Jonathan F. Dickens, MD


Jon Dickens, MD

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Dr. Dickens is a sports medicine-trained orthopaedic surgeon interested in advancing the field of athlete and patient care through a combination of expert clinical/surgical treatment and high-end translational research. In his military career, he served as the Chief of Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Service at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC), Vice-Chair of Surgery at Uniformed Services University, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon to the White House Medical Unit, and President of the United States, and Professor of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS). Beyond his clinical practice, his current research at DSSI and the VA focuses on optimizing the clinical outcomes following the surgical treatment of cartilage, tendon and ligament injuries to the knee and shoulder. This includes a multicenter, prospective randomized clinical trial where he serves as the co-PI to determine the optimal surgical approach for the management of multiligamentous knee injuries as well as another trial evaluating the surgical treatment of shoulder instability with bone loss.

Publications from the 2020-2021 Academic Year 

·Richards CRN, Joel C, Dickens JF. Review of a Role 2 in Afghanistan: Understanding the Data on Medical and Surgical Volumes in a Deployed SettingMil Med. 2021 May 3;186(5-6):e599-e605.

·Christensen DL, Elsenbeck MJ, Wolfe JA, Nickel WN, Roach W, Waltz RA, Dickens JF, LeClere LE. Risk Factors for Failure of Nonoperative Treatment of Posterior Shoulder Labral Tears on Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Mil Med. 2020 Sep 18;185(9-10):e1556-e1561. doi: 10.1093/milmed/usaa122.

·Wolfe JA, Elsenbeck M, Nappo K, Christensen D, Waltz R, LeClere L, Dickens JF. Effect of Posterior Glenoid Bone Loss and Retroversion on Arthroscopic Posterior Glenohumeral Stabilization. Am J Sports Med. 2020 Sep;48(11):2621-2627. doi: 10.1177/0363546520946101. Epub 2020 Aug 19.

·Lynch TB, Patzkowski JC, Swan ER, Roach CJ, Schmitz MR, Dickens JF, Sheean AJ. Current Practice Patterns in Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction Among Fellowship-Trained Military Orthopaedic Surgeons. Arthrosc Sports Med Rehabil. 2020 Oct 14;2(5):e523-e529. doi: 10.1016/j.asmr.2020.06.003. eCollection 2020 Oct.

·Mauntel TC, Tenan MS, Freedman BA, Potter BK, Provencher MT, Tokish JM, Lee IE, Rhon DI, Bailey JR, Burns TC, Cameron KL, Grenier ES, Haley CA, Leclere LE, McDonald LS, Owens BD, Pallis MP, Posner MA, Rivera JC, Roach CJ, Robins RJ, Schmitz MR, Sheean AJ, Slabaugh MA, Volk WR, Dickens JF. The Military Orthopedics Tracking Injuries and Outcomes Network: A Solution for Improving Musculoskeletal Care in the Military Health System. Mil Med. 2020 Nov 26:usaa304. doi: 10.1093/milmed/usaa304. Online ahead of print.

·Tokish JM, Thigpen CA, Kissenberth MJ, Tolan SJ, Lonergan KT, Tokish JM Jr, Dickens JF, Hawkins RJ, Shanley E. The Nonoperative Instability Severity Index Score (NISIS): A Simple Tool to Guide Operative Versus Nonoperative Treatment of the Unstable Shoulder. Sports Health. 2020 Nov/Dec;12(6):598-602. doi: 10.1177/1941738120925738. Epub 2020 Jul 1.

·Isaacson B, Miranda M, Hager N, Wagner L, West S, Lucio W, Heller J, Dalgarno R, Dickens JF, Schoomaker E, Pasquina P. Standardizing Postoperative Rehabilitation Protocols for the Tri-Service: A Consensus Meeting Hosted by the Musculoskeletal Injury Rehabilitation Research for Operational Readiness Organization. Mil Med. 2020 Dec 30;185(11-12):480-483. doi: 10.1093/milmed/usaa207.

·Yow BG, Dickens JF. In-Season Management of Anterior Shoulder Instability. Sports Med Arthrosc Rev. 2020 Dec;28(4):132-139. doi: 10.1097/JSA.0000000000000285.

· Aman ZS, Dickens JF, Dekker TJ. Meniscal Repair Techniques for Middle- and Posterior-Third TearsArthroscopy. 2021 Mar;37(3):792-794. doi: 10.1016/j.arthro.2021.01.003. Epub 2021 Jan 14.

·Giordano NA, Kent M, Buckenmaier CC 3rd, Mauntel TC, Dickens JF, Millington M, Highland KB. A Longitudinal Comparison of Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System to Legacy Scales in Knee and Shoulder Arthroscopy Patients.  Arthroscopy. 2021 Jan;37(1):185-194.e2. doi: 10.1016/j.arthro.2020.07.026. Epub 2020 Jul 25

·Tenan MS, Galvin JW, Mauntel TC, Tokish JM; MOTION Collaborative, Bailey JR, Barlow BT, Bevevino AJ, Bradley MW, Cameron KL, Burns TC, Eckel TT, Garcia EJ, Giuliani JR, Haley CA, Hurvitz AP, Janney CF, Kilcoyne KG, Lanzi JT, LeClere LE, McDonald LS, Min KS, Nesti LJ, Pallis M, Patzkowski JC, Posner MA, Potter BK, Provencher MA, Rhon DI, Roach CJ, Robins RJ, Ryan PM, Schmitz MR, Schuett DJ, Sheean AJ, Slabaugh MA, Smith JL, Volk WR, Waltz RA, Dickens JF. Generating the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Score Using Multivariable Predictive Models and Computer Adaptive Testing to Reduce Survey BurdenAm J Sports Med. 2021 Mar;49(3):764-772. doi: 10.1177/0363546520987240. Epub 2021 Feb 1.

