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Y O U R G U I D E T O T O T A L H E A LT H & W E L L N E S S


Public and Patient Education Department Vision Statement

Public and Patient Education Staff Sandra Goldsmith, MA, MS, RD Director Vilma Briones, MA Senior Pediatric Outreach Program Coordinator Dana Friedman, MPH Outcomes Manager Huijuan (Jane) Huang, MPA Program Coordinator Program Registrar Linda Roberts, LCSW Greenberg Academy for Successful Aging Health & Wellness Coordinator Robyn Wiesel, CHES Public & Patient Program Coordinator Brochure Editor Marcia Ennis Director, Education Publications and Communications Design Tracie Haner Valentino All rights reserved. ©2013 Hospital for Special Surgery Hospital for Special Surgery is an affiliate of NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System and Weill Cornell Medical College.

Hospital for Special Surgery’s Public and Patient Education Department strives to improve the health, mobility and quality of life of the community through innovative programming that promotes awareness, empowerment, overall wellness and musculoskeletal health. Program Locations RMEC Hospital for Special Surgery Richard L. Menschel Education Center 535 East 70th Street, 2nd Floor New York, NY (between York Avenue and FDR Drive) DC Dana Center 510 East 73rd Street New York, NY (between York Avenue and FDR Drive) SG St. Giles Conference Room Hospital for Special Surgery 535 East 70th Street, 5th Floor New York, NY (between York Avenue and FDR Drive) WCMC Weill Cornell Medical College Medical Library 1300 York Avenue New York, NY (at East 69th Street)

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free lectures

fall 2013

Don’t Let Hand Pain Stop You Many people have minor problems with their finger, hand, or wrist. Symptoms can occur from everyday wear and tear, overuse, injuries or from the natural process of aging. This lecture will discuss the possible causes of pain, how to manage and treat the pain and when it’s time to consult a physician. Speaker: John Indaleccio, OTR/L Location: RMEC Fee: Free HP F2013

Wednesday, October 2 • 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Eat to Treat: The Relationship Between Nutrition and Inflammation Inflammation acts as one of the body’s primary defense mechanisms. It includes many chemical reactions that help to fight off infections, increase blood flow to areas in need of healing and to generate pain as a signal that something is wrong. Research has shown that diet can help to counteract inflammation and certain diets may help to decrease pain and other symptoms of disease. For example, the Mediterranean diet, which consists of a high intake of olive oil, nuts, and vegetables, may be helpful in reducing inflammation in the body. Come learn which diets can be beneficial. Speaker: Laura Gibofsky, MS, RD, CDN Location: RMEC Fee: Free NI F2013

Monday, October 14 • 1:00pm – 2:00pm

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free lectures Rheumatoid Arthritis and Infectious Diseases: Recommendations for Staying Well

fall 2013 Annual Chickie Goldstein Memorial Lecture

People with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), especially those taking immunosuppressant medications, may be at higher risk for certain infections. If you have RA, it is important to know how to safely protect yourself from infection and illness. Information on this topic can sometimes seem overwhelming and confusing. This lecture will present current guidelines for recommended vaccinations and preventative antibiotics, including the best time to be vaccinated for protection during the flu season and throughout the entire year. Speaker: Barry Brause, MD Location: RMEC Fee: Free RA F2013

Wednesday, October 16 • 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Understanding Health Research Studies: What to Believe How do you know what to believe when it comes to health research? Every day new research studies are released in the media, whether it is about current recommendations or specific health conditions. This lecture will give you the tools to help you better understand the credibility of study results and how to use trustworthy resources. Speaker: Qunyh Tran, BSc, CCPR Location: RMEC Fee: Free HRS F2013

Wednesday, October 23 • 2:00pm – 3:00pm

did you know? An estimated 1.3 million people in the United States suffer from RA, which is almost 1 percent of the nation’s adult population. There are approximately three times as many women as men with RA. For many women, RA begins between the ages of 30 and 60 and RA may affect men later on in life. (

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free lectures

fall 2013

Charles L. Christian Symposium: Today’s Options for Osteoarthritis Management A collaborative program presented by the Arthritis Foundation and Education & Academic Affairs

Today, an estimated 27 million Americans live with osteoarthritis (OA). OA is one of the oldest and most common types of arthritis. This symposium was developed to provide an overview of the progress made in osteoarthritis treatments and pain management. Participants will be empowered to take control of the disease by learning about the many ways to self-manage their arthritis. Speakers: HSS Faculty and Guest Speakers Location: RMEC Fee: Free OAS F2013

Thursday, October 24 • 10:00am – 1:30pm

Low Back Pain Three out of every four Americans will experience low back pain at some point in their lives. It is common for back pain to interfere with work, routine daily activities or recreation. Low back pain is the most common job-related disability and a leading contributor to missed work. Most occurrences go away within a few days while others take much longer to resolve or lead to more serious conditions. This lecture will focus on common pain-related conditions of the back and will provide tips on how to manage this pain. Speaker: Jennifer Solomon, MD Location: RMEC Fee: Free LBP F2013

Thursday, October 24 • 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis – The Schroth Method and What You Need to Know Scoliosis is a three dimensional deviation of the spine. In about 80 percent of cases, the cause of scoliosis is unknown. This lecture will discuss etiology and risk of progression among adolescents (ages 9-18), and the Schroth Method for treatment, a conservative physical therapy practice for individuals with scoliosis used to treat all ages and in all stages of treatment, including before or after surgery. Speaker: Hagit Berdishevsky, PT, MSPT, DPT Location: RMEC Fee: Free AIS F2013

Monday, November 18 • 6:00pm – 7:00pm Register online:



free lectures

fall 2013

Pain Medicines: What You Need to Know Pain is a complex physiological and emotional experience which can dramatically affect an individual's life. We all deal with pain in different ways – and the tolerance of pain varies greatly from one person to another. The right pain medicine depends on the person experiencing the pain and not on the condition that is causing it. This lecture will provide an overview of pain medicines, including the benefits and risks of opioids, for managing pain. Speaker: M. Cary Reid, MD Location: RMEC Fee: Free PM F2013

