The Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Center is a collaborative program between the Division of Rheumatology and the NYU The Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology. The Center, established in 2003, is currently co-directed by Drs. Soumya Reddy and Jose U. Scher from the Division of Rheumatology, and Dr. Andrea Neimann, of The Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology. The Center cares for approximately 1,300 patients each year.
Treatment of Psoriatic Arthritis is best directed by a rheumatologist but many patients may require co-management by a dermatologist. At NYU Rheumatology we believe the best possible care in PsA can only be achieved by an interdisciplinary and comprehensive world-class approach to patients with unique needs. The Psoriatic Arthritis Center team, located at the NYU Center for Musculoskeletal Care, is led by our rheumatologists. An integrated and comprehensive approach is supported by close interaction with our dermatology colleagues conveniently located at the nearby Psoriasis Center and with an onsite musculoskeletal radiologist dedicated to the understanding of the early joint/tendon changes in PsA; a cardiologist and a nutritionist to treat risk factors for cardiovascular disease; an orthopedic surgeon specialized in PsA and physical and occupational therapists familiar with PsA.
During the initial visits, patients will be evaluated by Drs. Reddy and Scher. Utilizing comprehensive questionnaires and physical examination, the degree of skin and joint involvement will be determined, a diagnosis will be established, and a unique and personalized therapeutic plan will be outlined and adjusted for each patient. The need for further assessment by other specialists will be determined and appropriate referrals will be suggested. Occasionally, a same day appointment with our Musculoskeletal Radiologists and/or Dermatologists may be arranged. Most patients, however, can be seen during follow up visits.
Ongoing care at the Center involves the same comprehensive and multi-disciplinary approach to monitor the progress the patients condition as well as safety if medications are being used.
The Center specializes in both traditional and newer biologic medications. Drs. Reddy and Scher are the principal investigators of numerous clinical trials of novel treatments for psoriatic arthritis at the NYU Langone Center for Musculoskeletal Care's Seligman Center for Advanced Therapeutics. In addition, Dr. Scher is the principal investigator on a NIH-funded research study on the role of the Microbiome in Psoriatic Arthritis. Moreover, the Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Research Registry actively follows a cohort of patients over a long period of time to answer important clinical, translational, and epidemiologic questions regarding psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis for those patients that are interested in participating.
Participation in our research initiatives is encouraged (but not required). Patient involvement not only helps us better understand Psoriatic Arthritis causes, diagnosis and treatment but it also enhances the way we can care for patients.
For more information or an appointment:
If you have psoriatic arthritis or have joint or spine pain that may be related to psoriasis please call Center for Musculoskeletal Care at 646-501-7400.
If you have skin psoriasis only, please contact the The Skin and Cancer Unit of the Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology at 212-263-5250.