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Endowed chairs, professorships, and fellowships at Hospital for Special Surgery recognize exceptional scientific and academic achievement, and help catalyze research breakthroughs. Considered the highest honors awarded to faculty and staff, these endowed positions are an essential part of the Hospitalâ€™s ability to attract and retain the most talented physicians and researchersâ€” who are singularly focused on improving the quality of life for countless patients affected by musculoskeletal conditions. Endowments at HSS also represent one of the most meaningful and permanent forms of philanthropy, allowing donors to sustain vital research efforts and make a lasting contribution to the field of medicine. To recognize the profound importance of such a gift, the Hospital names a chair or professorship or fellowship in honor of the benefactor, or in accordance with the donorâ€™s wishes. Endowed positions have also been named for outstanding members of the HSS medical staff. We are truly grateful for the generosity and vision of our philanthropic partners, whose investments are driving discoveries that lead to new and enhanced treatments and translate into improved care. On behalf of HSS and the patients we serve, we express our deepest thanks for sharing our unwavering commitment to advancing scientific progress for a better, healthier tomorrow. Sincerely,
Louis A. Shapiro, FACHE President and CEO
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2017 Endowed Chairs and Professorships Korein-Wilson Professorship in Orthopaedic Surgery Todd J. Albert, MD Dr. Todd Albert is Surgeon-in-Chief and a world-renowned orthopedic spine surgeon specializing in the field of cervical spine surgery. As a physician-scientist, Dr. Albert conducts research focused on disc degeneration with the goal of developing new therapies, including the use of stem cells for disc regeneration. He also examines the outcomes of surgical versus nonsurgical treatment and compares various surgical approaches to spinal pathologies.
Benjamin M. Rosen Chair in Immunology and Inflammation Research Mary K. Crow, MD Dr. Mary Crow, Physician-in-Chief and Chair of the Division of Rheumatology, studies the immunologic basis of systemic autoimmune diseases with support from the Benjamin M. Rosen Chair in Immunology and Inflammation Research. Her research is focused on patients with systemic lupus erythematosus with the goal of identifying molecular and cellular mechanisms that might be therapeutically targeted to control disease activity and prevent disease flares.
Joseph P. Routh Professor of Rheumatic Diseases in Medicine Mary K. Crow, MD The Joseph P. Routh Professorship of Rheumatic Diseases in Medicine supports Dr. Mary Crow (pictured above), the Hospital’s Physician-in-Chief and Chair of the Division of Rheumatology. She is Past President of the American College of Rheumatology and currently serves as Director of the Autoimmunity and Inflammation Research Program at HSS. The Routh Professorship serves to honor and support the Physician-in-Chief’s leadership role in guiding the Hospital’s Department of Medicine faculty to achieve the highest level of academic accomplishment and innovative patient care.
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Richard L. Menschel Chair and Chief Scientific Officer Lionel B. Ivashkiv, MD Dr. Lionel Ivashkiv is Chief Scientific Officer and a premier scientist in inflammatory and musculoskeletal diseases. Dr. Ivashkiv oversees the Hospital’s clinical, translational, and basic research programs, which encompass over 300 scientists and staff working to identify the causes of and new treatments for musculoskeletal and autoimmune diseases. As CSO, Dr. Ivashkiv is working to develop and execute strategic plans to build and enhance HSS’ position as an international leader in orthopedic and rheumatic disease research. Under his leadership, long-term research goals include expanding translational research; building multidisciplinary teams to answer key clinical questions, enhancing clinical research; and broadening the scope and impact of basic science on musculoskeletal disorders, with a focus on tissue repair, genomics, new treatments, and precision medicine.
David H. Koch Chair for Arthritis and Tissue Degeneration Research Lionel B. Ivashkiv, MD Dr. Lionel Ivashkiv (pictured above) is Chief Scientific Officer and a leading authority in the field of cytokine research. Cytokines are proteins that play a critical role in inflammation, arthritis, and many rheumatic and orthopedic conditions. Dr. Ivashkiv’s laboratory has identified potential new therapeutic targets for inhibiting the chronic inflammation and bone destruction that are characteristic of many musculoskeletal diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis and orthopedic implant loosening/ osteolysis. Dr. Ivashkiv has described new therapeutic approaches for combating lupus. As the Director of the David Z. Rosensweig Genomics Research Center at HSS, Dr. Ivashkiv is leading the application of advanced genomic technologies to study patients with musculoskeletal diseases to discover molecular pathways that can be targeted therapeutically. This precision medicine approach promises to provide personalized treatments for patients with orthopedic and rheumatologic conditions.
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Michael R. Bloomberg Chair Franck Barrat, PhD Dr. Franck Barrat is a Senior Scientist in the Autoimmunity and Inflammation Program, a member of the David Z. Rosensweig Genomics Research Center, and Professor at Weill Cornell Medical College. His research is focused on lupus and scleroderma, two complex and incapacitating disorders for which there are currently no cures and for which more effective treatments are needed. Dr. Barrat’s expertise is in the function and regulation of immune system cells in disease settings, and he has extensive experience in the development of novel therapeutics in autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. Dr. Barrat aims to provide patients with effective therapies that target the actual disease-causing mechanisms rather than merely ameliorating symptoms, using a rare combination of skill in drug development and world-renowned expertise in the molecular pathways of these disorders. Dr. Barrat is now extending his research to study lupus and scleroderma at the epigenetic level, one of the most promising areas that will help illuminate the critical interaction between nature and nurture in the development of these diseases.
Franchellie M. Cadwell Chair Sergio Schwartzman, MD As one of Hospital for Special Surgery’s leading clinical rheumatologists, Dr. Sergio Schwartzman has dedicated his career to battling autoimmune diseases. Dr. Schwartzman is an Associate Attending Physician at HSS and Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. He has an established clinical and research interest in Autoimmune Ophthalmic Diseases, Psoriatic Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis) associated arthritis.
