Ethan R. Wiesler, M.D.Wake Forest Baptist Health

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4.7 out of 5

219 Ratings

Ethan R. Wiesler, M.D.


Clinical Interests

Upper Extremity Fracture Fixation, Shoulder Replacement, Trauma/Sports Medicine of the Upper Extremity, Arthroscopy of the shoulder/elbow/wrist, Upper Extremity Injury and Pathology, Rotator Cuff and Shoulder Instability, Orthopaedics

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New Patient Appointments: 336-716-WAKE
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Department: 336-716-8200

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Additional Languages

French, Hebrew, Japanese

Education & Training

  • B.A., Colby College, 1986
  • M.D., WFU School of Medicine, 1994
  • Internship, Orthopaedic Surgery, North Carolina Baptist Hospita, 1995
  • Residency, Orthopaedic Surgery, North Carolina Baptist Hospita, 1999
  • Fellowship, Hand/Upper Extremity Orthopaedic Surgery, WFUSM Affiliated Hsps, 2000

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Hand Surgery
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery


  • Int'l Soc Arthro Knee Surg Ort
  • NC Soc for Surg of the Hand
  • North Carolina Medical Society
  • North Carolina Orthopedic Assn
  • Southern Medical Association
  • Southern Orthopedic Assn
  • Am Medical Assn
  • Am Soc Of Surgery Of The Hand
  • AO North America

NPI Number

  • 1538146147
Ethan R. Wiesler, M.D.

Doctor Rating

4.7 out of 5

219 Ratings

Ethan R. Wiesler, M.D.

Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery

Research Interests

Arthroscopy; Radius Fractures; Shoulder Joint; Carpal Tunnel Syndrome; Fracture Fixation, Internal
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Recent Publications

Nonspecific wrist pain in gymnasts and cheerleaders. Chawla A, Wiesler ER.. Clin Sports Med. 2015;34(1):143-149.

Morphometric analysis of distal interphalangeal joint and implications for arthrodesis with a headless compression screw. Braun B, Bogle A, Wiesler E.. J Surg Orthop Adv. 2015;24(1):5-11.

Randomized comparison of volar locking plates and intramedullary nails for unstable distal radius fractures. Plate JF, Gaffney DL, Emory CL, Mannava S, Smith BP, Koman LA, Wiesler ER, Li Z.. J Hand Surg [Am]. 2015;40(6):1095-1101.

A randomized trial of diagnostic ultrasound to improve outcomes in focal neuropathies. Cartwright MS, Griffin LP, Dowlen H, Bargoil JM, Caress JB, Li ZJ, Defranzo AJ Jr, Wiesler ER, Tuohy CJ, Balakrishnan N, Molnar JA, Baute V, Koman LA, Poehling GG, Walker FO.. Muscle Nerve. 2015;52(5):746-753.

Dissatisfaction after trapezial-metacarpal arthroplasty. Braun BM, Li Z, Wiesler ER.. J Hand Surg [Am]. 2014;39(5):973-975.

(Sample) size matters! An examination of sample size from the SPRINT trial study to prospectively evaluate reamed intramedullary nails in patients with tibial fractures. Bhandari M, Tornetta P III, Rampersad SA, Sprague S, Heels-Ansdell D, Sanders DW, Schemitsch EH, Swiontkowski M, Walter S, Webb LX, Teasdall RD, Birkedal JP, Martin DF, Ruch DS, Kilgus DJ, Pollock DC, Harris MB,.. J Orthop Trauma. 2013;27(4):183-189.

Attrition tendinitis of long head of biceps brachii in relation to humeral head osteonecrosis: case report. Wiesler ER, Sarlikiotis T, Mavrogenis AF, Kokkalis ZT.. J Surg Orthop Adv. 2013;22(3):245-248.

Wrist arthroscopy. Freilich AM, Dudoussat BS, Nunez FA, Sarlikiotis T, Wiesler ER. In: Bhandari M, Adili A, eds. Evidence-based orthopedics. Chichester, West Sussex (UK): Wiley-Blackwell;2012: 969-978.

