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Jack Ludmir, MD

Jack Ludmir, MD Physician

Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Hospital

Languages spoken:

  • Spanish

Dr. Ludmir is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

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About Dr. Jack Ludmir

Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2003-2004, 2005-2006, 2007-2008, 2009-2010, 2011-2012, 2013-2014

Recognized in Philadelphia Magazine's annual Top Docs issues in 2002, and 2013 - 2016

Maternity Care Coalition: Spirit of Motherhood Award, 2012

March of Dimes: Roosevelt Award for Service to Humanity, 2013

Clinical Specialties


  • Maternal Fetal Medicine

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology - Maternal and Fetal Medicine, 1989
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology, 1988

Clinical Expertise:

  • Amniocentesis
  • Antenatal Screening
  • Cervical Insufficiency (Incompetent Cervix)
  • DES Exposure
  • High-Risk Pregnancy
  • Obstetrical Ultrasound
  • Pregnancy Complications
  • Preterm Delivery

Description of Clinical Expertise

1) Management of patient with recurrent mid-trimester loss, history of cervical insufficiency and uterine anomalies.
2) Management of pregnancies with medical complications.
3) Prenatal care for vulnerable populations.
4) Improving the training of Ob/Gyn residents in the developing world.

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
  • 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: Temple University School of Medicine
Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Fellowship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


1986 SMFM, 1987 AMA, 1988 Obstetrical Society of Philadelphia, 1988 Philadelphia Perinatal Society, 1989 American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 1993 SGI, 1995 Obstetrical Society of Boston, 1997 Honorary Member, Peruvian Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 1998 Obstetrical Society of Philadelphia, 2000 Society of Ibero Latin American Medical Professionals, 2003 College of Physicians, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, National Founding Member "Puentes de Salud", Local Healthy Start Advisory Board, Department of Maternal Child and Family Health, the City of Philadelphia, Local Honorary Member, Ecuadorian Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology, International Maternal Mortality Review, City of Philadelphia, Department of Maternal Child Care, Local Task Force dealing with the uninsured and undocumented pregnant women, City of Philadelphia, Department of Maternal Child Care, Local The American Academy of Pediatrics – Task Force on Circumcision, National The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: Committee on Obstetric Practice, National The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: District III, National The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: Evaluation of Central American Residency Programs, International

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Ludmir is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Pennsylvania Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Description of Research Expertise:

My area of interest has been cervical function in pregnancy and recurrent pregnancy loss.
In the 1980's, I was one of the first to describe the use of transvaginal ultrasound of the cervix to objectively assess the cervix in pregnancy.
I have developed different cerclage techniques and studied and published in the area of mangement of pregnancies complicated by cervical insufficiency and uterine anomalies.
My clinical group started to use pessaries for management of patients with short cervix in gestation, and currently we are involved in randomized studies to assess the value of the pessary in prematurity prevention.

Over the last five years I have established a network of researchers in Latin America to study hypertensive disease in pregnancy. This collaboration resulted in a major study to determine the best way of management of severe preeclampsia remote from term. This study was recently published in the Am J Obstet Gyencol Nov. 2013, receiving the editor's choice recognition accompanied by an editorial and discussion.

Selected Publications:

Abbasi S, Gerdes JS, Sehdev HM, Samimi SS, Ludmir J: Neonatal outcome after exposure to indomethacin in utero: A retrospective study Am J Obstet Gynecol (189): 782-785,2003.

Sehdev HM, Abbasi S, Robertson P, Fisher L, Marchiano D, Gerdes JS, Ludmir J: The effects of the time interval from antenatal corticosteroid exposure to delivery on neonatal outcome of very low birthweight infants Am J Obstet Gynecol : 2004.

Airoldi J, Berghella V, Sehdev H, Ludmir J: Transvaginal ultrasonography of the cervix to predict preterm birth in women with uterine anomalies. Obstet Gynecol 106(3):553-56 : 2005.

Debbs R, DeLaVega G, Pearson S, Marchiano D, Sehdev H, Ludmir J: Transabdominal cerclage after comprehensive evaluation of women with prior unsuccessful transvaginal cerclage. Am J Obstet Gynecol 19(3) : 2007.

Abbasi S, Ludmir J.: Antenatal corticosteroids prior to 24 weeks gestation and neonatal outcome of extremely low birth weight infants Am J Perinatol : 2009.

Dharan VB, Ludmir J: Alternative treatment for a short cervix: The cervical pessary Semin Perinatol 33 : 338-342,2009.

Macones G, Parry S, Nelson DB, Strauss JF, Ludmir J, Cohen AW, Stamilio DM, Appleby D, Clothier B, Sammel D, Jeffcoat M.: Treatment of localized periodontal disease in pregnancy does not reduce the occurrence of preterm birth: results from the Periodontal Infections and Prematurity Study (PIPS) Am J Obstet Gynecol 202 (2): 147.el-8,2010.

Friedman Alexander M, Schwartz Nadav, Ludmir Jack, Parry Samuel, Bastek Jamie A, Sehdev Harish M: Can transabdominal ultrasound identify women at high risk for short cervical length? Acta obstetricia et gynecologica Scandinavica 92 (6): 637-41,2013.

Vigil-De Gracia Paulino, Reyes Tejada Osvaldo, Calle Miñaca Andrés, Tellez Gerardo, Chon Vicente Yuen, Herrarte Edgar, Villar Aurora, Ludmir Jack: Expectant management of severe preeclampsia remote from term: the MEXPRE Latin Study, a randomized, multicenter clinical trial. Am J Obstet Gynecol 209(5):425.e1-8 : 2013.

Levine LD, Gonzales GF, Tapia V, Gasco M, Sammel MD, Srinivas SK, Ludmir J: Preterm birth risk in Peru at high altitude. Am J Obstet Gynecol : In press, 2014.

Academic Contact Info

Professor and Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Pennsylvania Hospital
800 Spruce Street, 2nd Floor Pine Building East

Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: (215) 829-3934
Fax: (215) 829-3973
Patient appointments: 800-789-PENN (7366)

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