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Montefiore Medical Center Celebrates World Arthritis Day with Public Education Event

Montefiore and The Arthritis Foundation Joined Forces to Offer New Yorkers an Educational Program Presented by Experts in the Field of Osteoarthritis

NEW YORK CITY, NY (October 12, 2012) – Nearly 200 area residents attended a World Arthritis Day kick-off event at Montefiore Medical Center yesterday where they had the opportunity to hear presentations and seek counsel from expert physicians in the field of osteoarthritis.

The event featured four presentations and a Q&A session, where attendees had the opportunity to ask leading experts for advice and guidance on how best to manage arthritis. Presentations focused on arthritis research and treatments, as well as providing guidance on how to identify arthritic pain, how to discuss symptoms with a Primary Care Provider and how to best prepare to see a rheumatologist.

“Arthritis affects many people and it can have a huge impact on quality of life. It’s very important to raise awareness and provide access to information about management techniques and treatment options. Our program, in observation of World Arthritis Day, allowed us to inform and educate the community about the best ways to manage this condition,” said Neil J. Cobelli, MD, Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Montefiore Medical Center and University Chairman and Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

In addition to Dr. Cobelli, the presenters were Irene Blanco, MD, MS, Director of the Montefiore Lupus Clinic, Co-Director of the Arthritis Clinic, Director, Einstein Lupus Cohort, Assistant Professor, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Clement Tagoe, MD, Attending Physician, Division of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center, Associate Professor, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and John Hardin, MD, Vice President of Research at The Arthritis Foundation. Presentations also included practical information about how to decrease pain and improve joint movement through exercise, and how to identify when joint replacement surgery is a viable option.

Approximately 50 million people, including 3.6 million New Yorkers, live with arthritis in the U.S. The kick-off World Arthritis Day event at Montefiore helped to inform attendees of the latest and most effective methods for treating and living with the condition.

Carol Galbreath, Senior Director, Public Relations, Arthritis Foundation; Clement Tagoe, MD, Attending Physician, Division of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center; Irene Blanco, MD, MS, Director of the Montefiore Lupus Clinic, Co-Director of the Arthritis Clinic, Director, Einstein Lupus Cohor; Neil J. Cobelli, MD, Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Montefiore Medical Center; John Hardin, MD, Vice President of Research at The Arthritis Foundation; Nicole Harris-Hollingsworth, EdD, CHES, Senior Director, Community & Population Health, Montefiore Medical Center;

Transcript from our live Twitter session