Ralph F. Wetmore, MD

Ralph F. Wetmore, MD, is chief of the Division of Otolaryngology and director of the Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship Program at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Areas of Expertise: Sleep-disordered breathing
Locations: Main Campus; Specialty Care & Surgery Center, Bucks County; Specialty Care, King of Prussia
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP

  • Education and Training

    Medical School

    MD - University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

    Internship

    General Surgery - University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

    Residency

    Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery - University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

    Board Certification

    Otolaryngology

  • Titles and Academic Titles

    Chief, Division of Otolaryngology

    E. Mortimer Newlin Professor of Pediatric Otolaryngology

    Director, Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship Program

    Professor of Otorhinolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

  • Centers and Programs
  • Publications

    Books

    Pediatric Otolaryngology: Principles and Practice Pathways, 2nd ed. Wetmore RF, Muntz HR, McGill TJ (eds.). Thieme Medical Publishers, New York, NY, 2012.

    Wetmore RF: Pediatric Otolaryngology: The Requisites in Pediatrics. Bell LM (eds.). Mosby Elsevier: Philadelphia, PA, April 2007.

    Pediatric Otolaryngology: Principles and Practice Pathways. Wetmore RF, McGill T, Muntz H (eds.). Thieme: New York, NY, 2000.

    Potsic WP, Handler SD, Wetmore RF, Pasquariello P: Primary Care Pediatric Otolaryngology, 2nd ed. J. Michael Ryan Publishing: Andover, NJ, 1995.

    Chapters

    2013

    Cusano NE, Lee JA, Wetmore RF, Kazam E, Bilezikian JP : Hyperparathyroidism after laser therapy to the larynx. Endocrine Practice 6: 1-10, September 2013. Notes: Epub ahead of print. 

    2012

    Wetmore RF: Introduction to Disorders of the Upper Alimentary Tract. Pediatric Otolaryngology: Principles and Practice Pathways, 2nd ed. Wetmore RF, Muntz HR, McGill TJ (eds.). Thieme Medical Publishers, New York, NY, Page: 490-500, 2012.

    Wetmore RF: Tonsil and Adenoid Surgery. Pediatric Otolaryngology: Principles and Practice Pathways, 2nd ed. Wetmore RF, Muntz HR, McGill TJ (eds.). Thieme Medical Publishers, New York, NY, Page: 584-599, 2012.

    Wetmore RF: Diseases of the External Ear. Pediatric Otolaryngology Principles and Practice Pathways, 2nd ed. Wetmore RF, Muntz HR, McGill TJ (eds.). Thieme Medical Publishers, New York, NY, Page: 227-234, 2012.

    Wetmore RF: Management of Acute Airway Obstruction. Pediatric Otolaryngology: Principles and Practice Pathways, 2nd ed. Wetmore RF, Muntz HR, McGill TJ (eds.). Thieme Medical Publishers, New York, NY, Page: 757-770, 2012.

    2011

    Elden LM, Wetmore RF, Potsic WP: Otolaryngologic Disorders. Pediatric Surgery, 7th Ed. Coran AG, Adzick NS, Krummel TM, Laberge J, Shamberger R (eds.) (eds.). Mosby, Inc. (an affiliate of Elsevier, Inc.), 2011 Notes: In press.

    2010

    Wetmore RF, Potsic WP: Differential Diagnosis of Neck Masses. Cummings Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery, 5th ed. Flint PW, Haughey BH, Lund VJ, Niparko JK, Richardson MA, Robbins KT, Thomas JR (eds.). Mosby Elsevier, Page: 2812-2821, 2010.

    2009

    Thorne MC and Wetmore RF: External Otitis. Pediatric Otolaryngology for the Clinician. Mitchell RB, Pereira KD (eds.). Humana Press, New York, NY, Page: 51-54, 2009.

    2007

    Wetmore RF: Sleep-Disordered Breathing. Pediatric Otolaryngology: The Requisites in Pediatrics. Wetmore RF (eds.). Mosby Elsevier, Philadelphia, PA, Page: 190-201, 2007.

