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Wudbhav Sankar, MD

Wudbhav Sankar, MD Physician

Director of the Orthopaedics Hip Preservation Center Instructor A of Pediatrics

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
  • 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: 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:

Adams AJ, Cahill PJ, Flynn JM, Sankar WN: Utility of Perioperative Laboratory Tests in Posterior Spinal Fusion for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis Spine Deformity 7 (6): 875-882,2019.

Barrera CA, Cohen SA, Sankar WN, Ho-Fung VM, Sze RW, Nguyen JC: Imaging of developmental dysplasia of the hip: ultrasound, radiography and magnetic resonance imaging Pediatric Radiology 49 : 1652-1668,2019.

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.

Edelstein AI, Kaiser Tegel K, Shaunfield S; ANCHOR Group, Clohisy JC, Stover MD: ANCHOR surgeon views of patient selection and expectations for periacetabular osteotomy Journal of Hip Preservation Surgery 6 : 109-116,2019.

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.

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