Ralph F. Wetmore, MD

Ralph F. Wetmore, MD

Ralph F. Wetmore, MD, is Chief of the Division of Otolaryngology (ENT) at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Areas of Expertise: General pediatric otolaryngology, Pediatric sleep disorders
Locations: Main Campus; Specialty Care & Surgery Center, Bucks County; Specialty Care & Surgery Center, King of Prussia, S. Goddard Blvd.
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)

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 Endowed Chair in Pediatric Otolaryngology and Human Communication

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

Conditions Treated

Departments and Services

Publications

Papers

2017

Mudd PA, Thottathil P, Giordano T, Wetmore RF, Elden L, Jawad AF, Ahumada L, Gálvez JA: Association between ibuprofen use and severity of surgically managed post-tonsillectomy hemorrhage. JAMA Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2016.3839. Published online May 4, 2017.

Wetmore RF: Surgical management of the tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy patient. World Journal of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery 2017 Notes: Online publication complete: 3-Mar-2017 DOI information: 10.1016/j.wjorl.2017.01.001  

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.

1999

Shah UK, Wetmore RF.: Laser supraglottoplasty: Development of an outcomes tool. Lasers in Surgery: Advanced Characterization, Therapeutics and Systems IX. The International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE) Proceedings. Anderson RR, Bartels KE, Bass LS, et al, (eds.) (3590), 265-269, 1999.

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.

Shah UK, McGuirt WF, Wetmore RF, Healy GB.: Laser techniques in management of laryngomalacia. Lasers in Surgery: Advanced Characterization, Therapeutic and Systems VIII. Proceeding of SPIE. Anderson RR, Bantels KE, Bass LS, (eds.).(3245), 145-148, 1998.

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.

Posters and Presentations

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.

Awards and Honors

2017-2018, The Best Doctors in America (Woodward/White)
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

Leadership and Memberships

Memberships in professional organizations

National

1995-present, American Academy of Otolaryngology-HNS, Inc.
1987-present, American Broncho-Esophageal Association (ABEA)
1987-present, American College of Surgeons
1987-present, American Laryngological Association (ALA)
1987-present, American Laryngological, Rhinological and Otological Society (The Triological Society)
1987-present, American Medical Association (AMA)
1987-present, American Rhinologic Society
1987-present, American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology
1987-present, Association for Research in Otolaryngology
1985-present, Society for Ear, Nose and Throat Advances in Children
1985-present, American Academy of Pediatrics