One must always have respect for the patient and be an outstanding listener as well as performing a thorough exam.

EDUCATION

Undergraduate Degree

BS, Biology
  • Saint Joseph's College , 1980 , West Hartford , CT

Medical School

  • Georgetown University School of Medicine , 1983 , Washington , DC

Residency

Orthopedics
  • Georgetown University Hospital , 1983 , Washington , DC

Residency

Emergency Medicine
  • Norfolk General Hospital , 1985 , Norfolk , VA

Fellowship

Primary Care Sports Medicine
  • Boston Children's Hospital , 1997 , Boston , MA

Philosophy of Care

I was raised to treat others as I would like to be treated, and I try to bring that philosophy to every patient encounter.

I have always had a passion for medicine since I was a young child. I recall always being interested in my pediatrician’s work and asked many questions. In grade school, I was interested in biological sciences and won our science fair project. In college, I worked as an orderly and there became very involved with patient interactive skills. It was then that I realized I really needed to be involved with patient care. I have remained very active in running and exercise as an adult and this has been my major drive in philosophy of care. Exercise is a critical component to most patient interventions.

My interests are varied. I love to run as I have been doing this most days of the week for 38 years. Other endurance events such as triathlons are also of great interest. Collegiate and high school sports and artistic sports of dance, figure skating and gymnastics remain strong areas of attention. Art is another passion. Museums of the world are my constant goal to visit.

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

Pierre A. d'Hemecourt, MD is a sports medicine physician and the director of Medical Sports Medicine in the Sports Medicine Division at Boston Children's Hospital. Dr. d'Hemecourt's clinical interests include ultrasound-guided injections, platelet-rich plasma injections, spinal injuries, concussion management, and distance running injuries.


Dr. d'Hemecourt is the director of the primary care sports medicine fellowship program. Having instructed countless fellows over the past two decades, he has also served as team physician to multiple schools in the Boston area and is involved in many different sporting events throughout Massachusetts. Since 2007, Dr. d'Hemecourt has served as a co-medical chair of the Boston Marathon, which has led to his interest in helping to establish the International Institute of Race Medicine.


Dr. d'Hemecourt is the founder and director of the Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Sports Clinic; founder of the Sports Concussion Clinic, founder of the Running Program, and is well published in the area of spinal injuries sustained by athletes.

