Wudbhav N. Sankar, MD

Wudbhav N. Sankar, MD, is director of the Young Adult Hip Preservation Program at CHOP. He specializes in treating hip conditions in children, adolescents and young adults, as well as scoliosis and other spinal disorders.

Areas of Expertise: Acetabular dysplasia, Cerebral palsy, Developmental dysplasia of the hip, Down syndrome (trisomy 21), Femoroacetabular impingement, Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease, Scoliosis and other spine disorders, Slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE), Trauma and fractures, Young adult hip preservation
Locations: Main Campus; Specialty Care, Virtua; Specialty Care & Surgery Center, Voorhees
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)

  • Background

    Wudbhav N. Sankar, MD, is a graduate of Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He completed his orthopedic surgical training at the University of Pennsylvania, followed by two pediatric orthopedic fellowships at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the Shriners Hospitals for Children in Los Angeles. He then pursued advanced training in the area of adolescent and young adult hip reconstruction at the Children’s Hospital of Boston.

    Dr. Sankar is director of the Young Adult Hip Preservation Program and heads up the Hip Disorders Program at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The programs care for patients with a host of hip conditions. In addition, Dr. Sankar’s clinical area of expertise includes spine disorders such as scoliosis, kyphosis and spondylolisthesis, as well as pediatric orthopedic trauma.

    Dr. Sankar is one of a small group of surgeons in the country who perform complex hip procedures such as the Ganz periacetabular osteotomy, surgical dislocation of the hip, and head realignments following slipped epiphyses. 

    He is a member of several multi-center research groups, including the International Perthes Study Group (IPSG), the International Hip Dysplasia Institute (IHDI), and the Academic Network of Conservational Hip Outcomes Research (ANCHOR). His active areas of research include hip conditions in trisomy 21, the optimal management of slipped epiphysis, and the genetic factors responsible for pediatric hip disease.

    Dr. Sankar has published more than 50 peer-reviewed scientific articles, reviews or textbook chapters, and has written and edited two books.

     

  • Education and Training

    Medical School

    MD - University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

    Internship

    Surgery - Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

    Residency

    Orthopedic Surgery - Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

    Fellowship

    Adolescent Hip Surgery, Boston Childrens Hospital, Boston, MA
    Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery, Shriners Hospitals for Children, Los Angeles, CA
    Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

    Undergraduate Degree

    BS in Materials Science and Engineering - Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

  • Titles and Academic Titles

    Director, Young Adult Hip Preservation Program

    Attending Surgeon, Division of Orthopedic Surgery

    Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

  • Conditions Treated
  • Centers and Programs
  • Publications

    Books

    Chapters
    2012

    Al-Omari A, Sankar WN, Dormans J.  Avascular (Aseptic) necrosis of the femoral head (hip) in Schwartz W, Ed. The 5-minute pediatric consult.  6th edition.  Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, 2012.

    Al-Omari A, Sankar WN, Dormans J.  Perthes disease in Schwartz W, Ed. The 5-minute pediatric consult.  6th edition.  Lipincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, 2012.

    2011

    Sankar WN, Skaggs DL.  Rib anchors in distraction-based growing spine implants (Chapter 37) in Wang J, Ed. Advanced Reconstruction: Spine.  1st edition, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Rosemont, 2011.

    Sankar WN, Horn BD, Wells L, Dormans JP.  The Hip (Chapter 670) in Behrman RE, Kliegman R, and Jenson HB Eds. Nelson’s Textbook of Pediatrics. 19th edition, Elsevier, Philadelphia, 2011.

    Sankar WN, Millis MB.  Surgical dislocation of the hip (Chapter 17) in Kocher MS, Millis MB Eds. Operative Techniques: Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery. 1st Edition, Elsevier, Philadelphia, 2011.

    2008

    Sankar WN, Horn BD. Closed reduction & percutaneous pinning of supracondylar humerus fractures (Chapter 32) in Sheth NP, Lonner JL. Eds. Gowned and Gloved Orthopaedics: Introduction to Common Procedures.  1st Edition, Elsevier, Philadelphia, 2008.

    Sankar WN, Flynn JM. Titanium elastic nails for pediatric femur fractures (Chapter 5) in Skaggs DL, Tolo VT. Eds. Master Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery: Pediatrics  1st Edition, Lippincott, Philadelphia, 2008.