Coleman Chair in Magnetic Resonance Imaging Research Hollis G. Potter, MD Dr. Hollis Potter is Chair and Director of Research for the Department of Radiology and Imaging. She is also an Attending Radiologist and Senior Scientist at HSS, as well as a Professor of Radiology at Weill Cornell Medical College. Her research interests lie in the use of MR imaging techniques to identify early depletion of matrix from cartilage and fibrocartilage, as well as the assessment of adverse synovial responses to orthopedic implants and biomaterials. Dr. Potter is Director of the NIH-funded MRI laboratory, whose scientists are translating noninvasive MRI techniques to clinical application and linking those techniques to meniscus, tendon, and ligament mechanical properties. She is the recipient of many prestigious awards and honors and is funded for both clinical and basic science MRI research by the NIH-NIAMS, industry, and educational granting agencies. Many of Dr. Potter’s current basic science imaging projects have been successfully translated into clinical use and implementation.
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The Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Chair in Hand and Upper Extremity Research Robert N. Hotchkiss, MD Dr. Robert Hotchkiss is the Medical Director of the HSS Innovation Center, Director of Clinical Research, and Director of Research for the Hand and Upper Extremity Service. His work, supported by the Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Chair in Hand and Upper Extremity Research, combines the evolving fields of artificial intelligence and machine learning in imaging and additive manufacturing (3D printing in metals), and applies them to unsolved challenges in joint replacement in the hand, wrist, and elbow. Dr. Hotchkiss works closely with Dr. Timothy Wright and the HSS Department of Biomechanics to use new techniques of modeling and material behavior to generate designs and testable prototypes in collaboration with industry. These efforts are helping to develop options for the arthritic or injured upper extremity that promise to be feasible, effective, and in common use in the coming years.
The Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Chair in Perioperative Medicine Linda A. Russell, MD Dr. Linda Russell is Director of Perioperative Services and Assistant Attending Physician at HSS. She is also an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. The Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Chair in Perioperative Medicine recognizes Dr. Russellâ€™s outstanding leadership in establishing a comprehensive perioperative medical care program. Dr. Russell has designed and planned a research program focused on improvement of bone quality prior to spine surgery, and she has served as a co-principal investigator at HSS for an international study investigating cardiac outcomes following surgery. Currently, Dr. Russell is studying how to determine signs and symptoms of pulmonary embolism postoperatively. The Ehrenkranz Chair supports research that defines and implements new tools and strategies to optimize risk assessment of those planning to undergo surgery, as well as research that develops innovative mechanisms to achieve desired outcomes after surgery.
Allan E. Inglis MD Chair in Surgical Arthritis Mark P. Figgie, MD The Allan E. Inglis MD Chair in Surgical Arthritis supports research activities under the direction of the Hospitalâ€™s Chief of the Surgical Arthritis Service, Dr. Mark Figgie. Research involves the study of joint replacement for inflammatory arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile inflammatory arthritis, lupus, psoriatic arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis. Much of the research performed is a combined effort with members of the Division of Rheumatology. The Inglis Chair, supported by deferred and outright gifts, honors renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. Allan E. Inglis, Sr., whose many years of remarkable service at Hospital for Special Surgery enriched the lives of thousands of patients, students, and colleagues.
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John N. Insall Chair in Knee Surgery Steven Haas, MD Dr. Steven Haas, Chief of the Knee Service at HSS, is an internationally renowned surgeon and innovator in the design of knee implants. He has developed groundbreaking surgical techniques and instrumentation for performing Minimally Invasive Knee Replacement and has conducted extensive research in the field. Dr. Haas’ recent research interests have included improving knee replacement outcomes in younger, active patients; improving longevity in knee replacement by minimizing polyethylene wear; and reducing post-operative complications. He developed the first software solution to eliminate implant-related error in the operating room. Dr. Haas holds six U.S. patents for orthopedic devices and software he co-developed with HSS and others, and has several patents pending.
Collette Kean Research Chair Jane E. Salmon, MD Dr. Jane Salmon is a Senior Scientist, Director of the Lupus and APS Center of Excellence, and Co-Director of the Mary Kirkland Center for Lupus Research. She is also Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs at Weill Cornell Medicine. An internationally recognized investigator in lupus and other autoimmune diseases, Dr. Salmon was recently elected to the National Academy of Medicine. Her research focuses on the mechanisms by which autoimmune disease damages organs. Dr. Salmon’s basic and clinical studies have expanded our understanding of pregnancy complications and cardiovascular disease in patients with lupus, and determinants of disease severity and outcome in lupus. Her focus on circulating inflammatory proteins, autoantibodies (proteins that attack a patient’s own tissues), and immune-activated cells has allowed her to identify new targets to attenuate damage and improve outcomes in patients with autoimmune illness.
F.M. Kirby Chair in Orthopaedic Biomechanics Timothy M. Wright, PhD Dr. Timothy Wright is a Senior Scientist and Director of the Department of Biomechanics. His research is focused on the mechanical performance of bone-implant systems and the role of joint stability in influencing the function of normal and reconstructed joints. In addition, he is collaborating on multidisciplinary approaches to explore the role of wear and corrosion products on influencing the outcomes of total joint replacements. Dr. Wright is also the Coordinating Program Director of the NIH-funded Clinical Translational Science Center at Weill Cornell Medical College.