CERTIFICATIONS

  • American Board of Emergency Medicine

PUBLICATIONS

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  1. Biernacki JL, Stracciolini A, Griffith KL, D'Hemecourt PA, Owen M, Sugimoto D. Association between coping skills, past injury and hip pain and function in adolescent elite female ballet dancers. Phys Sportsmed. 2018 Jan 18; 1-8. View abstract
  2. Kessous E, Borsinger T, Rahman A, d'Hemecourt PA. Contralateral Spondylolysis and Fracture of the Lumbar Pedicle in a Young Athlete. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2017 Sep 15; 42(18):E1087-E1091. View abstract
  3. Cianci A, Sugimoto D, Stracciolini A, Yen YM, Kocher MS, d'Hemecourt PA. Nonoperative Management of Labral Tears of the Hip in Adolescent Athletes: Description of Sports Participation, Interventions, Comorbidity, and Outcomes. Clin J Sport Med. 2017 Aug 16. View abstract
  4. Fraser JL, Sugimoto D, Beng YM, D'Hemecourt P, Stracciolini A. Bony Morphology of Femoroacetabular Impingement in Young Female Dancers and Single-Sport Athletes. Orthop J Sports Med. 2017 Aug; 5(8):2325967117723108. View abstract
  5. Yao KV, Troyanos C, D'Hemecourt P, Roberts WO. Optimizing Marathon Race Safety Using an Incident Command Post Strategy. Curr Sports Med Rep. 2017 May/Jun; 16(3):144-149. View abstract
  6. Sousa T, Skaggs DL, Chan P, Yamaguchi KT, Borgella J, Lee C, Sawyer J, Moisan A, Flynn JM, Gunderson M, Hresko MT, D'Hemecourt P, Andras LM. Benign Natural History of Spondylolysis in Adolescence With Midterm Follow-Up. Spine Deform. 2017 Mar; 5(2):134-138. View abstract
  7. MacDonald JP, d'Hemecourt PA, Micheli LJ. The Reliability and Validity of a Pediatric Back Outcome Measure. Clin J Sport Med. 2016 Nov; 26(6):490-496. View abstract
  8. Stracciolini A, Yen YM, d'Hemecourt PA, Lewis CL, Sugimoto D. Sex and growth effect on pediatric hip injuries presenting to sports medicine clinic. J Pediatr Orthop B. 2016 Jul; 25(4):315-21. View abstract
  9. Brilliant AN, Sugimoto D, d'Hemecourt CA, d'Hemecourt DA, Morse J, d'Hemecourt PA. Comparison of Running Mechanics in Healthy Runners versus Runners with Bilateral Compartment Syndrome: 2190 Board #342 June 2, 2: 00 PM - 3: 30 PM. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2016 May; 48(5 Suppl 1):620-1. View abstract
  10. Kurgansky KE, Rodriguez ST, Kralj MS, Mooney JJ, Dinakar P, d'Hemecourt PA, Hedequist DJ, Proctor MR, Berde CB. Epidural Steroid Injections for Radiculopathy and/or Back Pain in Children and Adolescents: A Retrospective Cohort Study With a Prospective Follow-Up. Reg Anesth Pain Med. 2016 Jan-Feb; 41(1):86-92. View abstract
  11. Min PK, Park J, Isaacs S, Taylor BA, Thompson PD, Troyanos C, D'Hemecourt P, Dyer S, Chan SY, Baggish AL. Influence of statins on distinct circulating microRNAs during prolonged aerobic exercise. J Appl Physiol (1985). 2016 Mar 15; 120(6):711-20. View abstract
  12. Cheuvront SN, Caruso EM, Heavens KR, Karis AJ, Santee WR, Troyanos C, D'Hemecourt P. Effect of WBGT Index Measurement Location on Heat Stress Category Classification. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2015 Sep; 47(9):1958-64. View abstract
  13. Kriz PK, Zurakowski D, Almquist JL, Reynolds J, Ruggieri D, Collins CL, d'Hemecourt PA, Comstock RD. Eye Protection and Risk of Eye Injuries in High School Field Hockey. Pediatrics. 2015 Sep; 136(3):521-7. View abstract
  14. Zilinski JL, Contursi ME, Isaacs SK, Deluca JR, Lewis GD, Weiner RB, Hutter AM, d'Hemecourt PA, Troyanos C, Dyer KS, Baggish AL. Myocardial adaptations to recreational marathon training among middle-aged men. Circ Cardiovasc Imaging. 2015 Feb; 8(2):e002487. View abstract
