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Wudbhav N. Sankar, MD

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


Sankar WN, Acevedo DC, Skaggs DL. Complications in growing spine surgery vary by type of implant (We found more complications than study groups report!). Presented at the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, Boston, MA 2009.


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




Sankar WN, Horn BD, Wells L, Dormans JP. The Hip (Chapter 670). In Behrman RE, Kliegman R, Jenson HB, editors. Nelson’s textbook of pediatrics. 19th edition. Philadelphia: Elsevier; 2011.

Editorial and Academic Positions

2006, Guest Reviewer, Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research


Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American Orthopaedic Association, emerging leader program

Original Papers


Sankar WN, Brighton BK, Yim YJ, Millis MB. Acetabular morphology in slipped capital femoral epiphysis. J Pediatr Orthop. 2011 Apr-May;31(3):254-8. Cited in PubMed: PMID 21415683. Read the abstract

Sankar WN, Skaggs DL, Yazici M, Johnston CE 2nd, Shah SA, Javidan P, et al. Lengthening of dual growing rods and the law of diminishing returns. Spine. 2011 May 1;36(10):806-9. Cited in PubMed: PMID 21336236. Read the abstract


Sankar WN, Neubuerger CO, Moseley CF. Femoral head sphericity in untreated developmental dislocation of the hip. J Pediatr Orthop. 2010 Sep;30(6):558-61. Cited in PubMed: PMID 20733420.  Read abstract. 

Sankar WN, Skaggs DL, Emans JB, Marks DS, Dormans JP, Thompson GH, et al. Neurologic risk in growing rod spine surgery in early onset scoliosis: is neuromonitoring necessary for all cases? Spine. 2009 Aug 15;34(18):1952-55. Cited in PubMed: PMID 19680103. Read the abstract

Sankar WN, Rethlefsen SA, Weiss J, Kay RM. Recurrent clubfoot: can gait analysis help us make better preoperative decisions? Clin Orthop Rel Res. 2009 May; 467(5):1214-22. Epub 2008 Dec 18. Cited in PubMed: PMID 19093158. Read the article

Arkader A, Sankar WN, Amorim RM. Conservative vs. surgical treatment of late onset Legg-Calve-Perthes disease: a radiographic comparison at skeletal maturity. J Child Orthop. 2009 Feb; 3(1):21-25. Epub Dec 11. Cited in PubMed: PMID 19308608. Read the article

Sankar WN, Weiss J, Skaggs DL. Orthopaedic conditions in the newborn. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2009 Feb;17:112-22. Cited in PubMed: PMID 19202124. Read the abstract

Sankar WN, McPartland TG, Millis MB, Kim YJ. The unstable slipped capital femoral epiphysis: risk factors for osteonecrosis. J Pediatr Orthop. 2010 Sep;30(6):544-8. Cited in PubMed: PMID 20733417. Read abstract. 

Sankar WN, Acevedo DC, Skaggs DL. Comparison of complications among growing spinal implants. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2010 Nov 1;35(23):2091-6. Epub Jun 18. Cited in PubMed: PMID 20562733. Read abstract.

Jones KJ, Wiesel BB, Sankar WN, Ganley TJ. Arthroscopic management of osteochondritis dissecans of the capitellum: mid-term results in adolescent athletes. J Pediatr Orthop. 2010 Jan-Feb;30(1):8-13. Cited in PubMed: PMID 20032735. Read abstract.  


Sankar WN, Tang EY, Moseley CF. Predictors of the need for femoral shortening osteotomy during open treatment of developmental dislocation of the hip. J Pediatr Orthop. 2009 Dec;29(8):868-71. Cited in PubMed: PMID 19934701. Read abstract.

Sankar WN, Neubuerger CO, Moseley CF. Femoral anteversion in developmental dysplasia of the hip. J Pediatr Orthop. 2009 Dec;29(8):885-8. Cited in PubMed: PMID 20733422. Read abstract. 

Skaggs DL, Sankar WN, Albrektson J, Wren TA, Campbell RM. Weight gain following vertical expandable prosthetic titanium ribs surgery in children with thoracic insufficiency syndrome. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2009 Nov 1;34(23):2530-3. Cited in PubMed: PMID 19927103. Read abstract.

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