Anthony J. Scillia, M.D.
Anthony J. Scillia M.D. is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon with subspecialty certification in adult and pediatric sports medicine. Dr. Scillia has been in practice at NJOI since 2013 after he was trained at Dr. James Andrews’ prestigious fellowship, The American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, Alabama. He returned to New Jersey, where he played ice hockey and lacrosse at Delbarton High School, to be the Director of Joint Preservation at the New Jersey Orthopaedic Institute. Dr. Scillia specializes in cartilage and ligament repair in the shoulder, elbow, hip, and knee. He serves as a team physician for Montclair State University, the New Jersey Jackals, sixteen area high schools and Seton Hall University.
He is an associate professor at Seton Hall University having published over 50 peer reviewed journal articles and given over 100 sports medicine lectures. Dr. Scillia is the secretary and course chairman for the New Jersey Orthopaedic Society, a fellow and board of councilor for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, associate master instructor for the Arthroscopy Association of North America, reviewer for the Journal of Knee Surgery, council of delegate for the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, question writer for Orthopaedic Knowledge Update, assistant program director for St. Joseph’s University Medical Center’s Orthopaedic Residency Program, and a New Jersey Monthly Top Doctor.
After graduating from Delbarton High School with highest honors, he received a bachelor of Science degree majoring in Biology and minoring in cognitive science from Georgetown University. Dr. Scillia attended Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, and then went on to be Administrative Chief Resident in orthopaedic surgery at the Seton Hall University Residency Program.
At the American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, Alabama. He received his training in the treatment of cartilage, tendon, and ligamentous disorders of the shoulder, elbow, and knee from Drs. E. Lyle Cain, Jeffery Dugas, and James Andrews. His hip training under Dr. Benton Emblom and ankle with Dr. Norman Waldrop. Dr. Scillia’s team coverage included the University of West Alabama, and covered the Birmingham Barons (Chicago White Sox AA), Strikehard Mixed Martial Arts, Calera High School, the Birmingham Ballet, and the University of Alabama.
Dr. Scillia specializes in the arthroscopic and reconstructive treatment of shoulder, elbow, hip and knee disorders in adult and pediatric patients. He has a special interest in joint preservation, cartilage restoration of the hip and knee, shoulder and elbow injuries in throwers, and hip arthroscopy. Dr. Scillia performs ultrasound guided PRP and BMAC (Stem Cell) injections as well as manages the conservative treatment of sports medicine injuries.
Dr. Scillia’s commonly performed surgical procedures are:
Shoulder: Rotator cuff, labrum, biceps, impingement, and AC joint instability repair
Elbow: Cartilage repair, OCD, biceps, and Tommy John repair
Knee: ACL, meniscus, patella instability, and cartilage repair
Hip: Labrum, impingement, sports hernia, gluteus, arthroscopic hamstring repair
Dr. Scillia is a clinical associate professor at the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University, and has published numerous book chapters, surgical technique videos, and articles in peer-reviewed journals, as well as presented research and given instructional lectures at national orthopaedic and sports medicine meetings. Dr. Scillia’s research interests include the biomechanics of pitching, labral tears in the shoulder, AC joint instability, rotator cuff repair, ACL reconstruction with open growth plates, UCL reconstruction (Tommy John Surgery), tendinous and cartilage disorders of the hip, and the “snapping hip.” Dr. Scillia was awarded a grant for studying the throwing shoulder, the clinical research award at the American Sports Medicine Institute for “Return to Play after Chondroplasty of the Knee in NFL Athletes” and the Ranawat award for “Meniscal Repair vs. Meniscectomy in time to Arthroplasty”.