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Richard S. Laskin MD Chair in Musculoskeletal Education Charles N. Cornell, MD The Richard S. Laskin MD Chair in Musculoskeletal Education honors the late Dr. Richard S. Laskin, a valued member of the HSS medical staff for 17 years, former Chief of the Division of Arthroplasty and former Editor-in-Chief of the HSS Journal®. The Laskin Chair is currently held by Dr. Charles Cornell, Editor-in-Chief of the HSS Journal® and Chair of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Stamford Health. The Laskin Chair supports two vital areas with which Dr. Laskin was intimately involved: the Arthroplasty Division Total Joint Registry and the HSS Journal®, and ensures that Dr. Laskin’s legacy will live on at HSS in perpetuity.
David B. Levine MD Chair in Scoliosis Frank Schwab, MD Dr. Frank Schwab, HSS Spine Service Chief, is a widely recognized leader in the field of spinal deformity care, with his clinical practice focusing on complex spinal pathology, adult and pediatric spinal deformity, scoliosis, and revision/reconstruction procedures. Dr. Schwab is focused on innovating patient-specific operative treatment, optimizing sagittal realignment guidelines, and using pre-operative planning technologies and techniques for complex spine surgery. In addition, he developed the first definitive classification of adult spinal deformity that has become a clinical standard for spinal surgeons worldwide. Dr. Schwab has published over 200 original and review articles, and has had more than 400 presentations at scientific conferences. He also serves on the boards of the International Spine Study Group and Scoliosis Research Society. Under his direction, the Levine Chair supports spine research at HSS.
C. Ronald MacKenzie MD Chair in Ethics and Medicine C. Ronald MacKenzie, MD The C. Ronald MacKenzie MD Chair in Ethics and Medicine benefits rheumatologist/internist Dr. C. Ronald MacKenzie in his efforts to address ethical issues facing the chronically ill, specifically those with rheumatologic disease. Funds from the Chair have supported Dr. MacKenzie’s work with a number of ethics and clinical fellows and colleagues. These collaborations are advancing our understanding of issues related to chronic disease, as well as the ethical dilemmas facing modern medicine. Working in conjunction with colleagues at the American College of Rheumatology, Dr. MacKenzie spearheaded a survey of the College’s membership concerning ethical challenges in the profession that was published in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatology in 2013. Dr. MacKenzie is currently collaborating with Canadian investigators to examine how ethical problems differ in alternative models of health care delivery.
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Stephen A. Paget MD Chair in Rheumatology Stephen A. Paget, MD, FACP, MACR The Stephen A. Paget MD Chair in Rheumatology honors Physician-in-Chief Emeritus and former Chairman of the Division of Rheumatology at HSS, Dr. Stephen Paget. As Chairman, Dr. Paget developed and ran a world-class rheumatology division of 46 physicians, scientists, and clinician-scholar educators. He has both national and international recognition as a Master Clinician in a broad range of systemic, inflammatory, and autoimmune disorders. As a noted clinician-scholar educator, he has had a significant impact upon rheumatology education at HSS and nationally, and is currently the Director of the HSS Academy of Rheumatology Medical Educators. Dr. Paget became a Master in the American College of Rheumatology in 2010 and received the organization’s ACR Distinguished Clinical Scholar Award in 2011.
Chitranjan S. Ranawat MD Chair in Adult Reconstruction and Joint Replacement Douglas E. Padgett, MD Dr. Douglas Padgett, Chief of the Adult Reconstruction and Joint Replacement Service, works to ensure continued excellence and innovation in the ARJR Service. A renowned surgeon, educator, and researcher, Dr. Padgett trained under celebrated surgeons Dr. Chitranjan S. Ranawat, Dr. Philip D. Wilson, Jr., Dr. John Insall, and Dr. Jorge Galante. Dedicated to improving the design, delivery, and outcomes of joint replacements of the hip and knee, Dr. Padgett and his team are working with the Department of Biomechanics and the implant retrieval archive to better understand the failure mechanism of implants and make design changes that improve performance. They are also investigating the use of technologies such as computer-assisted navigation and robotics to more accurately implant prosthetic devices. As one of the largest institutional registries of its kind, the Total Joint Replacement Registry provides invaluable information on patient outcomes after joint replacement. The Ranawat Chair provides vital support for these and many other critical Service initiatives.
Leon Root MD Chair in Pediatric Orthopaedics Roger F. Widmann, MD Dr. Roger Widmann is Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery and Chief of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery Service since 2004. He is an outstanding teacher, clinician, and surgeon who trained at the Harvard Orthopaedic Surgery Residency and Pediatric Orthopaedic Fellowship Programs under the exceptional team of John Hall, John Emans, and James Kasser. Having published over 50 peer-reviewed articles and multiple textbook chapters, Dr. Widmann is an expert in pediatric spinal deformity, limb length discrepancy, and limb deformity surgery. He is a member of the Scoliosis Research Society, the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, and the Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Society, where he serves on numerous committees. As service chief, Dr. Widmann led a collaborative effort to establish the Lerner Children’s Pavilion with nine highly regarded pediatric orthopaedic surgeons. With a focus on clinical and surgical excellence, academic productivity, and care for the under-served, the Lerner Children’s Pavilion is the preeminent provider of pediatric orthopaedic surgery in the tristate area. The Root Chair supports the Pavilion’s ongoing critical mission of clinical care, research, and education.
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Susan W. Rose and Jonathan T. Deland Chair for Research in Foot and Ankle Surgery Jonathan T. Deland, MD Dr. Jonathan Deland is an Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon at HSS and Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College. He is an outstanding surgeon and researcher, whose efforts have been focused on improving treatments to enhance mobility among patients living with foot and ankle conditions. Dr. Deland’s major research projects are focused on tibial posterior tendon dysfunction, flatfoot deformity, ankle arthritis, and determining the effectiveness of ankle replacements compared to ankle fusions for patients. The Chair supports the Rose Registry, which is one of the largest foot and ankle registries in the nation dedicated to evaluating patient outcomes following conservative and surgical treatment of foot and ankle problems, as well as other research initiatives of the Service.
