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Dr. Tom Hickernell, Adult Hip & Knee Reconstruction Fellow, Interviewed in Healio

January 2, 2019

Columbia Orthopedics Adult Hip & Knee Reconstruction Fellow Thomas R. Hickernell, MD, was interviewed in Healio about his contributions to the published study Journal of Arthroplasty “Cannabinoids may reduce pain, opioid consumption after Total Hip and Knee Arthroplasty?” The study was co-authored by hip and knee reconstruction providers H. John Cooper, MD; Chief of the Division of Hip and Knee Reconstruction Jeffrey A. Geller, MD; and Roshan P. Shah, MD. Dr. Hickernell recounted the purpose of the study and the results. From the interview:

“There is a growing body of anecdotal and circumstantial evidence that cannabinoids, or compounds derived from cannabis plants, may be mitigating the harmful effects of the opioid epidemic in states with medical or recreational cannabis laws on their books,” Thomas R. Hickernell, MD, co-author of the study, told Healio.com/Orthopedics. “We sought to investigate whether dronabinol, an FDA-approved, synthetic [tetrahydrocannabinol] THC in pill form, might decrease patients’ need for opioids for pain control after total hip or total knee replacement.”

Read more from the interview here.

Dr. Hickernell completed his orthopedic surgery residency at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center and graduated from medical school at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons.

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