Joel. L. Frazier, MD

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Education: University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, 1985

Residency: University of Pennsylvania, Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center

Fellowship: New York University Medical Center

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Dr. Frazier, as a double board Orthopedic Surgeon and Hand Surgeon, he has over 30 years of experience in Hand, Wrist and Elbow surgery treating people and athletes of all ages, clinical research and instructing medical students, residents, and fellows. With patient involvement and participation in their care to return them back to their life and activities using nonsurgical (medication and therapy) or surgery as needed. He treats all complexity of problems from carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger fingers, Quervain‘s tendonitis, ganglions, cysts, small tumors to complex fractures /dislocations of fingers, hand, wrist, or elbow, tendon injuries, ligament reconstructions, joint replacements, tendon transfers and nerve transfers for severe nerve injuries. He helped develop, bring to market and largest provider of Xiaflex in the Central Valley for the nonsurgical treatment of Dupuytren’s contracture.


Dr. Frazier received his MD degree from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. He completed his internship and general surgery training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Orthopedic residency at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine, Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center. He specialized in Hand and upper extremity surgery with additional training through a Hand and Microsurgery Fellowship at the New York University Medical Center.

On completion of his training Dr. Frazier served as Associate Professor and director of the hand service at The Ohio State University Department of Orthopedics where he treated Big Ten, national champion, Olympic champion and professional athletes. As an independent contracture in the greater Los Angeles area, he cared for stage, theater, movie and TV stars, including the Cirque du soleil traveling troop. On leaving there in addition to treating patients and doing research, he served as Medical Director of One Core Orthopedic Hospital and Tower Day Surgery Center in Oklahoma City, OK.

He is an active member of the American Society for Surgery, American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons, California Orthopedic Association and American Medical Association.

He enjoys his boxer dogs and previously national winning German Shepherd show dogs, travel, hiking and snow skiing. He has extensive experiences through family-owned business of showing, breeding, training and judging international champion Arabian, part-Arabian, National Show Horse and American Saddle bred horses. He performs charitable work by building home for the underserved in Tjuana, Mexico.

Includes the entire spectrum of care of orthopedic management from the adolescent to the adult up through the geriatric population with particular emphasis on sports-related injuries. Focus of practice is on preservation, repair, and when indicated the reconstruction of joints, bones, cartilage, ligaments, and tendons to restore function and motion.