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Hospital for Special Surgery to Host Symposium on the Surgical, Genetic and Medical Management of Skeletal Dysplasias (e.g., abnormal bone growth)

NEW YORK, N.Y.—March 12, 2007


DATE: Friday, March 16, 2007
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
PLACE: Hospital for Special Surgery
Richard L. Menschel Education Center - 2nd Floor
535 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021 
EXPERTS: Co-chairing the symposium will be:
Cathleen L. Raggio, M.D., Assistant Attending Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon, Co-Director, the Kathryn and Alan C. Greenberg Center for Skeletal Dysplasias, Hospital for Special Surgery
Jessica G. Davis, M.D., Associate Attending Pediatrician (Genetics), Co-Director, the Kathryn and Alan C. Greenberg Center for Skeletal Dysplasias, Hospital for Special Surgery
Keynote Lecture:
Victor A. McKusick, M.D., University Professor of Medical Genetics, Department of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University
Dr. McKusick is a physician-scientist widely acknowledged as the father of genetic medicine. 

Skeletal dysplasia is an umbrella term for a group of more than 200 genetic conditions that are characterized by differences in the size and shape of the limbs, trunk, and/or skull, all of which can impact stature.

Although individually rare, collectively there are a significant number of individuals with the various dysplasias. It is estimated that 14,000 to 27,000 babies in the United States are born each year with some form of skeletal dysplasia.  Specialized treatment is available in a limited number of centers across the country.
Skeletal dysplasias, including dwarfism, are frequently associated with a range of orthopedic problems. These may include joint dislocation and scoliosis, an abnormal curvature of the spine. Other health concerns may include respiratory, neurological, otolaryngologic, rheumatologic, gastroenterologic, endocrine, and/or cardiac issues.  In addition, a range of psychosocial challenges can develop and require assessment and care.
Some patients may not need surgery immediately but will eventually as they age and joints wear out. Others are too old for surgery.  Fundamentally, dysplasias are complex. They require multidisciplinary management targeted for the needs of the individual and/or family.

"Health-care professionals working with children and adults need to understand the radiological, clinical and genetic classification and diagnosis of skeletal dysplasias," said Dr. Cathleen L. Raggio. "They also need to understand what services are available for individuals with skeletal dysplasia over the course of their lifespan.  This program will educate professionals on the holistic multidisciplinary care of both patients and their families."
The Kathryn O. and Alan C. Greenberg Center for Skeletal Dysplasias at Hospital for Special Surgery has developed a new treatment model that provides centralized care so patients do not have to travel from specialist to specialist to receive care. Instead, it offers patients one location with a continuum of clinical services that include genetic evaluation, diagnosis, and counseling; orthopedic screening and treatment; psychosocial assessment; and referrals for specialty medical services.
The care is coordinated so that patients can see all of their physicians on one day and in one place, minimizing the burden of scheduling and traveling to multiple medical appointments.
The Center's staff has developed multifaceted educational programs about skeletal dysplasias for individuals with these disorders and their families, physicians, residents, fellows, social workers, nurses, therapists, and the public at large. 

"An Overview of Skeletal Dysplasias: Surgical, Genetic and Medical Management" will include presentations on:

  • Genetic Diagnostic and Molecular Testing
  • Cartilage and Bone
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Neurology Examination
  • CT and MRI imaging
  • Metabolic Bone and Endocrinology
  • Limb Lengthening and Deformity Correction
  • Spine and Joint Evaluation, Management and Treatment
  • Exercise and Wellness: Fitness
  • Psychosocial Assessment and Support
  • Nutrition and Dietary Assessment


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. 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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