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Stephen A. Paget, MD, FACP, FACR


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


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

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 31, 2023, 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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