Dr. Joe Werthammer has been a practicing neonatologist in the Division of Neonatology since its creation in 1976. That same year Dr. Werthammer joined fellow neonatology pioneer, Dr. Gilbert Ratcliff, to create the first Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Cabell Huntington Hospital. Dr. Werthammer’s clinical and research interests focus on assisted ventilation and control of breathing in the premature infant. In addition to his clinical interest in neonatology, Dr. Werthammer was chairman of the Department of Pediatrics for 25 years and served as chief medical officer of Marshall Health. He has been involved in designing academic medicine and residency education programs and has collaborated in publishing multiple scientific articles.
In 2018, Dr. Werthammer was compelled to expand his practice in order to care for adults with substance use disorder and became licensed to administer medication assisted treatment (MAT). “I have a wonderful feeling that I am not only helping individuals and their families work toward long-term recovery but am also making a difference in my community.”
West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia
Residency: University of California (Pediatrics), San Diego, California
Harvard University (Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine), Cambridge, Massachusetts
American Board of Pediatrics, subspecialty certification in Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine
Cabell Huntington Hospital