Arthroscopic debridement for osteochondral injury of the elbow trochlea: a case report with a long-term follow-up. Wiesler ER, Sarlikiotis T, Rogers S, Papadonikolakis A, Poehling GG.. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2011;20(2):e18-e22.

Median nerve changes following steroid injection for carpal tunnel syndrome. Cartwright MS, White DL, Demar S, Wiesler ER, Sarlikiotis T, Chloros GD, Yoon JS, Won SJ, Molnar JA, Defranzo AJ, Walker FO.. Muscle Nerve. 2011;44(1):25-29.

Outcomes assessment in the SPRINT multicenter tibial fracture trial: adjudication committee size has trivial effect on trial results. Simunovic N, Walter S, Devereaux PJ, Sprague S, Guyatt GH, Schemitsch E, Tornetta P III, Sanders D, Swiontkowski M, Bhandari M, Webb LX, Teasdall RD, Birkedal JP, Martin DF, Ruch DS, Kilgus DJ, Pollock DC, Harris MB, Wiesler ER,.. J Clin Epidemiol. 2011;64(9):1023-1033.

Consensus statement on shoulder instability. Bak K, Wiesler ER, Poehling GG.. Arthroscopy. 2010;26(2):249-255.

Pediatric scaphoid fractures. Anz AW, Bushnell BD, Bynum DK, Chloros GD, Wiesler ER.. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2009;17(2):77-87.

Complex regional pain syndrome after distal radius fractures. Chloros GD, Wiesler ER, Papadonikolakis A, Li Z, Smith BP, Koman LA. In: Slutsky DJ, Osterman AL, eds. Fractures and injuries of the distal radius and carpus: the cutting edge. Philadelphia: Saunders/Elsevier;2009: 247-257.

Osteonecrosis of the humeral head. Harreld KL, Marker DR, Wiesler ER, Shafiq B, Mont MA.. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2009;17(6):345-355.

Sonography and electrodiagnosis in carpal tunnel syndrome diagnosis, an analysis of the literature [letter]. Chloros GD, Cartwright MS, Walker FO, Wiesler ER.. Eur J Radiol. 2009;71(1):141-143.

Traumatic valgus instability of the elbow: pathoanatomy and results of direct repair: surgical technique. Richard MJ, Aldridge JM III, Wiesler ER, Ruch DS.. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2009;91(Suppl 2 Pt 2):191-199.

Surgical treatment of pediatric trigger thumb with metacarpophalangeal hyperextension laxity. Li Z, Wiesler ER, Smith BP, Koman LA.. Hand (N Y). 2009;4(4):380-384.

Use of both short musculoskeletal function assessment questionnaire and short form-36 among tibial-fracture patients was redundant. Busse JW, Bhandari M, Guyatt GH, Heels-Ansdell D, Mandel S, Sanders D, Schemitsch E, Swiontkowski M, Tornetta P III, Wai E, Walter SD, Webb LX, Teasdall RD, Birkedal JP, Martin DF, Ruch DS, Kilgus DJ, Pollock DC, Harris MB,.. J Clin Epidemiol. 2009;62(11):1210-1217.

A rare cause of thoracic outlet syndrome. Wiesler ER, Chloros GD, Xu NM, Li Z.. Arch Orthop Trauma Surg. 2008;128(1):33-35.

Reconstruction of Essex-Lopresti injury of the forearm: technical note. Chloros GD, Wiesler ER, Stabile KJ, Papadonikolakis A, Ruch DS, Kuzma GR.. J Hand Surg [Am]. 2008;33(1):124-130.

Current concepts in wrist arthroscopy. Chloros GD, Wiesler ER, Poehling GG.. Arthroscopy. 2008;24(3):343-354.

Avoiding catastrophic complications of stroke and death related to shoulder surgery in the sitting position. Papadonikolakis A, Wiesler ER, Olympio MA, Poehling GG.. Arthroscopy. 2008;24(4):481-482.

