Rheumatology is the specialty of internal medicine that cares for people with rheumatic and inflammatory diseases that affect the joints and connective tissues. Systemic autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, scleroderma, vasculitis and myositis alter the lives of more than 40 million people in the United States.
The physicians in the Division of Rheumatology at HSS are acknowledged as among the best doctors in the world for diagnosing and treating these disorders, and they advance medical knowledge and discovery of new therapies through their research studies and education programs. HSS scientists, rheumatologists and other clinicians work together to identify new targets for therapy and apply their insights to achieve the best outcomes for patients.
The expert rheumatologists from the Department of Medicine at HSS have issued a statement about COVID-19 vaccinations for patients who have a rheumatic disease. It will be continually updated as new information and experience regarding the vaccinations unfold.
The expert rheumatologists at HSS have created a guide to protecting yourself from COVID-19 if you have a rheumatic disease like lupus or rheumatoid arthritis. Right now there is a shortage of some medications for people with rheumatic diseases, but most patients need not worry.
The joint is a complex organ of the body that functions at its best when all of its parts are working well and in unison.