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
Phone: 215-590-1527

  • 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


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


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


    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, 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




    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.


    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.



    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.

  • Editorial and Academic Positions

    2006, Guest Reviewer, Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research