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F. Todd Wetzel, MD


F. Todd Wetzel, MD


Vice-Chairperson, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine

Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine

Telephone:  215-707-2111

Email: todd.wetzel@temple.edu



Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine


Educational Background:


Undergraduate degree:  AB, Harvard College, Cambridge, MA, 1977


MD, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1981


Internship, Yale University, New Haven, CT (General Surgery), 1982


Residency, Yale University, New Haven, CT (Orthopaedic Surgery), 1984-1987


Fellowship (Spinal Reconstructive Surgery), Tulane University and St. Charles General Hospital, New Orleans, LA, 1987-1988


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clinical Interests:


  • Spine surgery
  • Pain management

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board certification(s):


Orthopaedic Surgery, 1990

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Recent Medically Related Publications, Obtained from PubMed (Click on PubMed ID to view abstract)

26491393. de Jong Y, Kouwenberg J, Boumans L, Hussey C, Hyam R, Nicolson N, Kirk P, Paton A, Michel E, Guiry MD, Boegh PS, Pedersen HÆ, Enghoff H, von Raab-Straube E, Güntsch A, Geoffroy M, Müller A, Kohlbecker A, Berendsohn W, Appeltans W, Arvanitidis C, Vanhoorne B, Declerck J, Vandepitte L, Hernandez F, Nash R, Costello MJ, Ouvrard D, Bezard-Falgas P, Bourgoin T, Wetzel FT, Glöckler F, Korb G, Ring C, Hagedorn G, Häuser C, Aktaç N, Asan A, Ardelean A, Borges PA, Dhora D, Khachatryan H, Malicky M, Ibrahimov S, Tuzikov A, De Wever A, Moncheva S, Spassov N, Chobot K, Popov A, Boršic I, Sfenthourakis S, Kõljalg U, Uotila P, Olivier G, Dauvin JC, Tarkhnishvili D, Chaladze G, Tuerkay M, Legakis A, Peregovits L, Gudmundsson G, Ólafsson E, Lysaght L, Galil BS, Raimondo FM, Domina G, Stoch F, Minelli A, Spungis V, Budrys E, Olenin S, Turpel A, Walisch T, Krpach V, Gambin MT, Ungureanu L, Karaman G, Kleukers RM, Stur E, Aagaard K, Valland N, Moen TL, Bogdanowicz W, Tykarski P, Weslawski JM, Kedra M, M de Frias Martins A, Abreu AD, Silva R, Medvedev S, Ryss A, Šimic S, Marhold K, Stloukal E, Tome D, Ramos MA, Valdés B, Pina F, Kullander S, Telenius A, Gonseth Y, Tschudin P, Sergeyeva O, Vladymyrov V, Rizun VB, Raper C, Lear D, Stoev P, Penev L, Rubio AC, Backeljau T, Saarenmaa H, Ulenberg S, PESI - a taxonomic backbone for Europe. Biodivers Data J :3(e5848)2015

25349527. de Jong Y, Verbeek M, Michelsen V, Bjørn Pde P, Los W, Steeman F, Bailly N, Basire C, Chylarecki P, Stloukal E, Hagedorn G, Wetzel FT, Glöckler F, Kroupa A, Korb G, Hoffmann A, Häuser C, Kohlbecker A, Müller A, Güntsch A, Stoev P, Penev L, Fauna Europaea - all European animal species on the web. Biodivers Data J :2(e4034)2014

25338945. Schofferman J, Wetzel FT, Bono C, Ghost and guest authors: you can't always trust who you read. Pain Med 16:3(416-20)2015 Mar

25024026. Wetzel FT, CORR Insights®: Undiagnosed vertebral fractures influence quality of life in postmenopausal women with reduced ultrasound parameters. Clin Orthop Relat Res 472:9(2843-4)2014 Sep

24029135. Bono CM, Wetzel FT, Black, white, or gray: how different (or similar) are YODA and the The Spine Journal reviews of BMP-2? Spine J 13:9(1001-5)2013 Sep

