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Anne McHugh, MD



Anne McHugh, MD is a pediatric rheumatologist at Dayton Children's Hospital. Dr. McHugh was born and raised in Englewood, Ohio. She completed her medical school education at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in Cincinnati, Ohio. Following medical school, she spent her pediatric residency at Riley Children's in Indianapolis, Indiana. She completed her fellowship in pediatric rheumatology at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford in Palo Alto, California. Dr. McHugh is board certified in pediatric rheumatology and pediatrics. When asked why she chose to specialize in pediatric rheumatology she said it's because every day consists of taking care of children and new complex diseases that allow her to form long term relationships with families. One of her favorite things about working with children is their resiliency. Outside of the hospital Dr. McHugh enjoys cooking, biking and traveling.

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education and training

  • medical school: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
  • residency: Indiana University School of Medicine, Riley Children's Hospital - pediatrics
  • fellowship: Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford - pediatric rheumatology
  • board certification: pediatrics and pediatric rheumatology

presentations and publications

book chapters

  • Tran P, Frankovich, J, Van Mater, H, Dale, R, Or-Geva. N, McHugh, A. Thienemann, M. Pediatric Inflammatory Brain Disease, In: Complex Disorders in Pediatric Psychiatry: A Clinician's Guide, Driver, D., Thomas, S.S., Elsvier, 1st edition, 2018.

journal publications

  • Weiss PF, Brandon TG, Bohnsack J, Heshin-Bekenstein M, Francavilla ML, Jaremko JL, Liao L, McHugh A, Oberle EJ, Rumsey D, Srinivasalu H, Stoll ML, Chauvin NA. Variability in Interpretation of Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Pediatric Sacroiliac Joint. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2021 Jun;73(6):841-848.
  • Pavitt S, McHugh A, Chi K, Hoang K, Lippner E, Tsai J, Goldstein R, Bassett H, Srinivas NS. Improving Inpatient Consult Communication Through a Standardized Tool. Pediatrics. 2021 May;147(5):e20200681.
  • Bandyopadhyay, S, Harris, D.P., Adams, G.N., Lause, G.E., McHugh, A, Tillmaand, E.G., Money, A, Williard, B, Fox, P.L., DiCorleto, P E. HOXA9 methylation by PRMT5 is essential for endothelial cell expression of leukocyte adhesion molecules. Mol Cell Biol. 2012; 32(7): 1202-13.

abstracts/poster presentations

  • McHugh, A, Chan, A, Herrera, C, Thienemann, M, Frankovich, J. Profiling Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms in Children with Spondyloarthriris and Polyarthritis. Presented at American College of Rheumatology (ACR) Meeting, November 2019.
  • Forgo, E, Kan, K, McHugh, A, Louie, D, Baiu, I, Chen, J, Powell, J, Larimer, E, Yanamadala, S, Britt, P, Frush, K, Caruso, T. Resident Safety Council (RSC): Culture of Safety Project 2018-2019, A Quality Improvement Initiative to Optimize Process and Access to Resident SAFE Reports. Presented at The Resident/Fellow Quality Improvement/Patient Safety Symposium (QIPSS) at Stanford, May 2019.
  • Pavitt, S, McHugh, A, Chi, K, Hoang, K, Lippner, E, Bassett, H, Mudambi, K, Saarela, K, Tsai, J, Goldstein, R, Srinivas, N. Creation and Implementation of a Standardized Tool to Improve Inpatient Consult Communication. Presented at The Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) Meeting, April 2019.
  • Pavitt, S, McHugh, A, Chi, K, Hoang, K, Lippner, E, Bassett, H, Mudambi, K, Saarela, K, Tsai, J, Goldstein, R, Srinivas, N. Creation and Implementation of a Standardized Tool to Improve Inpatient Consult Communication. Presented at The Association of Pediatric Program Directors (APPD) Meeting, March 2019.
  • McHugh, A, Swoop, V, and Abdel-Malek, Z. Role of a-MSH in Repair of UV-Induced DNA Damage, as Determined by H2AX Phosphorylation. Presented at University of Cincinnati's Medical Student Summer Research Program Poster Session, October 2008.
  • Bandyopadhyay, S, Adams, G, McHugh, A, Money, A, DiCorleto, P E. The protein arginine methyl transfersase PRMT5 binds to HOXA9 and participates in cytokine induction of E-selectin in endothelial cells. The FASEB Journal. 2008; 22: Abstract 471.7.

awards, honors and organizations

awards and honors:

AAP Earl J Brewer Abstract Award in Pediatric Rheumatology, 2019


  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance (CARRA)
  • American College of Rheumatology
ratings and reviews

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We absolutely LOVE Dr. McHugh!!! She feels like family and so attentive to my daughter and really goes the extra mile. We appreciate her more than words can say...she's one in a million and is fantastic at her job! We also adore all the nurses at Rheumatology...they are so kind and treat my child wonderfully!

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The Nurse was one of the bests I have ever encountered. She was thoughtful, knowledgeable, and confident in what she was doing. I wish I could remember her name!

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Dr. McHugh is great! She always takes plenty of time to examine my child and explains things really thoroughly. She definitely seems to care about her patients and wants them to have positive outcomes. I would definitely recommend Dr. McHugh.

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She absolutely worked to rule out all issues and ended up with genetic testing. That lead us to understanding an issue, my daughter is a carrier of a rare disorder that can lead to her child being deformed. So this was not what we were looking for but her process of ruling out the main issue has lead us to knowledge we never had. She was amazing with talking to my daughter and I so we understood! She took her time and looked at us and not the computer! She spoke to my daughter grace about her and how things were, asked her about things she asked us when we first saw her this summer!

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conditions I treat

Acute rheumatic fever, ANCA vasculitis, Ankylosing spondylitis, Autoinflammatory syndromes, Bechet's Disease, CAPS (Cryopyrin-associated periodic syndromes), Chronic Recurrent Multifocal Osteomyeltis (CRMO), Cystic Fibrosis Arthropathy, Diffuse systemic sclerosis, Drug Induced Lupus, Enthesitis related arthritis, Eosinophilic Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis (EGPA), Erythema Nodosum, Familial Cold Autoinflammatory Syndrome (FCAS), Fever of Unknown Etiology, FMF (Familial Mediterrian Fever), Granulomatosis with Polyangitis (GPA) (Wegener's), Henoch-Schonlein purpura, Hyperimmunoglobulin D Syndrome (HIDS), IgG4 related Disease (IgG4-RD), Inflammatory Myopathies, Inflammatory pericarditis, JIA, Juvenile dermatomyositis, Juvenile idiopathic arthritis, Kawasaki disease, Limited Systemic Sclerosis (CREST), Lupus, Malar Rash, Mevalonate kinase deficincy (MKD), Microscopic Polyangitis (MPA), Mixed connective tissue disease, Morphea, Muckle Wells Syndrome (MWS), Neonatal Lupus, Neonatal onset multiinflammatory disease (NOMID), Periodic Fever Syndromes, PFAPA (Periodic fever, aphtous stomatitis, pharyngitis and adenitis), Polyarteritis Nodosa (PAN), Polymyositis, psoriatric arthritis, Raynard's Disease, Reactive arthritis, Recurrent fever, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sarcoidois, Scleroderma, Sjogren's syndrome, Sjogren's Syndrome, Spondyloarthropathy, Synovitis, Systemic lupus erythematosus, Takayasu's Arteritis, Toxic Synovitis, Transient Synovitis, TRAPS (Tumor Necrosis Factor Receptor-1 associated syndrome), Uveitis, Vasculitic disorders