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Anthony S Unger, M.D.

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Medical Director, Sibley Institute for Bone and Joint Health

Male

Expertise: Hip Replacement, Joint Replacement, Minimally Invasive Surgery

Locations

Washington Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine
Appointment Phone: 301-657-1996

5454 Wisconsin Ave
Suite 1000
Chevy Chase, MD 20815 map
Phone: 301-657-1996
Fax: 301-951-6160

Washington Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine

5215 Loughboro Road NW
Suite 200
Washington, DC 20016 map
Phone: 202-787-5601
Fax: 202-787-5606

Background

Dr. Anthony S. Unger is the medical director for the Sibley Institute for Bone and Joint Health and an orthopaedic surgeon at Sibley Memorial Hospital. He is board certified and practices out of Washington Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, located in Sibley Memorial Hospital’s Medical Building and Chevy Chase, MD. Dr. Unger is also currently a co-director of the Johns Hopkins Community Joint Program, a co-director of the orthopaedic section at The Georgetown University Hemophiliac Center and a director of the Washington Center for Hip and Knee Surgery.

Dr. Unger has a recognized expertise in total joint replacement and minimally invasive surgery. He regularly lectures and teaches about these techniques to both national and international physicians. Dr. Unger is also an expertise in anterior hip replacement surgery, which draws both national and international patients.

Dr. Unger earned his undergraduate degree from State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook and his medical degree from SUNY at Buffalo. He completed an internship and residency in orthopaedic surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, as well as an orthopaedic research fellowship. Dr. Unger also completed a comprehensive arthritis fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery. Dr. Unger was previously an associate clinical professor of orthopaedics at Georgetown University Medical Center and a clinical professor of orthopaedics at George Washington University Medical Center.

Dr. Unger was awarded the Baldridge Physician Award in 2008 by the George Washington University Medical Center. He is a member of the American Medical Association, the D.C. Medical Society, the Washington Orthopaedic Society, the D.C. Rheumatism Society, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, the Association for Arthritic Hip & Knee Surgery, the Eastern Orthopaedic Association and the Osler Society. Dr. Unger is also a medical advisor of the Jewish Social Services, the Peace Corps USA of Washington, D.C. and the Blue Cross/Blue Shield of the National Capital Area.

Dr. Unger has developed new implants and technologies for hip and knee replacement surgeries, earning him multiple U.S. patents. Dr. Unger has contributed to numerous publications, book chapters and presentations.  

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Titles

  • Medical Director, Sibley Institute for Bone and Joint Health
  • Co-Director, Johns Hopkins Community Joint Program

Departments / Divisions

  • Surgery at Sibley Memorial Hospital

Education

Degrees

  • MD, SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine (1980)

Residencies

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania / Orthopaedic Surgery (1985)

Fellowships

  • The Hospital for Special Surgery / Orthopaedic Surgery (1986)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery / Orthopedic Surgery (1989)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

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Unger AS. "CORR Insights®: No Correlation Between Serum Markers and Early Functional Outcome After Contemporary THA." Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2017 Feb;475(2):463-464. doi: 10.1007/s11999-016-4944-7.

Unger AS, Stronach BM, Bergin PF, Nogler M. "Direct anterior total hip arthroplasty." Instr Course Lect. 2014;63:227-38.

Bergin PF, Doppelt JD, Kephart CJ, Benke MT, Graeter JH, Holmes AS, Haleem-Smith H, Tuan RS, Unger AS. "Comparison of minimally invasive direct anterior versus posterior total hip arthroplasty based on inflammation and muscle damage markers." J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2011 Aug 3;93(15):1392-8. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.J.00557.

Unger AS, Duggan JP. "Midterm results of a porous tantalum monoblock tibia component clinical and radiographic results of 108 knees." J Arthroplasty. 2011 Sep;26(6):855-60. doi: 10.1016/j.arth.2010.08.017.

Unger AS, Lewis RJ, Gruen T. "Evaluation of a porous tantalum uncemented acetabular cup in revision total hip arthroplasty: clinical and radiological results of 60 hips." J Arthroplasty. 2005 Dec;20(8):1002-9.

Activities & Honors

Honors

  • Baldridge Physician Award, George Washington University Medical Center, 2008

Memberships

  • American Medical Association, 1989
  • D.C. Medical Society, 1989

    Board of Trustees, 1996

  • Washington Orthopaedic Society, 1989
  • D.C. Rheumatism Society, 1989
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, 1989
  • Association for Arthritic Hip & Knee Surgery, 1989

    Charter Member

  • Eastern Orthopaedic Association, 1989
  • Osler Society, 2001
  • Jacobi Society, 1989

Professional Activities

  • Medical Advisor, Jewish Social Services, 1986
  • Medical Advisor, Peace Corps USA, Washington, D.C., 1986
  • Medical Advisor, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of the National Capital Area, 1989
  • Director, MIS Hip and Knee Surgery Center, George Washington University Medical Center, 2006 - 2011
  • Co-Director, Orthopaedic Section, Georgetown University Hemophiliac Center, 1986
  • Director, Washington Center for Hip and Knee Surgery, 2008
  • Medical Advisory Board, Arthritis Foundation, Metro Washington Chapters, 1989 - 1991

Videos & Media

Lectures and Presentations

  • Direct Anterior Approach Technique Without a Specialized OR Table
    Presentation , Annual Direct Anterior Approach Meeting , Houston, Texas (01/01/2014)
    International Congress for Joint Reconstruction
  • Direct Anterior Hip Replacement
    Presentation , Cherry Blossom Seminar , Washington, D.C. (01/01/2014)
    National Knee Research and Education Foundation
  • Direct Anterior Hip Replacement
    Presentation , Instructional Course Lecture , New Orleans, Louisiana (01/01/2014)
    American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • The Direct Anterior Hip Replacement
    Presentation , Instructional Course Lectures , Chicago, Illinois (01/01/2013)
    American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Prospective Comparison on Inflammatory and Muscle Damage Markers in MIS Direct Anterior Versus Posterior Hip Arthroplasty
    Presentation , Annual Congress , Bruges, Belgium (01/01/2011)
    International Society for Technology in Arthroplasty

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

Healthy Living – Learning to Walk Again: A lesson in “second firsts” and second chances. D.C. Spotlight (12/22/2014)

New Surgery Makes Hip Replacement Easier. The News & Observer (04/01/2013)

Dr. Anthony Unger: Anterior hip replacements benefit patients. Becker's Spine Review (03/28/2013)

New Method for Hip Replacement Wins Favor with Some Surgeons. Washington Post (03/25/2013)

Knee Replacements, Designed for Women. NPR (08/30/2007)

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