Virginia F. and William R. Salomon Chair in Musculoskeletal Research Carl Blobel, MD, PhD Dr. Carl Blobel, Director of the Hospital’s Arthritis and Tissue Degeneration Program, is a world leader in the study of metalloprotease-disintegrins, proteins that are important in inflammation, arthritis, blood vessel formation, cancer, and bone remodeling. Specifically, his research is focused on bench-to-bedside studies that illuminate the function and regulation of metalloprotease-disintegrins in the context of rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and tissue degeneration and regeneration. By elucidating the underlying disease mechanisms, Dr. Blobel’s studies will play a key role in devising new targeted treatments for autoimmune and inflammatory illnesses.
Eduardo A. Salvati MD Chair in Hip Arthroplasty Mathias P. Bostrom, MD Dr. Mathias Bostrom is an Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon and the Eduardo Salvati Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College. He is a specialist in hip and knee surgery, with expertise in complex reconstructions and the treatment of musculoskeletal infections. Dr. Bostrom’s research interests focus on the quality of bone healing, including bone biology, formation, regeneration, osseointegration, and periprosthetic joint infections. He is the author of over 140 journal articles and book chapters, and is a member of numerous prestigious academic orthopedic societies, such as the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Orthopaedic Association, Hip Society, and International Society for Fracture Repair. Dr. Bostrom served as President of the Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) from 2015-2016. He is also a member of several review panels, including the Musculoskeletal Tissue Engineering Study Section of the National Institutes of Health. In 2013, he was selected to be a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons. In 2014, he was appointed Chief of the Hip Service at HSS. The Salvati Chair supports research of the Hip Service at the direction of Dr. Bostrom.
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Thomas P. Sculco MD Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery Thomas P. Sculco, MD Dr. Thomas Sculco is a recognized leader in total hip and knee replacement, having pioneered minimally invasive surgical techniques for total hip replacements, including the design of instruments for these procedures. Dr. Sculco is also the Surgeon-in-Chief Emeritus and the Director of the Complex Joint Reconstruction Center. Funds from the Sculco Chair support the Center’s efforts to conduct research to improve implant longevity, as well as coordinate expert care for the most complex cases of joint reconstruction. Dr. Sculco has written over 350 scientific articles, 83 chapters/books, and presented over 700 papers on orthopedic surgery and the surgical treatment of arthritis. He also has special expertise in implant wear and osteolysis, and thromboembolic disease.
The Peter Jay Sharp Chair in Lupus Research Alessandra Pernis, MD The Peter Jay Sharp Chair in Lupus Research supports the research activities of Dr. Alessandra Pernis. Dr. Pernis is a Senior Scientist and a leader in the study of the mechanisms that regulate the development of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). She employs both comparative models and translational approaches to delineate the molecular networks responsible for lymphocyte dysfunction in autoimmune diseases. Lymphocytes are important cells of the immune system that normally help fight pathogens. In autoimmune diseases, however, lymphocytes become deregulated and start attacking one’s own body. Dr. Pernis has identified key molecules that control the function of lymphocytes. Her recent studies have demonstrated that improper regulation of these molecules can lead to lupus and that deregulation in these molecules can be observed in SLE patients. The insights emerging from Dr. Pernis’ work are providing critical information for the development of novel therapeutic regimens for the treatment of SLE and other autoimmune diseases.
St. Giles Research Chair The St. Giles Research Chair supports the research activities of Dr. Theresa Lu, Associate Scientist in the Autoimmunity and Inflammation Program. Dr. Lu is one of only about 300 pediatric rheumatologists in the U.S. and one of only a handful who conduct laboratory research. She heads the Lymphoid Tissue Organization and Function Laboratory, where researchers are investigating how blood vessels and fibroblasts of lymphoid tissues can control the immune cells. Harnessing this understanding may better control the unwanted autoimmune responses in diseases such as lupus and inflammatory arthritis. Dr. Lu’s work is also examining fat-derived stromal cells that can lead to better treatments for scleroderma and has potential implications for bone and cartilage disorders. A past recipient of the Anne Kennedy O’Neil Research Fellowship Award for studies of autoimmune conditions that primarily affect women, Dr. Lu’s efforts promise to provide new ways to treat and delay the progression of autoimmune diseases that affect both children and adults.
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Starr Chair in Mineralized Tissue Research Adele Boskey, PhD In Memoriam It is with deep sorrow that we note the passing of Adele Boskey, PhD, on May 2, 2017. Dr. Boskey was a world-renowned scientist and trailblazer in the field of mineralized tissue research. For more than 40 years, Dr. Boskey worked as a Senior Scientist and Director of the Mineralized Tissue Laboratory and the Musculoskeletal Integrity Program at HSS, where her foundational research contributed to the understanding of a number of musculoskeletal diseases. Dr. Boskey pioneered the use of infrared imaging for the analysis of bone and other mineralized tissues, and was recognized for her lifelong contributions to orthopedic research through the Alfred R. Shands, Jr. Award. Dr. Boskey was also the first female president of the Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) and received the ORS-OREF Distinguished Investigator Award. Dr. Boskey will be remembered for her extraordinary contributions to the field, as well as her exceptional commitment to mentoring young women in science. The Starr Chair in Mineralized Tissue Research continues to support research on understanding bone composition and structure in health and disease.
Starr Chair in Tissue Engineering Research Dr. Chitra Dahia is an Assistant Scientist in the Tissue Engineering, Regeneration, and Repair Program. The Starr Chair in Tissue Engineering Research supports Dr. Dahiaâ€™s work, which is focused on preventing and better treating degenerative disc disease, a major cause of lower back pain. Using a mouse model system, Dr. Dahia has identified key pathways that are not only important to the growth and maintenance of a young and healthy disc, but can also be targeted to re-awaken an aging disc. Her long-term research goal is to develop potential therapeutic approaches to disc regeneration and treatment of lower back pain, using the same mechanism by which the disc normally forms, grows, and stays healthy.
