Pamela G Unger PT, CWS

Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy

Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education

As a 42-year clinician, educator and industry researcher prior to my transition to academia, I believe the didactic education combined with good clinical evidence is what drives optimal outcomes. Over the past 17 years I have had the pleasure of introducing wound care to students and shared in the understanding of how injury to the integumentary system impacts nearly all aspect of physical therapy. As a faculty member with major responsibility for clinical internships and experiences I have committed to searching for the student’s best possible clinic setting to further their education and awareness of the profession. I believe live patient experiences provide ideal learning experiences and will strive to utilize such. I will continually assess, adjust and demonstrate flexibility. My passion to improve patients physical and mental well-being is what drives the successful outcomes of my patient population. I will endeavor to transfer this passion to all of you further enhancing your success with physical therapy.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science (BS) Physical Therapy (1976), University of Pennsylvania (PA)
  • Continuing Education includes multiple competency-based wound care procedures
  • Certified Wound Care Specialist (CWS), American Board of Wound Management

Clinical Experience/Expertise

Her clinical focus continues to be in the areas of wound management and health policy, navigating the wound care, medical device and rehabilitation markets. She excels at establishing and growing multi-disciplinary wound care programs and algorithms, while forging powerful relationships with key professionals and accounts in the wound care marketplace. Ms. Unger has demonstrated skill for the development of dynamic and successful clinical and health policy teams that continually exceed expectation in the insurance and payment area.

She has been an active member of the Academy of Clinical Electrophysiology and Wound Management, Acute Care and Health Policy Sections and the Wound Management Group (SIG) of the American Physical Therapy Association.

  

Scholarship/Research Interests

Professor Unger’s scholarly agenda is focused to the investigation of therapeutic interventions to promote wound healing with expediency and reduced recidivism particularly in the aging adults, but clearly across all ages and communities.

 

Awards

Award of Excellence, Clinical Electrophysiology & Wound Management

Section, APTA
Lucy Bair Service Award, American Physical Therapy Association

John HP Maley Lectureship
Service Award: Clinical Electrophysiology Section, APTA
Carlin-Michels Achievement Award, Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association
Professional Merit Award, Clinical Electrophysiology and Wound Management
Section, APTA
Service Award: Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association

Peer-Reviewed Publications/Presentations 

Peer Reviewed Publications: 

Unger, P., “A Randomized Clinical Trial of the Effect of HVPC on Wound Healing”,Physical Therapy 71:6(s): S118, 1991.

Unger, P., “A Controlled Study of the Effect of High Voltage Pulsed Current (HVPC) on Wound Healing”, Physical Therapy 71:6(S): S119, 1991.

Unger, P., “Electrical Enhancemnt of Wound Repair”, Physical Therapy Practice, Vol 2:1992.
Unger PG. Low-frequency, noncontact, nonthermal ultrasound therapy: a review of the literature. Ostomy Wound Manage. 2008; 54:57–60

Unger, PG. Meeting Report: MIST Ultrasound Therapy: the Science and Benefits, Wounds UK.2011; 7(1):130-137.

Book Chapters:

Unger, P., Goodman, K., “The Integumentary System”, Pathology: Implications for the Physical Therapist, Chapter 8, WB Saunders, 1998, 2nd Ed. 2002.

Kauffman, Geriatric Rehabilitation, Unger, P., “Wound Management”, Churchill Livingston, Chapter 52, pp. 253-266, 1999.

Physical Therapist’s Clinical Companion, Unger, P., contributor, Wound Care: Managing the healing process, Springhouse, pp. 373-404, 2000.

Lewis, Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, Bajandas, Wound Care and Seating, Unger, P., “Update on High-Voltage Pulsed Current Research and Application”, Aspen Publishers, 16:2/2000, pp. 35-46. Kloth, L., McCulloch, J., Wound Healing: Alternatives in Management, 3rd Ed., Unger, P., “Documentation for Reimbursement”, FA Davis, Chapter 13, 2002.

Krasner, D., Sibbald, G., Rodeheaver, G., Chronic Wound Care: A Clinical Source Book for Healthcare Professionals, 4th Ed, Unger,, P., “ The Role of Physical Therapy in Chronic Wound Care”, HMP Publications, 2007. Kloth, L, McCulloch J. Wound Healing: Alternatives in Wound Management, 4th ED., Unger, P “Documentation and Reimbursement”, FA Davis, Chapter 33, 2010.

Other Publications:

Kyes,”Electrotherapy for Wound Healing”, Rehab Management, Feb, March 1991
Contributors: Schwartz, Enwemka, Kloth, Unger, Feedar.

Unger, “Wound Healing Currents”, Rehab Management, April/May 1992. Brecker, “Fragile: Handle (Skin) With Care”, Advance for Physical Therapy, Sept 1993.
Contributor: Pamela G. Unger

Unger, P., “Electrotherapy and Wound Healing”, Home Health Dealer, July/August 1993.
Unger, P., “Teaming Up; Pressure Ulcer Prevention and Treatment”, ADVANCE for Directors in Rehabilitation, Inc, Merion Publications, Inc., June 1997, Vol 6, No. 6, PP. 17-78.

Cavorsi J., Unger P., Apligraf for the Treatment of Non-Healing Leg Ulcers, Clinical
Electrophysiology Newsletter, March 2000. Submitted to Wounds 11/99.

Unger, P., “Arterial Insufficiency: The Problematic Ischemic Ulceration”, Case Manager’s Journal, October 2001. Unger,P., “Code Breaking”, Physical Therapy Products, Novicom Publications, March/April 2002,pp. 31-34.

Weir, D, Unger, P. Wound Bioburden: Providing Infection Control While Managing Pain, Today’s Wound Clinic, May 2012, pp. 20-25.
Unger, PG. Legislative Update: Will Change to the Medicare Cap Improve Chronic Wound Care, Today’s Wound Clinic, HMP Global, April 2018, pp.12.

Contact Info:
Professor Pamela (Pam) G Unger, PT, CWS
Assistant Professor
ACCE
Phone: (cell) 610-393-6189
610-796-5621
pamela.unger@alvernia.edu

 

Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Alvernia University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. The program's current status is probationary accreditation; for more information see http://www.capteonline.org/WhatWeDo/RecentActions/PublicDisclosureNotices/. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 610-568-1546 or email christopher.wise@alvernia.edu.

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