- High School: Delbarton - Morristown, NJ
- Undergraduate: Georgetown University
- Medical School: Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School
- Residency: Seton Hall University
- Fellowship: American Sports Medicine Institute - Birmingham, AL
- Adult and Pediatric Sports Medicine
- Joint preservation
- Arthroscopy and reconstruction shoulder, elbow, hip, knee
- Biologics BMAC (Stem Cell) and PRP
"Dr. Scillia performed rotator cuff and bicep tenodesis surgery on each of my shoulders five years apart (right shoulder in 2015 and left shoulder in February 2020). In both cases I could not have been more satisfied with Dr. Scillia, his staff (Alex, Erica etc...), and my results. Before discussing surgery, non-surgical options were considered. But being I had extensive damage (which was the case in each shoulder) these options did not provide relief from my pain, weakness, etc, which was not only getting in the way of my training, but even just everyday life. But after each surgery, the repaired shoulder felt stronger and more pain free than they have ever been. I am very excited because I train hard, and now I can do it pain free! Also, the time he takes to explain everything both before and after the surgery makes it seem like you are the most important patient he has. I HIGHLY recommend him!"/p>
"I usually don't give reviews but i think Dr Scillia and his staff certainly deserve one. I had my ACL and Meniscus fixed by Dr Scillia on Nov 6th 2016. Its now June and i have been back to running for the past 2 months and have been averaging 20 to 25 miles a week with minimal soreness. I think Dr Scillia did an excellent job on my knee. He has great bedside manners and i would highly recommend him. His staff is friendly, courteous and easily reachable."
"I just can't give enough praise to Dr. Scillia! . After a sports injury which resulted in 2 unsuccessful knee surgeries by another surgeon, my 16 yo daughter was referred to Dr. Scillia. We were very skeptical at first being she was only 16 and had already had 2 different surgeries in less than a year, but he came highly recommended so we agreed to see him. He was able to diagnose her problem in 1 visit and within 3 weeks had her scheduled for MPFL reconstruction. Finally after 18 months since her first surgery I can actually say she is on the mend and will soon be able to resume her sports and just participate in normal teenage things as simple as walking without constant pain and fear of her knee giving out. Dr. Scillia took my daughter who had basically lost all hope and gave her her life back! I can't recommend Dr. Scillia and his staff enough."
"Dr. Scillia and his team are by far some of the most efficient professionals I've encountered. From the beginning, Dr. Scillia and his staff were extremely thorough and assuring. I went to him with hip/groin pain and after an MRI confirming a labral tear and bone spur on the femoral head, we agreed that surgery was the way to treat to prevent arthritis and eventually a replacement. This was my first surgical procedure so nerves were a huge factor on top of feeling lost in the pre-op process. Everyone was extremely helpful and each department of NJOI worked effortlessly to give me peace of mind. They all communicated extremely well amongst themselves, myself, insurance, and the surgical center (Elite Surgical Center in Wayne...another great facility and staff). The day of surgery, I had a fever and it was rescheduled with barely interfering with my prior arrangements (work, time off, personal life, etc.) Dr. Scillia's bedside manner is something that one could hope for in each of their doctor's- he made not only myself but my family comfortable as well (with some humor too!) I can go on and on about the small details where Dr. Scillia and his team made me feel at ease. They truly made every ounce of the process simple and comfortable. I would recommend them to anyone and know for certain that I would go back to them in necessary. I'm 4 1/2 months post-op and feeling great! Excited to resume my running routine!"
"NOI, Dr. Scillia and Dr. Anthony Festa saved my life. I suffered for 3 years with a chronic hip problem. I tried just about everything that I can in way of , alternative treatment including, Stem Cell therapy, PRP (plasma rich platelet injection), Synvisc gel injection, proliferation injection, oxygenation treatment, Japanese Seitai treatment and more. Nothing help except Dr. Scillia recommendation for hip replacement. It has been 7 months post-surgery and I am feeling fantastic. I have returned back to Karate training and the gym. I no longer have pain. NOI saved my life. Thank you from the bottom of my heart"
~John Anthony Gambino
"Dr. Anthony Scillia is the most amazing Ortho Surgeon that I have ever met and/or researched. Other Ortho Surgeons told me I would never be at 100% with the type of knee reconstruction I would have to have but I decided to go with Dr. Scillia and I have 100% of my knee function with no pain. He's a great person and explains everything in detail so that I understand and is also more than willing to take his time answering my questions. He's half man, half amazing! The best!"
"Dr. Scillia, no words will be enough to descript him clearly, he is the top of all surgeons in his field. I had both knees reconstructive surgeries due to ACL tears and injury, he was able to do all repair required and replace both ACLs . I have no pain and both knees function normally. Also behind his business is a great team, such as Alex and Erica who follow patients everywhere from hospital to final recovery to prior authorizations to paper work and many more. Thanks to all. Dr. Anthony does not need recommendation or review because his work light speaks about him."