Russell F. Warren Research Chair The Russell F. Warren Research Chair honors Surgeon-in-Chief Emeritus Dr. Russell Warren. Funds from the Chair support the work of Associate Scientist Suzanne Maher, PhD. Dr. Maher has focused on understanding how changes in joint mechanics after injury and surgical intervention affect joint health. Using this knowledge, she is developing tools aimed at predicting outcome after surgery and she is optimizing biomaterials for mechanical joint restoration. By providing solutions for active patients with chondral or meniscal defects early in the course of the problem, Dr. Maherâ€™s work promises to help prevent or slow the development of osteoarthritis, thus delaying the need for a total joint replacement.
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HSS scientists are examining the causes and mechanisms of inflammatory and musculoskeletal diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, osteolysis, and orthopedic implant failure. Their goal is to use this knowledge to identify personalized and more effective therapeutic approaches that will improve surgical outcomes and lead to cures. Endowed positions in research are providing vital support and helping to make these discoveries possible.
From left to right: Lionel B. Ivashkiv, MD (Richard L. Menschel Chair and Chief Scientific Officer; David H. Koch Chair for Arthritis and Tissue Degeneration Research); Theresa Lu, MD, PhD (Associate Scientist; supported by the St. Giles Research Chair); Baohong Zhao, PhD (Assistant Scientist); Laura T. Donlin, PhD (Assistant Scientist; Co-Director of the Derfner Foundation Precision Medicine Laboratory)
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2017 Fellowships Robert and Helen Appel Fellowship in Biomedical Engineering Olufunmilayo (Funmi) Adebayo The Robert and Helen Appel Fellowship in Biomedical Engineering enhances training opportunities at HSS for Cornell University graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, strengthening the collaboration between the two institutions. Graduate student Olufunmilayo (Funmi) Adebayo investigates the mechanics of the knee joint and its relationship with cartilage degradation in a load-induced model of osteoarthritis (OA). By understanding the connection between joint mechanics and cartilage degradation during OA progression, her research aims to elucidate the role of mechanical forces in the onset and progression of the disease, and discover potential physical therapies to treat it.
Finn and Barbara Caspersen Fellowship for Spine Research Antonio Brecevich, MD Dr. Antonio Brecevich is the Spine Research Fellow for the Integrated Spine Research Program with an interest in spine biomaterials and translational research. Dr. Brecevich is currently studying innovative coating technologies and bone graft substitutes with the aim of improving implantable devices used to treat chronic degenerative conditions of the spine. Under the supervision of Drs. Celeste Abjornson and Frank Cammisa, Dr. Brecevich is also investigating the prevalence of occult pathogens in spine surgery and their potential correlation to surgical complications.
Charles L. Christian Research Fellowship Marie-Dominique Ah Kioon, PhD Dr. Marie-Dominique Ah Kioon is a postdoctoral fellow in the Autoimmunity and Inflammation Research program, studying the biology of the immune systemâ€™s plasmacytoid dendritic cells (PDC) and their involvement in Systemic Sclerosis. Dr. Ah Kioon is researching the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying PDC function in immunity and how these cells can be manipulated for the benefit of patients. Her work aims to develop new ways to target these cells and reduce their pathological role in Systemic Sclerosis.
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Ira W. DeCamp Fellowship in Musculoskeletal Genetics Miguel Otero, PhD Dr. Miguel Otero is an Assistant Scientist in the Orthopedic Soft Tissue Research Program, Director of the Laboratory of Molecular Osteoarthritis Research, and Co-Director of the Derfner Foundation Precision Medicine Laboratory. Dr. Otero is studying altered signaling pathways that prompt joint tissue disruption in osteoarthritis. The goal of his work is to understand how joint tissues respond to pathologic stimuli and how their altered functions contribute to osteoarthritic disease. Ultimately, Dr. Otero’s work aims to develop new models to study the early stages of osteoarthritis, and to explore the implementation of targeted therapeutic approaches.
Leo Farbman Fellowship for Pediatric Musculoskeletal Research Lorene C. Janowski, DPS, OTR/L, MS, C/NDT Lorene C. Janowski is an occupational therapist at HSS’ Children and Adolescent Hand and Arm (CHArm) Center, dedicated to the treatment, research, and education of children and adolescents living with disorders of the upper extremities. By collaborating with pediatric orthopedic surgeons and reviewing assessments and video analysis, Ms. Janowski helps to ensure that patients’ surgical procedures are complemented by appropriate rehabilitative techniques. She is trained in Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT) for infants and children with neuromuscular disorders, such as cerebral palsy. In addition to helping patients, she has educated staff, including at an orphanage in Nanjing, China on a mission trip.
Helen Frankenthaler Fellowship in Restorative Mobility Andrew D. Pearle, MD The Helen Frankenthaler Fellowship in Restorative Mobility, held by Dr. Andrew Pearle, supports the training of surgeons in the principles and techniques of Computer Assisted Surgery (CAS). Dr. Pearle is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine. He founded the HSS CAS Center, one of the first of its kind in the United States, and continues to serve as the Center’s Clinical Director. The CAS Center is a simulated digital operating room with navigation and robotic systems and provides an environment for research and development in surgical navigation and medical robotics in orthopedic surgery.
