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Journey Toward Discovery

Basic Science Research

Research at HSS is focused on identifying mechanisms underlying musculoskeletal and autoimmune diseases, and discovering and developing effective approaches for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of orthopedic and rheumatic diseases. To build upon and leverage our tradition of excellence, the Research Division has identified priority areas that are aligned with and support the clinical mission of the Hospital: tissue repair, improving surgical outcomes, autoimmunity and inflammation, genomics, and precision medicine. The continued success of the Research Division depends on recruiting and maintaining a critical mass of the world’s leading basic and translational scientists. To meet these goals we must:

  • Recruit new, world-class scientists
  • Retain and reward highly productive existing faculty and ensure their continued development
  • Mentor and promote clinician-scientists and the next generation of scientists
  • Raise additional support for endowment, representing the Hospital’s commitment to research excellence now and in the future

Clinical Research

Investments in clinical research support the evidence-based, “translational” research that connects patient experiences with new treatments. As the largest musculoskeletal hospital in the world, HSS has an obligation to put its evidence base to work to ensure improved patient care and outcomes here and elsewhere. Our clinical research goals are to assess and quantify the effectiveness of our treatment interventions, assess the cost effectiveness of our care, and translate the observations and discoveries of our research programs into innovative and improved approaches for patient care. To meet these goals, we must:

  • Expand and develop institutional patient registries – organized systems designed to collect data that can be utilized to evaluate specified outcomes for a patient population defined by a particular disease, condition, or intervention
  • Expand and enhance outcomes research
  • Recruit new scientists who will work to analyze patient outcomes and compare the effectiveness of treatment alternatives
  • Advance new patient-oriented research projects