    2006

    Sankar WN, Esterhai JL. Sepsis of the Shoulder (Chapter 34) in Williams GR, Iannotti J. Eds. Shoulder disorders: Diagnosis and Management. 2nd Edition, Lippincott, Philadelphia, 2006.

    Edited Books
    2011

    Wiesel BB, Sankar WN, Delahay J, Wiesel S eds. Orthopaedic Surgery: Principles of Diagnosis and Management.  1st Edition, Lippincott, Philadelphia, 2011.

    2005

    Mehta S, Sankar WN, Born CT.  Handbook of External Fixation.  1st Edition, Lippincott, Philadelphia, 2005.

    Abstracts

    2014

    Sarkissian EJ, Sankar WN, Zhu X, Wu CH, Flynn JM. Hip Dysplasia Follow-up After 6 Months: Why Order X-rays Later if Ultrasound has Normalized?  Presented at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, New Orleans, LA 2014.

    Sarkissian EJ, Sankar WN, Zhu X, Wu CH, Flynn JM.  Hip Dysplasia Follow-up After 6 Months: Why Order X-rays Later if Ultrasound has Normalized?  Presented at the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, Los Angeles, CA 2014.

    Gans I, Sankar WN. Medial dye pool revisited: correlation between arthrography and MRI in closed reduction for DDH.  Presented at the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, Los Angeles, CA 2014.

    2013

    Sarkissian EJ, Sankar WN, Zhu X, Wu CH, Flynn JM. Hip Dysplasia Follow-up After 6 Months: Why Order X-rays Later if Ultrasound has Normalized? Presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics, Orlando, FL 2013.

    Gans I, Sankar WN. Medial dye pool revisited: correlation between arthrography and MRI in closed reduction for DDH.  Presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics, Orlando, FL 2013.

    Sankar WN, Vanderhave KL, Matheny T, Herrera-Soto JA, Karlen JD. The modified Dunn procedure of unstable slipped capital femoral epiphysis. Presented at the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, Toronto, Canada, 2013

    2012

    Gans I, Sankar WN, Angsanuntsukh C, Flynn JM.; Abduction bracing for infants with residual acetabular dysplasia: practice dogma or effective treatment? Presented at the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, Toronto, Canada, 2013 and Poster at the International Pediatric Orthopaedic Symposium, Orlando, FL, 2012.

    Kanj WW, Carrigan RB, Sankar WN. Acute compartment syndrome of the upper extremity in children [E-poster]. Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, Denver, CO, 2012

    Sankar WN, Al-Omari AA, Lee C, Choi PD, Novais EN, Shore BJ. Safety of prophylactic pinning for slipped capital femoral epiphysis: a multicenter report [abstract]. Presented at the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, Denver, CO, 2012.

    Ramski D, Kanj W, Sankar WN, Ganley TJ.  Optimal operating room setup for common pediatric orthopaedic procedures [scientific exhibit]. Presented at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, San Francisco, CA, 2012.

    Papers

    2014

    Basmajian HG, Choi PD, Huh K, Sankar WN, Wells L, Arkader A.  Radial neck fractures in children: experience from two level-1 trauma centers.  Journal of  Pediatric Orthopaedics B.  23(4):367-374, 2014.

    Nduaguba AM, Sankar WN.  Osteonecrosis in adolescent girls involved in high-impact activities: Could repetitive microtrauma be the cause? A report of three cases.  J Bone Joint Surg Case Connect.  2014 May 14;4(2):e35.

    Gans I, Sankar WN.  The medial dye pool revisited: correlation between arthrography and MRI in closed reductions for DDH.  J Pediatr Orthop. 2014 Apr 29 epub.

    Sankar WN, Thomas S, Castaneda P, Hong T, Shore BJ, Kim HK.  Feasibility and Safety of Perfusion MRI for Legg-Calve-Perthes disaease.  J Pediatr Orthop.  34(7):679-682, 2014. PMID 24590346.

    Sarkissian EJ, Sankar WN, Baldwin K, Flynn JM.  Is there a predilection for breech infants to demonstrate spontaneous stabilization of DDH instability?  J Pediatr Orthop.  34(5);509-513, 2014.