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Mary Rodgers and Henry Guettel Fellowship in Biomedical Mechanics Fernando Quevedo González, PhD The Mary Rodgers and Henry Guettel Fellowship in Biomedical Mechanics enables medical students and postdoctoral fellows to pursue research on the biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system under the mentorship of experienced scientists and physicians. Postdoctoral fellow Fernando Quevedo González’s expertise is in using computational models to optimize the design of orthopedic implants that use porous materials made from additive manufacturing (i.e., 3D printing). Under the supervision of Joe Lipman, Director of Device Development in the Biomechanics Department, and Dr. Timothy Wright, Dr. Quevedo’s work is at the forefront of exploring the best uses of this technology to improve the performance of total joint replacements.
Ken and Jill Iscol Fellowship in Orthopaedic Research Andrew D. Pearle, MD Dr. Andrew Pearle, (pictured on p. 16), is an orthopedic surgeon whose clinical interests include arthroscopic and computeraided surgery of the shoulder and knee. By enabling surgeons to measure with pinpoint precision the angle and alignment of repair (in a 3-dimensional field) at each surgical step, computer-assisted surgery enhances the surgeon’s ability to draw meaningful conclusions regarding the healing process and the consequences of the repair. As a result of his research, Dr. Pearle was the first surgeon in New York and one of the first in the country to use robotic technology to perform a partial knee replacement surgery.
Irving and Sally Lipstock Fellowship in Orthopedic Surgery The Irving and Sally Lipstock Fellowship in Orthopedic Surgery provides a lasting source of funding for orthopedic research at Hospital for Special Surgery. Established by Sally Lipstock to honor the memory of her husband Bill, who was a grateful patient of Dr. Philip D. Wilson, Sr., the Fellowship enables HSS to continue its tradition of providing outstanding orthopedic training to medical professionals and world-class care to our patients.
Michael D. Lockshin Fellowship of the Barbara Volcker Center for Women and Rheumatic Disease Shanthini Kasturi, MD, MSc Dr. Shanthini Kasturi is a rheumatologist with an interest in the use of patient reported outcome measures to improve clinical care of rheumatic diseases. Thanks to the generosity of the Volcker family, the Michael D. Lockshin Fellowship supports her research on the use of Patient Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) questionnaires to assess the quality of life for patients with systemic lupus erythematosus. Dr. Kasturi is validating PROMIS computerized adaptive tests in patients with lupus and will investigate how the clinical integration of these surveys can facilitate patient engagement and the provision of patient-centered care. She is a recipient of the Rheumatology Research Foundation’s Scientist Development Award.
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Michael D. Lockshin Fellowship of the Barbara Volcker Center for Women and Rheumatic Disease Mikhail Olferiev, MD Dr. Mikhail Olferiev is a researcher in the Autoimmunity and Inflammation Research Program at HSS, working in the laboratory of Dr. Mary Crow. Dr. Olferiev’s research is focused on unraveling the genetic and molecular mechanisms that underlie autoimmune rheumatic diseases and on understanding why women are more likely to develop these conditions, including lupus. The Michael D. Lockshin Fellowship, funded by the generosity of the Volcker family, supports his research on gene expression differences between women and men with lupus. Dr. Olferiev has been instrumental in developing approaches to the analysis of clinical and gene expression data, and his efforts have helped to identify gene transcripts in the blood associated with blood flares, and even those that might help predict an impending flare.
Ludwig Fellowship for Women’s Sports Medicine Research Irene Kalbian The Ludwig Fellowship for Women’s Sports Medicine Research is a 12-month clinical research fellowship that provides funding for an individual interested in medical and orthopedic issues in Women’s Sports Medicine. The fellow has exposure to surgical and clinical treatment of active women at an interdisciplinary sports medicine center, and has the opportunity to work with orthopedic surgeons, primary care sports physicians, physical therapists, nutritionists, and an exercise physiologist. As the Ludwig Fellow, Irene is working on a study regarding the relationship between lower limb musculoskeletal injuries (which may or may not require surgery) and Vitamin D insufficiency and deficiency. She is also helping with a project that examines the effectiveness of hyaluronic acid intra-articular injections for treating knee pain due to arthritis.
Stavros Niarchos Foundation – Thomas P. Sculco MD International Orthopaedic Fellowship Vasileios Soranoglou, MD, PhD, FEBOT Dr. Vasileios Soranoglou is a Greek orthopedic surgeon interested in joint replacement surgery. He is pursuing a number of clinical research projects under the supervision of HSS Surgeon-in-Chief Emeritus Dr. Thomas Sculco. His main research field is blood management strategies in bilateral total knee arthroplasty. He is analyzing predictive factors for transfusion and techniques to reduce blood loss. In addition, Dr. Soranoglou is studying the survivorship and failure mechanisms of constrained implants in total hip replacement surgery. Currently, he is working on two review studies investigating the use of stemless constrained condylar knee and dual mobility implants in total knee and total hip replacement surgery, respectively.
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Robert and Gillian Steel Fellowship in Musculoskeletal Research Inez Rogatsky, PhD Dr. Inez Rogatsky heads the Laboratory of Steroid Hormone Receptors and Inflammation. Her studies aim to improve glucocorticoid steroids, frontline drugs used to combat autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. Dr. Rogatsky is exploring the molecular mechanisms by which glucocorticoid steroids act on the immune system. Understanding this interaction may enable scientists to selectively channel glucocorticoids exclusively to the specific inflammatory cells of the immune system while sparing other cell types so that excessive exposure to these drugs no longer causes harmful side effects, such as metabolic syndrome, type II diabetes, osteoporosis, muscular dystrophy, and vascular hypertension. In 2013, Dr. Rogatsky received the first Anne Kennedy Oâ€™Neil Research Fellowship Award to explore the impact of treatment for autoimmune conditions primarily affecting women. In 2014, Dr. Rogatsky was awarded two federal grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense, as well as a grant from the Rheumatology Research Foundation.
