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Hospital for Special Surgery scientists share advances in lupus and related conditions
Date:11/7/2010

Hospital for Special Surgery physicians who focus on lupus, scleroderma and related conditions are traveling from New York City to Atlanta this week to share their recent findings at the 74th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR).

Special Surgery investigators will present advances that may influence the future of clinical care. Topics include prevention strategies for helping orthopedic patients avoid falls, quality of life in children with lupus, understanding joint pain caused by a commonly used breast cancer medication, lupus-related kidney disease, an international summit to identify antiphospholipid syndrome research questions and innovations in providing personalized care for people with lupus.

"With our multidisciplinary team providing comprehensive medical care and patient education in the Mary Kirkland Center for Lupus Care at Hospital for Special Surgery, the patient is the number one focus," explained the Center's co-director Doruk Erkan, M.D., co-author of a poster to be presented at the meeting. "We are treating the patient as a whole, not just the disease."

At the meeting, the ACR will also honor three Hospital for Special Surgery faculty members with the designation of Master: Chief Scientific Officer Steven R. Goldring, M.D., Physician-in-Chief Emeritus Stephen A. Paget, M.D., and Attending Rheumatologist Joseph A. Markenson, M.D.

This recognition is one of the highest that the organization bestows. Eligible members are those age 65 and older who have made outstanding contributions to the rheumatology profession through academic achievements and service to patients and students. No more than 15 Master designations are awarded each year.

"It is remarkable that three rheumatologists from one institution would be honored by being named Masters," said Mary K. Crow, M.D., physician-in-chief and chair of the HSS Division of Rheumatology, who is also a past president of th
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