Ramirez Named Chief Scientific Officer at Hospital for Special Surgery

New York, NY—April 5, 2002

Internationally renowned geneticist Francesco Ramirez, PhD, will join Hospital for Special Surgery as Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) on July 1st. In this new position, Dr. Ramirez will head the Hospital’s basic and clinical research faculty, shape the overall direction of research at HSS, and oversee all aspects of research administration. Dr. Ramirez is currently the Dr. Amy and James Elster Professor of Molecular Biology (Connective Tissue Disorders) at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

In welcoming Dr. Ramirez to HSS, Richard L. Menschel, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, said, “Dr. Ramirez’s extraordinary contributions to medical science, as well as his considerable experience in administering world-class research programs, will be a tremendous asset as we move ahead to strengthen our research mission.”

Born in Palermo, Italy, Dr. Ramirez was educated at the Liceo Classico Garibaldi and the Universitá degli Studi di Palermo, Facoltá di Scienze Biologiche, where he received his PhD in Genetics in 1969. Dr. Ramirez is regarded as a leader in the molecular genetics of human connective tissue disorders, an interest that he has pursued for the past 20 years. His scientific career is highlighted by a series of breakthroughs in understanding the genetic causes of heritable connective tissue disorders.

Dr. Ramirez received the Antoine Marfan Award in 1993 in recognition of his pioneering work on Marfan’s syndrome. In 1996, he was honored by the National Institutes of Health with the MERIT award for Scientific Excellence, a prestigious award that provides long-term research support to outstanding investigators in order to enable them to pursue new and high-risk lines of investigation.

As the nation’s preeminent teaching hospital specializing in musculoskeletal research, HSS attracts the best and brightest young scientific minds to its training and fellowship opportunities in musculoskeletal research. HSS currently has 68 NIH grants.

About Hospital for Special Surgery
Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is the world’s largest 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 www.hss.edu.


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