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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)

25024026. Wetzel FT, CORR InsightsŪ: 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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