Nancy Dickerson Whitehead Research Fellowship Kyung Hyun Park-Min, PhD Dr. Kyung Hyun Park-Min is an Assistant Scientist in the Arthritis and Tissue Degeneration program and a member of the David Z. Rosensweig Genomics Research Center. Her research primarily focuses on understanding how bone erosion and loss occur during the course of inflammation and hormonal alterations, such as menopause. Bone erosion by osteoclasts is a major cause of disability in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Park-Minâ€™s recent studies have led to significant changes in the current understanding of osteoclast biology and are helping to develop new therapeutic targets to control bone erosion and loss in patients affected by rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis.
Fellowship in Arthroplasty Edward Purdue, PhD Dr. Edward Purdue is an Associate Research Scientist and Director of the Osteolysis Research Laboratory, where he is studying the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying bone loss, or periprosthetic osteolysis, which causes joint implant loosening and is one of the major reasons for revision surgery. Studies in his laboratory focus on how particles generated from the prostheses or bone cement around joint replacements affect the cells in the immediate environment, some of which are involved in regulating inflammation. The goal of this work is to gain an improved understanding of osteolysis so that methods can be developed to prevent or interrupt the cascade of events leading to bone destruction, thereby extending the life of joint implants.
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Immunology and Inflammation Fellowship Sergei Rudchenko, PhD The Immunology and Inflammation Fellowship provides funding for basic and translational research defining the mechanisms involved in autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. With a focus on understanding how tissue damage and repair are regulated in orthopedic and rheumatologic conditions, novel approaches are being developed for therapeutic interventions to prevent tissue damage and maintain patient mobility. Dr. Sergei Rudchenko, a biophysicist, is focusing on cell-targeting using molecular computing. By developing the ability to eliminate very narrow subpopulations of cells using molecular automata, Dr. Rudchenko hopes to address questions related to the mechanisms of rheumatologic diseases and at the same time to ameliorate them.
Selected Accomplishments of Endowed Chairs and Fellowships Autoimmune and Inflammatory Diseases Identified a potential mechanism targeting stem cells to treat skin fibrosis in scleroderma, an autoimmune disease characterized by hardening and tightening of the skin, and which can affect blood vessels, lungs, and other internal organs. (Theresa Lu, MD, PhD; supported by the St. Giles Research Chair) Described a regulatory mechanism and potential therapeutic approach for selectively decreasing excessive inflammation while maintaining other aspects of immune function. (Inez Rogatsky, PhD; Robert and Gillian Steel Fellowship in Musculoskeletal Research) Biomechanics Applied computational models to show the importance of component placement during total knee replacement, thus providing a framework for patient-specific operative procedures aimed at improving function. (Timothy Wright, PhD; F.M. Kirby Chair in Orthopaedic Biomechanics) Lupus Discovered unique gene expression profiles in those suffering from lupus, as well as the family of immune system molecules that actually induces altered gene transcripts and represents an important therapeutic target. (Mary K. Crow, MD; Benjamin M. Rosen Chair in Immunology and Inflammation Research; Joseph P. Routh Professor of Rheumatic Diseases in Medicine) Orthopedics Developed a model of periprosthetic infections to better understand what causes this challenging
and debilitating problem for patients, and identified a possible modifiable risk factor that could be treated before surgery to prevent infection. (Mathias P. Bostrom, MD; Eduardo A. Salvati MD Chair in Hip Arthroplasty) Rheumatoid Arthritis Discovered an important molecule that controls immune function and the correlation between its overactivity in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, which may be a new therapeutic target. (Alessandra Pernis, MD; The Peter Jay Sharp Chair in Lupus Research) Tissue Repair Created genetic models that are illuminating the cellular, molecular, and biomechanical changes associated with disc degeneration, as well as the mechanisms associated with regenerating the disc. (Chitra Dahia, PhD; supported by the Starr Chair in Tissue Engineering Research) Biomaterials Described a process for fabricating hydrogels that can interface with articular cartilage as a potential technique for cartilage repair. (Suzanne Maher, PhD; supported by the Russell F. Warren Research Chair) Bone Biology Identified a potential target for treating osteoporosis by altering metabolic reprogramming in osteoclasts, cells that degrade bone, leading to increased bone mass. (Kyung Hyun Park-Min, PhD; Nancy Dickerson Whitehead Research Fellowship)
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Under the direction of Mary K. Crow, MD (Benjamin M. Rosen Chair in Immunology and Inflammation Research; Joseph P. Routh Professor of Rheumatic Diseases in Medicine), ground-breaking research efforts are uncovering potential genetic causes of autoimmune diseases such as lupus, with the ultimate goal of developing new therapies for patients. Collaborative research efforts between Mark Figgie, MD (Allan E. Inglis MD Chair in Surgical Arthritis) and Timothy Wright, PhD (F.M. Kirby Chair in Orthopaedic Biomechanics) are leading to new improvements in total joint replacement implant systems.
