Pierre d'Hemecourt, MD

Pierre A. d'Hemecourt, MD

Sports Medicine Physician; Director of Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship; Director of Sports Medicine Ultrasound Program; Director of Runners Clinic; Lecturer in Orthopedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School

Co-medical Director, Boston Marathon

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

Medical Services

Specialties

  • Concussion Management
  • Dance Medicine
  • Ultrasound Injection Therapy

Departments

  • Orthopedic Center
  • Orthopedic Surgery

Languages

  • English

Programs

  • Sports Medicine
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Pierre d'Hemecourt, MD

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.

Experience and Education

Education

Doctorate of Medicine

Georgetown University School of Medicine,

Washington, DC

Orthopedics

Georgetown University Hospital, 1981-1982

Undergraduate School, Bachelor of Science in Biology

Saint Joseph's College, 1976-1980

West Hartford, CT

Emergency Medicine

Norfolk General Hospital, 1983-1985

Norfolk, VA

General Surgery

Georgetown University Hospital, 1980-1981

Primary Care Sports Medicine

Division of Sports Medicine, 1996-1997

Boston, MA

Certifications

  • Emergency Medicine

  • Sports Medicine

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.

Publications

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. d'Hemecourt PA. ACSM clinician profile. Curr Sports Med Rep. 2014 Mar-Apr; 13(2):65.
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  12. 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 1; 116(5):522-31.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. d'Hemecourt PA, Hresko MT. Spinal deformity in young athletes. Clin Sports Med. 2012 Jul; 31(3):441-51.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. Young WK, d'Hemecourt PA. Back pain in adolescent athletes. Phys Sportsmed. 2011 Nov; 39(4):80-9.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. d'Hemecourt P. Overuse injuries in the young athlete. Acta Paediatr. 2009 Nov; 98(11):1727-8.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. Ohaegbulam CO, Dunn IF, d'Hemecourt P, Proctor MR. Lumbar epidural hematoma associated with spondylolyses. J Neurosurg Spine. 2008 Feb; 8(2):174-80.
  35. Proctor Mark, Ohaegbulam Chima,d'Hemecourt Pierre, Dunn Ian. Lumbar epidural hematoma associated with spondylolyses: a report of 3 cases. Journal of Neurosurgery. 2007.
  36. MacDonald J, D'Hemecourt P. Back pain in the adolescent athlete. Pediatr Ann. 2007 Nov; 36(11):703-12.
  37. 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.
  38. 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.
  39. Luke A, d'Hemecourt P. Prevention of infectious diseases in athletes. Clin Sports Med. 2007 Jul; 26(3):321-44.
  40. 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.
  41. Author Modern Weng Preauthor Bryan Callaghan Editor Ashley Davidoff Editor Pierre d’Hemecourt . Back Pain - Imaging Srategies - Introduction. 2007.
  42. 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.
  43. 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.
  44. Luke AC, D'Hemecourt PA. Prevention of infectious diseases in athletes. . In: Best T, Borchers J (eds) Clin Sports Med. 2007; 345(Elsevier).
  45. 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.
  46. 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.
  47. 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.
  48. 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.
  49. 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.
  50. 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.
  51. Pierre d'Hemecourt. Technical Note: Medial Collateral Ligament Sprain: Rehabilitation Program. The Pediatric and Adolescent Knee Lyle J. Micheli and Mininder Kocher. 2006; 382.
  52. 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.
  53. 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.
  54. 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.
  55. d'Hemecourt PA, Donahue M, Curtis C, Micheli L. Active Patients Turn Spondylolysis Care into Sports Medicine. Biomechanics. 2004; 11(10):55-58.
  56. 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.
  57. 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.
  58. 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.
  59. 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.
  60. d'Hemecourt PA, Micheli LJ, Gerbino P. Spinal Injuries in Female Athletes. Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy Review. 2002; 10:91-97.
  61. 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.
  62. 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.
  63. d'Hemecourt PA, Micheli LJ, Gustafson C. Rehabilitation of Low Back Pain. Puddu G, Giombini A, Selvanetti A. 2001.
  64. d'Hemecourt PA, Gerbino PG, Micheli LJ. Back injuries in the young athlete. Clin Sports Med. 2000 Oct; 19(4):663-79.
  65. 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.
  66. 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.
  67. Micheli LJ and d'Hemecourt PA. Spine and Chest Wall. Current Review of Sports Medicine, Johnson JJ and Lombardo J. 1998.
  68. d'Hemecourt PA and Micheli LJ. Sports Injuries in the Child and Adolescent. Sports and Children, Chan KM, Micheli LJ. 1998.
  69. 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.
  70. 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.
  71. d'Hemecourt PA and Micheli LJ. Acute and Chronic Adolescent Thoracolumbar Injuries. Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy Review. 1997; (5):164-171.
  72. d'Hemecourt PA and Micheli LJ. Acute and Chronic Adolescent Thoracolumbar Injuries. Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy Review. 1997; 5:164-171.
  73. 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.
  74. 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.
  75. 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.
  76. 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.
  77. 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.
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