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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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All staff from desks to doctors were absolutely amazing! Everyone was kind, understanding (and I was very stressed out), helpful and respectful. The nurses and doctor were very clear with their words and answered all of my questions. A social worker came in and was extremely helpful to my daughter and, to my surprise, gas cards to help since we live so far away! All medical facilities and organizations could learn so much from Dayton Children's Hospital and specialists! Thank you!

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I was realistic when attending this appointment that we would most likely not have answers that day. The symptoms my child is having are real and concerning. The provider came across as we were more of a bother, didn't really show much care in the situation. Went thru the motions of the exam, but was not very personable. Tests were ordered, so hopefully those will help us get to a diagnosis. We will most likely switch to a different provider if my child needs a rheumatologist.

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Very thorough

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She is very thorough.

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