Thomas R. Hickernell, MD

Expertise in: 
Orthopedic Surgery
Accepting New Patients
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Overview

Areas of Expertise / Conditions Treated

Orthopedic Surgery, Knee Arthritis, Knee Reconstruction, Knee Replacement, Partial Knee Replacement Surgery, Unicondylar Knee Replacement, Total Hip Revision, Hip Replacement, Hip Reconstruction, Anterior Approach Hip Replacement, Revision of Joint Replacement, Reconstructive Joint Surgery, Joint Replacement, Joint Reconstruction Surgery, Adult Hip Arthritis

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at CUMC

Thomas R. Hickernell, MD, is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in hip and knee reconstruction at NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Group Hudson Valley and an assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Dr. Hickernell specializes in advanced operative and non-operative care for hip and knee arthritis, utilizing the latest minimally invasive surgical techniques, including anterior approach hip replacement, custom knee replacements, and complex revision surgeries for failed joint replacements. He also cares for hip, knee, and femur fractures, as well as traumatic injuries to existing joint replacements. Dr. Hickernell utilizes opioid-sparing multimodal pain control and Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) protocols to help speed recovery and reduce post-operative pain.

Dr. Hickernell received his medical degree from from the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and completed his residency at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. He remained at Columbia for a fellowship in adult hip and knee reconstruction in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery.

In addition to his medical practice, Dr. Hickernell is an active medical researcher, with a special focus on studying methods of maintaining pain control while reducing opioid consumption. His research has been published in several medical journals, including the Journal of Arthroplasty and the Journal of Orthopaedic Research. He regularly gives presentations at nationwide medical meetings including the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia

Gender

  • Male

Schedule an Appointment

Phone Appointments

New and Existing Patients:
914-233-3022

Location(s)

Cortland Manor, NY - 1985 Crompond Road Office
1985 Crompond Road
Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567
Primary
Cold Spring, NY- Route 9D Office
1756 Route 9D
Cold Spring, NY 10516

Insurance Accepted

Aetna

  • EPO
  • HMO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • NY Signature
  • NYP Employee Plan
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Signature Administrators
  • Student Health

AgeWell

  • Medicare Managed Care
  • Special Needs Plan

Cigna

  • EPO
  • Great West
  • HMO
  • POS
  • PPO

Emblem/GHI

  • Medicare Managed Care
  • PPO

Emblem/HIP

  • ConnectiCare
  • EPO
  • Essential Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Select Care (Exchange)
  • Vytra

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield

  • Blue Access (Exchange)
  • EPO
  • Gatekeeper (Exchange)
  • HMO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • Pathway (Exchange)
  • POS
  • PPO

Local 1199

  • NYP Employee Plan

MagnaCare

  • MagnaCare

MVP Health Care

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Essential Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid Managed Care

Oxford Health Plans

  • Freedom
  • Liberty
  • Medicare Managed Care

UnitedHealthcare

  • Columbia University Employee Plan
  • Compass (Exchange)
  • HMO
  • Medicaid (Community Plan)
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO

*Please contact the provider’s office directly to verify that your particular insurance is accepted.

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Residency: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center