  15. Ashish N, Bamman MM, Cerny FJ, Cooper DM, D'Hemecourt P, Eisenmann JC, Ericson D, Fahey J, Falk B, Gabriel D, Kahn MG, Kemper HC, Leu SY, Liem RI, McMurray R, Nixon PA, Olin JT, Pianosi PT, Purucker M, Radom-Aizik S, Taylor A. The clinical translation gap in child health exercise research: a call for disruptive innovation. Clin Transl Sci. 2015 Feb; 8(1):67-76. View abstract
  16. Eijsvogels TM, Januzzi JL, Taylor BA, Isaacs SK, D'Hemecourt P, Zaleski A, Dyer S, Troyanos C, Weiner RB, Thompson PD, Baggish AL. Impact of statin use on exercise-induced cardiac troponin elevations. Am J Cardiol. 2014 Aug 15; 114(4):624-8. View abstract
  17. d'Hemecourt PA. ACSM clinician profile. Curr Sports Med Rep. 2014 Mar-Apr; 13(2):65. View abstract
  18. Taylor BA, Zaleski AL, Capizzi JA, Ballard KD, Troyanos C, Baggish AL, D'Hemecourt PA, Dada MR, Thompson PD. Influence of chronic exercise on carotid atherosclerosis in marathon runners. BMJ Open. 2014 Feb 14; 4(2):e004498. View abstract
  19. Baggish AL, Park J, Min PK, Isaacs S, Parker BA, Thompson PD, Troyanos C, D'Hemecourt P, Dyer S, Thiel M, Hale A, Chan SY. Rapid upregulation and clearance of distinct circulating microRNAs after prolonged aerobic exercise. J Appl Physiol (1985). 2014 Mar 01; 116(5):522-31. View abstract
  20. Stein CJ, Tyson KD, Johnson VM, Popoli DM, d'Hemecourt PA, Micheli LJ. Injuries in Irish dance. J Dance Med Sci. 2013 Dec; 17(4):159-64. View abstract
  21. Spencer HT, Sokol LO, Glotzbecker MP, Grant FD, d'Hemecourt PA, Micheli LJ, Treves ST. Detection of pars injury by SPECT in patients younger than age 10 with low back pain. J Pediatr Orthop. 2013 Jun; 33(4):383-8. View abstract
  22. Zaleski A, Capizzi J, Ballard KD, Troyanos C, Baggish A, D'Hemecourt P, Thompson PD, Parker B. Statins Attenuate the Increase in P-Selectin Produced by Prolonged Exercise. J Sports Med (Hindawi Publ Corp). 2013; 2013:487567. View abstract
  23. Biddinger PD, Baggish A, Harrington L, d'Hemecourt P, Hooley J, Jones J, Kue R, Troyanos C, Dyer KS. Be prepared--the Boston Marathon and mass-casualty events. N Engl J Med. 2013 May 23; 368(21):1958-60. View abstract
  24. Kriz PK, Comstock RD, Zurakowski D, Almquist JL, Collins CL, d'Hemecourt PA. Effectiveness of protective eyewear in reducing eye injuries among high school field hockey players. Pediatrics. 2012 Dec; 130(6):1069-75. View abstract
  25. d'Hemecourt PA, Hresko MT. Spinal deformity in young athletes. Clin Sports Med. 2012 Jul; 31(3):441-51. View abstract
  26. d'Hemecourt PA, Zurakowski D, d'Hemecourt CA, Curtis C, Ugrinow V, Deriu L, Micheli LJ. Validation of a new instrument for evaluating low back pain in the young athlete. Clin J Sport Med. 2012 May; 22(3):244-8. View abstract
  27. d'Hemecourt PA, Luke A. Sport-specific biomechanics of spinal injuries in aesthetic athletes (dancers, gymnasts, and figure skaters). Clin Sports Med. 2012 Jul; 31(3):397-408. View abstract
  28. Micheli LJ, d'Hemecourt PA. The explosion in organized sports has resulted in a concomitant increase in sports injuries. Introduction. Clin Sports Med. 2012 Jul; 31(3):xv-xvi. View abstract
  29. Parker BA, Augeri AL, Capizzi JA, Ballard KD, Kupchak BR, Volek JS, Troyanos C, Kriz P, D'Hemecourt P, Thompson PD. Effect of marathon run and air travel on pre- and post-run soluble d-dimer, microparticle procoagulant activity, and p-selectin levels. Am J Cardiol. 2012 May 15; 109(10):1521-5. View abstract
