Senior Scientists at Hospital for Special Surgery Receive Endowed Chairs

New York, NY—October 15, 2002

Hospital for Special Surgery today announced the establishment of the Starr Chair, Benjamin Rosen Chair and the St. Giles Chair for Dr. Adele Boskey, Dr. Mary Crow and Dr. Francesco Ramirez, respectively.

According to Richard L. Menschel, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, “These endowed chairs enable us to recognize and support our distinguished senior scientists in critically important areas of musculoskeletal research while affording them unencumbered sources of income for their scientific research.”

Dr. Francesco Ramirez, Chief Scientific Officer, holds the St. Giles Chair in Pediatric Genetic Research. A recognized leader in the molecular genetics of connective tissue disorders, Dr. Ramirez's career is highlighted by a series of breakthroughs in understanding the genetic causes of these diseases. His laboratory was the first to clone human collagen genes, study their regulation, and describe genetic lesions causing bone fragility in osteogenesis imperfecta, cartilage abnormalities in chondrodysplasia, and vascular, ocular, and skeletal malformations in Marfan's syndrome. Dr. Ramirez's research expertise in the genetics of human connective tissue disorders will serve to accelerate the work being done at HSS to identify the inherited factors involved in the development of musculoskeletal diseases. The Chair was endowed by the St. Giles Foundation, which is committed to helping the handicapped with a special interest in children’s orthopedics.

Dr. Adele Boskey, a preeminent scientist in the field of mineralized tissue research, received the Starr Chair in Mineralized Tissue Research. She has made significant contributions to the understanding of the basic biology of mineralized tissue formation and has pioneered the use of infrared imaging in the analysis of bone tissue, paving the way for groundbreaking interpretation of the pathology of skeletal disorders as well as the most effective treatments for them. The Infrared Imaging Core Laboratory at HSS, created by Dr. Boskey, is in increasing demand by researchers throughout the country. This chair is endowed for $2 Million by The Starr Foundation, which is dedicated to the advancement of medical research.

Dr. Mary Crow, one of the foremost scientists in the area of immunology research, is the holder of the Benjamin Rosen Chair in Immunology and Inflammation Research. Her research activities focus on the definition of the immune system abnormalities that result in systemic autoimmune disease, particularly systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and the design of new targeted treatments for those diseases. Benjamin Rosen, an HSS donor and founder of the Compaq Corporation, endowed this Chair.

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


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