, Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery-Hip


3020 Children's Way
MC 5062
San Diego, CA 92123


Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery-Hip


Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego

Medical School

University of Cincinnati School of Medicine


University of Colorado School of Medicine


University of Iowa College of Medicine

Board Certifications

Orthopaedic Surgery




Dr. Dennis Wenger has retired from clinical practice and serves as an honorary member of the medical staff and is a senior education and research consultant for the division.

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 practiced at Rady Children's evaluating and treating hip, spine, lower limb and foot disorders, as well as other orthopedic issues from 1984 to 2020. He was instrumental in beginning the Rady Children's Pediatric Orthopedic Fellowship program in 1986 and remains a dedicated educator to medical students, residents, fellows and junior faculty.

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 Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America as well as the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

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


Comparison of Surgical Outcomes Between a Triplane Proximal Femoral Osteotomy and the Modified Dunn Procedure for Stable, Moderate to Severe Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis.
Sikora-Klak J, Bomar JD, Paik CN, Wenger DR, Upasani V

Wenger DR

Analysis of Acetabular Ossification From the Triradiate Cartilage and Secondary Centers.
Parvaresh KC, Pennock AT, Bomar JD, Wenger DR, Upasani VV

Femoral version: Comparison among advanced imaging methods.
Fuller CB, Farnsworth CL, Bomar JD, Jeffords ME, Murphy JS, Edmonds EW, Pennock AT, Wenger DR, Upasani VV

Analysis of spinal alignment and pelvic parameters on upright radiographs: implications for acetabular development.
Pytiak A, Bomar JD, Peterson JB, Schmitz MR, Pennock AT, Wenger DR, Upasani VV

Defining the lateral edge of the femoroacetabular articulation: correlation analysis between radiographs and computed tomography.
Mittal A, Bomar JD, Jeffords ME, Huang MT, Wenger DR, Upasani VV

Dogged Persistence-Harrington, Post-polio Scoliosis, and the Origin of Spine Instrumentation.
Wenger DR

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

What's new in pediatric orthopaedic surgery.
Zaltz I, Hosalkar H, Wenger D

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

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