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Heather Wachtel, MD

Heather Wachtel, MD Physician

Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Wachtel is employed by Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Endocrine and Oncologic Surgery

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Surgery, 2016

Clinical Expertise:

  • Adrenal Cancer
  • Adrenal Gland Tumors
  • Cancer Surgery
  • Carcinoid Tumors
  • Endocrine Tumors
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Laparoscopy
  • Minimally Invasive Parathyroidectomy
  • Neck Masses and Lumps
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Parathyroid Gland Removal Surgery (Parathyroidectomy)
  • Parathyroid Tumor
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Thyroid Nodule Biopsy
  • Thyroid Surgery

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
  • 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: Yale University
Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Fellowship: Massachusetts General Hospital


American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, National American Association of Endocrine Surgeons, National American College of Surgeons, National American Medical Association, National Association for Academic Surgery, National Association of Women Surgeons, International Society of Asian Academic Surgeons, International Society of Surgical Oncology, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Wachtel is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Selected Publications:

Mainthia R, Wachtel H, Chen Y, Mort E, Parangi S, Sadow PM, Lubitz CC.: Evaluating the projected surgical impact of reclassifying noninvasive encapsulated variant of papillary thyroid cancer as noninvasive follicular thyroid neoplasm with nuclear features Surgery 163 (1): 60-65,2018.

Habibollahi P, Shin B, Pourhasan S, Wachtel H, Fraker DL, Trerotola SO: Eleven year retrospective report of super-selective venous sampling for the evaluation of recurrent or persistent hyperparathyroidism in 32 patients Cardiovasc Intervent Radiol 41 (1): 63-72,2018.

Tagawa M, Ghosn M, Wachtel H, Fraker D, Townsend RR, Trerotola S, Cohen DL: Lateralization index but not contralateral suppression at adrenal vein sampling predicts improvement in blood pressure after adrenalectomy for primary aldosteronism Journal of Human Hypertension : 2017.

Wachtel H, Sadow PM, Phitayakorn R, Parangi S: Primary hyperparathyroidism presenting as hypercalcemic crisis American College of Surgeons Case Reviews in Surgery : 2017.

Wachtel H, Sadow PM, Stathatos N, Lubitz CC: Hormonally active adrenocortical carcinoma in a 24-year old woman American College of Surgeons Case Reviews in Surgery 1 (1): 22-26,2017.

Kuo LE, Simmons KD, Wachtel H, Zaheer S, Karakousis GC, Fraker DL, Kelz RR: Racial disparities in initial presentation of thyroid disease for resection Annals of Surgical Oncology 23 (8): 2571-2576,2016.

Wachtel H, Zaheer S, Shah PK, Trerotola SO, Karakousis GC, Roses RE, Cohen DL, Fraker DL: Role of adrenal vein sampling in primary aldosteronism: Impact of imaging, localization, and age Journal of Surgical Oncology 113 (5): 532-537,2016.

Wachtel H, Kennedy EH, Zaheer S, Bartlett EK, Fishbein L, Roses RE, Fraker DL, Cohen DL: Preoperative metyrosine improves cardiovascular outcomes for patients undergoing surgery for pheochromocytoma and paraganglioma Annals of Surgical Oncology 22 Suppl 3 : S646-654,2015.

Kuo LE, Wachtel H, Roses RE, Fraker DL, Kelz RR: Incidental and intentional medicine achieve similar results in primary hyperaldosteronism Annals of Surgical Oncology 22 Suppl 3 : S734-741,2015.

Asmar M, Wachtel H, Yan Y, Fraker DL, Cohen D, Trerotola SO: Reversing the established order: Should adrenal venous sampling precede cross-sectional imaging in the evaluation of primary aldosteronism? Journal of Surgical Oncology 112 (2): 144-148,2015.

Academic Contact Info

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
3400 Spruce Street
4 Silverstein Pavilion, Dept. of Surgery

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 662-2341
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)