    Wetmore RF: Approach to the Pediatric Neck Mass. Pediatric Otolaryngology: The Requisites in Pediatrics. Wetmore RF (eds.). Mosby Elsevier, Philadelphia, PA, Page: 202-214, 2007.

    2006

    Potsic WP, Wetmore RF: Otolaryngologic Disorders. Pediatric Surgery, 6th ed. Grosfeld JL, O'Neill Jr., JA, Fonkalsrud EW, Coran, AG (eds.). Elsevier Mosby, Page: 813-834, 2006.

    2005

    Wetmore RF, Potsic WP: Differential Diagnosis of Neck Masses. Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, 4th ed. Cummings Jr. CW, Haughey BH, Thomas JR, Harker LA, Robbins KT, Schuller DE, Flint PW, Richardson MA (eds.). Elsevier Mosby, Page: 4210-4222, 2005.

    Hasenstab S, Wetmore RF, Eggleston T: Language Development. Complications in Pediatric Otolaryngology. Josephson GD, Wohl DL (eds.). Boca Raton, FL: Taylor and Francis, Page: 153-165, 2005.

    2004

    Wetmore RF: Tonsils and Adenoids. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics, 17th ed. Behrman RE, Kliegman RM, Jenson HB (eds.). Philadelphia, PA: Saunders (Elsevier Science), Page: 1396-1397, 2004.

    2003

    Wetmore RF. Tracheotomy. In: Bluestone CD, Stool SE, et al, eds. Pediatric Otolaryngology, 4th Edition. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders (Elsevier Science); 2003: 1583-1598.

    2001

    Potsic WP, Samadi DS, Wetmore RF, Marsh RR: Congenital Cholesteatoma: A Report of 160 Cases at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Cholesteatoma and Ear Surgery. 2001. p. 337-342.

    2000

    Wetmore RF. Management of Acute Airway Obstruction. In: Wetmore RF, Muntz HR, McGill TJ, eds. Pediatric Otolaryngology: Principles and Practice Pathways. New York, NY: Thieme. 2000. p. 845-862.

    Wetmore RF. Infant and Pediatric Apnea. In: Wetmore RF, Muntz HR, McGill TJ, eds. Pediatric Otolaryngology: Principles and Practice Pathways. New York, NY: Thieme. 2000. p. 827-844.

    Wetmore RF. Introduction to Disorders of the Upper Alimentary Tract. In: Wetmore RF, Muntz HR, McGill TJ, eds. Pediatric Otolaryngology: Principles and Practice Pathways. New York, NY: Thieme. 2000. p. 539-552.

    Wetmore RF. Diseases of the External Ear. In: Wetmore RF, Muntz HR, McGill TJ, eds. Pediatric Otolaryngology: Principles and Practice Pathways. New York, NY: Thieme. 2000. p. 253-262.

    Wetmore RF, McGill T, Muntz H. Pediatric Otolaryngology: Principles and Practice Pathways. New York, NY: Thieme. 2000.

    1998

    Wetmore RF, Potsic WP. Differential Diagnosis of Neck Masses in the Pediatric Patient. In: Cummings CW, Frederickson JM, Harker LA, et al, eds. Otolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery, 3rd ed. Mosby. 1998. p. 248-261.

    1996

    Potsic WP, Wetmore RF, Marsh RR. Congenital Cholesteatoma of the Middle Ear: Fifteen Years' Experience at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. In: Sanna M, ed. Cholesteatoma and Mastoid Surgery. Rome, Italy: CIC Edizioni Internazionali. 1997. p. 422-431. Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Cholesteatoma and Mastoid Surgery, Alghero - Sardinia (Italy). September 1-6, 1996.

    Wetmore RF, Willging JP. The Oral Cavity and Oropharynx. In: Rudolph AM, Hoffman JIE, Rudolph CD, eds. Pediatrics, 20th Edition. New York, NY: Appleton-Century-Crofts. 1996. p. 959-969.

    Wetmore RF. Tracheotomy. In: Bluestone CD, Stool SE, Kenna MA, eds. Pediatric Otolaryngology, 3rd Ed. W.B. Saunders; 1996. p. 1425-1440.

