Malachy McHugh received his PhD in Exercise Physiology in 1999 from the University of Wales, Bangor. Since 1999 Dr McHugh has been the Director of Research at the Nicholas Institute of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma (NISMAT) at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. He leads a multidisciplinary research team including orthopaedic surgeons, physical therapists, exercise physiologists, nutritionists, biomechanists, medical engineers and athletic trainers.
The research encompasses areas such as randomized clinical trials in orthopaedic sports medicine, injury epidemiology, and basic and applied research in nutrition, physiology and biomechanics. Dr McHugh is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, an associate Member of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, and a member of the Orthopaedic Research Society.
He is an adjunct professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at New York University and has also held teaching positions in the Department of Physical Therapy at Stony Brook University and the Department of Physical Education at Hunter College in New York City. Dr McHugh is on the Editorial Board for the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports.
He has been a consultant with the New York Rangers Hockey Team since 2000. Some of his research interests include exercise-induced muscle damage, musculoskeletal flexibility and orthopaedic sports injuries injury and rehabilitation. Dr McHugh has more than 100 publications in the sports medicine and exercise science literature.