The Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) Rheumatology Fellowship Program is a broad-based, in-depth clinical and research experience that delivers the highest-quality academic training to rheumatology professionals. HSS and the Weill Cornell Medical Center (WCMC) create a rich environment for learning and for the development of an academic career. Didactic sessions include introductory rheumatology, immunology and clinical epidemiology lectures, as well as a weekly journal club, rheumatology grand rounds and clinical-pathology-radiology conferences.


The clinical experience is focused on the outpatient rheumatology clinics at HSS, the inpatient consultative service at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and the inpatient Rheumatic Disease Unit at HSS. In addition to the core clinical experience in rheumatology, office-based orthopedic clinics (sports medicine, hand, shoulder, spine, hip, knee, and foot) and musculoskeletal clinics (osteoporosis, neuromuscular disease, osteogenesis imperfecta, and rehabilitation) are available.


The fellowship program offers an integrated approach to clinical and research training. Fellowship research projects generally tie in with ongoing research activities within the program. Each fellow's research experience is coordinated by a faculty mentor and mentorship committee. Fellows present at research-in-progress conferences and at national meetings. The energy and resources of the fellowship's multiple participating institutions enrich its scientific environment. Active scientific collaborations are encouraged and ongoing; and inter-institutional training programs are available, when appropriate.

For fellows pursuing research on the immunological mechanisms of disease, the Graduate Program in Immunology sponsors weekly research seminars, weekly guest seminars, and a formal course in immunology. Fellows pursuing a project in clinical research are encouraged to pursue a Certificate in Clinical Investigation, or a master's degree program in clinical investigation or public health. All fellows are expected to present the results of their research at regional and national meetings.

The program is supported by on-site research core facilities, which include flow cytometry/cell sorting, molecular biology, analytic microscopy, specialists in research methodology and statistics, an outcomes research unit and confocal microscopy. The research cores of our sister institutions support transgenic animal models, protein sequencing and gene therapy.

The HSS rheumatology program is dedicated to advancing knowledge in both basic and clinical research. The research program is strongly supported by over $20M in grants, and the $70M new research building program is evidence of the commitment of both our scientists, and our Board of Trustees, to the highest quality of basic and clinical investigation. Our fellowship research program is supported by an NIH T32 research training grant.

Weekly Conferences

Rheumatology Ambulatory Care Center Clinic (twice per week)
Lupus Clinic
Introduction to Musculoskeletal Ultrasound 
Adult & Pediatrics Rheumatology Walk Rounds
Surgical Arthritis Center
Rheumatology Introductory Course (twice per week)
Immunology Lecture Series
Rheumatology Grand Rounds
Rheumatology Journal Club
Clinical Epidemiology Journal Club
Radiology Rounds
HSS Rheumatology Research in Progress Series


S. Louis Bridges, Jr., M.D., Ph.D., Chief

Rheumatology Fellowship Program

Juliet Aizer, M.D., M.P.H., Program Co-Director
Karmela Chan, M.D., Program Co-Director
535 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021
Tel: (212) 774-7056