The HSS Department of Medicine serves our patients by providing expert medical care for non-surgical musculoskeletal, autoimmune and inflammatory conditions, and supports HSS Orthopedic Surgery by providing pre-operative optimization and post-operative medical care for patients ongoing surgical procedures at the hospital.
The department's Rheumatology Division is a well-established national and international leader in the clinical care of patients with some of the most complex of all medical diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, scleroderma, and vasculitis. The Division's researchers have made important contributions to development of novel therapies that are improving patient outcomes.
Education of medical students and physicians-in-training is a high priority of the Division, as demonstrated by our development of the Rheumatology Academy of Medical Educators. Clinical care and academic activities are organized around Centers of Excellence that coordinate medical management, research, and professional and patient education relevant to a specific disease area or rheumatologic diseases of children.
In addition to our rheumatologists, a multidisciplinary faculty, including experts in heart disease, infectious disease, psychiatry, osteoporosis and primary care sports medicine provide comprehensive care to our patients and enrich the collaborative research that is advancing knowledge and improving the lives of patients.
The Department's Perioperative Medicine Division has responded to the extraordinary growth in orthopedic surgery procedures at HSS by establishing a coordinated approach to individualized assessment of surgical patients. Medical conditions that require optimization are identified prior to surgery by our team of internists who collaborate with our surgeon colleagues, cardiologists and anesthesiologists to assure an optimal outcome of surgery.
Together, our rheumatologists, pediatric rheumatologists, internists and other medical specialists are committed to providing the best possible care to our patients, discovering and applying new scientific knowledge that advances healthcare, and training the next generation of clinicians, scientists and future academic leaders.