    1995

    Potsic WP, Handler SD, Wetmore RF, Pasquariello P. Primary Care Pediatric Otolaryngology, 2nd edition. Andover, NJ: J. Michael Ryan Publishing. 1995.

    Abstracts

    2012

    Nguyen CV, Rizzi MD, Wetmore RF: Do perioperative antibiotics affect complication rates after primary adenotonsillectomy in children? Oral presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology, San Diego, CA. April 21 2012.

    Posters and Presentations

    Hockstein N, Samadi D, Wetmore RF.  Pediatric Submandibular Triangle Masses:  A Fifteen-Year Experience. Presented at the 17th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology:  May 12-14, 2002; Boca Raton, Florida.

    Wetmore RF. Pediatric Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Presented at the Pediatric Surgical Grand Rounds, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia: April 25, 2002; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    Puchalski R, Marsh RR, Wetmore RF. Intratemporal and Intracranial Complications of Acute Otitis Media in Infants and Children. Poster presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery: September 9-12, 2001; Denver, Colorado.

    Potsic WP, Korman SB, Samadi DS, Wetmore RF. Congenital Cholesteatoma: Twenty Years’ Experience. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery: September 12, 2001; Denver, Colorado.

    Wetmore RF, Wilner D, Gerber ME, Muntz HR, Wohl DL. Pediatric Adenotonsillectomy in the New Millennium: Controversies in Evaluation and Management. Mini-seminar presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery: September 12, 2001; Denver, Colorado

    Potsic WP, Samadi DS, Marsh RR, Wetmore RF. A Staging System for Congenital Cholesteatoma. Poster presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology: May 9-12, 2001; Scottsdale, Arizona.

    Potsic WP, Samadi DS, Marsh RR, Wetmore RF. A Staging System for Congenital Cholesteatoma. Poster presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology: May 9-12, 2001; Scottsdale, Arizona.

    Wetmore, RF. The Management of Sleep Apnea in the Pediatric Patient. Clinical Management Conference. Presented at St. Luke’s Hospital: February 12, 2001; Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

    Wetmore RF, Guttenberg M, Bartlett SP, Huft DS. Heteroptic Gastric Mucosal Cysts of the Oral Cavity. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Ear, Nose and Throat Advances in Children: December 5, 1999; Williamsburg, Virginia.

    Shah UK, Wetmore RF. Laser Supraglottoplasty: Development of an Outcomes Tool. Presented at the International Biomedical Optics Symposium (BIOS ’99) Conference on Lasers and Optical Technology in Otolaryngology: January 23, 1999; San Jose, California.

  • Awards and Honors

    2013, Best Doctors for Children in the Philadelphia area, Suburban Life
    2004, 150+ Great Docs for Kids, Main Line Today
    2003, Delaware Valley Consumers Checkbook, Outstanding Physicians
    2001, Top Docs for Kids
    2000, Faculty Teaching Award, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
    1999, Top Doctors
    1994-1996, International Who's Who in Medicine
    1994, Honor Award, American Academy of Otolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery
    1994, Who's Who in the East, 25th Edition
    1993, The Triological Society, Edmund Prince Fowler Award
    1992, The Best Doctors in America
    1976, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Alpha Omega Alpha - Mosby Book Award
    1972, Phi Beta Kappa, Allen M. Alboum Prize

  • Editorial and Academic Positions

    Academic and institutional committees

    1984-present, Biomedical Library Advisory Committee

  • Leaderships

    Memberships in professional organizations

    American Academy of Otolaryngology-HNS, Inc.
    American Academy of Pediatrics
    American Broncho-Esophageal Association (ABEA)
    American College of Surgeons
    American Laryngological Association (ALA)
    American Laryngological, Rhinological and Otological Society (The Triological Society)
    American Medical Association (AMA)
    American Rhinologic Society
    American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology
    Association for Research in Otolaryngology
    Society for Ear, Nose and Throat Advances in Children