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Erica R. Thaler, MD

Erica R. Thaler, MD Physician

Director, Division of General Otorhinolaryngology
Director, Otorhinolaryngology Outpatient Surgical Practices, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Director, Otorhinolaryngology, Penn Medicine Radnor
Professor of Otorhinolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Languages spoken:

  • French

Dr. Thaler is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

About Dr. Erica R. Thaler

Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2013-14

Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2005-2006, 2007-2008, 2009-2010, 2011-2012, 2013-2014

Recognized by Suburban Life magazine's "Top Physicians 2010" issue

Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine's annual Top Docs issue,  2012, and 2014 - 2016

Clinical Specialties

Clinical Expertise:

  • Cancer Surgery
  • Deviated Septum
  • Deviated Septum (Septoplasty) Surgery
  • Endoscopic Nasal Surgery
  • Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
  • Endoscopic Zenker's Diverticulum Repair
  • Head and Neck Tumor
  • Mouth Cancer (Oral Cancer)
  • Pansinusitis
  • Parathyroid Surgery
  • Parotid Surgery (Parotidectomy)
  • Parotid Tumor
  • Polypectomy - Nasal Sinus
  • Robotic Surgery
  • Salivary Gland Cancer
  • Salivary Gland Disorders
  • Salivary Gland Tumors
  • Sinus Cancer
  • Sinus Infections
  • Sinus Inverting Papilloma
  • Sinus Surgery
  • Sinusitis
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Submandibular Tumor
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Thyroid Disorders
  • Thyroid Nodule Biopsy
  • Thyroid Surgery
  • Zenker's Diverticulum

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan

Education and Training

Medical School: Harvard Medical School
Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


American Academy of Otolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery, National American Board of Otolaryngology, National American College of Surgeons, National American Rhinologic Association, National Pennsylvania Academy of Otolaryngology, Local Pennsylvania Medical Association, Local Philadelphia College of Physicians, Local Philadelphia County Medical Society, Local Society of University Otolaryngologists-Head and Neck Surgeons, National Triologic Society, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Thaler is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Pennsylvania Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Selected Publications:

Chiffer, R., Schwab, R., Keenan, B., Borek, R., Thaler, E.: Volumetric MRI analysis Pre and Post Transoral Robotic-assisted Posterior Glossectomy and Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty for Obstructive Sleep Apnea Laryngoscope : 2015.

Prokop-Prigge, K., Mansfield, C., Parker, M.R., Thaler, E., Grice, E., Wysocki, C., Preti, G.: Ethnic/Racial and Genetic Influences on Cerumen Odor Profiles Journal of Chemical Ecology 41 (1): 67-74,2015.

Chiffer, R., Schwab, R., Thaler, E.: Volumetric MRI Analysis Pre & Post Transoral Robotic-assisted Posterior Glossectomy & UPPP for OSA Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meetings, Las Vegas, NV : 2014.

Vicini.C, Montevecchi F., Campanini A., Dallan I.,BenazzoM., Canzi P. Remacle M., Lawson G., Hoff P., Spector M., Thaler E.,Ahhan J.,Baptista P.: Clinical outcomes and complications associated with TORS for OSAHS in 243 patients:A benchmark for evaluating an emerging surgical technology in a targeted application for benign disease ORL 76 (2): 63-9,2014.

Prokop-Prigge, K., Thaler, E., Wysocki, C., Preti, G.: Identification of Volatile Organic Compounds in Human Cerumen Journal of Chromatography B : 953-4,2014.

Hoff, P., D'Agostino, M., Thaler, E.: Transoral Robotic Surgery in Benign Disease Including Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Safety and Feasibility Laryngoscope : 2014.

Thaler, E., Hanson, C.W.: Intubation and Upper Airway Management Fishman's Pulmonary Diseases and Disorders, 5th edition : 2014.

Katharine A. Prokop-Prigge, Erica Thaler, George Preti: Identification of volatile organic compounds in human earwax Journal of Sensors and Actuators : 2013.

Lee, JM, Weinstein, GS, O'Malley Jr., BW, Thaler ER.: Transoral Robot Assisted Lingual Tonsillectomy and Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty For Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol : 2012.

Borek, R., Thaler, E., Kim, C., Jackson, N., Mandel, J., Schwab, R.: A Preliminary Study Using Quantitative Airway Endoscopy Analysis to Describe Outcomes after Upper Airway Surgery Using TORS in Patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea, COSM. San Diego, CA : 2012.

Academic Contact Info

HUP - 5th Floor Silverstein

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 662-4533
Fax: (215) 614-0071
Patient appointments: 800-789-PENN (7366)

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