Wednesday, December 4 • 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Staying Fit in Your 50s Research has proven that no matter your age, you can continue to exercise as long as you have regular physical checkups, eat correctly and listen to your body. It is important to know from the very start the benefits of staying fit after 50. However, for many as we age, it may be necessary to change your exercise routine due to arthritis and other changing health conditions. Learn how to exercise properly and the importance of cardio and strength training for a well-rounded workout. Speaker: Varsha Parasram, PT, DPT Location: RMEC Fee: Free HSF F2013

Thursday, December 5 • 6:30pm – 7:30pm

did you know? Physical activity is beneficial for people of all ages. Staying active can help lower your risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer. It can also help to improve your strength and balance, reduce symptoms of depression and improve your ability to think, learn, and make decisions. (Department of Health and Human Services)

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fall 2013

Watch and Learn Through Our HSS e-University Webinars! NEW! Lupus Care: The Past, the Present and the Future Join Michael D. Lockshin, MD as he discusses issues relevant to lupus care, treatment and those affected by the disease in an engaging program brought to you by the HSS Department of Social Work Programs. Advances in Lupus Research: Spotlight on Treatment Webinar This live webinar, sponsored by the Lupus Foundation of America, addresses the latest advances in lupus research. An overview of lupus and a discussion about current and future therapeutic treatment options are also featured in this webinar.

Today's Options for Osteoarthritis Management Webinar This community symposium, co-sponsored by the Arthritis Foundation, provides an overview of osteoarthritis, tips on pain management, options for physical therapy and exercise, an overview of the latest osteoarthritis research and a presentation on nutrition and osteoarthritis.

Runners’ Health and Marathon Training Webinars (co-sponsored by New York Road Runners) n

Safe and Effective Training: Tips for the Novice Marathon Runner Learn how to identify and avoid common running injuries, prevent stress fractures and other bone issues, assess and improve your running form and how to fuel your body during training and race day.


Gearing up for the Marathon Watch five HSS experts discuss designing a healthy running plan, common injuries and how to prevent them, bone health, stress fractures and proper nutrition.


Optimizing the Last Month This program is designed for marathon runners who want to optimize their last month of training. It provides tips on creating a tapering plan, race day nutrition and managing aches and pains.

All webinars can be accessed as podcasts at

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wellness classes

fall 2013

Yogalates Yogalates is a popular form of exercise that blends the best of yoga and Pilates. Both techniques combine to help improve stamina and posture while developing a general sense of well-being. In the beginner level class, participants focus on integrating breathing with movements and basic stretching and learn the importance of core muscle strength for better posture. In the intermediate level class, the focus is on elements learned in the beginner level class along with more advanced movement sequences to improve strength and flexibility. Space is limited to 10 participants. Instructor: Eve Delachartre Prerequisite: None Location: RMEC Fee: $115/7 sessions; $100/6 sessions Beginner Yogalates: Mondays 4:15pm – 5:15pm BYL1 F2013

7 Mondays: September 9, 16, 23, 30, October 7, 14, 21

BYL2 F2013

6 Mondays: November 4, 18, 25, December 2, 9, 16 (except November 11)

Intermediate Yogalates: Mondays 5:30pm – 6:30pm IYL1 F2013

7 Mondays: September 9, 16, 23, 30, October 7, 14, 21

IYL2 F2013

6 Mondays: November 4, 18, 25, December 2, 9, 16 (except November 11)

did you know? Chronic stress can lead to a variety of health and emotional problems. Research shows that yoga can be an effective method to reduce stress and anxiety. (

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wellness classes

fall 2013

Pilates Mat Class Pilates is a series of specific movements designed to strengthen the powerhouse muscles of the abdomen, back and waist (torso). Beginner Pilates focuses on strengthening the core, making movements more fluid and balancing the body, all coupled with focused breathing patterns. Intermediate Pilates is recommended for the beginning Pilates mat student who has a clear understanding of the basic fundamentals and exercises, but still needs to work on improving strength and flexibility. Space is limited to 10 participants. Prerequisite: None Location: RMEC Fee: $85/5 sessions; $70/4 sessions Beginner’s Pilates Mat Class: Wednesdays 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm Instructor: Katherine Shapiro, BFA, E-RYT BPMC1 F2013

5 Wednesdays: September 11, 18, 25, October 2, 9

BPMC2 F2013

4 Wednesdays: October 16, 23, November 6, 13 (except October 30)

BPMC3 F2013

4 Wednesdays: November 20, December 4, 11, 18 (except November 27)

Intermediate Pilates Mat Class: Wednesdays 5:30pm – 6:30pm Instructor: TBD IPMC1 F2013

5 Wednesdays: September 11, 18, 25, October 2, 9

IPMC2 F2013

4 Wednesdays: October 16, 23, November 6, 13 (except October 30)

IPMC3 F2013

4 Wednesdays: November 20, December 4, 11, 18 (except November 27)

did you know? A recent study has shown that the Pilates method may help to improve flexibility and decrease pain. (

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wellness classes

fall 2013

Tai Chi Chih® These simple, rhythmic movements provide benefits including improved balance, strength, flexibility and maintenance of bone mass. Health organizations, including the Arthritis Foundation, advise T’ai Chi for pain relief. The Level 1 class is designed for participants new to T’ai Chi Chih®. Level II is planned for participants that have an understanding and comfort with basic movement. Level III will begin to incorporate more advanced styles of T’ai Chi and is specifically designed for those who have completely mastered the previous levels. Instructor: Carolyn Perkins Prerequisite: Instructor’s permission required to graduate to Level II and Level III Location: Level 1: RMEC; Level 2 & 3: TBD Fee: $85/5 sessions; $70/4 sessions Tai Chi Chih® Level 1: Wednesdays 3:00pm – 4:00pm TCI1 F2013

