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


Undergraduate Degree

BS, Biology
  • Saint Joseph's College , 1976 , West Hartford , CT

Medical School

  • Georgetown University School of Medicine , 1980 , Washington , DC


General Surgery
  • Georgetown University Hospital , 1981 , Washington , DC


  • Georgetown University Hospital , 1983 , Washington , DC


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


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 wanted to care for people as a physician since I was a young child. My interests are varied. I love to run as I have been doing this most days of the week for 43 years. 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. 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.


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 Medical Sports Medicine Fellowship program. Having instructed countless fellows over the past two decades, he is also the head team physician for NWHL Boston Pride as well 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. Dr. d'Hemecourt also serves as clinical professor at Northeastern University’s Bouvé College of Health Sciences Physician Assistant program.


  • American Board of Emergency Medicine
  • American Board of Emergency Medicine, Sports Medicine
  • Alliance for Physician Certification & Advancement, Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Certification
  • Massachusetts Board of Registered Nursing
  • World Institute of Pain, Interventional Pain Sonologist Certification


Publications powered by Harvard Catalyst Profiles

  1. Qualitative Assessment of a Medical Protocols Mobile Application at the Boston Marathon 2016. Clin J Sport Med. 2021 Jan; 31(1):e8-e14. View abstract
  2. Youth running consensus statement: minimising risk of injury and illness in youth runners. Br J Sports Med. 2021 Mar; 55(6):305-318. View abstract
  3. Ultrasound Alpha Angles and Hip Pain and Function in Female Elite Adolescent Ballet Dancers. J Dance Med Sci. 2020 Sep 15; 24(3):99-104. View abstract
  4. Running Propensities of Athletes with Hamstring Injuries. Sports (Basel). 2019 Sep 12; 7(9). View abstract
  5. Can Dynamic Ultrasonography of the Hip Reliably Assess Anterior Femoral Head Translation? Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2019 05; 477(5):1086-1098. View abstract
  6. Diagnostic Accuracy of Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Computed Tomography Scan in Young Athletes With Spondylolysis. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2019 06; 58(6):671-676. View abstract
  7. Medical encounters (including injury and illness) at mass community-based endurance sports events: an international consensus statement on definitions and methods of data recording and reporting. Br J Sports Med. 2019 Sep; 53(17):1048-1055. View abstract
  8. Youth Distance Running: Strategies for Training and Injury Reduction. Curr Sports Med Rep. 2019 Feb; 18(2):53-59. View abstract
  9. Nonoperative Management of Labral Tears of the Hip in Adolescent Athletes: Description of Sports Participation, Interventions, Comorbidity, and Outcomes. Clin J Sport Med. 2019 01; 29(1):24-28. View abstract
  10. Ischial Tuberosity Avulsion Fracture in a Young Female Ballet Dancer. J Dance Med Sci. 2018 Dec 01; 22(4):233-237. View abstract
  11. The Young Injured Gymnast: A Literature Review and Discussion. Curr Sports Med Rep. 2018 Nov; 17(11):366-375. View abstract
  12. Short-term Effect of Ultrasound-Guided Iliopsoas Peritendinous Corticosteroid Injection. J Ultrasound Med. 2019 Jun; 38(6):1527-1536. View abstract
  13. Ultrasound examination and patellar tendinopathy scores in asymptomatic college jumpers. Phys Sportsmed. 2018 11; 46(4):477-484. View abstract
  14. Running mechanics of females with bilateral compartment syndrome. J Phys Ther Sci. 2018 Aug; 30(8):1056-1062. View abstract
  15. Association between coping skills, past injury and hip pain and function in adolescent elite female ballet dancers. Phys Sportsmed. 2018 09; 46(3):385-392. View abstract
  16. Benign Natural History of Spondylolysis in Adolescence With Midterm Follow-Up. Spine Deform. 2017 Mar; 5(2):134-138. View abstract
  17. 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
