Hospital for Special Surgery Launches Rheumatology Website

New York, NY—May 1, 2001, just launched by Hospital for Special Surgery on the World Wide Web, is a comprehensive source of rheumatology information for patients and physicians. This free website is a user-friendly venue for learning about the many areas of rheumatology, such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and osteoporosis. State-of-the-art features include timely, streaming video interviews with experts about the latest medical advances in these specialties, continuing medical education opportunities for physicians and links to other valuable resources in Rheumatology for physicians and patients.

The website allows users to register for a variety of services:

  • Information about rheumatic diseases
  • Updates on HSS lectures and seminars for physicians and patients
  • Information about clinical trials at HSS
  • Reviews of late-breaking articles in Rheumatology
  • News about HSS community events
  • Self-Help groups for patients and their families

Regularly updated disease summaries, written in two versions – one for patients and one for physicians, are an important feature of the site. For patients, this will be a way to get the basic information about their condition. For physicians, it will provide the latest information on these various diseases.

“We want this site to become the definitive rheumatology information portal for patients and physicians. People with rheumatoid arthritis, for example, will now have a one-stop site for everything that they need and want to know about their illness. They can access this site regularly to learn about the latest treatments and findings from experts in the field,” said Stephen A. Paget, Physician-in-Chief at Hospital for Special Surgery.

“We are excited about the benefits this site offers patients and physicians alike. Our ability to communicate and educate these constituencies in a timely, dynamic manner about the latest medical advances will markedly change the delivery of medical care here and across the world.”

“We believe that HSS’ physicians and scientists have much to offer to the people affected by these diseases and the physicians treating them. Our Hospital is considered a world leader in rheumatology and this website enables us to accelerate our ability to provide high quality patient care and outstanding programs of education, research and development for the benefit of all,” said John R. Reynolds, CEO.

About Hospital for Special Surgery
Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is the world’s leading academic medical center focused on musculoskeletal health. HSS is nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics and No. 2 in rheumatology by U.S. News & World Report (2016-2017), and is the first hospital in New York State to receive Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center four consecutive times. HSS has one of the lowest infection rates in the country. HSS is an affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College and as such all Hospital for Special Surgery medical staff are faculty of Weill Cornell. 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


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