Nicholas M Halikis, MD

Hand & Upper Extremity Specialist

Board Certified & Fellowship Trained

Dr. Nick Halikis is a board certified orthopedic surgeon with certified specialization in hand and upper extremity surgery.  He is a founder and the managing partner of Coastal Ortho, formerly known as Torrance Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Group.


Dr. Halikis earned his doctorate and completed his orthopedic residency at USC followed by the prestigious University of Florida Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery Fellowship in 1993.   He also remains active in numerous medical organizations including the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the California Orthopedic Association. He is the former Chief of Surgery and Orthopedics at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance and has been recognized by peers as one of the top doctors in Los Angeles.  He is an active member and sits on the boards of several philanthropic and business organizations.  He embraces the local South Bay lifestyle by enjoying the region's surfing, skiing, beach volleyball, and basketball. He treats athletes from toddlers to professionals.  Dr. Halikis is also an accomplished guitarist who especially enjoys treating fellow musicians with hand and upper extremity conditions.


He is trained in all aspects of operative and non-operative upper extremity care, including carpal tunnel syndrome and other nerve conditions of the upper extremity, trauma, arthritis, tumors, tendonitis issues such as trigger finger, tennis elbow, golfers elbow, and more.


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I love the intricacy involved in repairing one of the most complicated parts of the body. As a kid I used to build models and enjoy woodworking. Hand surgery is a lot like this—it's an art and a science.

Board Certification
Surgery of the Hand & Upper Extremity, 1998, Orthopedic Surgery, 1996

University of Florida-Shands Hospital, Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery, 1992-1993

Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center, Orthopedic Surgery, 


Doctor of Medicine
University of Southern California School of Medicine, 1987

Bachelor of Science

University of Southern California, 1983

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

American Society for Surgery of the Hand