5 Wednesdays: September 11, 18, 25, October 2, 9

TCI2 F2013

5 Wednesdays: October 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13

TCI3 F2013

4 Wednesdays: November 20, December 4, 11, 18 (except November 27)

Tai Chi Chih® Level 2: Tuesdays 2:30pm – 3:30pm TCII1 F2013

5 Tuesdays: September 10, 17, 24, October 1, 8

TCII2 F2013

5 Tuesdays: October 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12

TCII3 F2013

4 Tuesdays: November 19, December 3, 10, 17 (except November 26)

Tai Chi Chih® Level 3: Tuesdays 3:30pm – 4:30pm TCIII1 F2013

5 Tuesdays: September 10, 17, 24, October 1, 8

TCIII2 F2013

5 Tuesdays: October 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12

TCIII3 F2013

4 Tuesdays: November 19, December 3, 10, 17 (except November 26)

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wellness classes

fall 2013

Gentle Yoga to Ease Arthritis and Pain The slow, controlled, physical movement of yoga can provide pain relief, relax stiff muscles, ease sore joints and help build strength. The movements, poses, stretches and deep breathing relaxation techniques can also begin to increase needed range-of-motion and improve blood circulation. This class is designed to ease participants into gentle stretches from lying, sitting and standing positions. Hands-on correction from the instructor is provided when needed. Movements are modified to meet specific needs. Space is limited to 10 participants. Instructor: Nancy O’Brien Prerequisite: Physician Consent Location: RMEC Fee: $85/5 sessions; $70/4 sessions Gentle Yoga to Ease Arthritis and Pain: Tuesdays 12:30pm – 1:30pm GYA1 F2013

5 Tuesdays: September 10, 17, 24, October 1, 8

GYA2 F2013

5 Tuesdays: October 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12

GYA3 F2013

4 Tuesdays: November 19, 26, December 3, 17 (except December 10)

NEW! CardioFusion A challenging combination of stretching, strength building and heart pumping moves, this class will offer a fusion of Yoga, Pilates and dance moves. This class is geared toward the more intermediate or advanced level student. Instructor: Katherine Shapiro, BFA, E-RYT Prerequisite: None Location: RMEC Fee: $70/4 sessions CardioFusion: Thursdays 4:00pm – 5:00pm CF F2013

4 Thursdays: September 26, October 3, 10, 24 (except October 17)

did you know? Engaging in regular physical activity is important for people with arthritis or other rheumatic conditions. Scientific research has revealed that participation in moderate intensity, low-impact physical activity improves pain, function, mood, and quality of life without worsening symptoms or disease severity. (

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fall 2013

Bone Health Monthly Forum Keeping your bones healthy to prevent osteoporosis may not be at the top of your wellness list, but it should be (NOF).Whatever your age, the habits you adopt now can affect your bone health for the rest of your life. It is never too early or too late for you to take steps to have strong bones. Join us for our monthly workshops to learn about what you can do to take care of your bones. Locations: SG (September 12, November 7) RMEC (October 3, December 5) Fee: Free Being Smart About Your Bones Speaker: Patricia Spergl, MSN, RN, ANP-BC BHF1 F2013

Thursday, September 12 • 11:30am – 12:30pm

Calcium and Your Bones Speaker: Deborah McInerney, MS, RD, CDN BHF2 F2013

Thursday, October 3 • 11:30am – 12:30pm

Managing Your Pain Speaker: Barbara Wukovits, RN, BSNC, ONC BHF3 F2013

Thursday, November 7 • 11:30am – 12:30pm

Exercise and Your Bones Speaker: Rupali Joshi, DPT BHF4 F2013

Thursday, December 5 • 11:30am – 12:30pm

did you know? Every day, our body breaks down old bone and builds new bone to replace it. The older we get, our bodies break down more bone than is replaced. Many people who have weak bones are not aware of it since bone loss often happens over a long period of time and does not hurt. There are a variety of ways in which we can keep our bones healthy and strong. Eating foods rich in calcium and vitamin D, getting plenty of exercise, and having good health habits help keep our bones healthy. (

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fall 2013

The Joy of Positive Living As we go through our daily routines, it often becomes challenging to appreciate the positive aspects of our lives. While the effects of positive thinking are still being researched, it has been shown that a positive outlook on life may lead to increased lifespan, greater immune responses to illness and decreased rates of depression. Learn how to maintain optimism and cope with obstacles that may threaten to bring you down. Prepare for the workshop by thinking about what in life makes you happy! Space is limited to 20 participants. Instructor: Jan Kliger, MS Location: RMEC Fee: $10 JPL F2013

Monday, October 14 • 2:30pm – 3:30pm

How’s My Posture Good posture is important because it helps your body function at top speed. It promotes movement efficiency and endurance and contributes to an overall feeling of well-being. This workshop will discuss how poor posture contributes to lower back pain and how simple modifications can help you feel better. Space is limited to 15 participants. Instructor: Kristin Engesser, PT, DPT and Dana Rose, PT, DPT Location: RMEC Fee: $10 HMP1 F2013

Monday, October 21 • 1:30pm – 3:00pm

HMP2 F2013

Wednesday, November 6 • 1:30pm – 3:00pm

did you know? Laughter is a great way to live positively. Studies have shown that laughing can quicken pulse rate, stimulate blood circulation, activate muscles, increase oxygen intake and help a person relax. Laughter can provide a positive outlook on life and allow one to unwind. (American Heart Association)

