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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 employed by Penn Medicine.

About Dr. Erica R. Thaler

Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2013 - 2014

Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2005 - 2018

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

Recognized in Philadelphia  magazine's annual Top Docs issue,  2012, and 2014 - 2017

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

Patient Rating Breakdown

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Otorhinolaryngology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Otolaryngology, 1996

Clinical Expertise:

  • Cancer Surgery
  • Deviated Septum
  • Deviated Septum Surgery (Septoplasty)
  • Endoscopic Nasal Surgery
  • Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
  • Endoscopic Zenker's Diverticulum Repair
  • Head and Neck Tumor
  • Mouth Cancer (Oral Cancer)
  • Nasal Polypectomy (Nasal Polyp Removal Surgery)
  • Pansinusitis
  • Parathyroid Gland Removal Surgery
  • Parotid Gland Tumors
  • Parotid Surgery (Parotidectomy)
  • Robotic Surgery
  • Salivary Gland Cancer
  • Salivary Gland Disorders
  • Salivary Gland Tumors
  • Sinus Cancer
  • Sinus Infections (Sinusitis)
  • Sinus Inverting Papilloma
  • Sinus Surgery
  • 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
  • CVS Health
  • 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
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan

Education and Training

Medical School: Harvard University
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, National Triologic Society, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Thaler is employed by Penn Medicine.

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:

Heiser, C; Thaler, E; Soose, R; Woodson, T; Boon, M: Technical Tips during Implantation of Selective Upper Airway Simulation Laryngoscope : 2018.

Maurits Boon MD, Colin Huntley MD, Armin Steffen MD, Joachim T. Maurer MD, J. Ulrich Sommer MD, Richard Schwab MD, Erica Thaler MD, Ryan Soose MD, Courtney Chou MD Patrick Strollo MD, Eric J. Kezirian MD MPH, Stanley Chia MD, Kirk Withrow MD, Mark Weidenbecher MD, Kingman Strohl MD, Karl Doghramji MD, Benedikt Hofauer MD, Clemens Heiser MD: Upper Airway Stimulation for Obstructive Sleep Apnea – Results from the Adhere Registry Otolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery : 2018.

Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy; Valay Parikh; Erica Thaler; Masanari Kato ; Boyd Gillespie ; Shaun Nguyen ; Kirk Withrow ; David Calhoun; Ryan Soose; Damien Stevens ; Suzanne Stevens; Chris Larsen; Madhu Reddy;: Early feasibility of Hypoglossal Nerve Upper Airway Stimulator in Patients with Cardiac Implantable Electronic Devices and Continuous Positive Airway Pressure-Intolerant Severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea Heart Rhythm : 2018.

Darwin, Evan, BA; Thaler, Erica, MD; Lev-Tov, Hadar, MD: Wound Odor: Current Methods of Treatment and need for Objective Measures submitted for publication : 2018.

Mahmoud, A., Thaler, E.: Upper Airway Stimulation Therapy and Prior Airway Surgery for Obstructive Sleep Apnea Laryngoscope : 2017.

Campanini, A., Kotecha, B. Thaler, E.: Drug-Induced Sleep Endoscopy (DISE) Vicini, C., Hoff, P., Montevecchi, F., eds., TransOral Robotic Surgery for Obstructive Sleep Apnea: A Practical Guide to Surgical Approach and Patient Management. : 41-50,2017.

Mahmoud, A, Thaler, E: Transoral Robotic Surgery for Obstructive Sleep Apnea Curr Sleep Medicine Rep DOI 10.1007 : 2017.

VALAY PARIKH, MD, Erica Thaler, MD, Masanari Kato, BS, Boyd Gillespie, MD, Shaun Nguyen, MD, Kirk Withrow, MD, David Calhoun, MD, Ryan Soose, MD, Damien Stevens, MD, Suzanne Stevens, MD, Chris Larsen, MD, Madhu Reddy, MD and Dhanujaya R. Lakkireddy, MD, FHRS: Safety and Efficacy of Hypoglossal Nerve Upper Airway Stimulator in Patients with Cardiac Implantable Electronic Devices and CPAPIntolerant Severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea Heart Rhythms, Chicago, Il : 2017.

Yu, J., Thaler, E.: Frontal Sinus Pneumocele COSM, San Diego : 2017.

Mahmoud, A., Thaler, E.: Effect of Prior Airway Surgery on Outcomes Following Implantation of Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulator for Obstructive Sleep Apnea COSM, San Diego, CA : 2017.

Academic Contact Info

HUP - 5th Floor Silverstein

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

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