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Our multidisciplinary team
approach is essential
to obtaining optimal
outcomes for patients.

- Susan Goodman, MD

Integrative Rheumatology and Orthopedics Center

In the US, almost 50% of people over the age of 65 are diagnosed with arthritis.

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:

  • Patient-centric research in medical and surgical care
  • New scientific knowledge to optimize timely patient access and appropriate selection
  • Safer and more efficient protocols to achieve optimal clinical outcome

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.