    2013

    Ruzbarsky JJ, Beck NA, Baldwin KD, Sankar WN, Flynn JM, Spiegel DA.  Risk factors and complications in hip reconstruction for nonambulatory patients with cerebral palsy.  Journal of Childrens Orthopaedics.  7(6):487-500, 2013.

    Sankar WN, Matheney TH, Zaltz I.  Femoroacetabular impingement: current concepts and controversies.  Orthopedic Clinics of North America  44(4):575-589, 2013.

    Gans I, Flynn JM, Sankar WN.  Abduction bracing for residual acetabular dysplasia in DDH.  Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedcs.  33(7):714-718, 2013.

    Sankar WN, Nevitt M, Parvizi J, Felson DT, Agricola R, Leunig M. Femoroacetabular impingement: Defining the condition and its role in the pathophysiology of osteoarthritis.  Journal of American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.  21:S7-S15, 2013.

    Sankar WN, Arden N, Kim YJ, Grodzinsky AJ, Sandell L, Scanzello C, Siebenrock KA.  Staging of hip osteoarthritis for clinical trials on femoroacetabular impingement. Journal of American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.  21:S33-S38, 2013.

    Sankar WN.  Complete redirectional acetabular osteotomies for neurogenic and syndromic hip dysplasia.  Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics.  33 Suppl 1:S39-S44, 2013.

    Gans I, Dormans JP, Spiegel DA, Flynn JM, Sankar WN, Campbell RM, Baldwin KD.  Adjunctive vancomycin powder in pediatric spine surgery is safe.  Spine.  38(19):1703-1707, 2013.

    Beck NA, Miller R, Baldwin K, Zhu X, Spiegel D, Drummond D, Sankar WN, Flynn JM Do oblique views add value in the diagnosis of spondylolysis in adolescents? Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery 95:651-657, 2013.

    McPartland TG, Sankar WN, Kim YJ, Millis MB.  Patients With Unstable Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis Have Antecedent Symptoms. Clinical Orthopedics and Related Research.  471(7):2132-2136, 2013.

    Sankar WN, Vanderhave KL, Matheny T, Herrera-Soto JA, Karlen JD.  The modified Dunn procedure of unstable slipped capital femoral epiphysis: a multicenter perspective.  Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery 95:585-591, 2013.

    Kanj WW, Gunderson MA, Carrigan RB, Sankar WN. Acute compartment syndrome of the upper extremity in children: diagnosis, management, and outcomes. Journal of Children’s Orthopaedics, 7(3):225-233, 2013.

    Sankar WN, Novais EN, Lee C, Al-Omari AA, Choi PD, Shore BJ.  What are the risks of prophylactic pinning to prevent contralateral slipped capital femoral epiphysis?  Clinical Orthopedics and Related Research.  471(7):2118-2123, 2013.

    2012

    Baldwin KD, Bernstein J, Ahn J, McKay SD, Sankar WN.  Level of evidence gap in orthopedic research.  Orthopedics,  35(9):1416-1419, 2012.

    Sankar WN, Laird CT, Baldwin KD.  Hip Range of Motion in Children: What is the Norm? Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, 32(4):399-405, 2012.

    Baldwin KD, Kovatch K, Namdari S, Sankar W, Flynn JM, Dormans JP.  The 50 most cited articles in pediatric orthopaedic surgery.  Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics B.  21(5):463-468, 2012.

    Sankar WN, Schoenecker JG, Mayfield ME, Kim YJ, Millis MB.  Acetabular retroversion in Down syndrome.  Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics  32(3):277-281, 2012.

  • Awards and Honors

    2012, Young investigator award, AAOS/ORS Femoroacetabular impingement research symposium          
    2010, AAOS Clinician-Scientist Development Program
    2010, Stuart L. Weinstein Award for best E-poster POSNA
    2007, Forrest Whittaker Award
    2007, Stanley Chung Resident Research Award
    2006, AOA-OREF-Zimmer Resident Leader
    2006, OREF-Orthopaedic Overseas traveling fellowship
    2001, William G. Munns prize
    2002, Alpha Omega Alpha
    1998, Magna Cum Laude
    1997, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society