"Dr Scilia operated on both my shoulders for rotator cuff and torn biceps. My shoulders are much better than before. Within 3 weeks I regained full range of motion and my post surgery experience was virtually pain free. I am 64, and recently decline bench pressed 225 lbs. (not the doctors instructions). Dr Scilia did a GREAT JOB!!!!!!!!"
"Thank you for keeping my arm healthy enough to throw until the end of my college career. You are the best and I appreciate all of the times I needed your help over these past few years."
~College Baseball Pitcher, underwent arthroscopic elbow surgery to remove loose body, repair capitellum osteochondral cartilage, and stem cell injection
Samuel J. Mease, M.D., Nancy J. Moontasri, M.D., Jennifer Kurowicki, M.D., Charles L. Long, M.D., Erica S. Simone, M.S., A.T.C., O.T.C., and Anthony J. Scillia, M.D.
Abstract: Superior capsular reconstruction (SCR) has become an increasingly popular choice in the treatment of massive, irreparable rotator cuff tears, pseudoparalysis, and in cases in which revision of previous rotator cuff repair is indicated. The SCR procedure is intended to restore the superior stabilizing forces of a deficient rotator cuff. This technique is accomplished by substituting an autograft or allograft between the superior glenoid and the greater tuberosity of the humerus, thus keeping the humeral head centered in the glenoid during shoulder forward flexion and abduction. Since its advent, numerous techniques have been described for this procedure. A fascia lata autograft was initially described; however, many surgeons in the United States have advocated for the use of a humeral dermal allograft. Yet, biomechanical studies have demonstrated elongation and thinning of this material. Thus, the Achilles tendon allograft may be an attractive choice for SCR, given its previous success with ligamentous and tendinous reconstructions. In this article, we present our technique of SCR using an Achilles tendon allograft.
Peter Goljan, Jennifer Kurowicki, Todd P. Pierce, Damion A Martins, Dean W. Padavan, Anthony Festa, Vincent K. McInerney, & Anthony J. Scillia
Abstract: Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries continue to be a major focus in sports medicine research. With so many changes to our understanding of ACL anatomy and with rapid advances in reconstruction techniques and rehabilitation protocols within the past 20 years, it is important to identify the landmark research that has laid the foundation for current ACL treatments.
Milman E1, Pierce TP1, Issa K1, Palacios RR1, Festa A1, Scillia AJ1, McInerney VK1.
Arthrosc Tech. Our purpose was to assess the outcomes of those who underwent an ultrasound-guided debridement of the deposits. Specifically, we analyzed: (1) function; (2) pain; (3) activity level; (4) patient satisfaction; and (5) complications.
Kurowicki J, Mease SJ, Palacios S, Festa A, McInerney VK, Scillia AJ.
Arthrosc Tech. 2018 May 7;7(6):e595-e600. doi: 10.1016/j.eats.2018.02.004. eCollection 2018 Jun.
Pierce TP, Kurowicki J, Issa K, Festa A, Scillia AJ, McInerney VK.
Hip Int. 2018 Jun 1:1120700018782667. doi: 10.1177/1120700018782667. [Epub ahead of print]
Goljan P, Pierce TP, Scillia AJ, Festa A.
Am J Orthop (Belle Mead NJ). 2018 May;47(5). doi: 10.12788/ajo.2018.0029.
Pierce TP, Issa K, Kurowicki J, Festa A, McInerney VK, Scillia AJ.
JBJS Rev. 2018 Mar;6(3):e6. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.RVW.17.00076. No abstract available.
Scillia AJ, Pierce TP, Simone E, Novak RC, Emblom BA.
Arthrosc Tech. 2017 Aug 14;6(4):e1281-e1284. doi: 10.1016/j.eats.2017.05.006. eCollection 2017 Aug.
Pierce TP, Kurowicki J, Issa K, Festa A, McInerney VK, Scillia AJ.
Surg Technol Int. 2017 Dec 22;31:319-321.
Pierce TP, Issa K, Cassidy K, Festa A, McInerney VK, Scillia AJ.
J Knee Surg. 2018 Jan 3. doi: 10.1055/s-0037-1615823. [Epub ahead of print]
Issa K, Pierce TP, Gwam C, Festa A, Scillia AJ, Mont MA.
