Joseph W. Werthammer, MD, FAAP

Interim Chief Medical Officer; Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs


Clinical Interests



Dr. Werthammer has been a practicing neonatologist in the Division of Neonatology at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine since 1981, joining fellow neonatology pioneer, Dr. Gilbert Ratcliff, to create the first Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Cabell Huntington Hospital, where he served as medical director for 15 years. In addition to his clinical interest in neonatology, Dr. Werthammer was chair of pediatrics for 25 years and previously served as the chief medical officer of Marshall Health from 2010 to 2016, a role he agreed to resume on an interim basis in 2023. In his current role of interim CMO, Dr. Werthammer oversees the clinical leadership of Marshall Health as well as patient safety and quality initiatives across the organization.

Education & Training

  • Medical School: West Virginia University School of Medicine (Morgantown, W.Va.)
  • Residency: University of California, San Diego - Pediatrics (La Jolla, Calif.)
  • Fellowship: Harvard University - Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine (Cambridge, Mass.)

Honors & Memberships

  • Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Member, WV/Cabell County Medical Association


  • Certified: American Board of Pediatrics, subspecialty certification in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

Marshall Pediatrics

1600 Medical Center Drive
3rd Floor
Huntington, WV 25701
Phone: 304.691.1300

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Addicott K, Nudelman M, Putty K, Prasher P, Preston DL, Yoost J, DeFruscio A, Bartlett D, Cavender C, Carter M, Datz H, Rodriquez K, Werthammer J. 2023. Adverse perinatal outcomes associated with increasing maternal obesity. Am J Perinatol. 2023 6 7.
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Barnett RC, Lewis AN, Gong Q, Preston DL, Frazer LC, Werthammer JW, Good M. 2023. Modulation of intestinal TLR4 expression in infants with neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome. J Perinatol. 2023 12 27.
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Pauley M, Mays C, Bailes JR, Schwartzman ML, Castle M, McCoy M, Patick C, Preston D, Nudelman MJR, Denning KL, Bellner L, Werthammer J. 2021. Carbohydrate-Restricted Diet: A Successful Strategy for Short-Term Management in Youth with Severe Obesity-An Observational Study. Metab Syndr Relat Disord. 2021 2 10;19(5):281-287.
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Werthammer J. 2021. Innocents. South Med J. 2021 5 5;114(5):271.
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Andrews L, Davies TH, Haas J, Loudin S, Heyward A, Werthammer J. 2020. Necrotizing enterocolitis and its association with the neonatal abstinence syndrome 2020;13(1):81-85. doi: 10.3233/NPM-180154.
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Prasher P, Redmond K, Stone H, Bailes J, Nehus E, Preston D, Werthammer J.. 2020. Persistent hypoglycemia with polycystic kidneys, a rare combination-a case report Prasher P, Redmond K, Stone H, Bailes J, Nehus E, Preston D, Werthammer J, Werthhammer. Persistent Hypoglycemia with Polycystic Kidneys: A Rare Combination - A Case Report. Biomed Hub. 2020 Dec 3;5(3):32-37
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Merry-Sperry AD, Chaffin DG, Denning KL, Shamma B, Massey C, Werthammer J. 2018. Placental Chorioangioma with Nonimmune Hydrops Fetalis. South. Med. J. 2018 8 4;111(8):457-459.
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Loudin S, Murray S, Prunty L, Davies T, Evans J, Werthammer J.. 2017. An Atypical Withdrawal Syndrome in Neonates Prenatally Exposed to Gabapentin and Opioids. J. Pediatr. J Pediatr. 2017 Feb;181:286-288.
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Allen KM, Smith B, Iliev I, Evans J, Werthammer J.. 2017. Short term cost of care for the surviving periviable neonate. J Neonatal Perinatal Med. j.neoatal perinatal med. 2017; 10(2):191-194
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Loudin S, Werthammer J, Prunty L, Murray S, Shapiro JI, Davies TH. 2017. A management strategy that reduces NICU admissions and decreases charges from the front line of the neonatal abstinence syndrome epidemic. J Perinatol. 2017 7 7.
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Goodrich S, Evans J, Gress T, Werthammer J. 2015. After-hours pediatric care compared with emergency department care: a retrospective charge analysis. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2015 Apr;54(4):324-7.
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Aswani R, Werthammer J, Shrestha P, Heydarian M. 2010. Left atrial appendage thrombus in a preterm neonate in sinus rhythm with septic shock. Pediatr Cardiol. 2010 Oct;31(7):1116-7.
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Werthammer J, Recchi L, Brown L, Heydarian M. 2010. Pulmonary embolism presenting with a sudden respitory failure in two previously stable neonates Volume 3, Number 1 / 2010: 57-61
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Frazier MD, Werthammer J. 2007. Post-resuscitation complications in term neonates. J Perinatol. 2007 Feb;27(2):82-4.
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