• 560 Citations
  • 13 h-Index

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Personal profile

Research interests

Dr. Lucas Nikkel's research interest is in hip and knee arthroplasty outcomes; surgical implant design; economics of hip and knee arthroplasty; and hip fracture outcomes.

Teaching and educational interests

Dr. Lucas Nikkel is a former eighth-grade science teacher with Teach For America. His focus now is on teaching residents in the operating room at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

Clinical interests

Dr. Lucas Nikkel is a hip and knee expert and also takes level one trauma call. He sees any pathology related to the hip and knee, including fracture care, reconstruction and revision.

Education/Academic qualification

Fellowship, Duke University Medical Center


Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, Residency, University of Rochester


MD, Penn State College of Medicine


Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship, Columbia University


BA, Dartmouth College


External positions

Reviewer, Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

2019 → …

Reviewer, Arthroplasty Today

2018 → …

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Research Output

  • 560 Citations
  • 13 h-Index
  • 17 Article
  • 1 Comment/debate
  • 1 Editorial

Mortality rates of humerus fractures in the elderly: Does surgical treatment matter?

Lander, S. T., Mahmood, B., Maceroli, M. A., Byrd, J., Elfar, J. C., Ketz, J. P. & Nikkel, L. E., 2019, In : Journal of orthopaedic trauma. 33, 7, p. 361-365 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Scopus citations

    Hospitalizations for fracture in patients with metastatic disease: Primary source lesions in the United States

    Nikkel, L. E., Mahmood, B., Lander, S., Maceroli, M., Fox, E. J., Tyler, W., Karbach, L. & Elfar, J. C., Feb 2018, In : Journal of Community and Supportive Oncology. 16, 1, p. e14-e20

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Scopus citations

    Moving Beyond Hip Fracture Risk Assessment for Patients on Dialysis

    Nikkel, L. E., Nov 2018, In : Kidney International Reports. 3, 6, p. 1253-1254 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

    Open Access

    Spine trabecular bone score as an indicator of bone microarchitecture at the peripheral skeleton in kidney transplant recipients

    Luckman, M., Hans, D., Cortez, N., Nishiyama, K. K., Agarawal, S., Zhang, C., Nikkel, L., Iyer, S., Fusaro, M., Guo, E. X., McMahon, D. J., Shane, E. & Nickolas, T. L., Jan 1 2017, In : Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. 12, 4, p. 644-652 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 19 Scopus citations

    Total Hip Arthroplasty for Femoral Neck Fractures: Improved Outcomes with Higher Hospital Volumes

    Maceroli, M., Nikkel, L. E., Mahmood, B., Ketz, J. P., Qiu, X., Ciminelli, J., Messing, S. & Elfar, J. C., Nov 1 2016, In : Journal of orthopaedic trauma. 30, 11, p. 597-604 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 11 Scopus citations