Hip Int. 2018 Mar;28(2):122-124. doi: 10.5301/hipint.5000523. Epub 2017 May 9.
Pierce TP, Mease SJ, Issa K, Festa A, McInerney VK, Scillia AJ.
Arthrosc Tech. 2017 Jun 12;6(3):e785-e789. doi: 10.1016/j.eats.2017.02.010. eCollection 2017 Jun.
Pierce TP, Pierce CM, Issa K, McInerney VK, Festa A, Scillia AJ.
Orthopedics. 2017 Jul 1;40(4):e744-e748. doi: 10.3928/01477447-20170615-03. Epub 2017 Jun 21.
Scillia AJ, Pierce TP, Festa A, Goljan P, McInerney VK.
Surg Technol Int. 2017 Jul 25;30:482-485.
Scillia AJ, Pierce TP, Issa K, Wright C, Callaghan JJ, Festa A, McInerney VK.
Surg Technol Int. 2017 Jul 25;30:411-414.
Issa K, Pierce TP, Harwin SF, Scillia AJ, McInerney VK, Mont MA.
J Arthroplasty. 2017 Sep;32(9):2779-2782. doi: 10.1016/j.arth.2017.04.001. Epub 2017 Apr 11.
Patel Y, Goljan P, Pierce TP, Scillia A, Issa K, McInerney VK, Festa A.
Sports Med. 2017 Oct;47(10):1919-1923. doi: 10.1007/s40279-017-0729-8.
Pierce TP, Issa K, Gilbert BT, Hanly B, Festa A, McInerney VK, Scillia AJ.
Arthroscopy. 2017 Jun;33(6):1260-1268.e2. doi: 10.1016/j.arthro.2017.01.042. Epub 2017 Apr 12. Review.
Pierce TP, Pierce CM, Issa K, McInerney VK, Festa A, Scillia AJ.
Arthrosc Tech. 2017 Feb 6;6(1):e163-e166. doi: 10.1016/j.eats.2016.09.012. eCollection 2017 Feb.
Pierce TP, Issa K, Festa A, Scillia AJ, McInerney VK, Mont MA.
J Knee Surg. 2017 Sep;30(7):730-733. doi: 10.1055/s-0037-1598040. Epub 2017 Feb 14.
Issa K, Pierce CM, Pierce TP, Boylan MR, Zikria BA, Naziri Q, Festa A, McInerney VK, Scillia AJ.
Surg Technol Int. 2016 Oct 26;29:240-246.
Pierce TP, Issa K, Ramirez A, Sclafani S, Harwin SF, Scillia AJ, Rifai A, McInerney VK.
Surg Technol Int. 2016 Oct 26;29:261-264.
Issa K, Pierce TP, Brothers A, Festa A, Scillia AJ, Mont MA.
J Arthroplasty. 2017 Jan;32(1):336-340. doi: 10.1016/j.arth.2016.07.052. Epub 2016 Aug 11. Review.
Issa K, Pierce TP, Gwam C, Goljan P, Festa A, Scillia AJ, Mont MA.
J Knee Surg. 2017 Jul;30(6):532-534. doi: 10.1055/s-0036-1593626. Epub 2016 Oct 24.
Issa K, Pierce TP, Harwin SF, Scillia AJ, Festa A, Mont MA.
Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2017 Feb;475(2):465-471. doi: 10.1007/s11999-016-5122-7. Epub 2016 Oct 14.
Pierce TP, Wagner C, McInerney VK, Festa A, Scillia AJ.
Orthopedics. 2016 Nov 1;39(6):e1201-e1204. doi: 10.3928/01477447-20160714-05. Epub 2016 Jul 26.
Scillia AJ, Cain EL Jr.
Arthrosc Tech. 2015 Dec 28;4(6):e877-83. doi: 10.1016/j.eats.2015.08.014. eCollection 2015 Dec.
Dugas JR, Bedford BB, Andrachuk JS, Scillia AJ, Aune KT, Cain EL, Andrews JR, Fleisig GS.
Arthroscopy. 2016 Nov;32(11):2278-2284. doi: 10.1016/j.arthro.2016.02.023. Epub 2016 May 6.
Pierce TP, Issa K, Festa A, Scillia AJ, McInerney VK.
Am J Sports Med. 2017 Feb;45(2):488-494. doi: 10.1177/0363546516638079. Epub 2016 Jul 20. Review.