·Sheean AJ, Dickens JF, Provencher MT. Extremity War Injury Symposium XV: Sports and Readiness Symposium Summary. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2021 Feb 15. doi: 10.5435/JAAOS-D-20-00930. Online ahead of print.

·Anderson AB, Braswell MJ, Pisano AJ, Watson NI, Dickens JF, Helgeson MD, Brooks DI, Wagner SC. Factors Associated With Progression to Surgical Intervention for Lumbar Disc Herniation in the Military Health System. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2021 Mar 15;46(6):E392-E397. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0000000000003815.

·Anderson AB, Balazs GC, Grazal CF, Potter BK, Dickens JF, Forsberg JA. Reply to the Letter to the Editor: Can Predictive Modeling Tools Identify Patients at High Risk of Prolonged Opioid Use after ACL Reconstruction? Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2021 Mar 1;479(3):636-638. doi: 10.1097/CORR.0000000000001632.

·Dekker TJ, Aman ZS, DePhillipo NN, Dickens JF, Anz AW, LaPrade RF. Chondral Lesions of the Knee: An Evidence-Based Approach. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2021 Apr 7;103(7):629-645. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.20.01161.PMID: 33470591 Review

·Tennent DJ, Slaven SE, Slabaugh MA, Cameron KL, Posner MA, Owens BD, LeClere LE, Rue JH, Tokish JM, Dickens JF. Recurrent Instability and Surgery Are Common After Nonoperative Treatment of Posterior Glenohumeral Instability in NCAA Division I FBS Football Players. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2021 Apr 1;479(4):694-700. doi: 10.1097/CORR.0000000000001471.

·Anderson AB, Grazal CF, Tintle SM, Potter BK, Forsberg JA, Dickens JF. Utilization of the Department of Defense Peer-Reviewed Orthopaedic Research Program (PRORP): Combating Musculoskeletal Disease With PRORP. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2021 May 14. doi: 10.5435/JAAOS-D-20-00259. Online ahead of print.

·Richards CRN, Joel C, Dickens JF. Review of a Role 2 in Afghanistan: Understanding the Data on Medical and Surgical Volumes in a Deployed Setting. Mil Med. 2021 May 3;186(5-6):e599-e605. doi: 10.1093/milmed/usaa472.PMID: 33206967 Review.

·Fredericks DR, Slaven SE, McCarthy CF, Dingle ME, Brooks DI, Steelman TJ, Donohue MA, Griffin DW, Giuliani JR, Dickens JF. Incidence and Risk Factors of Acute Patellar Tendon Rupture, Repair Failure, and Return to Activity in the Active-Duty Military Population. Am J Sports Med. 2021 Sep;49(11):2916-2923. doi: 10.1177/03635465211026963. Epub 2021 Jul 27.

·Fernicola, Jacob Tannehill I, Tucker CJ, Robert Volk W, Dickens JF. The Pericapsular Nerve Group Block for Perioperative Pain Management for Hip Arthroscopy.  Arthrosc Tech. 2021 Jul 22;10(7):e1799-e1803. doi: 10.1016/j.eats.2021.03.029. eCollection 2021 Jul.

·Anderson AB, Gaston J, LeClere LE, Dickens JF. Meniscal Salvage: Where We Are Today. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2021 Jul 15;29(14):596-603. doi: 10.5435/JAAOS-D-20-00915.

·Anderson AB, Tenan MS, Dickens JF. Latent Factor Analysis of the PROMIS and Single Assessment Numeric Evaluation in Patients Undergoing Shoulder Surgery. Mil Med. 2021 Aug 4:usab327. doi: 10.1093/milmed/usab327. Online ahead of print.

·Anderson AB, Balazs GC, Brooks DI, Dickens JF, Potter BK. Total Joint Arthroplasty Volume in the Military Health System. Mil Med. 2020 Aug 14;185(7-8):e1051-e1056. doi: 10.1093/milmed/usz401.

·Rodkey DL, Dickens JF, Tintle S. Femoral Neck Over-Resection After Hip Arthroscopy Treated with Vascularized Fibula Autograft: A Case Report. JBJS Case Connect. 2021 Sep 2;11(3). doi: 10.2106/JBJS.CC.21.00203.PMID: 34473659.

·Bedrin MD, Kartalias K, Yow BG, Dickens JF. Degenerative Joint Disease After Meniscectomy. Sports Med Arthrosc Rev. 2021 Sep 1;29(3):e44-e50. doi: 10.1097/JSA.0000000000000301. PMID: 34398123 Review

·Tenan MS, Simon JE, Robins RJ, Lee I, Sheean AJ, Dickens JF. Anchored Minimal Clinically Important Difference Metrics: Considerations for Bias and Regression to the Mean. J Athl Train. 2021 Sep 1;56(9):1042-1049. doi: 10.4085/1062-6050-0368.20.