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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 - 2017

Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2005 - 2018

Recognized in Philadelphia magazine's annual Top Docs issues in 2012, and 2014 - 2018

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

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.

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.

Overall Ratings

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 (Parathyroidectomy)
  • 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
  • Clover Health Plan
  • 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 Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Provider Partners Health Plan
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Veterans Choice Program

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:

Boon, Maurits, Thaler, E et al: BMI Is—but Age, Gender, and Previous Palate or Hypopharyngeal Surgery Are Not—Associated with Subsequent Efficacy of Cranial Nerve Stimulation for Obstructive Sleep Apnea American Academy of OTO;HNS, Atlanta, GA. : 2018.

Mahmoud, A; Thaler, E: Outcomes of Hypoglossal Nerve Upper Airway Stimulation in Patients with Isolated Retropalatal Collapse American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery : 2018.

Yu, Jason, Mahmoud, A., Thaler, E: Transoral Robotic Surgery versus Upper Airway Stimulation in select Obstructive Sleep Apnea Patients Laryngoscope : 2018.

Mahmoud, A., Thaler, E.: In Response to Comments on "Upper Airway Stimulation Therapy and Prior Airway Surgery for OSA" Laryngoscope : 2018.

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

Mahmoud, A., Thaler, E.: Upper Airway Stimulation Therapy and Prior Airway Surgery for Obstructive Sleep Apnea Laryngoscope : 1486-1469,2018.

Brooks, Steven; Trope, Michal; Blasetti, Mariel; Doghramji, Laurel; Parasher, Arjun; Glicksman, Jordan; Kennedy, David; Thaler, Erica; Cohen, Noam; Palmer, James; Adappa, Nithin: Preoperative Lund-MacKay CT Score is associated with preoperative symptom severity and predicts quality of life outcome trajectories after sinus surgery International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology 8 (6): 668-675,2018.

Valay Parikh; Erica Thaler; Masanari Kato ; Boyd Gillespie ; Shaun Nguyen ; Kirk Withrow ; David Calhoun; Ryan Soose; Damien Stevens ; Suzanne Stevens; Chris Larsen; Madhu Reddy; Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy: 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.

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.

Heiser, C; Thaler, E; Soose, R; Woodson, T; Boon, M: Technical Tips during Implantation of Selective Upper Airway Simulation Laryngoscope : 756-762,2018.

Academic Contact Info

HUP - 5th Floor Silverstein

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

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