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Stephen A. Paget, MD, FACP, FACR

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About Dr. Paget


Dr. Paget was a Rheumatology Fellow and has been a member of the staff of Hospital For Special Surgery since 1975. Dr. Paget was the Physician-in-Chief and Chairman of the Division of Rheumatology at Hospital For Special Surgery and the Joseph P. Routh Professor of Medicine and Rheumatic Disease at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University and the New York Presbyterian Hospital for fifteen years and is now the Physician-in-Chief Emeritus. As Chair, he developed and ran a world-class rheumatology division of 46 physicians, scientists and clinician-scholar educators who were focused on clinical, perioperative and consultative care throughout HSS and the York Avenue institutions, basic, translational and clinical and drug trials research and musculoskeletal education to medical students, residents and fellows.

During his time at the NIH and upon arriving at HSS in 1975, his basic immunologic research focused on defining the immunopathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis. As an Associate Director of an NIH-funded Cornell Multipurpose Arthritis Center, he focused his clinical and translational research on the areas of steroid-induced osteoporosis, systemic vasculitides such as Giant Cell Arteritis, rheumatoid arthritis, joint replacements and hip fractures. Most recently, Dr. Paget was a director of the Mary Kirkland Center for Lupus Research at HSS and on the Board of Directors of the Lupus Clinical Trials Consortium and his investigation was directed at attaining a broader understanding of premature atherosclerosis in autoimmune disorders.

He was a Member of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the Co-Chair of the rheumatology subspecialty Board. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Research and Education Foundation of the American College of Rheumatology and the Chair of its Development Advisory Council. He was recently honored by receiving the American College of Rheumatology’s Master designation and Distinguished Clinical Scholar award. He was a longstanding member of the Board of Trustees of the New York Arthritis Foundation and The Burke Rehabilitation Hospital.

Dr. Paget received his MD degree from Downstate Medical Center, did his residency in Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins and was a Clinical Associate at the National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin diseases. 

Dr. Paget has both national and international recognition as a Master Clinician in a broad range of inflammatory and autoimmune disorders and teaches a weekly course How to Think like a Rheumatologist. As a Clinician-Scholar Educator he has had a significant impact upon rheumatology education and is currently the Director of the HSS Rheumatology Academy of Medical Educators established in 2011. A recent article in the prestigious journal Academic Medicine entitled The Value of Supporting Education Research in the Academic Environment: The Hospital For Special Surgery Academy of Rheumatology Medical Educators (96:1010-1012, 2021) highlighted the 32 medical education grants awarded totaling nearly $1M. Recipients have produced national meeting abstracts, posters, oral presentations and manuscripts and created unique curricula and electronic learning tools for medical students, residents, fellows, faculty and patients. 


Special Expertise

Autoimmune disorders:
Rheumatoid arthritis
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Antiphospholipid syndrome
Sjogren's syndrome
Mixed Connective Tissue disease
Adult-onset Still's disease

Granulomatosis with polyangiitis (Wegener's Granulomatosis)
Churg Strauss Vasculitis
Giant Cell Arteritis/Polymyalgia Rheumatica
Takayasu's arteritis

Psoriatic arthritis
Ankylosing spondylitis
Arthritis associated with Crohn's disease and Ulcerative colitis
Reactive Arthritis/Reiter's syndrome

Osteoarthritis, general and spine

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Physician-in-Chief Emeritus, Hospital for Special Surgery
Stephen A. Paget Rheumatology Leadership Chair


American College of Rheumatology, Fellow


Internal Medicine


HSS Lifetime Achievement Award, 2010
Castle Connolly Top Doctor, 20 Years
Castle Connolly America's Top Doctors, 2002-2020
Castle Connolly Top Doctors in New York Metro Area, 2002-2022
New York Magazine Top Doctors, 2002, 2004-2007, 2021, 2022
Master of the American College of Rheumatology
Distinguished Clinical Scholar, American College of Rheumatology
Wholeness of Life Award


MD, Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York
Clinical Associate, National Institutes of Arthritis, Metabolic and Skin Disease


Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland


Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, New York

State Licensure



For My Patients

Mission Statement:

Welcome to our practice. My staff and I are committed to providing you with the best possible rheumatology care anywhere in the setting of a warm, caring, supportive office environment that is aimed at improving the quality of your life. I will share my over 35 years of medical and rheumatology expertise with you, and we will both work toward developing a close partnership that will keep you as healthy as possible, no matter what your current state of health is.

