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Department of Social Work Programs

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About Us

Hospital for Special Surgery’s Department of Social Work Programs is an integral part of our health care team. Living with arthritis or an orthopedic concern can affect you and your family’s emotional, social, and practical well-being. You may want support to cope with a new diagnosis, clarify treatment options, or help to locate community resources. Whatever your concerns, we’re here to provide you with outstanding care.

Please be aware that, for purposes of social distancing, our program schedules and formats may have changed. Be sure to call the coordinator of the program in advance for further information or if you have any questions.


The Department of Social Work Programs offers more support and education programs in its areas of specialty than any other hospital in the United States.

  • Learn about the availability of our dedicated staff to see how we can best meet your individual needs. We have professional social workers, graduate school interns, program associates, and specially trained volunteers on-site, and in the community.
  • Call our support and education program leaders, and national telephone peer support lines.
  • If you are unable to attend our groups in person, access our program summaries and videos online.
  • To address your questions and concerns about lupus, read our award-winning educational publications, available in .pdf format in English, Spanish, and Chinese, or email charla@hss.edu for copies.

Our Mission

The mission of Hospital for Special Surgery’s Department of Social Work Programs is to support, empower, and enhance the quality of life for people with rheumatologic and orthopedic conditions, and their loved ones. Our model programs specifically seek to provide needed resources and reduce barriers to access in culturally diverse communities.

We reach these goals through a strategic, comprehensive, and innovative approach to psychosocial support, education, and advocacy. Our trusted expertise and passionate leadership are demonstrated every day, on a local, national, and international level.

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