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fall 2013

Restorative Yoga and Deep Relaxation Stress from illness, pain or life’s challenges has a profound impact on our bodies and minds. It can weaken the immune system, increase cardiovascular problems, disrupt sleep and cause physical pain. Restorative yoga utilizes gentle, supported poses tailored to each individual’s condition to aid in deep relaxation and rejuvenation. These relaxation techniques will bring together focused breathing, meditation and calming poses to give your mind and body the support they need. Space is limited to 10 participants. Instructor: Nancy O’Brien Location: RMEC Fee: $20/2 sessions RY F2013

2 Mondays: September 30, Oct 7 • 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Core Stabilization for Women Core and pelvic stability refers to the ability of the lower back, abdominal, hip and pelvic muscles to properly work in alignment. Strengthening this region can improve your balance and posture, prevent injury, reduce pain and is especially important for women who want to keep active and healthy! Join us for this program that includes a lecture about core and pelvic stability, followed by guided instruction of strengthening exercises. Participants must be able to get on and off a mat independently. Space is limited to 15 participants. Instructors: Victoria Moran, PT, DPT and Anna Ribaudo, PT, DPT Location: RMEC Fee: $10 CSW F2013

Thursday, November 21 • 2:30pm – 4:00pm

did you know? Correct posture is a simple but very important way to keep the many intricate structures in the back and spine healthy. It is much more than cosmetic—good posture and back support can be critical to reducing the incidence and levels of back pain and neck pain. (

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fall 2013

Coping with Illness and Chronic Injury Coping with chronic illness or a serious injury can be challenging. Gaining skills in just a few core areas, however, can make the process more manageable. These two workshops will focus on relaxation and communication skills. The first session will introduce simple techniques that can ease bodily tension/pain, reduce anxiety and improve mental focus. The second session will discuss how to approach difficult conversations with physicians, family, or others. Participants will review the scientific literature and have a chance to share personal insights. Space is limited to 20 participants. Instructor: Nimali Jayasinghe, PhD and Martha A. Sparks, PhD Location: RMEC Fee: $20/2 sessions CCI F2013

2 Mondays: November 18, 25 • 2:00pm – 3:30pm

NEW! Pilates Basics This class will introduce you to the basic fundamentals of Pilates and provide the foundation for getting maximum benefit from your Pilates workout. Instructor: Katherine Shapiro, BFA, E-RYT Prerequisite: None Location: RMEC Fee: $15 PB1 F2013

Thursday, November 21 • 4:00pm – 5:00pm

PB2 F2013

Thursday, December 5 • 4:00pm – 5:00pm

did you know? Initially, learning how to live with your chronic illness might seem like it is controlling you. But the more you learn and can do for yourself, the more ‘normal’ and in control you may end up feeling. (

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education and support programs

fall 2013

Scleroderma Support Group Sponsored by the Scleroderma Foundation Tri-State Chapter and Hospital for Special Surgery Public and Patient Education Department, this support group brings together people living with scleroderma, including family members and friends, to create a network of support and encouragement. This group meets the first Wednesday of each month. For more information about this support group, contact the Scleroderma Foundation Tri-State Chapter at 1.800.867.0885.

Department of Social Work Support & Education Programs HSS has a variety of support and education programs dedicated to meeting the needs of individuals facing the daily challenges of rheumatic illness. Call the numbers listed below for further information about these programs. Charla de Lupus速 (Lupus Chat) . . . . . .866.812.4494 toll-free LANtern速 (Lupus Asian Network) . . . . .866.505.2253 toll-free LupusLine速 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .866.375.1427 toll-free SLE Workshop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .212.774.7654 Early RA Patient Support and Education Group . . . . . . . . . . . . .212.774.7378 Living with RA Support and Education Group . . . . . . . . . . . . .212.774.2539 Myositis Support Group . . . . . . . . . . .212.774.7623

did you know? Some people wish to reach out beyond friends and family for emotional support. Support groups may help you feel less isolated as you make connections with other people facing similar issues.

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greenberg academy for successful aging: free lectures

fall 2013

Heart Health 101 Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women (American Heart Association). Though alarming, there is good news—heart disease can be preventable and controllable. Join us to learn the signs and symptoms of heart disease along with its connections to cholesterol and diabetes. We will also discuss steps you can take to lower your risk and better control your heart condition. You will leave with a detailed description and handout about “knowing your numbers”; what a healthy diet means and how much exercise is needed. Speaker: Monica Richey, MSN, ANP-BC/GNP Location: RMEC Fee: Free HH F2013

Thursday, October 10 • 10:30am – 11:30am

Knee Pain Knee pain is a common complaint that affects people of all ages. Not all knee pain is serious. But some knee injuries and medical conditions, such as osteoarthritis, can lead to increasing pain, joint damage and disability if left untreated. Having a knee injury — even a minor one — may increase the risk that you'll have similar injuries in the future. Join us to learn about the causes and risks of knee pain, how to prevent it and the most current drug, non-drug and surgical treatment options available. Speakers: Morgan Swanstrom, MD and Samir Trehan, MD Location: RMEC Fee: Free KP F2013

Tuesday, October 15 • 10:30am – 11:30am

did you know? It is important to remember that it is never too late to start keeping your heart healthy. A recent study showed that people between the ages of 70 to 90 who lead healthy lifestyle can reduce their chances of heart disease risk by nearly two-thirds. (

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greenberg academy for successful aging: free lectures

fall 2013

Take Control of Your Health—Become Proactive In this complex world of maintaining our bodies in good health and confronting issues of changing diseases, injuries and effects of aging, the key person of living a healthier, happier and longer life, is you – the gatekeeper of your health. You will hear tips and tricks from two orthopedic surgeons, who together have been at HSS for over 100 years. Some topics covered will be how to review and maintain your own medical records, how to communicate with your doctor and/or surgeon, safe ways to avoid daily mishaps, pain control, the aging spine and some highlights of your general nutrition. Speaker: David B. Levine, MD and Leon Root, MD Location: RMEC Fee: Free TCH F2013

