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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 Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs, Department of Otorhinolaryngology 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

Erica Thaler, MD FACS serves as the Chief of the Division of General Otorhinolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery and is Vice Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery at Penn. She sees all manner of Otorhinolaryngology patients, and has particular expertise in the complex management of patients with chronic sinusitis, and patients with CPAP intolerant Obstructive Sleep Apnea. She also sees patients with thyroid and parotid masses requiring surgery, and other head and neck disorders, including diverticula of the esophagus. She has been in practice for 25 years.

In addition to her clinical practice, she has published over 100 peer reviewed papers and book chapters on these topics, and is editor of a book on the management of chronic sinusitis. She has served in leadership roles in several national Otorhinolaryngology societies, and is a Board examiner for the American Board of Otorhinolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery.

Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2013 - 2019

Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2005 - 2019

Recognized in Philadelphia magazine's annual Top Docs issues for 2012 - 2019

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

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

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Clinical Specialties


  • Otorhinolaryngology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Otolaryngology, 1996

Clinical Expertise:

  • Adenoidectomy
  • Adenoiditis
  • Airway Disorders
  • Alaryngeal Communication
  • Allergic Fungal Sinusitis
  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Allergic Rhinosinusitis
  • Allergies
  • Anterior Nasal Drip
  • Arytenoid Dislocation
  • Aspirin Exacerbated Respiratory Disease
  • Asymmetrical Hearing Loss
  • Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease
  • Balance Disorders
  • Balloon Sinuplasty
  • Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo
  • Blepharoptosis
  • Broken Nose (Nose Fracture)
  • Brow Lift
  • Cancer of the Nasal Cavity
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak from Nose
  • Cerumen Removal
  • Cheek Problems
  • Choanal Atresia
  • Choking Sensation
  • Chronic Rhinosinusitis
  • Chronic Sinus Infection
  • Chronic Tonsillitis
  • Coblation for Tonsillectomy
  • Collagen Injection
  • Conductive Hearing Loss
  • Cough
  • Crackling Sound in Ears
  • Cricopharyngeal Achalasia
  • CSF Leak Repair
  • Dacryocystorhinostomy
  • Dermal Fillers
  • Deviated Septum
  • Difficulty Speaking
  • Difficulty Swallowing (Dysphagia)
  • Disorder of Ear Lobe
  • Dizziness
  • Dry Mouth (Xerostomia)
  • Dysphonia
  • Ear and Temporal Bone Tumors
  • Ear Canal Lesion
  • Ear Cleaning
  • Ear Cyst
  • Ear Discharge
  • Ear Drainage
  • Ear Exam
  • Ear Fullness
  • Ear Infection - Middle Ear (Otitis Media)
  • Ear Mass
  • Ear Pinning
  • Ear Plastic Surgery
  • Ear Pressure
  • Earache
  • Empty Nose Syndrome
  • Enlarged Adenoids
  • Esophageal pH Test
  • Ethmoidectomy
  • Eustachian Tube Dysfunction
  • Excessive Drooling
  • Excessive Salivation
  • Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
  • Face Lift Surgery (Rhytidectomy)
  • Face Swelling
  • Facial Aging
  • Facial Asymmetry
  • Facial Asymmetry Surgery
  • Facial Deformities
  • Facial Fracture
  • Facial Nerve Disorders
  • Facial Nerve Injury
  • Facial Nerve Palsy
  • Facial Nerve Schwannoma
  • Facial Paralysis Reconstruction
  • Facial Paresis
  • Facial Skin Resurfacing Procedures
  • Fine Needle Aspiration
  • Fissured Tongue
  • Foreign Body in Ear
  • Frenectomy
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Goiter
  • Hairy Tongue
  • Head Mass
  • Hearing Aid Evaluation
  • Hearing Evaluation
  • Hearing Loss
  • History of Pituitary Mass
  • Hoarseness
  • Hyperacusis
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Hypoglossal Nerve Disease
  • Hypoglossal Nerve Injury
  • Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulator
  • Impacted Cerumen
  • Injection Medialization Laryngoplasty
  • Inner Ear Trauma
  • Inverted Papilloma
  • Itchy Ear
  • Jaw Disorders
  • Jaw Reconstruction
  • Labyrinthitis
  • Laryngeal Dysphagia
  • Laryngeal Dystonia
  • Laryngeal Papillomatosis
  • Laryngeal Polyps
  • Laryngectomy
  • Laryngitis
  • Laryngoscopy
  • Laryngotracheoplasty
  • Laser-Assisted Uvulopalatoplasty
  • Lip Droop
  • Ludwig's Angina
  • Lump in Throat
  • Mandibulectomy
  • Mastoiditis
  • Maxillectomy
  • Meniere's Disease
  • Microsurgery
  • Middle Ear Exploration
  • Missing Eardrum
  • Mixed Hearing Loss
  • Mouth Abscess
  • Mouth Bleeding
  • Mouth Infections
  • Muffled Hearing
  • Myringoplasty
  • Myringotomy
  • Nasal Cancer
  • Nasal Cavity and Paranasal Sinus Cancer
  • Nasal Congestion
  • Nasal Crusting
  • Nasal Drainage
  • Nasal Dryness
  • Nasal Obstruction
  • Nasal Polyps
  • Nasal Trauma
  • Nasoseptal Reconstruction
  • Neck Abscess
  • Neck Biopsy
  • Neck Cyst
  • Neck Lymph Nodes
  • Neck Mass Excision
  • Neural Hearing Loss
  • Neurologic Disorders of the Larynx
  • Nose Bleed
  • Nose Deformities
  • Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty)
  • Nystagmus
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • Odynophagia
  • Olfactory Nerve Disease
  • Oral Inflammation
  • Oral Lesions
  • Oral Pain
  • Oral Pathology
  • Oropharyngeal Disorders
  • Osteoma
  • Otalgia
  • Otoacoustic Emissions Test
  • Ototoxicity
  • Paranasal Surgery
  • Parathyroidectomy
  • Perforated Ear Drum
  • Perforated Eardrum
  • Perichondritis
  • Peritonsillar Abscess
  • Peroral Endoscopic Myotomy
  • Polyp of Cheek
  • Positional Vertigo
  • Post-Nasal Drip
  • Preauricular Fistula
  • Problems with Smell and Taste
  • Reconstruction of Nose
  • Reconstructive Plastic Surgery
  • Rhinitis
  • Rhinorrhea
  • Salivary Duct
  • Salivary Gland Disorders
  • Salivary Gland Swelling
  • Scratchy Voice
  • Septal Perforation
  • Sialadenitis
  • Sialendoscopy
  • Sialolithiasis
  • Sinonasal Carcinoma
  • Sinonasal Mucocele
  • Sinonasal Papilloma
  • Sinus Disorders
  • Sinus Infections (Sinusitis)
  • Sinus Mass
  • Sinus Polyp
  • Sinus Pressure
  • Sinus Surgery
  • Skin Fillers
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Sleep Endoscopy
  • Sleep-Related Hypoventilation
  • Small Ear Canal
  • Smell Disorders
  • Snoring
  • Sore Throat
  • Speech Aid Prosthesis
  • Sphenoidectomy
  • Sphenoidotomy
  • Spots on Mouth
  • Stapedectomy
  • Stomatitis
  • Stylohyoid Syndrome
  • Subglottic Stenosis
  • Submandibular Nodule
  • Submandibular Swelling
  • Sudden Deafness
  • Suppurative Tonsillitis
  • Swallowing Disorders
  • Swimmer's Ear (Otitis Externa)
  • Swollen Lymph Nodes
  • Swollen Parotid
  • Swollen Throat
  • Swooshing Sound in Ears
  • Temporal Bone Fracture
  • Throat Abscess
  • Throat Disorders
  • Throat Drainage
  • Throat Mass
  • Thyroglossal Duct Disorders
  • Thyroid Nodules
  • Thyroidectomy
  • Tinnitus
  • Tongue Mass
  • Tongue Pain
  • Tongue Swelling
  • Tonsil Removal Surgery (Tonsillectomy)
  • Tonsillar Abscess
  • Tonsillar Hypertrophy
  • Tonsillitis (Tonsil Inflammation)
  • Tonsilloliths
  • Tracheal Dilatation
  • Tracheostomy Management
  • Transnasal Repair CSF Leak
  • Transoral Robotic Surgery for Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • Tympanic Membrane Perforation
  • Tympanometry
  • Tympanoplasty/Mastoidectomy
  • Uvuloplasty
  • Velopharyngeal Deficiencies
  • Velopharyngeal Insufficiency
  • Vertigo
  • Vestibular Neuritis
  • Vestibular Neuronitis
  • Vestibular Services
  • Videostroboscopy
  • Vocal Cord Dysfunction
  • Vocal Cord Issues
  • Vocal Cord Lesion
  • Vocal Cord Paralysis
  • Vocal Cord Strain
  • Vocal Cord Surgery
  • Voice Disorders
  • Voice Prosthesis
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Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • eLAP Services
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Homestead Smart Health Plans
  • 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
  • Oscar Health Plan of PA
  • 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 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:

Jenks, C., Yu, J., Schmitt, K., Schwab, R., Thaler, E.: Prospective determination of airway response to upper airway stimulation: a new opportunity for advanced device titration Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meetings, Atlanta, GA. : 2020.

Silberthau, K., Thaler, E: Tonsillar Hypertrophy in a Patient with Obstructive Sleep Apnea JAMA Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2019.4164): 2020.

Huntley, C., Boon, M., Thaler, E., Kominsky, A., Heiser, C.: OSA Outcomes: Comparing UPPP and the Upper Airway Stimulation ADHERE Registry Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery,New Orleans, LA. : 2019.

Thaler, E., Schwab, R, Soose, R. et al: Results of the ADHERE Upper Airway Stimulation Registry and Predictors of Therapy Efficacy Laryngoscope (10.1002/lary.28286): 2019.

Mahmoud, A; Thaler, E: Outcomes of Hypoglossal Nerve Upper Airway Stimulation in Patients with Isolated Retropalatal Collapse Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery 160 (6): 1124-1129,2019.

Kezerian, E., Heiser C., Steffen A., Hofauer B., Doghramji K., Sommer J., Soose, R., Schwab r., Thaler E., Withrow K., Kominsky A., Larsen C., Hsia J., Mehra R., Waters T., Strohl K.: Previous Surgery and Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulation for Obstructive Sleep Apnea Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg : Epub ahead of print,2019.

Bohorquez, D, Mahmoud, A., Yu, J., Thaler, E.: Upper Airway Stimulation Therapy and Sleep Architecture in Patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea Laryngoscope : epub ahead of print,2019.

Gomez, E., Thaler, E., O'Malley, B., Rassekh, C., Weinstein, G., Newman, J., Brody, R.: Techniques for Developing and Viewing Stereoscopic Three-Dimensional Teaching Videos for Transoral Robotic Surgery (TORS) J. of Robotic Surgery : epub ahead of print,2019.

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 154 (2): 2019.

Green, Katherine; Kent, David; D'Agostino, Mark; Hoff, Paul; Lin, Ho-Sheng; Soose, Ryan; Gillespie, M.; Yaremchuk, Kathleen; Carrasco-Llatas, Marina; Woodson, B. Tucker; Jacobowitz, Ofer; Thaler, Erica; Barrera, Jose; Capasso, Robson; Liu, Stanley; Hsia, Jennifer; Mann, Daljit; Meraj, Taha; Kezirian, Eric: Drug-Induced Sleep Endoscopy and Surgical Outcomes: A Multi-center Cohort Study Laryngoscope 129 (3): 761-770,2019.

Academic Contact Info

HUP - 5th Floor Silverstein

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

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