“Hand surgery is one of the most rewarding fields in medicine. My years of seeing patients have taught me that everyone has a unique story to tell regarding how their particular condition affects their life. I enjoy getting to know my patients on a personal level, and I strive to identify the best treatment plan, surgical or nonsurgical, to achieve their desired goals. Being able to restore normal use of the hands and thereby improve the quality of life in these patients is a privilege.”

Board Certifications

  • Hand Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery



Brown University
Orthopaedics Hand, Upper Extremity, and Microvascular Surgery
Providence, RI

Internship and Residency

John Peter Smith Hospital
Orthopedic Surgery
Fort Worth, TX

Medical School

Texas Tech University School of Medicine
Doctor of Medicine
Lubbock, TX

Undergraduate School

Tarleton State University
Bachelor of Science
Magna Cum Laude
Stephenville, TX

Hospitals Affiliated With

Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth
Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth

Professional Associations

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American College of Surgeons
American Medical Association
American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Candidate Member
Baylor Quality Alliance
North Texas Specialty Physicians
Tarrant County Medical Society


“Classification and Treatment of Kienböck’s Disease: A Review of the Past 100 Years, and a Look at the Future.” Handchirurgie, Mikrochirurgie, Plastische Chirurgie (2010): Lesley N., Lichtman D.

“The Classification and Treatment of Kienböck’s Disease: The State of the Art and a Look at the Future.” Journal of Hand Surgery (2010): Lichtman D.M., Lesley N.E., Simmons S.P.

“Distraction Lengthening of the Thumb Following Replantation.” Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery (2005): Lesley N., Pirela-Cruz M.

Academic Appointments

University of North Texas School of Medicine
Adjunct Clinical Instructor
2009 – Present

University of North Texas School of Medicine
Anatomy Instructor
2007 – Present

Personal Interests

Dr. Lesley enjoys spending time with his wife, Amber (also a Texas Health Care doctor), and their two daughters Anna and Emily.


Dr. Nathan E. Lesley is a Fort Worth-based orthopedic hand surgeon. He specializes exclusively in the medical and surgical care of the hand and upper extremity, treating congenital, acquired and traumatic conditions. Dr. Lesley’s primary office is located in downtown Fort Worth at the Fort Worth Hand Center. He also travels monthly to Comanche County to treat patients at Comanche County Medical Center.

After acquiring his undergraduate degree from Tarleton State University in Stephenville, TX, Dr. Lesley received his medical degree from Texas Tech University HSC in Lubbock. He completed his residency in Orthopedic Surgery at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. Dr. Lesley spent an additional year of training in Providence, Rhode Island, completing a fellowship in Hand Surgery at Brown University with faculty who are world-renowned in their field.

Originally from De Leon, Texas, a small town located about 90 miles southwest of Fort Worth, Dr. Lesley is very excited to establish his practice in North Texas and is looking forward to spending many years here. He lives in Fort Worth with his wife Amber, an internal medicine physician, and their two daughters. He is involved in numerous local medical societies including Tarrant County Medical Society and North Texas Specialty Physicians.