  30. Kim JH, Malhotra R, Chiampas G, d'Hemecourt P, Troyanos C, Cianca J, Smith RN, Wang TJ, Roberts WO, Thompson PD, Baggish AL. Cardiac arrest during long-distance running races. N Engl J Med. 2012 Jan 12; 366(2):130-40. View abstract
  31. Meehan WP, d'Hemecourt P, Collins CL, Taylor AM, Comstock RD. Computerized neurocognitive testing for the management of sport-related concussions. Pediatrics. 2012 Jan; 129(1):38-44. View abstract
  32. Young WK, d'Hemecourt PA. Back pain in adolescent athletes. Phys Sportsmed. 2011 Nov; 39(4):80-9. View abstract
  33. Parker BA, Augeri AL, Capizzi JA, Ballard KD, Troyanos C, Baggish AL, D'Hemecourt PA, Thompson PD. Effect of statins on creatine kinase levels before and after a marathon run. Am J Cardiol. 2012 Jan 15; 109(2):282-7. View abstract
  34. Meehan WP, d'Hemecourt P, Collins CL, Comstock RD. Assessment and management of sport-related concussions in United States high schools. Am J Sports Med. 2011 Nov; 39(11):2304-10. View abstract
  35. Luke A, Lazaro RM, Bergeron MF, Keyser L, Benjamin H, Brenner J, d'Hemecourt P, Grady M, Philpott J, Smith A. Sports-related injuries in youth athletes: is overscheduling a risk factor? Clin J Sport Med. 2011 Jul; 21(4):307-14. View abstract
  36. Parker B, Augeri A, Capizzi J, Troyanos C, Kriz P, D'Hemecourt P, Thompson P. Effect of air travel on exercise-induced coagulatory and fibrinolytic activation in marathon runners. Clin J Sport Med. 2011 Mar; 21(2):126-30. View abstract
  37. d'Hemecourt P. Subacute symptoms of sports-related concussion: outpatient management and return to play. Clin Sports Med. 2011 Jan; 30(1):63-72, viii. View abstract
  38. Meehan WP, d'Hemecourt P, Comstock RD. High school concussions in the 2008-2009 academic year: mechanism, symptoms, and management. Am J Sports Med. 2010 Dec; 38(12):2405-9. View abstract
  39. d'Hemecourt P. Overuse injuries in the young athlete. Acta Paediatr. 2009 Nov; 98(11):1727-8. View abstract
  40. Siegel AJ, d'Hemecourt P, Adner MM, Shirey T, Brown JL, Lewandrowski KB. Exertional dysnatremia in collapsed marathon runners: a critical role for point-of-care testing to guide appropriate therapy. Am J Clin Pathol. 2009 Sep; 132(3):336-40. View abstract
  41. O'Brien M, Curtis C, D'Hemecourt P, Proctor M. Case report: a case of persistent back pain and constipation in a 5-year-old boy. Phys Sportsmed. 2009 Apr; 37(1):133-7. View abstract
  42. Ohaegbulam CO, Dunn IF, d'Hemecourt P, Proctor MR. Lumbar epidural hematoma associated with spondylolyses. J Neurosurg Spine. 2008 Feb; 8(2):174-80. View abstract
  43. Proctor Mark, Ohaegbulam Chima,d'Hemecourt Pierre, Dunn Ian. Lumbar epidural hematoma associated with spondylolyses: a report of 3 cases. Journal of Neurosurgery. 2007. View abstract
  44. MacDonald J, D'Hemecourt P. Back pain in the adolescent athlete. Pediatr Ann. 2007 Nov; 36(11):703-12. View abstract
  45. Pierre d'Hemecourt and Jessica Flynn Deede. Cervical and Thoracic Spine Injuries. The Adolescent Athlete: A Practical Approach by Lyle J. Micheli (Editor), Laura Purcell (Editor) . 2007; 80-108. View abstract
  46. Hamish Kerr M.B.Ch.B., M.Sc., Christine Curtis B.S., Pierre d’Hemecourt M.D., FACSM. Thoracoabdominal Injuries in Adolescents. In: The Adolescent Athlete: A Practical Approach by Lyle J. Micheli (Editor), Laura Purcell (Editor). 2007. View abstract
  47. Luke A, d'Hemecourt P. Prevention of infectious diseases in athletes. Clin Sports Med. 2007 Jul; 26(3):321-44. View abstract
