in the Pacific Northwest region
and to teach the residents who will be assigned to my service.
Has there been a memorable moment at LAOH?
My most memorable moment continues to be walking
through the clinic waiting room and seeing kids in casts of
different shapes, sizes and colors. It reminds me how unique
our role is and how lucky I am to get to learn from these kids. I
dont think there are many places that provide such a great
opportunity to learn how to be a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon.