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Steven J. Ralston, MD, MPH

Steven J. Ralston, MD, MPH Physician

Chair, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Pennsylvania Hospital Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology

Languages spoken:

  • Spanish

Dr. Ralston is employed by Penn Medicine.

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About Dr. Steven J. Ralston

Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2015 - 2018

Clinical Specialties


  • Maternal Fetal Medicine

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology - Maternal and Fetal Medicine, 2000
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology, 1996

Clinical Expertise:

  • Abruptio Placentae
  • Fetal Abnormalities
  • Genetic Counseling
  • Gestational Diabetes
  • HELLP Syndrome
  • High-Risk Pregnancy
  • Obstetrical Sonography
  • Perinatal Depression
  • Peripartum Cardiomyopathy
  • Placenta Disorders
  • Placenta Previa
  • Preeclampsia
  • Pregnancy Complications
  • Preterm Labor
  • Renal Disease and Pregnancy

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 Amerihealth
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Medicare
  • 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: Columbia University
Residency: Yale-New Haven Hospital
Fellowship: Tufts - New England Medical Center


AIUM, National American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, National American College of OB/GYN, National Obstetrical Society of Philadelphia, Local

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Ralston is employed by Penn Medicine.

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.


Selected Publications:

Steven J. Ralstonn: The Conscience of an MFM American Journal of OB/GYN : 2018.

Burris HH, Just AC, Haviland MJ, Neo DT, Baccarelli AA, Dereix AE, Brennan KJ, Rodosthenous RS, Ralston SJ, Hecht JL, and Hacker MR.: Long non-coding RNA expression in the cervix mid-pregnancy is associated with the length of gestation at delivery. Epigenetics : 2018.

ACOG Committee on Genetics: Practice Advisory: Response to FDA’s Authorization of BRCA1 and BRCA2 Gene Mutation Direct-to-Consumer Testing ACOG : 2018.

Steven J. Ralston & Ruth M. Farrell: “Ethical Issues Faced by the OB/GYN Hospitalist.” Healthcare SystemsIssues in OBH. : 2018.

Committee on Genetics, ACOG: Counseling About Genetic Testing and Communication of Genetic Test Results Obstet Gynecol 129 (4): e96-e101,2017.

Johnson KM, Shainker SA, Estroff JA, Ralston SJ.: Prenatal Diagnosis of Congenital Epulis: Implications for Delivery. J Ultrasound Med 36 (2): 449-451,2017.

Sugarman, J et al.: Ethical Considerations Concerning Amnioinfusions for Treating Fetal Bilateral Renal Agenesis Obstetrics and Gynecology : 2017.

Committee on Genetics, ACOG, and Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine: Microarrays and Next-Generation Sequencing Technology: The Use of Advanced Genetic Diagnostic Tools in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Obstet Gynecol 128 (6): e262-e268,2016.

Schnettler WT, Goldberger AL, Ralston SJ, Costa M: Complexity analysis of fetal heart rate preceding intrauterine demise. Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 203 : 286-290,2016.

Shainker SA, Modest AM, Hacker MR, Ralston SJ: The effect of a universal cervical length screening program on antepartum management and birth outcomes. AJP Rep 6(2):e206-11 : 2016.

Academic Contact Info

Pennsylvania Hospital
2 Pine East
800 Spruce Street

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