Tuesday, October 22 • 10:30am – 11:30am

MEDICARE 2014: Know Your Rights Come to learn the latest information on Medicare, Medicare Supplement/Medigap insurance, Medicare Advantage, Medicare Part D and EPIC. Find out important changes for next year and how to protect yourself from Medicare fraud. You will have an opportunity to get your Medicare questions answered and equip yourself with the important knowledge you need in order to navigate your health insurance. Speaker: Eric Hausman, MBA Location: DC Fee: Free MMC F2013

Thursday, October 31 • 10:30am – 12:00pm

did you know? Falls and fractures are not an inevitable part of growing older. Many falls result from personal or lifestyle factors that can be changed such as safety hazards in the persons’ home or community environment. Certain medications can cause side effects such as dizziness, confusion and sleepiness that increase a person’s risk of falling. Some medications don’t work well together and may cause problems that lead to falls. If you think your medicines are causing problems, be sure to talk with your doctor about your risk of falls from medications. Don’t stop taking them unless you talk with your doctor first. (

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greenberg academy for successful aging: wellness classes fall 2013 Stretch Yoga for Older Adults Stretch and tone your body with simple, gentle body movements that will help you feel active, energized and relaxed. Stretch yoga combines gentle stretches from sitting and standing positions (during the last 20 minutes you will have a choice of sitting or lying down); breathing techniques for relaxation and stress reduction; and visualization and concentration skills to help develop an awareness and sensitivity of your personal energy. Space is limited to 15 participants. Instructor: Katherine Shapiro, BFA, E-RYT Prerequisite: Physician Consent Location: TBD Fee: $85/5; $70/4 sessions Stretch Yoga for Older Adults • Wednesdays 12:15pm – 1:15pm SYOA1 F2013

5 Wednesdays: September 11, 18, 25, October 2, 9

SYOA2 F2013

5 Wednesdays: October 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13

SYOA3 F2013

4 Wednesdays: November 20, December 4, 11, 18 (except November 27)

Dance for Fitness & Fun Learn ballroom dancing while improving balance with our professional dance instructor/dance therapist. This is a gentle dance class that is specifically designed for adults 65 and older. The class will begin with a fun warm-up session that is done while both standing and sitting. You will leave each week able to step out to a different dance including the tango, merengue, rumba and waltz. Studies have shown that dance maintains cardiovascular fitness, enhances emotional wellbeing, strengthens weight-bearing bones and slows loss of bone mass. No previous dance experience necessary. Space is limited to 10 participants. Instructor: Oleg Trebunski Prerequisite: None Location: RMEC Fee: $100/6 sessions Dance for Fitness & Fun • Mondays 10:30am – 11:30am DFF1 F2013

6 Mondays: September 30, October 7, 14, 21, 28, November 4

DFF2 F2013

6 Mondays: November 11, 18, 25, December 2, 9, 16

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greenberg academy for successful aging: wellness classes fall 2013 Better Balance for Older Adults This course will consist of unique exercises selected for individuals who would like to increase their balance control and decrease the risk of falls. This program incorporates a set of slow, simple movements adapted from a variety of Eastern modalities including yoga, T’ai Chi Chih® and QiGong. Chairs will be provided to hold for balance, if needed. Space is limited to 10 participants. Instructor: Carolyn Perkins Prerequisite: Physician Consent Location: RMEC Fee: $85/5 sessions Better Balance for Older Adults • Wednesdays 1:45pm – 2:45pm BB F2013

5 Wednesdays: October 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13

did you know? Research indicates that individuals should try to do balance activities three or more days a week. These activities include practicing standing on one foot, standing up from a sitting position, learning Tai Chi, a Chinese mind-body exercise that involves moving the body slowly and gently or going to a yoga class. (Department of Health and Human Services)

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greenberg academy for successful aging: workshops

fall 2013

Stronger Bones for Older Adults This class is for patients with osteopenia, osteoporosis or for those who would like to learn which exercises to perform for optimal bone health. Come join us to learn how HSS focuses on five key areas (posture, flexibility, strength, weight bearing and balance), all equally important in helping people with osteopenia and osteoporosis to lead healthier lives. Participants will be expected to independently transfer to and from the floor mats. Space is limited to 10 participants. Instructor: Rupali Joshi, PT, MEd, PhD Prerequisite: Physician Consent Location: RMEC Fee: $20/2 sessions SBOA F2013

2 Tuesdays: October 1 & 8 11:00am – 12:00pm

Health Information on the Web: Just a Click Away This hands-on workshop is designed to help you make sense of health information on the Internet. Using a computer provided during class, you will learn the following: getting started (World Wide Web basics); introduction to reliable consumer health information; sources on the Internet (e.g., tips for healthy living, doctor’s credentials, hospitals, and drug information); and how to discuss the information you find online with your doctor. Space is limited to 10 participants. Instructor: Rie Smethurst, MSLIS Location: WCMC Fee: $10 HIW F2013

Thursday, October 24 • 10:00am-12:00pm

Overcoming the Blues: Coping with Depression and Anxiety Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed by feelings of helplessness or hopelessness? Do these feelings tend to make you feel isolated and interfere with your enjoyment of life? Feelings of depression and sadness are more common than you may think; they are not a sign of personal weakness, but rather something that you can help change. This workshop will provide you with a variety of techniques for identifying and changing your beliefs about life’s aversive conditions (including health and financial issues), along with behavioral techniques for learning to recover some of your zest for life. Space is limited to 30 participants. Instructor: Janet L. Wolfe, PhD Location: RMEC Fee: $10 OTB F2013

