New York City—December 1, 2010
“Through this new Center, Hospital for Special Surgery will report on the effectiveness of orthopaedic and rheumatology treatments, so physicians, government agencies, medical device and drug companies, health insurance companies and, most importantly, patients have the facts they need to make the best informed health care decisions,” said President and CEO Louis A. Shapiro.
One of the initial activities of the Center’s researchers will be to lead the development of an International Consortium of Orthopedic Registries, as a result of a contract awarded by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Through HSS leadership, the international consortium will work toward creating a registry network to provide a worldwide view of orthopedic patient outcomes and to compare differences among treatment options.
Hospital for Special Surgery, along with Kaiser Permanente, is working with the FDA to plan the first meeting of the consortium for the spring of 2011. Scientists from more than a dozen U.S. and international registries will be among the 40 attendees.
“This is the first international network of orthopedic device registries that will help us better understand the safety and effectiveness of orthopedic devices in a real-world setting,” said project co-leader Danica Marinac-Dabic, M.D., Ph.D., director of the FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health’s Division of Epidemiology. Art Sedrakyan, M.D., Ph.D., project co-leader and director of the Comparative Effectiveness Program at HSS and Weill Cornell Medical College, added that the consortium will serve as a model for other medical device registries.
Hospital for Special Surgery currently maintains more than 30 research registries for conditions ranging from anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries to lupus to rheumatoid arthritis. The HSS total joint replacement registry, for example, contains data from more than 20,000 patients.
“HSS surgeons perform more knee replacements and hip surgeries than any other hospital in the world,” said Surgeon-in-Chief Thomas P. Sculco, M.D. “Through these registries, clinicians and researchers collect more than demographic and clinical information. They also gather patient reports about outcomes after surgery, such as satisfaction with treatment, quality of life and return to activities.”
The mission of the Center is to incorporate rigorous research investigation into the delivery of orthopedic and rheumatology patient care and the outcomes of that care. This research will result in the publication of peer-reviewed health reports discussing the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of bone, joint, muscle and autoimmune disorders.
“The Center will provide the resources and environment within which basic, clinical, translational and health researchers can collaborate in identifying treatments, clinical pathways and quality measures that can lead to significant improvements in musculoskeletal health,” said Chief Scientific Officer Steven R. Goldring, M.D.
Experts in biostatistics, epidemiology, health policy, comparative effectiveness and quality research from Special Surgery’s Research Division will play significant roles in the Center. These researchers have previously been awarded a Challenge Grant from the National Institutes of Health as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and funding through the Centers for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERT) program of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
HSS scientists will also continue to expand their partnerships with researchers at other government, commercial and academic institutions, such as the Department of Public Health at Weill Cornell Medical College.
For more information about the Center, visit www.hss.edu/outcomes.
About HSS | Hospital for Special Surgery
HSS is the world’s leading academic medical center focused on musculoskeletal health. At its core is Hospital for Special Surgery, nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics (for the eighth consecutive year) and No. 3 in rheumatology by U.S. News & World Report (2017-2018). Founded in 1863, the Hospital has one of the lowest infection rates in the country and was the first in New York State to receive Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center four consecutive times. An affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College, HSS has a main campus in New York City and facilities in New Jersey, Connecticut and in the Long Island and Westchester County regions of New York State. In 2017 HSS provided care to 135,000 patients from 80 countries and performed more than 32,000 surgical procedures. In addition to patient care, HSS leads the field in research, innovation and education. The HSS Research Institute comprises 20 laboratories and 300 staff members focused on leading the advancement of musculoskeletal health through prevention of degeneration, tissue repair and tissue regeneration. The HSS Innovation Institute was formed in 2015 to realize the potential of new drugs, therapeutics and devices; the global standard total knee replacement was developed at HSS in 1969, and in 2017 HSS made 130 invention submissions (more than 2x the submissions in 2015). The HSS Education Institute provides continuing medical curriculum to more than 22,000 subscribing musculoskeletal healthcare professionals in 125 countries. Through HSS Global, the institution is collaborating with medical centers worldwide to advance the quality and value of care and to make world-class HSS care more accessible to more people.