  48. KE Ackerman, C Curtis, P d’Hemecourt, LJ Micheli. Effects of Electrical Stimulator Use in Addition to Boston Bracing for Spondylolysis Healing in Athletes. . Annual Meeting of ACSM. 2007. View abstract
  49. Author Modern Weng Preauthor Bryan Callaghan Editor Ashley Davidoff Editor Pierre d’Hemecourt . Back Pain - Imaging Srategies - Introduction. 2007. View abstract
  50. Curtis C, d'Hemecourt P. Diagnosis and management of back pain in adolescents. Adolesc Med State Art Rev. 2007 May; 18(1):140-64, x. View abstract
  51. Christine Curtis Pierre d'Hemecourt. Diagnosis and Management of Back Pain in Adolescents. Adolescent Medicine: State of the Art Reviews (AM:STARS) Donald Greydanus and Dilip Patel. 2007; 18(Number 1):140-164. View abstract
  52. Luke AC, D'Hemecourt PA. Prevention of infectious diseases in athletes. . In: Best T, Borchers J (eds) Clin Sports Med. 2007; 345(Elsevier). View abstract
  53. Andrea Stracciolini, MD, William P. Meehan III, Pierre A. d’hemecourt, MD, FACEP. Sports Rehabilitation of the Injured Athlete. Clinical Pediatric Emergency Medicine. 2007; 8(1):43-53. View abstract
  54. Francis G. O’Connor, MD, MPH,Pierre A. d'Hemecourt, MD and Melissa Nebzydoski, DO. Spondylolysis in the Young Athlete: Diagnosis and Management . The Sports Medicine Resource Manual edited by Peter H. Seidenberg, MD and Anthony Beutler, MD. 2007. View abstract
  55. Pierre A. d'Hemecourt. Mid and Low Back Pain. Clinical Sports Medicine: Medical and Rehabilitation Aspects: Edited by: Frontera W, Micheli L, Herring S and Silver J. 2007; 377-392. View abstract
  56. Gian Corrado and Pierre d'Hemecourt. THIGH INJURY MANAGEMENT AND REHABILITATION. Clinical Sports Medicine: Medical and Rehabilitation Aspects: Edited by: Frontera W, Micheli L, Herring S and Silver J. 2007. View abstract
  57. Pierre d'Hemecourt, Anthony Luke, Andrea Stracciolini. Child and Adolescent Knee:Primary Care Perspective. The Pediatric and Adolescent Knee Lyle J. Micheli and Mininder Kocher. 2006; 76-90. View abstract
  58. Gerbino PG, Griffin ED, d'Hemecourt PA, Kim T, Kocher MS, Zurakowski D, Micheli LJ. Patellofemoral pain syndrome: evaluation of location and intensity of pain. Clin J Pain. 2006 Feb; 22(2):154-9. View abstract
  59. Pierre d'Hemecourt. Technical Note: Medial Collateral Ligament Sprain: Rehabilitation Program. The Pediatric and Adolescent Knee Lyle J. Micheli and Mininder Kocher. 2006; 382. View abstract
  60. Ryan Friedberg, Christine Curtis, Lyle Micheli, Pierre d'Hemecourt. Spondylolysis: Using electrical stimulation as a modality for the treatment of adolescent athletes with spondylolysis. Poster presentation at the American College of Sports Medicine 2005 Annual meeting. 2005. View abstract
  61. Mychelle Shegog MD, Christine Curtis, Lyle J Micheli MD, FACSM, Pierre d’Hemecourt MD . Spondylolysis in Athletes: Evaluation of the Treatment Protocol of Division of Sports Medicine, Children’s Hospital Boston. Poster Session at the Annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine, 2005. 2005. View abstract
  62. Anthony C Luke, MD,MPH; Susan A Kinney, PT; Pierre A.d'Hemecourt, MD; Jessica Baum, MSPT,MM; Michael Owen; Lyle J. Micheli, MD. Determinants of Injuries in Young Dancers. Preventing Dance Injuries Ruth Solomon John Solomon Sandra Cerny Minton. 2005; 3-17. View abstract
  63. d'Hemecourt PA, Donahue M, Curtis C, Micheli L. Active Patients Turn Spondylolysis Care into Sports Medicine. Biomechanics. 2004; 11(10):55-58. View abstract
