The Center for Advanced Orthopaedics

Dennis P. McHugh, DO

Dennis McHugh

Dennis P. McHugh, DO, is a board certified Orthopaedic Surgeon and a native Philadelphian. He earned his medical degree in 1996 from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM). His training continued at the same medical college for an additional five years. This included a traditional rotating internship for one year and four years of orthopaedic residency. During his residency, Dr. McHugh was chosen Chief Resident of Orthopaedic Services and served as Assistant to the Team Physician for the Philadelphia 76ers.

Dr. McHugh’s holds an academic appointment at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine as Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. This entails the education and training of orthopaedic surgeons. On a national level Dr. McHugh was selected as a committee member for the American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery. This organization is responsible of the board certification of Orthopaedic Surgeons across the country.

Dr. McHugh serves as co-director of the Center for Joint Replacement at Mercy Suburban Hospital. Dr. McHugh’s major area of interest includes adult reconstructive joint and minimally invasive surgery. This would include total hip and knee replacements as well as cartilage transplants, partial joint replacements and femoral resurfacings of the hip. His specific areas of surgical training also include general orthopaedics, trauma, spine, hand, and pediatric orthopaedics.

Dr. McHugh had the honor of being selected as one of the orthopaedic surgeons for the 2006 NCAA basketball tournament. Dr. McHugh has contributed to numerous papers in the field of orthopaedics.

Timothy P. Amann, DO

Tim Amann

Dr. Amann is a board certified orthopedic surgeon who is fellowship trained in sports medicine. While he specializes in the treatment of all sports related injuries, he continues to practice general orthopedics. He is an expert in arthroscopic treatment of the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee and ankle. He also treats fractures, concussions and arthritic conditions. He is currently the team physician for Chestnut Hill College, Gwynned Mercy College, Montgomery County Community College and Methacton High School and is the assistant team physician for Ursinus College.

Dr. Amann performed his fellowship at the world renowned Amercian Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, AL. While there, he learned the most advanced techniques to treat orthopedic conditions from the simple to the most complex. He trained to be a true team physician dealing with all facets of sports teams including injury prevention, rehabilitation, on field injury management and return to sport criteria. He served as an assistant team physician for Auburn University during his time in Alabama.

Dr. Amann spends many hours each week working with local schools and their athletic programs. He is on the field for many lacrosse and football games, evaluates athletes during weekly training room sessions and serves as an expert in sports medicine within the community. He also treats many non athletes with rotator cuff tears, tendinitis, tendon tears, arthritis, hip labral tears, shoulder instability and cartilage damage. He is an expert in cartilage restoration techniques and one of the few orthopedists in the region to perform a high volume of hip arthroscopies.

Dr. Amann grew up in Monmouth County, NJ and earned his Bachelor’s degree in biology at Rutgers College in New Brunswick, NJ. He then received his Master’s degree in biomedical sciences from Rutgers University before attending medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Amann remained at PCOM to perform his residency in orthopedics. He then went to the American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, AL where he completed his fellowship training in orthopaedic sports medicine.

Dr. Amann joined the Center for Advanced Orthopaedics in 2008. He is a member of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, the American Sports Medicine Institute Fellowship Society, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopaedics. He is an avid swimmer, golfer and skier and particularly enjoys these activities with his wife and two children.

John Pasquella, DO

John Pasquella

John A. Pasquella, an AOAO board-certified D.O. joined the Center for Advanced Orthopaedics in 2011 following completion of post-residency training as an Emanuel B. Kaplan Hand Fellow at New York University/Hospital for Joint Diseases Institute in New York City.  Dr. Pasquella attended medical school and completed a five year residency in orthopedic surgery at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.  Previously he had attended Arcadia University on an academic scholarship and graduated with a B.A. degree in Biology.

Dr. Pasquella specializes in the treatment of disorders pertaining to the hand and upper extremity.  These disorders include overuse and arthritic conditions, occupational injuries, and nerve and tendon problems.  During his residency and fellowship training, he was also involved in the care of athletic injuries including treating professional athletes.  Dr. Pasquella plans to continue this experience by working with local college and high school athletic organizations.  He also continues to treat patients with general orthopedic conditions.

Dr. Pasquella is a member of many local and national medical organizations with an interest in research.  He has contributed to many research projects through his residency and fellowship training and he also worked extensively in clinical pharmaceutical research.  Dr. Pasquella enjoys many outdoor activities such as running and mountain biking.  He especially enjoys cheering for his hometown professional sports teams.

Christine Unger

Christine Unger

Christine Unger graduated from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine as a Physician Assistant in 2014. Prior to joining the team at the Center for Advanced Orthopaedics, she had worked as a PA in orthopedics in the Lehigh Valley area. Before becoming a physician assistant she had earned a Masters and Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training at East Stroudsburg University. She worked as an Athletic Trainer at Gwynedd Mercy College and Bethlehem Catholic High School.

Christine is a member of the National Athletic Trainer Association and American Academy of Physician Assistants. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She is an avid Philadelphia sports fan, enjoys running and being outdoors.