Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is focused on clinical care and research in musculoskeletal diseases and serves large patient populations through close collaboration among rheumatologists and orthopedists. For patients with rheumatic diseases like inflammatory arthritis, recommendations for orthopedic surgery must be carefully considered and planned.
The Integrative Rheumatology and Orthopedics Center (IROC) seeks to improve the lives of patients with rheumatic diseases undergoing orthopedic surgery through:
The IROC has the potential to understand the circumstances that predict beneficial outcomes of orthopedic surgery procedures, as well as identify factors that may influence poor outcomes and adverse events. These finding can then be applied more broadly to patients with rheumatic diseases that are undergoing orthopedic surgical procedures. Our multidisciplinary approach including rheumatologists, orthopedists, and basic scientists is essential to defining medical, surgical, and biologic characteristics that contribute to optimal outcomes.
The greatest innovation of the Center will derive from the cross-fertilization of ideas leading to novel projects that occurs when orthopedists, rheumatologists, and basic scientists collaborate on clinical questions. The Center will create and support the intellectual environment that leads to innovative projects through ongoing dialogue and discussion.
The close working relationship between orthopedists and rheumatologists at HSS has facilitated the development of unique clinical and translational research opportunities. By establishing this research center our goals are to:
These multidisciplinary efforts will also facilitate translational research that might inform new understanding of disease mechanisms.
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