  18. Bony Morphology of Femoroacetabular Impingement in Young Female Dancers and Single-Sport Athletes. Orthop J Sports Med. 2017 08; 5(8):2325967117723108. View abstract
  19. Optimizing Marathon Race Safety Using an Incident Command Post Strategy. Curr Sports Med Rep. 2017 May/Jun; 16(3):144-149. View abstract
  20. Benign Natural History of Spondylolysis in Adolescence With Midterm Follow-Up. Spine Deform. 2017 03; 5(2):134-138. View abstract
  21. The Reliability and Validity of a Pediatric Back Outcome Measure. Clin J Sport Med. 2016 Nov; 26(6):490-496. View abstract
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. Influence of statins on distinct circulating microRNAs during prolonged aerobic exercise. J Appl Physiol (1985). 2016 Mar 15; 120(6):711-20. View abstract
  26. Effect of WBGT Index Measurement Location on Heat Stress Category Classification. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2015 Sep; 47(9):1958-64. View abstract
  27. Eye Protection and Risk of Eye Injuries in High School Field Hockey. Pediatrics. 2015 Sep; 136(3):521-7. View abstract
  28. Myocardial adaptations to recreational marathon training among middle-aged men. Circ Cardiovasc Imaging. 2015 Feb; 8(2):e002487. View abstract
  29. 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
  30. Impact of statin use on exercise-induced cardiac troponin elevations. Am J Cardiol. 2014 Aug 15; 114(4):624-8. View abstract
  31. ACSM clinician profile. Curr Sports Med Rep. 2014 Mar-Apr; 13(2):65. View abstract
  32. Influence of chronic exercise on carotid atherosclerosis in marathon runners. BMJ Open. 2014 Feb 14; 4(2):e004498. View abstract
  33. 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
  34. Injuries in Irish dance. J Dance Med Sci. 2013 Dec; 17(4):159-64. View abstract
  35. 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
  36. Statins Attenuate the Increase in P-Selectin Produced by Prolonged Exercise. J Sports Med (Hindawi Publ Corp). 2013; 2013:487567. View abstract
  37. Be prepared--the Boston Marathon and mass-casualty events. N Engl J Med. 2013 May 23; 368(21):1958-60. View abstract
  38. Effectiveness of protective eyewear in reducing eye injuries among high school field hockey players. Pediatrics. 2012 Dec; 130(6):1069-75. View abstract
  39. Spinal deformity in young athletes. Clin Sports Med. 2012 Jul; 31(3):441-51. View abstract
  40. 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
  41. 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
  42. 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
  43. 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
  44. Cardiac arrest during long-distance running races. N Engl J Med. 2012 Jan 12; 366(2):130-40. View abstract
  45. Computerized neurocognitive testing for the management of sport-related concussions. Pediatrics. 2012 Jan; 129(1):38-44. View abstract
  46. Back pain in adolescent athletes. Phys Sportsmed. 2011 Nov; 39(4):80-9. View abstract
  47. 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
  48. Assessment and management of sport-related concussions in United States high schools. Am J Sports Med. 2011 Nov; 39(11):2304-10. View abstract
  49. Sports-related injuries in youth athletes: is overscheduling a risk factor? Clin J Sport Med. 2011 Jul; 21(4):307-14. View abstract
  50. 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
  51. Subacute symptoms of sports-related concussion: outpatient management and return to play. Clin Sports Med. 2011 Jan; 30(1):63-72, viii. View abstract
  52. 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
  53. Overuse injuries in the young athlete. Acta Paediatr. 2009 Nov; 98(11):1727-8. View abstract
  54. 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
  55. 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
  56. Lumbar epidural hematoma associated with spondylolyses. J Neurosurg Spine. 2008 Feb; 8(2):174-80. View abstract
  57. Lumbar epidural hematoma associated with spondylolyses: a report of 3 cases. Journal of Neurosurgery. 2007. View abstract
  58. Back pain in the adolescent athlete. Pediatr Ann. 2007 Nov; 36(11):703-12. View abstract
