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Sarita R. Sonalkar, MD

Sarita R. Sonalkar, MD Physician

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

Languages spoken:

  • Spanish

Dr. Sonalkar is employed by Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties


  • General Obstetrics and Gynecology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2012

Clinical Expertise:

  • Adolescent Gynecology Care
  • Birth Control (Contraception)
  • Family Planning
  • Gynecologic Surgery
  • Miscarriage (Spontaneous Abortion)

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
  • 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 Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
Residency: University of California, Los Angeles
Fellowship: Boston Medical Center (Formerly Boston City Hospital)


American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, National Society of Family Planning, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Sonalkar 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.
  • Pennsylvania Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Selected Publications:

Sonalkar Sarita, Hunter Tegan, Gurney Elizabeth P, McAllister Arden, Schreiber Courtney A: A Decision Analysis Model of 1-Year Effectiveness of Intended Postplacental Compared With Intended Delayed Postpartum Intrauterine Device Insertion. Obstetrics and gynecology : 2018.

Schreiber Courtney A, Creinin Mitchell D, Atrio Jessica, Sonalkar Sarita, Ratcliffe Sarah J, Barnhart Kurt T: Mifepristone Pretreatment for the Medical Management of Early Pregnancy Loss. The New England journal of medicine 378 (23): 2161-2170,2018.

Gurney Elizabeth P, Sonalkar Sarita, Mcallister Arden, Sammel Mary D, Schreiber Courtney A: Six-month expulsion of postplacental copper intrauterine devices placed after vaginal delivery. American journal of obstetrics and gynecology : 2018.

Sonalkar S, McClusky J, Vanjani R, Vragovic O, Sammel, MD, Borgatta, L.: Postabortion long-acting reversible contraception desire in women counselled using versus standard counselling: a randomised trial BMJ Sexual and Reproductive Health : 2018.

Akers Aletha Y, Harding Jennifer, Perriera Lisa K, Schreiber Courtney, Garcia-Espana J Felipe, Sonalkar Sarita: Satisfaction With the Intrauterine Device Insertion Procedure Among Adolescent and Young Adult Women. Obstetrics and gynecology : 2018.

Colwill Alyssa Covelli, Schreiber Courtney A, Sammel Mary D, Sonalkar Sarita: Six-week retention after postplacental copper intrauterine device placement. Contraception 97 (3): 215-218,2018.

Akers Aletha Y, Steinway Caren, Sonalkar Sarita, Perriera Lisa K, Schreiber Courtney, Harding Jennifer, Garcia-Espana J Felipe: Reducing Pain During Intrauterine Device Insertion: A Randomized Controlled Trial in Adolescents and Young Women. Obstetrics and gynecology 130 (4): 795-802,2017.

Sonalkar S, Gurney EP, McAllister A, Schreiber CA: A randomized pilot evaluation of individual-level abortion stigma resulting from Pennsylvania mandated abortion counseling. Contraception epub ahead of print : 2017.

Sonalkar S, Ogden SN, Tran LK, Chen AY: Comparison of complications associated with induction by misoprostol versus dilation and evacuation for second-trimester abortion Int J Gynaecol Obstet epub ahead of print : 2017.

Raymond EG, Weaver MA, Louie KS, Tan YL, Bousiéguez M, Aranguré-Peraza AG, Lugo-Hernández EM, Sanhueza P, Goldberg AB, Culwell KR, Kaplan C, Memmel L, Sonalkar S, Jamshidi R, Winikoff B: Effects of Depot Medroxyprogesterone Acetate Injection Timing on Medical Abortion Efficacy and Repeat Pregnancy: A Randomized Trial. Obstet Gynecol 128 (4): 739-45,2016.

Academic Contact Info

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
3400 Spruce Street, 1000 Courtyard

Philadelphia, PA 19104-4283
Phone: (215) 615-5234
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)