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Robert Wetzel, MD

Robert Wetzel, MD

(4.8) , 17 Reviews
  • Specialty: Orthopedic Trauma Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery
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  • Primary Location: 1000 Auburn Dr (5 mi.)
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  • Languages Spoken: English

Office Locations

UH Ahuja Risman Pavilion (5 mi.)

1000 Auburn Dr
Ste 210
Beachwood, OH 44122

UH Cleveland Medical Center Bolwell (0 mi.)

11100 Euclid Ave
Bolwell 5th Floor
Cleveland, OH 44106

Biography: Robert Wetzel, MD


  • Adult Hip Joint Reconstruction
  • Adult Reconstructive Surgery
  • Fractures
  • Hip Dysplasia Specialist
  • Hip Joint Preservation and Reconstruction
  • Hip Preservation Surgery (PAO)
  • Orthopaedic Trauma


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

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)


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 orthopedic surgery, with expertise in adult reconstructive surgery and hip joint preservation and reconstruction. 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.

Patient Experience Reviews

4.8 out of 5
- based on 55 Ratings

The care provided by Dr. Wetzel is exceptional


Dr. Wetzel is wonderful. He went above and beyond helping to research alternative treatment options and spent time speaking with my insurance in efforts to have expensive tx approved.


excellent Doctor


My Doctor and his nurses are great. ***


All things considered. I was extremely happy about this experience overall.


Couldn't be more pleased with Dr. Wetzel and his PA ***. They are both dedicated professionals.


Dr. Wetzel is the best! *** I have been blessed to have absolutely amazing doctors treat me but it's very rare when you get amazing doctors because of the skills they know and at the same time to be genuinely decent human beings. In that category is, Dr. Wetzel, Dr. ***, Dr. ***, Dr. *** and last but certainly not least, my neurologist, Dr. ***




The care received during this visit was excellent. The doctor came in the room having already reviewed my file and knowledgeable about the records and what we were here to discuss. He showed great patients as I work to understand the options and pros and cons of each choice. I went ahead with the surgery with this provider due to the confidence and care that he demonstrated.


Doctor Wetzel is the best!


Dr Wetzel is personable, easy to talk to, great at explaining diagnoses and benefits of treatment in logical way, and provided excellent care!


Dr Wetzel did an amazing job for me in a trauma situation. He has great bedside manner and cares about his patients. I am grateful.


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.


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!


The group of people who work here are some of the nicest people we have had to work with.thank you to you all.


Dr. Wetzel is a very attentive provider. He actively shows concern and understanding and fully discusses any questions or concerns I have.



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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.