My main aim is to be available for you for any problems that may arise. To this end, I will give you my email address at the end of your first visit because I believe that it is a superb way to communicate. However, for those of you who do not use email, you can contact me via telephone, facsimile, mail or in person.

Publications by Dr. Paget

Patient Education

Selected Journal Articles

Caution Before Embracing Team Mentoring in Academic Medical Research Training: Recommendations from a Qualitative Study. Mancuso CA, Berman JR, Robbins L, Paget SA. HSS J. 2021 Jul;17(2):158-164. doi: 10.1177/1556331621992069. Epub 2021 Feb 19. PMID: 34421425
The Value of Supporting Education Research in the Academic Environment: The Hospital for Special Surgery Academy of Rheumatology Medical Educators. Berman JR, Aizer J, Tiongson MD, Bass AR, Parrish EJ, Robbins L, Paget SA. Acad Med. 2021 Jul 1;96(7):1010-1012. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000003884. PMID: 33298694
What Mentors Tell Us About Acknowledging Effort and Sustaining Academic Research Mentoring: A Qualitative Study. Mancuso CA, Berman JR, Robbins L, Paget SA. J Contin Educ Health Prof. 2019 Winter;39(1):29-35. doi: 10.1097/CEH.0000000000000234. PMID: 30614956
Imaging of Musculoskeletal Infection. Math KR, Berkowitz JL, Paget SA, Endo Y. Rheum Dis Clin North Am. 2016 Nov;42(4):769-784. doi: 10.1016/j.rdc.2016.07.010. Epub 2016 Sep 7. PMID: 27742026 Review.
Fellow use of medical jargon correlates inversely with patient and observer perceptions of professionalism: results of a rheumatology OSCE (ROSCE) using challenging patient scenarios. Berman JR, Aizer J, Bass AR, Blanco I, Davidson A, Dwyer E, Fields TR, Huang WT, Kang JS, Kerr LD, Krasnokutsky-Samuels S, Lazaro DM, Schwartzman-Morris JS, Paget SA, Pillinger MH. Clin Rheumatol. 2016 Aug;35(8):2093-2099. doi: 10.1007/s10067-015-3113-9. Epub 2015 Nov 20. PMID: 26585177
Clinical, radiographic, and pathologic description of IgG4-related perivasal fibrosis: a previously undescribed etiology of chronic orchialgia. Najari BB, Robinson BD, Paget SA, Paduch DA. Urology. 2014 Oct;84(4):748-50. doi: 10.1016/j.urology.2014.06.035. PMID: 25260440 No abstract available.
Creating an academy of medical educators: how and where to start. Berman JR, Aizer J, Bass AR, Cats-Baril WL, Parrish EJ, Robbins L, Salmon JE, Paget SA. HSS J. 2012 Jul;8(2):165-8. doi: 10.1007/s11420-012-9280-1. Epub 2012 Jun 19.

The role of imaging studies in today's rheumatology. Paget SA. Rheum Dis Clin North Am. 2013 Aug;39(3):xi-xiv. doi: 10.1016/j.rdc.2013.03.001. Epub 2013 Mar 15. No abstract available.

The microbiome, autoimmunity, and arthritis: cause and effect: an historical perspective. Paget SA. Trans Am Clin Climatol Assoc. 2012;123:257-66; discussion 266-7. No abstract available.

Building a rheumatology education academy: insights from assessment of needs during a rheumatology division retreat. Berman JR, Aizer J, Bass AR, Cats-Baril WL, Parrish EJ, Robbins L, Salmon JE, Paget SA. J Rheumatol. 2012 Jun;39(6):1280-6. doi: 10.3899/jrheum.111281. Epub 2012 Apr 15.

