Merrick Wetzler MD, ABOS, AAOS
Dr. Merrick Wetzler is a board certified orthopedic surgeon and is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. He developed an early interest in sports medicine at Yale University, where during his undergraduate career he was an All-Ivy League wrestler and won a gold medal at the Maccabiah Games. Upon earning his medical degree at Temple University School of Medicine, he completed his orthopedic residency at Boston University. Following fellowships in sports medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Medical Center, the Rothman Institute, and Lankenau Hospital and Medical Research Center, Dr. Wetzler joined South Jersey Orthopedic Associates in 1995.
A former co-director of Virtua's Sports Medicine Program, Dr. Wetzler is active in professional, school, and community sports at every level. He has assisted in team medical coverage for the Philadelphia Eagles, Flyers, Phillies and Wings; served as medical chairman/director for Team USA in the 2009 International Maccabiah Games, medical director for Team USA in the 2007 European Maccabiah Games, and associate medical director for Team USA in the 2005 International Maccabiah Games; is a member of the United States Rugby Union Medical and Safety Committee; and has also served as the team orthopedic surgeon for sports teams at Rowan University, Rutgers-Camden University, Eastern Camden County Regional High School, Pemberton Township High School, Cherry Hill West High School, the Jersey Wahoos Swim Team, and the South Jersey Rugby Football Club.
Specializing in sports medicine, shoulder and knee reconstruction, orthopedic trauma, and general orthopedics, Dr. Wetzler was voted "Top Doc in Sports Medicine" by his peers in the 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, and 2009 surveys by SJ Magazine. He serves as the Associate Editor of The Journal for Arthroscopy and Related Surgeries, and is a member of the United States Olympic Committee Sports Medicine Society, Arthroscopy Associates of North America, American Orthopedic Society of Sports Medicine, American College of Sports Medicine, American Medical Association, and the Camden County and New Jersey Medical Societies.