Rheumatic diseases affect women two to four times more often than men. The Barbara Volcker Center for Women and Rheumatic Diseases alleviates that suffering by providing patients with immediate, clinical care to improve the day-to-day quality of their lives and by conducting significant research to find the causes and cures of rheumatic diseases.
The first center of its kind in the United States, the Barbara Volcker Center was established by a gift in honor of Barbara Volcker. The center brings together scientists, rheumatologists, orthopedists, endocrinologists and obstetrician/gynecologists under one umbrella. Women with conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, antiphospholipid syndrome, and scleroderma, are able to get the best medical care by a team of appropriate advisors. Issues such as mobility challenges, chronic pain, pregnancy, and osteoporosis are addressed. And, as is uniquely true at HSS, doctors, who see patients daily, work side-by-side with scientists, who in their laboratories seek ways to improve women's lives now and find a long-term cure.