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Celeste P. Durnwald, MD

Celeste P. Durnwald, MD Physician

Director, Perinatal Diabetes Program Medical Director, High Risk OB Clinic, Dickens Center for Women's Health Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Durnwald is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

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About Dr. Celeste P. Durnwald

Patients seen by this provider for their prenatal care will deliver at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Clinical Specialties


  • Maternal Fetal Medicine

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology - Maternal and Fetal Medicine, 2007
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2006

Clinical Expertise:

  • Abdominal and Cervical Cerclage
  • Amniocentesis
  • Antenatal Screening
  • Antiphospholipid Syndrome and Pregnancy
  • Blood Disorders in Pregnancy
  • Connective Tissue Disease and Pregnancy
  • Diabetes Management
  • Diabetic Nephropathy and Pregnancy
  • Epilepsy and Pregnancy
  • Gestational Diabetes
  • Heart Diseases and Pregnancy
  • Hypertension and Pregnancy
  • Lung Disease and Pregnancy
  • Lupus and Pregnancy
  • Postpartum Depression
  • Prenatal Birth Defects
  • Prenatal Care
  • Prenatal Congenital Heart Disease
  • Prenatal Genetics
  • Renal Disease and Pregnancy
  • Sickle Cell and Pregnancy
  • Thyroid Disease and Pregnancy
  • Urinary Tract Infection and Pregnancy

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan

Education and Training

Medical School: Northeastern Ohio University - College of Medicine
Residency: Summa Health System Hospital
Fellowship: MetroHealth Medical Center


American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, National American Diabetes Association, National Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Durnwald is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Chester County Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Pennsylvania Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Description of Research Expertise:

Areas of research interest include: 1) diabetes in pregnancy, 2) obesity,
3) maternal metabolism

Selected Publications:

Ghartey J, Ghaffari N, Levine LD, Schwartz N, Durnwald CP.: Implementation of a universal cervical length screening program: Identifying factors associated with decline rates. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. : 2017 [Epub ahead of print].

Ruhstaller K, Downes K, Chandrasekaran S, Elovitz MA, Srinivas S, Durnwald C,: PROphylactic wound VACuum therapy after cesarean section to prevent wound complications in the obese population: a randomized controlled trial (The ProVac Study) Oral presentation, Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine, annual meeting, Las Vegas, NV : 2017.

Durnwald C, Downes K, Elovitz MA, Parry S: Predicting persistent impaired glucose tolerance in gdm women: the role of adiponectin and hscrp. Poster presentation, Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine, annual meeting, Las Vegas, NV : 2017.

Teefey C, Downes K, Durnwald C, Srinivas S, Levine L: Risk of cesarean delivery for obese women undergoing induction with an unfavorable cervix Poster presentation, Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine, annual meeting, Las Vegas, NV : 2017.

Ruhstaller K, Bastek J, Thomas A, Mcelrath T, Parry S, Durnwald C: The Effect of Early Excessive Weight Gain on the Development of Hypertension in Pregnancy. Am J Perinatol 33 (12): 1205-10,2016.

Ghaffari N, Parry S, Elovitz MA, Durnwald CP.: Placental microRNA Expression Is Not Altered by Maternal Obesity and Fetal Overgrowth. AJP Rep 6 (4): e430-e435,2016.

Durnwald C, Kallan M, Allison K, Sammel M, Wisch S, Elovitz M, Parry S: A randomized clinical trial of an intensive behavior education program in GDM women designed to improve glucose levels on the 2 hour oral glucose tolerance test. AM J Perinatology 33 (12): 1145-51,2016.

Ruhstaller K, Elovitz MA, Stringer M, Epperson CN, Durnwald CP: Obesity and the association with maternal and mental health symptoms. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med 13:1-15 : 2016.

Traylor J, Chandrasekaran S, Limaye M, Srinivas S, Durnwald C: Risk perception of future cardiovascular disease in women diagnosed with hypertensive disorder of pregnancy. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med 29(13):2067-72 : 2016.

Huynh T, Ghaffari N, Bastek J, Durnwald C: Prenatal care in a specialized diabetes in pregnancy program improves compliance with postpartum testing in GDM women. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med 29:1-5 : 2016.

Academic Contact Info

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine
3400 Spruce Street, 2000 Courtyard

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)