  59. Cervical and Thoracic Spine Injuries. The Adolescent Athlete: A Practical Approach by Lyle J. Micheli (Editor), Laura Purcell (Editor) . 2007; 80-108. View abstract
  60. Thoracoabdominal Injuries in Adolescents. In: The Adolescent Athlete: A Practical Approach by Lyle J. Micheli (Editor), Laura Purcell (Editor). 2007. View abstract
  61. Prevention of infectious diseases in athletes. Clin Sports Med. 2007 Jul; 26(3):321-44. View abstract
  62. Effects of Electrical Stimulator Use in Addition to Boston Bracing for Spondylolysis Healing in Athletes. . Annual Meeting of ACSM. 2007. View abstract
  63. Back Pain - Imaging Srategies - Introduction. 2007. View abstract
  64. Diagnosis and management of back pain in adolescents. Adolesc Med State Art Rev. 2007 May; 18(1):140-64, x. View abstract
  65. 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
  66. Prevention of infectious diseases in athletes. . In: Best T, Borchers J (eds) Clin Sports Med. 2007; 345(Elsevier). View abstract
  67. Sports Rehabilitation of the Injured Athlete. Clinical Pediatric Emergency Medicine. 2007; 8(1):43-53. View abstract
  68. 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
  69. 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
  70. 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
  71. Child and Adolescent Knee:Primary Care Perspective. The Pediatric and Adolescent Knee Lyle J. Micheli and Mininder Kocher. 2006; 76-90. View abstract
  72. Patellofemoral pain syndrome: evaluation of location and intensity of pain. Clin J Pain. 2006 Feb; 22(2):154-9. View abstract
  73. Technical Note: Medial Collateral Ligament Sprain: Rehabilitation Program. The Pediatric and Adolescent Knee Lyle J. Micheli and Mininder Kocher. 2006; 382. View abstract
  74. 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
  75. 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
  76. Determinants of Injuries in Young Dancers. Preventing Dance Injuries Ruth Solomon John Solomon Sandra Cerny Minton. 2005; 3-17. View abstract
  77. Active Patients Turn Spondylolysis Care into Sports Medicine. Biomechanics. 2004; 11(10):55-58. View abstract
  78. Lumbar Spine Injuries. Orthopedic Knowledge Update Editor James G Garrick, MD. 2004; 19-27. View abstract
  79. 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
  80. Spondylolysis: returning the athlete to sports participation with brace treatment. Orthopedics. 2002 Jun; 25(6):653-7. View abstract
  81. Does football cause an increase in degenerative disease of the lumbar spine? Curr Sports Med Rep. 2002 Feb; 1(1):47-51. View abstract
  82. 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
  83. Spinal Injuries in Female Athletes. Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy Review. 2002; 10:91-97. View abstract
  84. Determinants of Injuries in young dancers. Medical Problems of Performing Artists Philadelphia, Hanley and Belfus. 2002; 17:105-112. View abstract
  85. 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
  86. 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
  87. Rehabilitation of Low Back Pain. Puddu G, Giombini A, Selvanetti A. 2001. View abstract
  88. Back injuries in the young athlete. Clin Sports Med. 2000 Oct; 19(4):663-79. View abstract
  89. The Effect of Topically Applied Sodium Carboxymethyl Cellulose Gel on Non Healing Lower Extremity Ulcers in Patients with Diabetes. Wounds. 1998. View abstract
  90. The Effect of Topically Applied Sodium Carboxymethyl Cellulose Gel on Non Healing Lower Extremity Ulcers in Patients with Diabetes. Wounds. 1998. View abstract
  91. Spine and Chest Wall. Current Review of Sports Medicine, Johnson JJ and Lombardo J. 1998. View abstract
  92. Sports Injuries in the Child and Adolescent. Sports and Children, Chan KM, Micheli LJ. 1998. View abstract
  93. Results of Brace Treatment in Young Athletes with Spondyloslysis. American College of Sports Medicine, Orlando, FL. 1998. View abstract
  94. 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
  95. Acute and Chronic Adolescent Thoracolumbar Injuries. Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy Review. 1997; (5):164-171. View abstract
  96. Acute and Chronic Adolescent Thoracolumbar Injuries. Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy Review. 1997; 5:164-171. View abstract