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HSS presents studies at 2016 ACR Annual Meeting

New York, NY

At this year’s American College of Rheumatology (ACR) Annual Meeting, Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) presented several studies on leading research in rheumatology. Some 2016 studies include:

Study: Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients Who Smoke or Are Overweight See Less Symptom Improvement with Treatment

  • Vivian P. Bykerk, BSc, MD, FRCPC, rheumatologist at HSS, presented a study that found that smoking or being overweight makes it more difficult for patients with rheumatoid arthritis to achieve optimal control of inflammation and symptoms despite receiving standard of care treatment. Read the full press release here.

Treating Rheumatic Disease: It's Important to Address Range of Emotions That Patients – and Doctors – Experience

  • Members of the HSS Department of Social Work Programs including Adena Batterman, LCSW, Joan Westreich, LCSW-R, and Jillian Rose, LCSW, MPH, presented on the impact of living with a rheumatic illness, the role of patients’ culture and socioeconomic conditions and the psychological effect on clinicians who treat chronic conditions on a daily basis. Read the full press release here.

Survey Finds Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Their Doctors Not Always on the Same Page

  • Allan Gibofsky, MD, rheumatologist at HSS, presented a survey that found that most doctors believe more patient involvement in decision-making would improve RA management. Read the full press release here.

Study Shows Bilingual Lupus Support and Education Program Has Positive Impact

  • Members of the HSS Department of Social Work Programs including Melissa Flores, MPH, LMSW, presented a study that indicates that support programs such as Charla de Lupus (Lupus Chat)® are beneficial to those with lupus. Read the full press release here.

Effect of Rheumatoid Arthritis Flares on Pain and Function at One Year Following Major Joint Replacement

  • Susan M. Goodman, MD, rheumatologist at HSS, presented a study that reports that RA flares following joint replacement may not actually worsen patient pain and functioning one year out. Read the full press release here.

Belimumab with Background Mycophenolate Shows Potential in Early, Diffuse Systemic Sclerosis


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 ninth consecutive year) and No. 3 in rheumatology by U.S.News & World Report (2018-2019). 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. The global standard total knee replacement was developed at HSS in 1969. 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 and performed more than 32,000 surgical procedures. People from all 50 U.S. states and 80 countries travelled to receive care at HSS. 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 Global Innovation Institute was formed in 2016 to realize the potential of new drugs, therapeutics and devices. The culture of innovation is accelerating at HSS as 130 new idea submissions were made to the Global Innovation Institute in 2017 (almost 3x the submissions in 2015). The HSS Education Institute is the world’s leading provider of education on the topic on musculoskeletal health, with its online learning platform offering more than 600 courses to more than 21,000 medical professional members worldwide. Through HSS Global Ventures, the institution is collaborating with medical centers and other organizations to advance the quality and value of musculoskeletal care and to make world-class HSS care more widely accessible nationally and internationally.


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