Tuesday, October 29 • 10:30am – 11:45am Register online:



faculty biographies

fall 2013

Hagit Berdishevsky, PT, MSPT, DPT, is an advanced clinician at the Joint Mobility Center at HSS. She graduated from a physical education and sports science program in Israel with a specialty in postural defects cultivation, received her master’s degree in physical therapy from CUNY and her clinical doctorate degree from St. Augustine University in Florida. Hagit is certified as a Schroth scoliosis therapist from the Asklepios KatherinaSchroth Clinic in Germany and the Barcelona Scoliosis Physical Therapy School in Spain. Barry Brause, MD, is an attending physician and is the director of infectious diseases at HSS. He is also a professor of clinical medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Brause’s specialty is infections of the bones, joints and soft tissues, infections associated with prosthetic joints and other foreign bodies, and musculoskeletal, orthopedic and rheumatologic infections. Eve Delachartre started practicing yoga more than 35 years ago in the style of Sri Krishnamacharya. She studied South Indian dance for three years as part of a cultural exchange scholarship. She is certified in Prana Yoga and Integrative Yoga Therapy and began private and group yoga instruction in 1994 in New York. Kristin Engesser, PT, DPT, graduated from NYIT with a doctorate in physical therapy in 2011 and has been a staff physical therapist at HSS since then. She has worked in the acute care section and is currently doing a rotation at the Joint Mobility Center. Kristin also worked in the wheelchair clinic at HSS. She enjoys working with patients who have various orthopedic conditions and has a special interest in postural reeducation. She has also spent many years as a dancer specializing in modern dance. Laura Gibofsky, MS, RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian and a New York State Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist. Laura earned her undergraduate degree in dietetics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received her master’s degree in public health nutrition, with a specialty in maternal and child nutrition, from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. In addition to the HSS adult patient population, Laura serves as the hospital’s pediatric dietitian. Eric Hausman, MBA, is an independent consultant at the New York City Department of Aging who specializes in Medicare education and training. Eric has conducted extensive Medicare workshops since 1998. Over the last ten years, he has served as the lead trainer for the HIICAP Program in New York State, providing training and technical assistance to Medicare counselors throughout the state. He previously worked in the Medicare operations of Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield (Wellpoint). Eric holds both his BBA and MBA degrees from Baruch College in Manhattan. John Indalecio, MS, OTR/L, CHT, received his master's degree in occupational therapy from Chatham University in Pittsburgh. He is a staff occupational therapist at HSS and a specialist in hand therapy. John specializes in working with long-term and chronic conditions including arthritis and scleroderma. He has traveled to Guatemala with a group of surgeons and therapists on a medical mission for the last two years, and will make his next trip in December 2013. Nimali Jayasinghe, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and is an assistant professor of psychology at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Jayasinghe’s clinical practice and research focuses on helping patients strengthen their ability to cope with traumatic accidents, including falls. She currently holds a research career award on this topic from the National Institute of Mental Health. Dr. Jayasinghe's broader interests are in the relationship between physical and emotional health. 20 | Fall 2013

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fall 2013

Rupali Joshi, PT, MEd, PhD, is a clinician in the acute care section as well as the Leon Root, MD, Motion Analysis Laboratory at HSS. She received her bachelor’s degree in India and earned her doctorate at Temple University. Her research and clinical interests focus on osteoporosis and spine-related clinical problems. Jan Kliger, MS, is a gerontologist and recreational therapist with over 10 years of experience conducting creative group therapy and workshops for all ages. Jan worked on two grants funded by the National Institutes of Health under the direction of New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Weill Cornell Medical College and has presented evidenced-based health and wellness programs in senior centers throughout New York. David B. Levine, MD, is emeritus professor of clinical orthopedic surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College. Since 2003, Dr. Levine has served as director of the Alumni Association and archives of the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS). Having joined the hospital staff in 1961 as an orthopedic resident, Dr. Levine was Chief of Scoliosis from 1967 to 1995 when he retired from patient care. In May 2013, he published Anatomy of a Hospital–Hospital for Special Surgery 1863-2013, a definitive 150-year history of HSS, with eight contributing authors. It tells the story of the oldest orthopedic hospital in our country in 537 pages and over 150 photographs. He is also the author of The Painful Low Back, published in 1979. The David B. Levine Chair in Scoliosis at HSS is currently occupied by the present Chief of Scoliosis, Oheneba Boachie-Adjei, MD. Deborah McInerney, MS, RD, CDN, is a clinical nutritionist at HSS with both the inpatient and outpatient population as well as in the Center for Skeletal Dysplasia. She has given a variety of lectures ranging from weight management and healthy eating to nutrition in relation to rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus. Victoria Moran PT, DPT, is a staff physical therapist at HSS. She received her doctorate from Touro College and is a graduate of the sports physical therapy resident program at HSS. Victoria’s clinical interests include orthopedics, sports rehab and core strengthening. Nancy O’Brien is a certified yoga instructor specializing in therapeutic and restorative practices. She has developed and teaches wellness and therapeutic yoga programming in senior centers, hospitals and clinics throughout New York City; trains yoga teachers to work with people living with arthritis and chronic pain; and served as an advisor to the Arthritis Foundation on its new “Arthritis-Friendly Yoga” DVD. The former New York Daily News editor has written for Yoga Journal and Yoga Therapy Today and blogs on integrative health. Nancy credits yoga with her own ongoing recovery from serious illness. Varsha Parasram, PT, DPT, is a physical therapist at HSS. She received her doctorate in physical therapy from Columbia University and received a master of science in teaching from Pace University. Varsha has always been interested in how the body moves and worked as a cross-country and track and field coach for high school students before she became a physical therapist. Carolyn Perkins is an accredited T'ai Chi Chih instructor, a graduate of the Swedish Institute and a certified Ingham Reflexologist with extensive training in a variety of healing methods. In 1998 Carolyn studied Qigong Healing with a world famous master at a hospital in Beijing. She became an accredited teacher of T'ai Chi Chih in 1995 and has subsequently studied other forms of T'ai Chi under masters in Australia, China and the U.S. She is also the originator of a unique form of balance movements (called Chi Balance) based on T'ai Chi and Qigong. Register online:



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fall 2013

M. Cary Reid, MD, received his medical degree from the University of South Carolina. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Dartmouth Medical Center. Dr. Reid completed a fellowship in geriatric medicine at Yale University and was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar. He also received a coveted Paul Beeson Physician Faculty Scholarship in Aging Award while a faculty member at Yale. Dr. Reid has been published widely on the management of pain in older adults. Anna Ribaudo PT, DPT, is an advanced clinician staff physical therapist of the Rehabilitation Department at HSS. She received her doctorate at New York Institute of Technology in New York in 2003. Anna recently completed an orthopedic residency program at HSS. She has also presented nationally on the effects of exercise on osteoporosis. Monica Richey, MSN, ANP-BC/GNP, is a nurse practitioner for the Mary Kirkland Center for Lupus Care at HSS. She is the primary nurse for the Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Program for Lupus/APS patients and serves as the coordinator for the Lupus Clinic Preventive Initiative. She has spoken in many forums on cardiovascular disease management and prevention, including national conferences for nurses and many patient-centered support groups. Leon Root, MD, is an attending orthopedic surgeon at HSS and a professor of clinical orthopedic surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College with special interest in back and hip problems. For the past 25 years, Dr. Root, together with medical professionals from HSS and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, has been providing free musculoskeletal screenings to children in medically underserved communities in New York City through HSS' Leon M. Root, MD Pediatric Outreach Program (POP). Dr. Root is the author of the popular books No More Aching Back, Beautiful Bones Without Hormones and The Doctors Guide to Tennis Elbow, Trick Knee, and Other Miseries of the Weekend Athlete. Dana Rose, PT, DPT, received her clinical doctorate in physical therapy from Quinnipiac University. She is a staff clinician in the Acute Care Department at HSS. She has a special interest in core strengthening and postural re-education. Katherine Shapiro, BFA E-RYT, has a BFA in dance, is an E-RYT 500, and is Pilatescertified. She has over 20 years teaching experience and teaches both privately and in studios in New York City and the Hamptons, including YogaWorks and One Ocean Yoga. Jennifer L. Solomon, MD, is a board-certified physiatrist in physical medicine and rehabilitation at HSS. She completed her fellowship in spine and sports medicine in 2003. Dr. Solomon is a team physician for the United States Tennis Association, serves as a medical consultant for La Palestra Center for Preventive Medicine and writes a monthly column for Oxygen magazine. Dr. Solomon’s research interests include investigating common lower back injuries and other sports injuries that predominantly affect active women. Her practice is devoted to using non-operative and minimally invasive treatments of spine and sports injuries. Martha A. Sparks, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist. A graduate of Columbia University and Fairleigh Dickinson University, she completed post-doctoral fellowships at the American Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Sparks specializes in mood and anxiety disorders and the integration of medical and mental health care. 22 | Fall 2013

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fall 2013

Rie Smethurst, MSLIS, has a strong background in reference service, collection development, and electronic resources management in medical libraries with over six years of experience at New York Medical College. There she was responsible for developing and maintaining their electronic resource collection along with providing orientation and classes to the faculty, residents and students in the pathology, ophthalmology and otolaryngology departments. Additionally she provided full reference service to the entire NYMC community. Patricia Spergl, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, is a nurse practitioner at HSS Osteoporosis Prevention Center. She has worked as a registered nurse at HSS since 1999 in a variety of settings. Patricia is the first registered nurse at HSS to be awarded The Georgette “Gigi” Viellion, RN, ONC, Orthopedic Nursing Education Scholarship Award. She recently obtained her masters of science degree as an adult nurse practitioner from Columbia University. Morgan Swanstrom, MD, is a third-year orthopedic resident at HSS. She received her undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where she played lacrosse and majored in kinesiology and chemistry. Dr. Swanstrom earned her medical degree at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Quynh Tran, BSc, CCPR, is a clinical research manager for the Department of Hand and Upper Extremity at HSS. She has over six years of experience in clinical research. She has received her degree from the University of Waterloo, Ontario and is presently enrolled in Drexel University’s Master of Science in Clinical Research Organization and Management program in Philadelphia, Pa. Oleg Trebunski is a professional dance coach and instructor. Oleg teaches dance instruction and dance therapy for seniors and the disabled at the Church on the Hill Older Adults Program, as well as ballroom and Latin dance to children and adults in programs throughout Manhattan and Westchester counties. Oleg has coached both of his daughters to great acclaim: One daughter placed second in U.S. Professional American Ballroom and another daughter is one of the professional dancers on ABC’s hit show Dancing with the Stars. Samir Trehan, MD, is a third-year orthopedic resident at HSS. He received his bachelor of arts degree in biochemical sciences from Harvard University. Dr. Trehan earned his medical degree from the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Janet Wolfe, PhD, received her PhD in clinical psychology from New York University, where she is adjunct professor in the Department of Applied Psychology. She served over 35 years as executive director of the Albert Ellis Institute in New York City. Dr. Wolfe is the author of What to Do When He Has a Headache: Renewing Desire and Intimacy in Your Relationship and has appeared on Oprah, Donahue, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, BBC News and Good Day New York. Barbara Wukovitz, RN, BSN, BC, is the director of pain services in the Department of Anesthesiology at HSS. In addition to her clinical work, Barbara is active in clinical research in the area of acute pain and has published many articles in peer review journals.

