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Kirstin E. Leitner, MD

Kirstin E. Leitner, MD Physician

Assistant Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology

Languages spoken:

  • German

Dr. Leitner is employed by Penn Medicine.

About Dr. Kirstin E. Leitner

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

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

Patient Rating Breakdown

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Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2018

Clinical Expertise:

  • Abnormal Pap Smear
  • Adnexal Mass
  • Adolescent Gynecology
  • Amenorrhea
  • Annual Gynecological Examination
  • Anovulation
  • Antepartum Care
  • Atypical Squamous Cells of Undetermined Significance Pap Smear
  • Birth Control Counseling
  • Breastfeeding Problems
  • Cervical Biopsy
  • Cervical Conization
  • Cervical Dysplasia
  • Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia
  • Cesarean Section
  • Colposcopy
  • Contraceptive Implant
  • Delayed Menarche
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Dilation and Curettage
  • Endometrial Ablation
  • Endometrial Biopsy
  • Family Planning
  • Fibroid Tumors Removal
  • First Trimester Screening
  • Gynecologic Disorders of Athletes
  • Gynecologic Surgery
  • Gynecological Exam
  • Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)
  • Hysterectomy
  • Hysteroscopic Adhesiolysis
  • Hysteroscopic Myomectomy
  • Hysteroscopy
  • Intrauterine Device
  • Irregular Menstruation
  • Labor and Delivery
  • Lactation Support
  • Laparoscopic Hysterectomy
  • Laparoscopic Salpingo Oophorectomy
  • Laparoscopy
  • Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptive
  • Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure
  • Minimally Invasive Hysteroscopy
  • Natural Birth
  • Nexplanon
  • Office Gynecology
  • Ovarian Cysts
  • Ovarian Cysts Removal
  • Pap Smear
  • Pelvic Floor Disorders
  • Permanent Sterilization
  • Postpartum Check-Up
  • Postpartum Recovery
  • Preconception Counseling
  • Pregnancy Tests
  • Prenatal Care
  • Prenatal Screening
  • Preventative Women's Healthcare
  • Reproductive Health
  • Routine Gynecological Care
  • Secondary Amenorrhea
  • Uterine Fibroids (Leiomyomas)
  • Uterine Polyps (Endometrial Polyps)
  • Vaginal Biopsy
  • Vaginal Birth After Caesarean Section
  • Vaginal Delivery
  • Vaginal Hysterectomy
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Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

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

Education and Training

Medical School: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Residency: Pennsylvania Hospital


Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, International American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, National American Medical Association, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Leitner is employed by Penn Medicine.

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.


Description of Research Expertise:

Clinician and patient use of technology to improve patient care and experience.

Selected Publications:

Gaulton, Jessica et al.: Earlier newborn health screenings decreases length of stay for term infants born by vaginal delivery American Academy of Pediatrics Annual meeting, accepted oral podium presentation : 2019.

Kiera Carter (Runners World): Do you burn more calories on your period? : 2019.

John Kopp (Philly Voice): Penn Medicine shortens hospital stays for mothers and their newborn babies : 2019.

Graseck, A; Cummings, H; Leitner, K: Development of a Breastfeeding Medicine Consult Service Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA : 2018.

Leitner K, Al Shammary M, McLane M, Johnston MV, Elovitz MA, Burd I: IL-1 receptor blockade prevents fetal cortical brain injury but not preterm birth in a mouse model of inflammation-induced preterm birth and perinatal brain injury. Am J Reprod Immunol 71(5):418-26 : 2014.

Schupp M, Lefterova MI, Janke J, Leitner K, Cristancho AG, Mullican SE, Quatanani M, Szwergold N, Steger DJ, Curtin JC, Kim RJ, Suh MJ, Alber MR, Engeli S, Gudas LJ, Lazar MA: Retinol saturase promotes adipogenesis and is downregulated in obesity. PNAS 106(11):4571 : 2009.

Alenghat T, Meyers K, Mullican SE, Leitner K, Adeniji-Adele A, Avila J, Bucan M, Ahima RS, Kaestner KH, Lazar MA: Nuclear receptor corepressor and histone deacetylase 3 govern circadian metabolic physiology. Nature 456(7224): 881-3 : 2008.

Academic Contact Info

PENN Ob/Gyn Associates
3701 Market Street
3rd Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 662-6035
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)