Dennis Wenger, M.D.


Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery-Hip


Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery-Hip


Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego

Medical Group / IPA

Rady Children's Specialists

Medical School

University of Cincinnati School of Medicine


University of Colorado School of Medicine


University of Iowa College of Medicine

Board Certifications

Orthopedic Surgery




Dr. Dennis Wenger directs the International Center for Pediatric and Adolescent Hip Disorders at Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego and the Rady Children's /UC San Diego Pediatric Orthopedics and Scoliosis Fellowship.

After graduating summa cum laude from Ohio University, Dr. Wenger earned high honors from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, where he was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. He completed an orthopedic residency at the University of Iowa, followed by a fellowship in children's orthopedics at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

Before moving to San Diego, Dr. Wenger practiced for seven years at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. He is an expert at evaluating and treating hip, spine, lower limb and foot disorders, as well as other orthopedic issues.

Along with providing clinical care, Dr. Wenger researches a number of hip conditions, including developmental dislocations of the hip, slipped capital femoral epiphysis, and Perthes disease. He is affiliated with several orthopedic professional organizations, including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

In addition to medicine, Dr. Wenger enjoys photography and travel.


Advanced Containment With Triple Innominate Osteotomy in Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease: A Viable Option Even in Severe Cases.
Stepanovich M, Upasani VV, Bomar JD, Wenger DR

Electronic Medical Record Adoption: The Effect on Efficiency, Completeness, and Accuracy in an Academic Orthopaedic Practice.
Hollenbeck SM, Bomar JD, Wenger DR, Yaszay B

Erratum to: Sex Differences in Cartilage Topography and Orientation of the Developing Acetabulum: Implications for Hip Preservation Surgery.
Peterson JB, Doan J, Bomar JD, Wenger DR, Pennock AT, Upasani VV

Sex Differences in Cartilage Topography and Orientation of the Developing Acetabulum: Implications for Hip Preservation Surgery.
Peterson JB, Doan J, Bomar JD, Wenger DR, Pennock AT, Upasani VV

Acute, unstable, slipped capital femoral epiphysis: is there a role for in situ fixation?
Wenger DR, Bomar JD

Surgical treatment of developmental dysplasia of the hip.
Wenger DR

Fundamental concepts of developmental dysplasia of the hip.
Weinstein SL, Mubarak SJ, Wenger DR

The role of capital realignment versus in situ stabilization for the treatment of slipped capital femoral epiphysis.
Souder CD, Bomar JD, Wenger DR

Improving diagnostic efficiency: analysis of pelvic MRI versus emergency hip aspiration for suspected hip sepsis.
Gottschalk HP, Moor MA, Muhamad AR, Wenger DR, Yaszay B

Hip impingement in slipped capital femoral epiphysis: a changing perspective.
Hosalkar HS, Pandya NK, Bomar JD, Wenger DR

Is there a role for acetabular dysplasia correction in an asymptomatic patient?
Wenger DR

What's new in pediatric orthopaedics.
Hosalkar HS, Pandya NK, Wenger DR

Comparison of the calcaneo-cuboid-cuneiform osteotomies and the calcaneal lengthening osteotomy in the surgical treatment of symptomatic flexible flatfoot.
Moraleda L, Salcedo M, Bastrom TP, Wenger DR, Albiñana J, Mubarak SJ

Limitations of evidence-based medicine: the role of experience and expert opinion.
Wenger DR

Surgical treatment of hip dysplasia in children and adolescents.
Bittersohl B, Hosalkar HS, Wenger DR

Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease: Functional prognosis in an era of high expectations: commentary on an article by A. Noelle Larson, MD, et al.: "A prospective multicenter study of Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease. Functional and radiographic outcomes of nonoperative treatment at a mean follow-up of twenty years".
Wenger DR

Triple innominate osteotomy for Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease in children: does the lateral coverage change with time?
Hosalkar H, Munhoz da Cunha AL, Baldwin K, Ziebarth K, Wenger DR

Isocentric reattachment of ligamentum teres: a porcine study.
Hosalkar HS, Varley ES, Glaser D, Farnsworth CL, Bomar JD, Wenger DR

Advanced containment methods for the treatment of Perthes disease: Salter plus varus osteotomy and triple pelvic osteotomy.
Wenger DR, Pandya NK

A brief history of Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease.
Wenger DR, Pandya NK

Treatment of femur fractures in school-aged children using elastic stable intramedullary nailing: a systematic review.
Baldwin K, Hsu JE, Wenger DR, Hosalkar HS

Principles of treating the sequelae of Perthes disease.
Wenger DR, Hosalkar HS

Containment methods for treatment of Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease.
Price CT, Thompson GH, Wenger DR

Intracapsular hip pressures in a porcine model: does position and volume matter?
Hosalkar HS, Varley ES, Glaser DA, Farnsworth CL, Wenger DR

Surgical management of the problematic hip in adolescent and young adult patients.
Schoenecker PL, Clohisy JC, Millis MB, Wenger DR

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