23504764. Wetzel FT, Beissmann H, Penn DJ, Jetz W, Vulnerability of terrestrial island vertebrates to projected sea-level rise. Glob Chang Biol 19:7(2058-70)2013 Jul

23276336. Arlet V, Milby AH, Wetzel FT, Right foraminal disk protrusion at L3-L4. Orthopedics 36:1(46-7)2013 Jan

24501050. Wetzel FT, Kissling WD, Beissmann H, Penn DJ, Future climate change driven sea-level rise: secondary consequences from human displacement for island biodiversity. Glob Chang Biol 18:9(2707-19)2012 Sep

20489677. Matullo KS, Duncan IC, Richmond J, Criner K, Schneck C, Wetzel FT, Characterization of a first thoracic rib ligament: anatomy and possible clinical relevance. Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 35:23(2030-4)2010 Nov 1

19556170. Wetzel FT, Investigation of graft extenders in lumbar fusions: methodological and clinical concerns for current and future studies. Spine J 9:8(670-1)2009 Aug

17321968. DuBois CM, Bolt PM, Todd AG, Gupta P, Wetzel FT, Phillips FM, Static versus dynamic plating for multilevel anterior cervical discectomy and fusion. Spine J 7:2(188-93)2007 Mar-Apr

16284583. Singh K, Samartzis D, Strom J, Manning D, Campbell-Hupp M, Wetzel FT, Gupta P, Phillips FM, A prospective, randomized, double-blind study evaluating the efficacy of postoperative continuous local anesthetic infusion at the iliac crest bone graft site after spinal arthrodesis. Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 30:22(2477-83)2005 Nov 15

15116625. Glaser JA, Bernhardt M, Found EM, McDowell GS, Wetzel FT, Lumbar arthrodesis for degenerative conditions. Instr Course Lect 53:(325-40)2004

14589229. Wetzel FT, Donelson R, The role of repeated end-range/pain response assessment in the management of symptomatic lumbar discs. Spine J 3:2(146-54)2003 Mar-Apr

12699367. Wetzel FT, McNally TA, Treatment of chronic discogenic low back pain with intradiskal electrothermal therapy. J Am Acad Orthop Surg 11:1(6-11)2003 Jan-Feb

12436005. Wetzel FT, McNally TA, Phillips FM, Intradiscal electrothermal therapy used to manage chronic discogenic low back pain: new directions and interventions. Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 27:22(2621-6)2002 Nov 15

12435997. North RB, Wetzel FT, Spinal cord stimulation for chronic pain of spinal origin: a valuable long-term solution. Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 27:22(2584-91; discussion 2592)2002 Nov 15

11922374. Phillips FM, Reuben J, Wetzel FT, Intervertebral disc degeneration adjacent to a lumbar fusion. An experimental rabbit model. J Bone Joint Surg Br 84:2(289-94)2002 Mar

11411873. Wetzel FT, McCracken L, Robbins RA, Lahey DM, Carnegie M, Phillips FM, Temporal stability of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) in patients undergoing lumbar fusion: a poor predictor of surgical outcome. Am J Orthop (Belle Mead NJ) 30:6(469-74)2001 Jun

11402136. Wetzel FT, Cauda equina syndrome from intradiscal electrothermal therapy. Neurology 56:11(1607)2001 Jun 12

11043100. Wetzel FT, Phillips FM, Management of metastatic disease of the spine. Orthop Clin North Am 31:4(611-21)2000 Oct

22151401. Wetzel FT, Hassenbusch S, Oakley JC, Willis KD, Simpson RK Jr, Ross EL, Treatment of chronic pain in failed back surgery patients with spinal cord stimulation: a review of current literature and proposal for future investigation. Neuromodulation 3:2(59-74)2000 Apr

10562981. Vraney RT, Phillips FM, Wetzel FT, Brustein M, Peridiscal vascular anatomy of the lower lumbar spine. An endoscopic perspective. Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 24:21(2183-7)1999 Nov 1

10361664. Wetzel FT, Brustein M, Phillips FM, Trott S, Hardware failure in an unconstrained lumbar pedicle screw system. A 2-year follow-up study. Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 24:11(1138-43)1999 Jun 1

