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.
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Mixed Connective Tissue disease
Adult-onset Still's disease
Granulomatosis with polyangiitis (Wegener's Granulomatosis)
Churg Strauss Vasculitis
Giant Cell Arteritis/Polymyalgia Rheumatica
Arthritis associated with Crohn's disease and Ulcerative colitis
Reactive Arthritis/Reiter's syndrome
Osteoarthritis, general and spine
If your insurance is not listed, please call our office if you have questions regarding your insurance coverage. If you have out-of-network benefits, then your insurance may reimburse you for a portion of your office visit. We will work with you and your insurance to minimize your out-of-pocket costs. Financial assistance may be available for patients in need.
Physician-in-Chief Emeritus, Hospital for Special Surgery
Stephen A. Paget Rheumatology Leadership Chair
American College of Rheumatology, Fellow
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
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.
Please be prepared for your appointment by completing the New Patient Forms (1-5 found below); we ask that you please bring them with you to the appointment filled out and completed. This preparation is necessary so that you can give me the best, most comprehensive, cumulative and up-to-date information about your overall health and your current rheumatologic problem. The better my appreciation of who you are, what your problem is, and how it has affected your life, the better I will be able to help you.
While most doctors are thorough in their discussions with you, it is always a good idea to come prepared for the appointment. You are encouraged to write questions specifically tailored to your concerns prior to arriving at your first appointment. The more in-depth the reporting of your questions, concerns and worries, the better we will be able to find the right answers and bring you back to full health. There is never too much information.
Because your time is as important as mine, we should both run on time. To help improve your experience, we try very hard to run our Practice on schedule. We are unable to do this if you are late. Help us to help you by arriving to your appointment with plenty of time to check in with the receptionist. A nurse will call for you once you’ve checked in to have your vital signs taken before bringing you in to meet with Dr. Paget.
Needed medical records should be requested 7-10 business days prior to the needed date.
Please call the office directly at 212.606.1845 to make an appointment and register. New patient appointments are one hour long and booked in advance. Follow-up visits usually last 15-20 minutes or longer if necessary. Our phone lines are answered by an answering-service from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Kindly leave a detailed message and the call will be returned.
If you are unable to attend your appointment which you have booked, please call and cancel within 24 hours so that the appointment can be offered to someone else. Persistent failure to attend the appointments that are booked and excessively cancelled will lead us to consider whether we can continue to reschedule your appointment.
Ms. Monica Lighty – Office Manager
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.
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.