Leading Rheumatologist Dr. Stephen Paget is Available to Comment on a Recent CDC Study on the Impact of Arthritis in the Workplace

NEW YORK, N.Y.—October 12, 2007 

A recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that 33 percent of U.S. workers with arthritis suffered work limitations in 2003.

"What makes this study so surprising is that people and even doctors have always underestimated the prevalence of arthritis and its profound impact upon people in the prime of their active lives," said Stephen A. Paget, MD, FACP, FACR, physician-in-chief and chairman of the Division of Rheumatology, Hospital for Special Surgery.  "This should be considered a 'call to arms' to spread the word about what common arthritis is and how it can dash the hopes of people with it." 

Dr. Paget adds that, given the expanded life span and enlarging elderly population who want to continue to be productive and mobile people, there is an urgent need for further support for research into the causes of and cures for arthritis.

With the largest group of rheumatologists in the country, HSS is a world leader in the research and treatment of rheumatic disease.

If you would like to speak with Dr. Paget, please contact:

Tracy Hickenbottom
hickenbottomt@hss.edu
212.606.1197

About Hospital for Special Surgery
Founded in 1863, Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is a world leader in orthopedics, rheumatology and rehabilitation. HSS is nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics, No. 3 in rheumatology by U.S. News & World Report (2007), and has received Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. In the 2006 edition of HealthGrades' Hospital Quality in America Study, HSS received five-star ratings for clinical excellence in its specialties. A member of the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System and an affiliate of Weill Medical College of Cornell University, HSS provides orthopedic and rheumatologic patient care at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital at New York Weill Cornell Medical Center. All Hospital for Special Surgery medical staff are on the faculty of Weill Medical College of Cornell University. The hospital's research division is internationally recognized as a leader in the investigation of musculoskeletal and autoimmune diseases. Hospital for Special Surgery is located in New York City and online at www.hss.edu.

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