  64. Lyle J Micheli, MD Serena J Young, MD Pierre A d'Hemecourt, MD. Lumbar Spine Injuries. Orthopedic Knowledge Update Editor James G Garrick, MD. 2004; 19-27. View abstract
  65. Connolly LP, d'Hemecourt PA, Connolly SA, Drubach LA, Micheli LJ, Treves ST. Skeletal scintigraphy of young patients with low-back pain and a lumbosacral transitional vertebra. J Nucl Med. 2003 Jun; 44(6):909-14. View abstract
  66. d'Hemecourt PA, Zurakowski D, Kriemler S, Micheli LJ. Spondylolysis: returning the athlete to sports participation with brace treatment. Orthopedics. 2002 Jun; 25(6):653-7. View abstract
  67. Gerbino PG, d'Hemecourt PA. Does football cause an increase in degenerative disease of the lumbar spine? Curr Sports Med Rep. 2002 Feb; 1(1):47-51. View abstract
  68. Gerbino PG, d'Hemecourt PA. Does Football Cause an Increase in Degenerative Disease of the Lumbar Spine?. Current Sports Medicine Reports, Current Science, Philadelphia, PA. 2002; 1(1):47-51. View abstract
  69. d'Hemecourt PA, Micheli LJ, Gerbino P. Spinal Injuries in Female Athletes. Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy Review. 2002; 10:91-97. View abstract
  70. Luke AC, Kinney SA, d'Hemecourt PA, Baum J, Owen M, Micheli LJ,. Determinants of Injuries in young dancers. Medical Problems of Performing Artists Philadelphia, Hanley and Belfus. 2002; 17:105-112. View abstract
  71. d'Hemecourt P. Assistance in the palm of your hand. Portable technology can free physicians from billing and coding chains. Healthc Inform. 2001 Jun; 18(6):102-3. View abstract
  72. Drubach LA, Connolly LP, D'Hemecourt PA, Treves ST. Assessment of the clinical significance of asymptomatic lower extremity uptake abnormality in young athletes. J Nucl Med. 2001 Feb; 42(2):209-12. View abstract
  73. d'Hemecourt PA, Micheli LJ, Gustafson C. Rehabilitation of Low Back Pain. Puddu G, Giombini A, Selvanetti A. 2001. View abstract
  74. d'Hemecourt PA, Gerbino PG, Micheli LJ. Back injuries in the young athlete. Clin Sports Med. 2000 Oct; 19(4):663-79. View abstract
  75. d'Hemecourt PA, Smiell JM, Hugill JV, Prigoff MM. The Effect of Topically Applied Sodium Carboxymethyl Cellulose Gel on Non Healing Lower Extremity Ulcers in Patients with Diabetes. Wounds. 1998. View abstract
  76. d'Hemecourt PA, Smeill JM, Hugill JV, Prigoff MM. The Effect of Topically Applied Sodium Carboxymethyl Cellulose Gel on Non Healing Lower Extremity Ulcers in Patients with Diabetes. Wounds. 1998. View abstract
  77. Micheli LJ and d'Hemecourt PA. Spine and Chest Wall. Current Review of Sports Medicine, Johnson JJ and Lombardo J. 1998. View abstract
  78. d'Hemecourt PA and Micheli LJ. Sports Injuries in the Child and Adolescent. Sports and Children, Chan KM, Micheli LJ. 1998. View abstract
  79. Kriemler S, d'Hemecourt P, Zurakowski D, Micheli L. Results of Brace Treatment in Young Athletes with Spondyloslysis. American College of Sports Medicine, Orlando, FL. 1998. View abstract
  80. d'Hemecourt PA, Smiell JM, Hugill JV, Prigoff MM. The Effect of Topically Applied Sodium Carboxymethyl Cellulose Gel on Non Healing Lower Extremity Ulcers in Patients with Diabetes. The European Tissue Repair Society, Cologne, Germany and The American College of Surgeons, Chicago, IL. 1997. View abstract
  81. d'Hemecourt PA and Micheli LJ. Acute and Chronic Adolescent Thoracolumbar Injuries. Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy Review. 1997; (5):164-171. View abstract
  82. d'Hemecourt PA and Micheli LJ. Acute and Chronic Adolescent Thoracolumbar Injuries. Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy Review. 1997; 5:164-171. View abstract