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Robert Wetzel, MD

Robert Wetzel, MD



64 Ratings 20 Reviews


Orthopedic Trauma Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery

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Primary Location

UH Cleveland Medical Center
11100 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44106

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  • Program Director, Orthopaedic Surgery, UH Cleveland Medical Center
  • Assistant Professor, CWRU School of Medicine

Dr. Robert J. Wetzel, MD, is a fellowship-trained orthopaedic trauma surgeon at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. Dr. Wetzel also has privileges at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital for the treatment of complex pediatric traumas. He also sees patients at UH Ahuja Medical Center and is an Assistant Professor of orthopaedic surgery at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Dr. Wetzel is board-certified in orthopaedic surgery. His special interests include complex adult and pediatric trauma, fracture care, multiply-injured patients, fractures of both the upper and lower extremities and fractures of the pelvis and hip socket. Dr. Wetzel also specializes in hip deformity and hip dysplasia, performing open hip preservation and deformity correction surgeries, including periacetabular osteotomy (PAO).

He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from The University of Akron in Akron, Ohio. He earned his medical doctorate from Northeast Ohio Medical University where he completed a rigorous 6-year accelerated, combined undergraduate and medical school program. He went on to complete his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the prestigious Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Wetzel then went on to further specialize by completing an orthopaedic trauma and hip preservation fellowship at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana.

He joined the UH Cleveland Medical Center medical staff in 2015 with the advent of the hospital obtaining Level 1 Trauma status. Dr. Wetzel has also served on multiple committees throughout the building of the trauma center to ensure excellent and timely patient care for individuals with traumatic injuries.

Dr. Wetzel is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Orthopaedic Trauma Association, the AO North America and the Ohio Orthopaedic Society. Dr. Wetzel also serves as a program director for the orthopaedic trauma fellowship program at UH Cleveland Medical Center.


  • Acetabular Fractures
  • Adolescent Hip Pain
  • Bone Infections
  • Complex Trauma/Multiple Injured Patients
  • Fracture Care
  • Fractures
  • Fractures Around Joints
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Hip Impingement
  • Hip Preservation Surgery (PAO)
  • Limb Salvage
  • Malunions
  • Mangled Extremities
  • Nonunions
  • Pelvic Osteotomies
  • Pelvic Ring Fractures
  • Pelvic Ring Injuries
  • Periarticular Fractures
  • Total Hip Replacement
  • Young Adult Hip Pain

Languages Spoken


Office Locations

UH Cleveland Medical Center

11100 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44106

UH Ahuja Medical Center

1000 Auburn Dr
Suite: 210
Beachwood, OH 44122

UH Risman Ahuja CH Ste 200

1000 Auburn Dr
Suite: 200
Beachwood, OH 44122

UH Ahuja Medical Center

3999 Richmond Rd
Beachwood, OH 44122

Patient Experience Reviews

4.9 out of 5

64 Ratings

Patient Comments (20)

Reviewed On 8/2/2023
Dr. Wetzel kind of got stuck with my case as the attending who was on call when I came into the ER wasn't answering the page & Dr. Wetzel read my CT & Xray and subsequently my follow-up as well. I appreciate his taking on my case very much and have the utmost confidence in his treatment of my calcaneal fracture.

Reviewed On 8/1/2023
Dr. Wetzel saw me on short notice even though I was not a previous patient of him (my wife was). Unlike the Cleveland Clinic related specialist I have been seeing for this injury, Dr. Wetzel listened to me, diagnosed the injury correctly (as it turned out), scheduled an MRI and follow-up visit within minutes. That was more than I had expected!

Reviewed On 7/1/2023
The group of people who work here are some of the nicest people we have had to work with.thank you to you all.

Reviewed On 7/1/2023
Dr. Wetzel is a very attentive provider. He actively shows concern and understanding and fully discusses any questions or concerns I have.

Reviewed On 7/1/2023

Reviewed On 6/1/2023
I love Dr Wetzel and his team! I traveled from Atlanta for bilateral transtibial osseointegration and I am grateful

Reviewed On 6/1/2023
Dr. Wetzel and his staff have always been fantastic. Professional , but they talk to you and care for you like family. I have recommended his office to family and friends many times. If my Insurance were to ever become out of network or not accepted, I would pay out of pocket.

Reviewed On 6/1/2023
Dr Wetzel is the best

Reviewed On 5/1/2023
Great service by all and Dr. Wetzel's office

Reviewed On 5/1/2023
Dr.Wetzel is an excellent doctor .i would highly recommend him too family or friends.give him a raise .

Reviewed On 5/1/2023
Doctor was great ***

Reviewed On 2/1/2023
Dr Wetzel is amazing. Our journey began last March and has been perfect! Highly recommend

Reviewed On 1/1/2023
Great care all around

Reviewed On 11/1/2022
My first visit with Dr Wetzel. He seems very interested in your problem and is very patient and thorough.

Reviewed On 10/1/2022
*** Dr. Wetzel's bedside manner is very nice. 8**

Reviewed On 10/1/2022
Dr. Wetzel is a caring provider. ***

Reviewed On 10/1/2022
Dr Wetzel was an excellent surgeon and health provider. I had very good results and was able to regain around 90% function of my elbow and arm. He was always respectful and kind. University is fortunate to have him on their staff.

Reviewed On 10/1/2022
Dr. Wetzel is an amazing physician -- as busy as he is being a trauma surgeon and teacher, he always made me feel that my case was important and consistently provided the greatest of care and compassion over the past 7 months! He is truly remarkable and I highly recommend him for orthopedic care!!

Reviewed On 10/1/2022
Great !!!!!!!! Love this doctor

Reviewed On 10/1/2022
Dr Wetzel is truly amazing he changed my daughter's life. When she first saw him she could barely walk due to the pain she was experiencing. It was a long journey but today my daughter walks, jogs, squats, turns, and lifts lite weights! Dr Wetzel sits with her and talks with her and always gives her his undecided attention he is the best! ***

Certifications & Memberships

  • Orthopaedic Surgery - American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery


Fellowship | Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery
Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery - Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital (2014 - 2015)

Residency | Orthopaedic Surgery
Orthopaedic Surgery - Mcgaw Medical Center Of Northwestern University (2009 - 2014)

Medical Education
Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) (2009)

University Of Akron (2005)

Industry Relationships

University Hospitals is committed to transparency in our interactions with industry partners, such as pharmaceutical, biotech, or medical device companies. At UH, we disclose practitioner and their family members’ ownership and intellectual property rights that are or in the process of being commercialized. In addition, we disclose payments to employed practitioners of $5,000 or more from companies with which the practitioners interact as part of their professional activities. These practitioner-industry relationships assist in developing new drugs, devices and therapies and in providing medical education aimed at improving quality of care and enhancing clinical outcomes. At the same time, UH understands that these relationships may create a conflict of interest. In providing this information, UH desires to assist patients in talking with their practitioners about industry relationships and how those relationships may impact their medical care.

UH practitioners seek advance approval for certain new industry relationships. In addition, practitioners report their industry relationships and activities, as well as those of their immediate family members, to the UH Office of Outside Interests annually. We review these reports and implement management plans, as appropriate, to address conflicts of interest that may arise in connection with medical research, clinical care and purchasing decisions.

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As of December 31, 2016, Robert Wetzel did not disclose any Outside Relationships with Industry.