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registration guidelines

fall 2013

For program information, contact: Linda Roberts, LCSW, Greenberg Academy for Successful Aging Health & Wellness Coordinator, 212.774.7041 For registration inquiries, contact: Huijuan (Jane) Huang, MPA, Program Coordinator, Program Registrar, 212.774.2793 Payment Please register by mail using the attached registration form or online at No registrations will be accepted over the telephone. Mail registration form and payment to: Hospital for Special Surgery, Education & Academic Affairs, 535 East 70th Street, New York, NY 10021. We accept personal checks (made payable to Hospital for Special Surgery), Visa, MasterCard, American Express and money orders. PLEASE DO NOT MAIL CASH. Registration Please register early to secure your place in the program. Space is limited. If you are a returning program participant, you must register to begin a new series. PLEASE NOTE: Registration for programs with a fee will not be processed unless accompanied by payment. Confirmation Confirmation notices for programs will be sent 10 days before the start of the program. To ensure that you receive a confirmation letter, have your registration form postmarked and sent at least two weeks prior to the program start date. If you do not receive a confirmation letter one week before the start of the program, please call 212.774.2793 to confirm your registration. Physician Consent Physician consent is required for the following programs: Gentle Yoga to Ease Arthritis and Pain: Core Stabilization for Women, Stretch Yoga for Older Adults, Better Balance for Older Adults, and Stronger Bones for Older Adults. PLEASE NOTE: Physician consent expires after one year. A physician’s consent is required if back-to-back registration occurs. Missed Classes We are no longer offering make-up classes. If you register for a multi-session class and are unable to attend all sessions, no make-up classes will be offered. Refunds and Credits A handling fee of $20 is deducted for all cancellations. A refund or credit is available if you cancel up to one week before the program begins. No refunds or credits will be given if you do not attend an event without giving prior notice. If you start a multi-session class and decide not to continue, no credit or refund will be given. There are no refunds or credits for one-time workshops should you decide not to attend. Program Cancellation Hospital for Special Surgery’s Education & Academic Affairs Division reserves the right to cancel any program. Registrants will be notified by phone within 24 hours prior to the event. Full refunds or credits will be issued. Try a Class If you would like to try one class of a “series” of wellness classes, the cost is $20 per class. Contact Huijuan (Jane) Huang at 212.774.2793 to arrange.

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FALL 2013 REGISTRATION FORM Reservations are required. Reserve early. SPACE IS LIMITED.

❑ TCI2 F2013 10/16 – 11/13 $85

❑ TCII2 F2013 10/15 – 11/12 $85

❑ TCIII2 F2013 10/15 – 11/12 $85

❑ GYA2 F2013 10/15 – 11/12 $85

Tai Chi Chih Level 1 ❑ TCI1 F2013 9/10 – 10/8 $85

Tai Chi Chih® Level 2 ❑ TCII1 F2013 9/10 – 10/8 $85

Tai Chi Chih® Level 3 ❑ TCIII1 F2013 9/11 – 10/9 $85

Gentle Yoga to Ease Arthritis and Pain ❑ GYA1 F2013 9/10 – 10/8 $85


Being Smart About Your Bones

CF F2013

BHF1 F2013


❑ IPMC2 F2013 10/16 – 11/13 $70

Staying Fit in Your 50s

HSF F2013

Intermediate Pilates Mat Class ❑ IPMC1 F2013 9/11 – 10/9 $85

Pain Medicines: What You Need to Know

PM F2013


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❑ 10/24 ❑ 11/18


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❑ 9/26 – 10/24 ❑ 9/12

❑ GYA3 F2013 11/19 – 12/17 $70

❑ TCIII3 F2013 11/19 – 12/17 $70

❑ TCII3 F2013 11/19 – 12/17 $70

❑ TCI3 F2013 11/20 – 12/18 $70

❑ IPMC3 F2013 11/20 – 12/18 $70

❑ BPMC3 F2013 11/20 – 12/18 $70

Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis – The Schroth Method and What You Need to Know

AIS F2013

❑ BPMC2 F2013 10/16 – 11/13 $70

Low Back Pain

LBP F2013

❑ IYL2 F2013 11/4 – 12/16 $100

Today’s Options for Osteoarthritis Management

OAS F2013

Beginner’s Pilates Mat Class ❑ BPMC1 F2013 9/11 – 10/9 $85

Understanding Health Research Studies: What to Believe

HRS F2013

Intermediate Yogalates ❑ IYL1 F2013 9/9 – 10/21 $120

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Infectious Diseases: Recommendations for Staying Well

RA F2013

❑ BYL2 S2013 11/4 – 12/16 $100

Eat to Treat: The Relationship Between Nutrition and Inflammation

NI F2013

Beginner Yogalates ❑ BYL1 S2013 9/9 – 10/21 $120

Don’t Let Hand Pain Stop You

HP F2013

Managing Your Pain

Exercise and Your Bones

The Joy of Positive Living

BHF3 F2013

BHF4 F2013

JPL F2013

Core Stabilization for Women

Coping with Illness and Chronic Injury

CSW F2013

CCI F2013

Take Control of Your Health—Become Proactive

Medicare 2014: Know Your Rights

TCH F2013

MMC F2013

Better Balance for Older Adults

Stronger Bones for Older Adults

Health Information on the Web: Just a Click Away

Overcoming the Blues: Coping with Depression and Anxiety

SBOA F2013

HIW1 F2012

OTB F2013

❑ DFF2 F2013 11/11 – 12/16 $100

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Dance for Fitness & Fun ❑ DFF1 F2013 9/30 – 11/4 $100


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❑ SYOA3 F2013 11/20 – 12/18 $70

❑ PB2 F2013 12/5 $10

❑ HMP2 F2013 11/6 $10

❑ SYOA2 F2013 10/16 – 11/13 $85

Knee Pain

KP F2013

Stretch Yoga for Older Adults ❑ SYOA1 F2013 9/11 – 10/9 $85

Heart Health 101

HH F2013

Pilates Basics ❑ PB1 F2013 11/21 $10

Restorative Yoga and Deep Relaxation

RY F2013

How’s My Posture ❑ HMP1 F2013 10/21 $10

Calcium and Your Bones

BHF2 F2013

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From Education to Empowerment: Fall 2013 Calendar of Classes  

View the Fall 2013 calendar of Public and Patient programs and classes at Hospital for Special Surgery. Hospital for Special Surgery’s Publi...