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Endowed Chairs, Professorships, and Fellowships Chairs and Professorships Korein-Wilson Professorship in Orthopaedic Surgery Benjamin M. Rosen Chair in Immunology and Inflammation Research Joseph P. Routh Professor of Rheumatic Diseases in Medicine Richard L. Menschel Chair and Chief Scientific Officer
Thomas P. Sculco MD Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery The Peter Jay Sharp Chair in Lupus Research St. Giles Research Chair Starr Chair in Mineralized Tissue Research Starr Chair in Tissue Engineering Research Russell F. Warren Research Chair Fellowships
David H. Koch Chair for Arthritis and Tissue Degeneration Research
Robert and Helen Appel Fellowship in Biomedical Engineering
Michael R. Bloomberg Chair
Finn and Barbara Caspersen Fellowship for Spine Research
Franchellie M. Cadwell Chair Coleman Chair in Magnetic Resonance Imaging Research The Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Chair in Hand and Upper Extremity Research The Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Chair in Perioperative Medicine Allan E. Inglis MD Chair in Surgical Arthritis John N. Insall Chair in Knee Surgery Collette Kean Research Chair
Charles L. Christian Research Fellowship Ira W. DeCamp Fellowship in Musculoskeletal Genetics Leo Farbman Fellowship for Pediatric Musculoskeletal Research Helen Frankenthaler Fellowship in Restorative Mobility Mary Rodgers and Henry Guettel Fellowship in Biomedical Mechanics
F.M. Kirby Chair in Orthopaedic Biomechanics
Ken and Jill Iscol Fellowship in Orthopaedic Research
Richard S. Laskin MD Chair in Musculoskeletal Education
Irving and Sally Lipstock Fellowship in Orthopedic Surgery
David B. Levine MD Chair in Scoliosis
Michael D. Lockshin Fellowship of the Barbara Volcker Center for Women and Rheumatic Disease
C. Ronald MacKenzie MD Chair in Ethics and Medicine Stephen A. Paget MD Chair in Rheumatology
Ludwig Fellowship for Womenâ€™s Sports Medicine Research
Chitranjan S. Ranawat MD Chair in Adult Reconstruction and Joint Replacement
Stavros Niarchos Foundation-Thomas P. Sculco MD International Orthopaedic Fellowship
Leon Root MD Chair in Pediatric Orthopaedics
Robert and Gillian Steel Fellowship in Musculoskeletal Research
Susan W. Rose and Jonathan T. Deland Chair for Research in Foot and Ankle Surgery Virginia F. and William R. Salomon Chair in Musculoskeletal Research
Nancy Dickerson Whitehead Research Fellowship Fellowship in Arthroplasty Immunology and Inflammation Fellowship
Eduardo A. Salvati MD Chair in Hip Arthroplasty
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Officers and Board Members (As of September 2017) Officers Chair Kendrick R. Wilson III Vice Chair Michael Esposito Thomas Lister Deirdre Stanley President and Chief Executive Officer Louis A. Shapiro Surgeon-in-Chief and Medical Director Todd J. Albert, MD Executive Vice President Lisa A. Goldstein Executive Vice President and Treasurer Stacey L. Malakoff Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, and Secretary Irene Koch, Esq. Chairmen, Emeriti Winfield P. Jones Richard L. Menschel Dean R. O’Hare Aldo Papone
Board of Trustees Todd J. Albert, MD James M. Benson Daniel C. Benton Herbert Black Michael C. Brooks Kathryn Chenault Charles P. Coleman III Leslie Cornfeld Mary K. Crow, MD Cynthia Foster Curry Barrie M. Damson James G. Dinan Anne Ehrenkranz Michael Esposito Marina Kellen French Steven B. Haas, MD Robert N. Hotchkiss, MD Lionel Ivashkiv, MD Craig S. Ivey
Winfield P. Jones Warren B. Kanders Scott Kapnick Monica Keany Thomas J. Kelly, MD, PhD David H. Koch Sacha Lainovic Laurie Hodges Lapeyre Pablo Legorreta Lara R. Lerner Kathy Leventhal Marylin B. Levitt Thomas Lister Alan S. MacDonald David H. McCormick Mary Kathryn Navab Dean R. O’Hare Terry O’Toole Michael L. Parks, MD Gordon B. Pattee Joel Press, MD Steven Rattner William M. Ricci, MD Susan W. Rose Thomas P. Sculco, MD Louis A. Shapiro Jonathan Sobel Deirdre Stanley Robert K. Steel Patricia G. Warner Sanford I. Weill Kendrick R. Wilson III Ellen M. Wright Robert D. Yaffa
Board of Advisors Chair Robert D. Yaffa Vice Chair Katherine Doerge Founding Member Kenneth V. Handal
Loring Catlin Kathryn O. Greenberg James R. Houghton Carl B. Menges Samuel S. Polk Charlton Reynders, Jr. Katherine O. Roberts Torsten N. Wiesel, MD
Bradley Amoils Barry L. Bloom Peter L. Briger, Jr. Jeffrey B. Citrin Alexander Crisses Mary Ann Deignan Katherine Doerge John B. Ehrenkranz Sanford B. Ehrenkranz Stephan Feldgoise Jonathan Flint Marc Gabelli Rob Goldstein Cynthia Golub Lorna B. Goodman Rachel Grodzinsky Kenneth V. Handal Henry U. Harris III Holly Johnson, MD Kurt Johnson Elisabeth Jones-Hennessy Maria Ines Kavamura, MD, PhD Sandra Kozlowski Matthew F. LeBaron David M. Madden Celene Menschel Stephen C. Mills David G. Nason Connie Anne Phillips Rick Rieder Douglas L. Sacks Kenneth Shubin Stein, MD Tad Smith Robert D. Yaffa
Surgeon-in-Chief Emeritus Russell F. Warren, MD
Advisor Emeritus Earl G. Graves, Sr.
Chairmen, Emeriti Richard L. Menschel Aldo Papone
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About HSS Founded in 1863, Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is a world leader in orthopedics, rheumatology, and rehabilitation. HSS is nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics, No. 3 in rheumatology by U.S. News & World Report (2017-2018) and has been among the top-ranked hospitals for orthopedics and rheumatology for 26 consecutive years. HSS is the first hospital in New York State to receive Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center four consecutive times. HSS has one of the lowest infection rates in the country. The Hospitalâ€™s research division is internationally recognized as a leader in the investigation of orthopedic, rheumatologic, and related autoimmune diseases, discovering and developing effective, novel approaches for prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of these conditions. HSS is an affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College, and as such all HSS medical staff members serve on the faculty.
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