Andrachuk JS, Scillia AJ, Aune KT, Andrews JR, Dugas JR, Cain EL.
Am J Sports Med. 2016 May;44(5):1324-8. doi: 10.1177/0363546515626185. Epub 2016 Feb 22.
Issa K, Harwin SF, Malkani AL, Bonutti PM, Scillia A, Mont MA.
J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2016 Feb 3;98(3):180-5. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.O.00474.
Stroh DA, Issa K, Scillia A, Issa S, Festa A, Mont MA.
J Long Term Eff Med Implants. 2015;25(3):163-70. Review.
Scillia AJ, Issa K, Boylan MR, McDermott JD, McInerney VK, Patel DV, Mont MA, Festa AN.
Orthopedics. 2016 Jan-Feb;39(1):e196-202. doi: 10.3928/01477447-20151222-18. Epub 2015 Dec 30.
Issa K, Pierce TP, Scillia AJ, Festa A, Harwin SF, Mont MA.
J Arthroplasty. 2016 Mar;31(3):655-7. doi: 10.1016/j.arth.2015.09.049. Epub 2015 Oct 9.
Etier BE, Scillia AJ, Tessier DD, Aune KT, Emblom BA, Dugas JR, Cain EL.
Hand (N Y). 2015 Dec;10(4):762-6. doi: 10.1007/s11552-015-9769-4. Epub 2015 May 21.
Scillia AJ, McDermott JD, Issa K, Goljan P, Harwin SF, Festa A, McInerney VK.
J Knee Surg. 2016 Jul;29(5):387-90. doi: 10.1055/s-0035-1559580. Epub 2015 Sep 17.
Scillia A, Issa K, McInerney VK, Milman E, Baltazar R, Dasti U, Festa A.
Skeletal Radiol. 2015 Aug;44(8):1135-9. doi: 10.1007/s00256-015-2137-1. Epub 2015 Apr 1.
Scillia AJ, Aune KT, Andrachuk JS, Cain EL, Dugas JR, Fleisig GS, Andrews JR.
Am J Sports Med. 2015 Mar;43(3):663-8. doi: 10.1177/0363546514562752. Epub 2015 Jan 8.
Laughlin WA, Fleisig GS, Scillia AJ, Aune KT, Cain EL Jr, Dugas JR.
Am J Sports Med. 2014 Dec;42(12):2837-41. doi: 10.1177/0363546514552183. Epub 2014 Oct 15.
Scillia A, Choo A, Milman E, McInerney V, Festa A.
J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2011 Nov 2;93(21):e1251-3. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.J.01622. No abstract available.
Scillia A, Cox G, Milman E, Kaushik A, Strongwater A.
J Pediatr Surg. 2010 Aug;45(8):1707-10. doi: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2010.04.013.
- Surgeon: Minimally invasive approach maximizes relief for hamstring injuries
“There’s an epidemic of acute hamstring injuries in the NFL right now, as is evident to any fan who follows the injured reserve list for their favorite team, but chronic hamstring problems are a far larger issue in the general population, causing people pain while sitting and stiffness in moving, limiting activity and detracting from quality of life,” said Dr. Scillia, a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon who practices at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center in Paterson.
- Rutgers football players in the NFL giving back to community
A large group of young football players descended upon the campus of Seton Hall Prep high school in West Orange (N.J.) on Monday to work with a trio of former Scarlet Knights. The special guest coaches included Devin McCourty, Michael Burton, and Kevin Malast.
"It is a blessing for us to have these guys who did so many great things at Rutgers - guys that put them on the map – come out and work with the kids," said Seton Hall Prep head coach Bill Fitzgerald. "You can see that they are great football players, but also great people. They have had some great coaches themselves, and they want to pay it forward. We are happy to have them here at Seton Hall Prep."
- Former Rutgers stars at injury prevention youth clinic
Former Rutgers standouts Mike Burton, Kevin Malast and Devin McCourty worked with youth football players on Monday at Northlands Orthopaedic Institute's annual injury prevention camp.
"It's always cool to talk to kids about anything, and especially when it's outside of playing safety or defensive back, being able to teach them other things that go into playing football," McCourty said after the camp, held at Seton Hall Prep's athletics facility in West Orange.