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What are the chances of me botching another routine procedure in the same day?

Dr. Ada Straus is a doctor and medical supplies merchant in the town of Novac in 2281.


A merchant and doctor, she and her bodyguards can be found around the gas station behind the Dino Dee-lite Motel. They move periodically, walking around the pack brahmin at the tent and between both road entrances to the town. She offers healing from radiation, addiction removal, and offers a variety of chems for sale.[1][2] She also sells weapons such as laser pistols and energy cells and components for mass purified water such as dirty water and glass pitchers.

Ada Straus offers the same function as other doctors in the wasteland. However, she does not have any formal medical training,[3] has poor practice,[4] and is extremely unsympathetic towards her patients.[5] Despite her lack of training, she does understand the importance of sterile medical tools, implying a basic understanding of germ theory[2] which she chooses to ignore. She also acts surprised when people with addictions want help with getting cured rather than buying drugs off her.[1]

She states that the money she earns working as a "doctor" will be put towards getting real medical training.[6] Her mercenary guards often complain that she has not paid them.[7]

Interactions with the player character[]

Interactions overview[]

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This character starts quests.
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This character is a doctor.
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This character is a merchant. Sells: chems and consumables


  • Straus Calls: Ada will provide medical assistance at reduced rates.



  • If the player character has a "Wild Child" reputation in Novac, Ada remarks that "it's great for business" and to "keep it up." She will also provide a discount on her services.
  • Killing her does not result in a loss of Karma but killing her bodyguards does.

Notable quotes[]

  • "Let's see... Physically, you're fine. Emotionally... well, I'm not the right kind of doctor for that." – The Courier asking to be healed when nothing is wrong with them.
  • "That's not so bad. I'll have you looking good as new. I mean, what are the chances of me botching another routine procedure in the same day?" – After the Courier requests medical care.
  • "Yeah, and I need sterile medical supplies. But let's see what I have with me." – The Courier requesting medical supplies.
  • "Unless you dipped that in cheese fondue, I'd say it's infected. Let me fix that up for you." – After the Courier requests medical care.
  • "Jesus, I don't think that's supposed to just dangle like that. And what the hell is that thing there? It's gonna be expensive. Try not to speak. Just nod yes or no." – After the Courier requests medical care.


Playstation 3Playstation 3Playstation 3 Straus does not have guards, nor does she ever move from outside the large brown tent. She also never unfolds her arms.


Dr. Ada Straus appears in Fallout: New Vegas.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Courier: "I think I might be addicted to something."
    Ada Straus: "Hey, pipe down. We can't talk about that here, out in the open. Oh, you mean you want a cure. Oh."
    (Ada Straus' dialogue)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Courier: "I need medical supplies."
    Ada Straus: "Yeah, and I need sterile medical supplies. But let's see what I have with me."
    (Ada Straus' dialogue)
  3. Mercenary: "Between you and me, I don't think she studied at an accredited institution."
    (Mercenary's dialogue)
  4. The Courier: "Okay, fix me. Here's 100 caps."
    Dr. Ada Straus: "All right, I'll just get my scalpel here, and... ugh. Did I leave that sitting outside? Well, you know what? Free tetanus shot!"
    (Dr. Ada Straus' dialogue)
  5. The Courier: "I can't afford treatment. I don't have 50 caps."
    Ada Straus: "Why didn't you say so? No problem. I'll give you my free cure. Here, lean in. It's a special doctor secret. Stop doing chems!"
    (Dr. Ada Straus' dialogue)
  6. The Courier: "Sorry, I don't have 100 caps."
    Dr. Ada Straus: "Darn it! That money was going to help pay to get me some medical training."
    (Ada Straus' dialogue)
  7. Mercenary: "She hasn't paid me anything yet. Should I be worried?"
    (Mercenary's dialogue)