The risk of comorbidity. Peterson JC, Paget SA, Lachs MS, Reid MC, Charlson ME. Ann Rheum Dis. 2012 May;71(5):635-7. doi: 10.1136/annrheumdis-2011-200473. Epub 2012 Jan 18. No abstract available.

The New York City Rheumatology Objective Structured Clinical Examination: five-year data demonstrates its validity, usefulness as a unique rating tool, objectivity, and sensitivity to change. Berman JR, Lazaro D, Fields T, Bass AR, Weinstein E, Putterman C, Dwyer E, Krasnokutsky S, Paget SA, Pillinger MH. Arthritis Rheum. 2009 Dec 15;61(12):1686-93. doi: 10.1002/art.24738.

Independent association of rheumatoid arthritis with increased left ventricular mass but not with reduced ejection fraction. Rudominer RL, Roman MJ, Devereux RB, Paget SA, Schwartz JE, Lockshin MD, Crow MK, Sammaritano L, Levine DM, Salmon JE. Arthritis Rheum. 2009 Jan;60(1):22-9. doi: 10.1002/art.24148.

Five-year survival in a cohort of hip fracture patients: the predictive role of pre-fracture health status. Peterson MG, Cornell CN, Paget SA, Allegrante JP. HSS J. 2008 Feb;4(1):43-7. doi: 10.1007/s11420-007-9074-z. Epub 2007 Dec 13.

On the importance of early arthritis centers. Di Martino SJ, Paget SA. HSS J. 2005 Sep;1(1):107-9. doi: 10.1007/s11420-005-0119-x. No abstract available.

Prevalence of major life events among patients and community dwellers. Peterson MG, Allegrante JP, MacKenzie CR, Helfet D, Paget SA, Pangas M. HSS J. 2005 Sep;1(1):52-7. doi: 10.1007/s11420-005-0110-6.

Methodological challenges of multiple-component intervention: lessons learned from a randomized controlled trial of functional recovery after hip fracture. Allegrante JP, Peterson MG, Cornell CN, MacKenzie CR, Robbins L, Horton R, Ganz SB, Ruchlin HS, Russo PW, Paget SA, Charlson ME. HSS J. 2007 Feb;3(1):63-70. doi: 10.1007/s11420-006-9036-x.

Rate and determinants of progression of atherosclerosis in systemic lupus erythematosus. Roman MJ, Crow MK, Lockshin MD, Devereux RB, Paget SA, Sammaritano L, Levine DM, Davis A, Salmon JE. Arthritis Rheum. 2007 Oct;56(10):3412-9.

Systemic lupus erythematosus predicts increased left ventricular mass. Pieretti J, Roman MJ, Devereux RB, Lockshin MD, Crow MK, Paget SA, Schwartz JE, Sammaritano L, Levine DM, Salmon JE. Circulation. 2007 Jul 24;116(4):419-26. Epub 2007 Jul 9.

Guiding optimal therapy with the use of disease activity and functional instruments: lessons from the clinical laboratory. Paget SA. J Rheumatol Suppl. 2007 Jul;79:3-8.

Comparison of energy expenditure from lifestyle physical activities between patients with rheumatoid arthritis and healthy controls. Mancuso CA, Rincon M, Sayles W, Paget SA. Arthritis Rheum. 2007 May 15;57(4):672-8.


Clinical investigation into the pathogenesis and optimal treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, the systemic vasculitides, premature atherosclerosis associated with autoimmune disorders and steroid-induced osteoporosis.

Clinical Trials / Research Studies

Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

HSS has a long history of supporting appropriate relationships with industry because they advance HSS's mission to provide the highest quality patient care, improve patient mobility, and enhance the quality of life for all, and to advance the science of orthopedic surgery, rheumatology, and their related disciplines through research and education.

As of May 11, 2024, Dr. Paget reported no relationships with the healthcare industry.

HSS and its physicians make this information available to patients and the public, thus creating a transparent environment for those who are interested in this information. Further, the HSS Conflicts of Interest and Commitment Policy prohibits physicians from collecting royalties on products they develop that are used on patients at HSS.

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