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Thomas Hickernell, MD, Orthopaedic Surgery, Stamford, CT, Greenwich Hospital


Orthopaedic Surgery Stamford, CT

Hip & Knee Reconstructive Surgery

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Yale University, Greenwich Hospital

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  • Dr. Thomas Hickernell is an academic orthopedic surgeon affiliated with Yale University, at Greenwich Hospital. He received his MD from Columbia University where he also completed his orthopedic surgery residency and fellowship training in hip and knee reconstruction. He then served as an Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Columbia before transitioning to Yale and Greenwich Hospital. He specializes in minimally invasive surgery and rapid postoperative recovery protocols.

Education & Training

  • Columbia Orthopedics
    Columbia OrthopedicsHip and Knee Reconstructive Surgery, 2018 - 2019
  • New York Presbyterian Hospital (Columbia Campus)
    New York Presbyterian Hospital (Columbia Campus)Residency, Orthopaedic Surgery, 2013 - 2018
  • Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons
    Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and SurgeonsClass of 2012
  • Union College
    Union CollegeBS, Biochemistry, Magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Union Scholars Program, 2002 - 2006

Certifications & Licensure

  • CT State Medical License
    CT State Medical License 2022 - 2024
  • NY State Medical License
    NY State Medical License 2017 - 2024
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Orthopaedic Surgery

Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • Harrison McLaughlin MD Trauma Resident Award for Excellence in Orthopedic Surgery New York Orthopedic Hospital, CUMC, 2017
  • Man of the Year Nominee, NYC Chapter Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 2013
  • NIH Summer Research Fellow Columbia University, 2009
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Publications & Presentations


Journal Articles

  • Creation of an Online Wiki Improves Post-Operative Surgical Protocol Adherence in Arthroplasty Patients  
    Swart E, Miller D, Hickernell T, Bozic, K, Geller J, Macaulay W, Journal of Arthroplasty, 1/1/2017
  • Decreased Risk of Knee Buckling with Adductor Canal Block Versus Femoral Nerve Block in Total Knee Arthroplasty: a retrospective cohort study  
    Thacher R, Hickernell T, Grosso M, Shah R, Cooper HJ, Maniker R, Brown AR, Geller J, Arthroplasty Today, 1/1/2017
  • Tranexamic acid increases early perioperative functional outcomes after total knee arthroplasty  
    Grosso MJ, Trofa DP, Danoff JR, Hickernell TR, Taylor M, Lakra A, Geller JA, Arthroplasty Today, 1/1/2017
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Books/Book Chapters


  • Evidence-based techniques to decrease risk of surgical site infection and optimize surgical outcomes through surgical incision management
    Cooper HJ, Shah RP, Grosso M, Jang E, Hickernell T, Sonnenfeld J, Lakra A, Murtaugh T, Geller JA, AAOS Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, 1/1/2018
  • Bone Regeneration of Large Segmental Defect using Multi-Structural Scaffold in Canine Tibia
    Oh DS, Hickernell T, Hsu A, Lee FY, Tawfeek H, Kim JM, Choi SH, 60th Annual Meeting of the ORS, New Orleans, LA, 1/15/2014
  • MAPK-Targeted Therapy Improves Survival by Activating 14-3-3E-Mediated Pro-Apoptotic Protein Upregulation and by Inhibiting Doxorubicin-Triggered Anti-Apoptotic Protei...
    Francis Y. Lee, M.D., Kyung Ok Kim, Ph.D., Anny C. Hsu, M.D., Jocelyn Traina Compton, B.S., Thomas Hickernell, M.D., John Michael Caldwell, M.D., Heon Goo Lee , M.S., ..., Asian Pacific Musculoskeletal Tumor Society, Melbourne, Australia, 1/1/2014
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  • Instability after Total Hip Arthroplasty 
  • Surgical approaches to the hip and knee 
  • Converting an IM Nail to a Total Hip Replacement 
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Press Mentions

  • Tom Hickernell'12 Competes for Man of the Year
    Tom Hickernell'12 Competes for Man of the YearMarch 22nd, 2013

Professional Memberships

Other Languages

  • Spanish

Hospital Affiliations