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Wudbhav Sankar, MD

Wudbhav Sankar, MD Physician

Director of the Orthopaedics Hip Preservation Center Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Dr. Sankar is employed by Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Orthopaedic Surgery

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Orthopaedic Surgery, 2011

Clinical Expertise:

  • Abnormalities of the Hips
  • Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI)
  • Hip Dislocation
  • Hip Injuries
  • Hip Pain
  • Hip Pain Under Age 60
  • Hip Preservation Surgery
  • Osteonecrosis of the Hip

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Amerihealth Caritas
  • Amerihealth Caritas Medicare
  • 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 Medicaid
  • 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 Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Fellowship: Children's Hospital - Los Angeles
Fellowship: Children's Hospital of Boston
Fellowship: Shriner's Hospital for Children


Academic Network of Conservational Hip Outcomes Research (ANCHOR), International American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, National American Orthopaedic Association, National International Hip Dysplasia Institute (IHDI) Medical Advisory Board, International International Perthes Study Group, International Legg Calve Perthes Foundation, National Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, International Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society, Local Scoliosis Research Society, International

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Sankar 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.


Description of Research Expertise:

adolescent and young-adult hip preservation, slipped capital femoral epiphysis, developmental dysplasia of the hip, Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, avascular necrosis, bracing and scoliosis, and pediatric trauma

Selected Publications:

Gandhi JS, Trionfo A, Sankar WN: Duration of Legg-Calve-Perthes disease stages in children under four years of age at disease onset University of Pennsylvania Orthopaedic journal 20 : 123-127,2019.

Miller DJ, Blumberg TJ, Nelson SE, Sankar WN: Fracture healing in pediatric patients with neurofibromatosis type 1: A case series and review of the literature University of Pennsyvania Orthopaedic Journal 29 : 128-130,2019.

Sankar WN, Gornitzky AL, Clarke NM, Herrera-Soto JA, Kelley SP, Matheney T, Mulpuri K, Schaeffer EK, Upasani VV, Williams N, Price CT; International Hip Dysplasia Institute: Closed Reduction for Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip: Early-term Results From a Prospective, Multicenter Cohort Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics 39 (3): 111-118,2019.

Meza B, Talwar D, Sankar WN, Shah A: Socioeconomic Factors Impact Adolescent Fracture Care Compliance Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, annual meeting, Charlotte, NC : 2019.

Talathi N, Trionfo, A, Patel NM, Upasani VV, Matheney T, Mulpuri K, Sankar WN: Should I Plan to Open? Predicting the Need for Open vs. Closed Reduction in the Surgical Treatment of Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, annual meeting, Charlotte, NC : 2019.

Herrera-Soto J, Schaeffer E, Mulpuri K, Sankar WN, Williams N, Matheney T, Upasani VV: The Fate of the Stubborn Hip in Bilateral Cases Where One Hip Reduces on Initial Treatment: How Many and What To Do? Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, annual meeting, Charlotte, NC : 2019.

Adams AJ, Baldwin KD, Arkader A, Sankar WN: Assessing the Need for Common Perioperative Laboratory Tests in Pediatric Patients With Femoral Shaft Fractures Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics Epub ahead of print : 2019.

Sankar WN, LaValva S, McGuire M, Jo CH, Kim H: Does Early Proximal Femoral Varus Osteotomy Shorten the Length of Fragmentation In LCPD? Lessons from a Prospective Multi-Center Cohort Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, annual meeting, Charlotte, NC : 2019.

Adams AJ, Johnson MA, Ryan KA, Farrell SB, Morro M, Sankar WN: Safe transportation in-spica following surgical treatment of infantile DDH: solutions and threats Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics : 2019.

Pasha S, Sankar WN, Castelein RM: The link between 3D spino-pelvic alignment and vertebral body morphology in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis Spine Deformity 7 (1): 53-59,2019.

Academic Contact Info

Division of Orthopaedic Surgery
2nd Floor, Wood Building
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
34th & Civic Center Boulevard

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)