Christopher P. Varacallo, DO

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Christopher P. Varacallo, DO

Christopher Varacallo, DO, is a physician practicing interventional orthopedics and sports medicine. Varacallo has extensive training and experience in microinvasive surgical procedures including tenotomies and carpal tunnel release, interventional and diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound, orthobiologic injections (stem cell, platelet-rich plasma or “PRP”), concussion treatment, and sports performance optimization.

Varacallo has been involved with research studies on the efficacy of cutting-edge orthopedic treatments, including a podium presentation for a nationally recognized study at the 2019 National Sports Medicine Conference in Houston.

As part of the Penn Highlands Orthopedics and Sports Medicine team, Varacallo is the supervising physician for Curwensville Area and works in collaboration with athletic trainers from the region’s school districts (DuBois, Brockway, Brookville, Clearfield, and St. Marys, including Elk County Catholic), along with the DuBois Dream, Penn State DuBois and Clarion University.

Varacallo is a native of DuBois and former high school and college athlete, having played baseball at Washington & Jefferson College and on the high school baseball team that won the 2001 Pennsylvania State Championship. In 2015, he served as team physician for NCAA Division I University of South Carolina women’s basketball team, which reached the final four. In 2018 and 2019, Varacallo was the medical director over the athletic trainers for the Small College World Series, while from 2018 through 2020, he’s been the medical director for district individual and team high school wrestling championships held in Clearfield and DuBois.

Specialties

  • Sports Medicine

Board Status

  • American Board of Family Medicine
  • American Board of Osteopathic Family Medicine

Education

  • Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Athens, Ohio

Residency

  • Family Medicine Residency - Fairview Hospital/Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio

Fellowships

  • Sports Medicine Fellowship - Palmetto Health/University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina

Memberships

  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • American Medical Society of Sports Medicine
  • American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians
  • American Academy of Family Physicians
  • American Osteopathic Association

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Penn Highlands Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

The Penn Highlands Healthcare Orthopedics and Sports Medicine team brings the most leading-edge care and treatment delivered by specialists who know the orthopedic needs of patients in this area better than anyone else. The procedures, surgeries and rehabilitation protocols our expert physicians provide are proven with patient outcomes, testimonials and resolution of injury and return to work/sport.

With a focus on quality and a unique emphasis on patient education, Penn Highlands Orthopedics and Sports Medicine addresses each patient’s individual needs not only with expertise, but with dedication. The approach of each surgeon, physician and provider is targeted and comprehensive for each patient to enhance each one’s ability to return to their normal routine—because in addition to knowing their practice, our team knows their patients.

In addition to specializing in treatments and surgeries for patients with bone, muscle and joint problems, the orthopedics and sports medicine experts at Penn Highlands Healthcare are also leaders in national orthopedics research studies and advanced training and treatment modalities to athletes across our region—all while addressing the needs of every age, from teens to patients in their nineties, and every activity level, from the weekend gardener to the champion college athlete. This is why patients of Penn Highlands Orthopedic and Sports Medicine team enjoy the benefit of passion for wellness combined with specialized skill.

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