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Hospital for Special Surgery Honors Stephen A. Paget, M.D. with Lifetime Achievement Award

Host of NBC’s Today Show, Matt Lauer, will serve as toastmaster

New York, NY—June 21, 2010

Internationally recognized Hospital for Special Surgery rheumatologist Stephen A. Paget, M.D., FACP, FACR, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the hospital’s 27th Annual Tribute Dinner at the Waldorf=Astoria, Monday, June 21, 2010. Matt Lauer, co-anchor of NBC News’ Today Show, will serve as toastmaster.

Dr. Paget is physician-in-chief emeritus and medical director for Academic, International and Philanthropic Initiatives. From his early days at HSS beginning as a rheumatology fellow in 1975, he rose to become physician-in-chief, Department of Medicine, and chairman, Division of Rheumatology, at Hospital for Special Surgery, before transitioning to his current role earlier this year. He also served as Joseph P. Routh Professor of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College. As a clinician, educator and clinical investigator, he has had a significant influence upon the field of rheumatology.

“For the past 35 years, Dr. Paget has been an outstanding clinician as well as a role model and leader to his division and fellows,” said Louis A. Shapiro, president and chief executive officer of Hospital for Special Surgery. “We are deeply grateful for his unwavering dedication and service to our hospital and proud to bestow this lifetime achievement award as a way to recognize his passion and commitment to excellence in patient care, education and research.”
Under Dr. Paget’s leadership, the rheumatology staff has grown to be the largest in the nation with a rheumatology fellowship program that is one of the most sought after fellowships in the country. With his vision, programs such as the academic and highly respected Perioperative Center were formed to assure timely and excellent care of HSS patients scheduled for surgery. A hospitalist program has enhanced the cadre of doctors that deliver perioperative care and offers training for physician assistants. In addition, a model infusion unit was developed and expanded, delivering exceptional care in a safe and supportive environment.

With his guiding hand, the hospital’s Kirkland Center for Lupus Research has become a national leader in lupus care and its scientists have received millions of dollars in NIH research grants. From this and membership in the Lupus Clinical Trials Consortium, a Lupus Center was begun delivering multidisciplinary care to thousands of HSS patients with lupus.

Dr. Paget has dedicated his professional career to the care of thousands of patients and to the education of hundreds of residents and fellows. His research is concentrated primarily in the area of systemic lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, the systemic vasculitides and premature atherosclerosis. Dr. Paget has received numerous awards and recognitions, ranging from the Arthritis Foundation Clinical Research Award and the J.J. Smith Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship at New York Hospital to New York Magazine’s “Best Doctors in New York.”

“It has been an honor to guide, through our fellowship training program, the development of academic, research and educational leaders in rheumatology, “ said Dr. Paget. “I look forward to continuing my work at HSS teaching the next generation of doctors and caring for patients in need, which, at the end of the day, has always been the greatest reward for me.”
Dr. Paget received a bachelor of arts degree cum laude from Brooklyn College in 1966 and a doctor of medicine degree from Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1971, graduating summa cum laude. He completed his internal medicine training at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, after which he spent two years as a clinical associate, Arthritis and Rheumatism Branch, National Institute of Arthritis, Metabolic and Digestive Diseases, at the National Institutes of Health. There, he conducted innovative research into the character of immune cells that infiltrate rheumatoid synovial membranes. Soon after, Dr. Paget joined Hospital for Special Surgery as a fellow in Rheumatic Disease in Charles L. Christian’s program. He has remained with the institution ever since.



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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