Dennis Wenger, M.D.


Orthopedics, Scoliosis and Sports Medicine


Orthopedics, Scoliosis and Sports Medicine


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.


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

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

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

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

The role of capital realignment versus in situ stabilization for the treatment of slipped capital femoral epiphysis
Souder, CD, 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, Albinana, J, Mubarak, SJ

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

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

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

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

Legg-Calve-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-Calve-Perthes disease. Functional and radiographic outcomes of nonoperative treatment at a mean follow-up of twenty years"
Wenger, DR

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

A brief history of Legg-Calve-Perthes disease
Wenger, DR and Pandya, NK

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

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

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

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

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

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