Osteochondritis dissecans of the humeral head. Mahirogullari M, Chloros GD, Wiesler ER, Ferguson C, Poehling GG.. Joint Bone Spine. 2008;75(2):226-228.

Pronator quadratus space and compartment syndrome after low-energy fracture of the distal radius: a case report. Chloros GD, Papadonikolakis A, Ginn S, Wiesler ER.. J Surg Orthop Adv. 2008;17(2):102-106.

Traumatic valgus instability of the elbow: pathoanatomy and results of direct repair. Richard MJ, Aldridge JM III, Wiesler ER, Ruch DS.. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2008;90(11):2416-2422.

Randomized trial of reamed and unreamed intramedullary nailing of tibial shaft fractures. Bhandari M, Guyatt G, Tornetta P III, Schemitsch EH, Swiontkowski M, Sanders D, Walter SD, Webb LX, Teasdall RD, Birkedal JP, Martin DF, Ruch DS, Kilgus DJ, Pollock DC, Harris MB, Wiesler ER, Ward WG, Shilt JS,.. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2008;90(12):2567-2578.

Pediatric scaphoid nonunion. Chloros GD, Themistocleous GS, Wiesler ER, Benetos IS, Efstathopoulos DG, Soucacos PN.. J Hand Surg [Am]. 2007;32A(2):172-176.

Wrist arthroscopy. Chloros GD, Shen J, Mahirogullari M, Wiesler ER.. J Surg Orthop Adv. 2007;16(2):49-61.

Diagnostic ultrasound for nerve transection. Cartwright MS, Chloros GD, Walker FO, Wiesler ER, Campbell WW.. Muscle Nerve. 2007;35(6):796-799.

Arthroscopy in the treatment of fracture of the trapezium. Wiesler ER, Chloros GD, Kuzma GR.. Arthroscopy. 2007;23(11):1248.e1-4.

Ultrasound in the diagnosis of a median neuropathy in the forearm: case report. Ginn SD, Cartwright MS, Chloros GD, Walker FO, Yoon J-S, Brown ME, Wiesler ER.. J Brachial Plex Peripher Nerve Inj. 2007;2():article 23.

Arthroscopic management of triangular fibrocartilage tears in the athlete. Tracy MR, Wiesler ER, Poehling GG.. Oper Tech Sports Med. 2006;14(2):95-100.

Arthroscopic management of volar lunate facet fractures of the distal radius. Wiesler ER, Chloros GD, Lucas RM, Kuzma GR.. Tech Hand Up Extrem Surg. 2006;10(3):139-144.

Ultrasound in the diagnosis of ulnar neuropathy at the cubital tunnel. Wiesler ER, Chloros GD, Cartwright MS, Shin HW, Walker FO.. J Hand Surg [Am]. 2006;31(7):1088-1093.

Arthroscopic management of distal radius fractures. Wiesler ER, Chloros GD, Mahirogullari M, Kuzma GR.. J Hand Surg [Am]. 2006;31(9):1516-1526.

Diagnostic ultrasound for nerve transection [abstract]. Cartwright MS, Chloros GD, Walker FO, Wiesler ER, Campbell WW.. Ann Neurol. 2006;60(5):636.

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Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery

Clinical Interests

Upper Extremity Fracture Fixation, Shoulder Replacement, Trauma/Sports Medicine of the Upper Extremity, Arthroscopy of the shoulder/elbow/wrist, Upper Extremity Injury and Pathology, Rotator Cuff and Shoulder Instability, Orthopaedics
Ethan R. Wiesler, M.D.

Ethan R. Wiesler, M.D.

Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery

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Doctor Rating

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Ethan R. Wiesler, M.D.219 Ratings


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*Dr. Wiesler has replaced both my shoulders w/excellent results. I have utmost confidence in him.


this Dr went above and beyond for me. Even called a cardiologist for me when I told him I was having problems getting an appt


Dr. Wiesler was professional and excellent in every way. I would definitely recommend him to anyone else I thought could use his services and if I ever need them again (which I certainly hope I don't), I will also come back to him.