10222528. Phillips FM, Phillips CS, Wetzel FT, Gelinas C, Occipitocervical neutral position. Possible surgical implications. Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 24:8(775-8)1999 Apr 15

10204741. McCracken LM, Spertus IL, Janeck AS, Sinclair D, Wetzel FT, Behavioral dimensions of adjustment in persons with chronic pain: pain-related anxiety and acceptance. Pain 80:1-2(283-9)1999 Mar

22151058. Wetzel FT, Tansey LP, Phillips FM, Sinclair DM, A critical appraisal of the pain associated with iatrogenic adult spinal deformity, and treatment by spinal cord stimulation. A case report and review of the literature. Neuromodulation 2:1(15-22)1999 Jan

9802170. Slosar PJ Jr, White AH, Wetzel FT, Controversy. The use of selective nerve root blocks: diagnostic, therapeutic, or placebo? Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 23:20(2253-6)1998 Oct 15

9346150. Wetzel FT, Phillips FM, Aprill CN, Bernard TN Jr, LaRocca HS, Extradural sensory rhizotomy in the management of chronic lumbar radiculopathy: a minimum 2-year follow-up study. Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 22:19(2283-91; discussion 2291-2)1997 Oct 1

8606464. Wetzel FT, Surgery for herniated vertebral disks. JAMA 275:7(513-4)1996 Feb 21

7753566. Wetzel FT, Dunsieth NW Jr, Kuhlengel KR, Paul EM, Lahey DM, The effectiveness of the cervical halo: open versus closed ring. A preliminary report. Paraplegia 33:2(110-5)1995 Feb

8202797. Wetzel FT, LaRocca SH, Lowery GL, Aprill CN, The treatment of lumbar spinal pain syndromes diagnosed by discography. Lumbar arthrodesis. Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 19:7(792-800)1994 Apr 1

8209562. Wetzel FT, Hoffman MA, Arcieri RR, Freeze-dried fibular allograft in anterior spinal surgery: cervical and lumbar applications. Yale J Biol Med 66:3(263-75)1993 May-Jun

1281929. Wetzel FT, LaRocca SH, Adinolfi M, The treatment of chronic extremity pain in failed lumbar surgery. The role of lumbar sympathectomy. Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 17:12(1462-8)1992 Dec

1440022. Wetzel FT, Wilson SC, Manale BL, Frauenhoffer EE, Neural compression due to osteochondral fragments. A report of two cases and review of the literature. Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 17:10(1259-64)1992 Oct

1279817. Wetzel FT, Chronic benign cervical pain syndromes. Surgical considerations. Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 17:10 Suppl(S367-74)1992 Oct

1833832. Wetzel FT, LaRocca H, The failed posterior lumbar interbody fusion. Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 16:7(839-45)1991 Jul

2645074. Wetzel FT, La Rocca H, Grisel's syndrome. Clin Orthop Relat Res :240(141-52)1989 Mar

2760745. Wetzel FT, Panjabi MM, Pelker RR, Temporal biomechanics of posterior cervical spine injuries in vivo in a rabbit model. J Orthop Res 7:5(728-31)1989

2760744. Wetzel FT, Panjabi MM, Pelker RR, Biomechanics of the rabbit cervical spine as a function of component transection. J Orthop Res 7:5(723-7)1989

3381130. Wetzel FT, Upper cervical spine involvement in rheumatoid arthritis. Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 13:1(135)1988 Jan

3740243. Clark GA, Hall NR, Armelagos GJ, Borkan GA, Panjabi MM, Wetzel FT, Poor growth prior to early childhood: decreased health and life-span in the adult. Am J Phys Anthropol 70:2(145-60)1986 Jun

4002040. Clark GA, Panjabi MM, Wetzel FT, Can infant malnutrition cause adult vertebral stenosis? Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 10:2(165-70)1985 Mar

748019. Crews D, Traina V, Wetzel FT, Muller C, Hormonal control of male reproductive behavior in the lizard, Anolis carolinensis: role of testosterone, dihydrotestosterone, and estradiol. Endocrinology 103:5(1814-21)1978 Nov

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