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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.

Clinical Specialties

Specialty:

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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
  • Blood Disorders in Pregnancy
  • Comprehensive Obstetrical Care
  • Diabetes Management
  • Epilepsy and Pregnancy
  • Gestational Diabetes
  • Heart Diseases and Pregnancy
  • Postpartum Depression
  • Pregnancy - Antiphospholipid Syndrome
  • Pregnancy - Cardiac Disorders
  • Pregnancy - Connective Tissue Disease
  • Pregnancy - Diabetes
  • Pregnancy - Diabetic Nephropathy
  • Pregnancy - Hypertension
  • Pregnancy - Lung Disease
  • Pregnancy - Lupus
  • Pregnancy - Thyroid Disorder
  • Pregnancy - Urinary Tract Disease
  • Pregnancy - Vascular Disease
  • Pregnancy and Sickle Cell
  • Prenatal Birth Defects
  • Prenatal Care
  • Prenatal Congenital Heart Disease
  • Prenatal Genetics
  • Renal Disease and Pregnancy

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • 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
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Care
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • 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

Memberships

Ad Hoc Reviewer, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)., National 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:

  • 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.

Research

Description of Research Expertise:

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

Selected Publications:

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 Perinatology : 2016 in press.

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 : 2016 in press.

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 : 1-13,2016 [Epub ahead of print].

Ruhstaller K, Elovitz MA, Stringer M, Durnwald C.: Does obesity affect maternal mental health during pregnancy? Poster presentation, Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine, Atlanta, GA 2016 : 2016.

Durnwald C, Kallen M, Kelly Allison, Wisch S, Elovitz MA, Parry S: A randomized clinical trial of an intensive behavior education program designed to improve glucose levels on the 2 hour oral glucose tolerance test in the postpartum period. Oral Presentation, Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine, Atlanta, GA 2016 : 2016.

Huynh T, Ghaffari N, Bastek J, Durnwald C:: Prenatal Care in a Specialized Diabetes in Pregnancy Program Improves Compliance with Postpartum Testing. Poster presentation, The Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia. February 2016 : 2016.

Ruhstaller K, Elovitz MA, Stringer M, Durnwald C.: Are negative emotions about body image and diet during pregnancy associated with weight gain? Poster presentation, Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine, Atlanta, GA 2016 : 2016.

Durnwald C.: Gestational diabetes: Linking epidemiology, excessive gestational weight gain, adverse pregnancy outcomes, and future metabolic syndrome. Semin Perinatol 39 (4): 254-8,2015.

Ghaffari N, Parry S, Elovitz MA, Durnwald CP.: The Effect of an Obesogenic Maternal Environment on Expression of Fetal Umbilical Cord Blood miRNA. Reprod Sci 22 (7): 860-4,2015.

Ghaffari N, Parry S, Elovitz MA, Durnwald C: The role of miRNA in fetal programming of obesity Poster Presentation Society for Reproductive Investigation, San Francisco, CA : 2015.

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-PENN (7366)