Very good.


This will be my second surgery with Dr Wiesler. I can't think of a better way to recommend him.


Utmost confidence in Dr. Wiesler -- he "gave me back" my shoulders! I would not see any other Dr. for upper extremity issues.


Very good.


Dr. Wiesler is an extraordinary MD.


Feel very good about skills and knowledge the dr. has to perform the surgery I will be having. Comfortable in knowing this one of the top rated facilities in the US


I could not be more satisfied with the care I have received from Dr Wiesler and the staff at the clinic


thorough, professional, knowledgeable




Simply phenomenal physician. Embodies compassion, knowledge and skill.


Excellent provider


Dr. Wiesler is such a great doctor! Very caring, and quite willing to take the time necessary to explain and answer questions. I am very happy with the care I received before, during, and after my surgery. I have already shared his name with several others with similar wrist-pain symptoms.


Dr. Wiesler is an outstanding surgeon. Wake is fortunate to have him. Nursing statt likewise excellent


#9. Love them.




Dr. Weisler was able to come to a diagnosis within a short period of time and referred me to the Spine Center for further evaluation because of the condition of my spine at the neck. Very impressed with his knowledge and ability to evaluate my condition and explain it to me and then refer me to the proper facility to get further assistance for my conditon.


I found Dr Weisler to be concerned with my well being and focused on providing me with a number of options for treating my condition. I felt like he had time to hear and discuss my concerns. I never felt rushed.


very good experience wake Forest is the best very caring staff all willing to help you.


*Dr. Wiesler is a GREAT doctor.


Since this visit was following wrist surgery performed by Dr. Weisler, I have seen very little of him. The surgery was well done, follow up and rehab also well done. I couldn't have gotten any better care or attention than I did. I am thankful also for the Davie facility where I went first.


Great well informed through no nonsense provider.


Dr Weisler and Staff couldn't have been better.


I wish I could give Dr. Wiesler and his staff a higher rating than "5!" Dr. Wiesler, who diagnosed and treated me (successfully!), was knowledgeable, caring, and exceptionally patient in explaining what my problem is, what caused it, and what needed to be done to treat it. Oh, and did I mention how gentle he was when he gave me a cortisone my wrist? When you fear needles as I do, that's pretty important. I have told everyone about my positive experience.


Positive and informative appointment


They did an excellent job on my arm. Couldn't ask for better.


He was caring and had the ability to explain things easily - I was anxious at first but he assured me it was a quick and easy procedure - and it was!


I had Dr. Weisler in 2012 for surgery on left hand. Admired him then. He has really been exceptional during my procedure this time. I highly recommend him in his speciality.


This provider took the time to explain a procedure another provider had requested and would not take the time to explain. I felt like a lame duck when I went to this provider who had been shot and injured by the previous provider. After surgery, I feel 200% better than before surgery. I just had to wait too long for surgery but the current provider stepped up and made it happen quickly.


Very nice.


Dr Wiesler and his staff are awesome!


Feel very confident I'm getting the best care with *Dr. Wiesler.


Great Doctor


I am very pleased with the care provided to me. Dr. Wiesler is the best!


Everyone I came in contact with was great!


Dr. Ethan Wiesler is excellent, extrememly knowledgeable, professional and pleasant. Takes time to discuss the issues and options clearly, listens intently to questions and answers them in detail.


I felt the examination was thorough and the explanations were understandable. Pleasant experience.


Excellent surgeon. I hold him in highest esteem, as he has performed two shoulder replacements for me.


The first surgery went very well. I trust this next one will as well. He has POOR bedside manners. I seemed to be just a number on his schedule. I think he should actually see the patient as a person, all are different.


Very prompt & efficient - great friendly attitude by everyone.


I absolutely highly recommend Dr. Wiesler

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