Magdalena Cadet, M.D., provides physicians and patients with cutting edge Rheumatology and Osteoporosis services. Her interests in these areas have always focused on women’s health issues.
Board certified in Rheumatology and Internal Medicine, Dr. Cadet received her undergraduate degree at Georgetown University and her medical degree from Drexel University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. After college, she attended the Harvard University Extension School. At Drexel University, she completed the Women’s Health Education Program and was selected to participate in the Harvard University Visiting Clerkship Program. Magdalena was also awarded the honor of being the selected graduation speaker at the 2002 commencement ceremony. She went on to complete an Internal Medicine residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, and then a fellowship in Rheumatology at New York University/Hospital for Joint Diseases. During her fellowship, Dr. Cadet was one of a small group of fellows to be selected to serve on the American College of Rheumatology subcommittees of Quality Measures. In addition to her current position as attending physician and Director of Rheumatology at New York Hospital Queens/New York Presbyterian Healthcare System, she is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. She is actively involved in medical student and resident education as well as community outreach.
Dr. Cadet’s research interests have focused on osteoporosis, preventative care in rheumatic diseases, investigating gene expression profiles in psoriatic arthritis and examining the health disparities that exist among minority populations particularly in musculoskeletal diseases and cardiovascular health. Dr. Cadet has spearheaded program developments that include implementing an osteoporosis clinic and an infusion center for administering intravenous therapy for osteoporosis management at her current hospital. She is currently developing a model of care for osteoporosis prevention and treatment to address fracture prevention and follow up care after hospitalization for hip, vertebral, and non-vertebral fractures.
As a Haitian American physician, Dr. Cadet is particularly interested in assessing the baseline knowledge for osteoporosis in minority populations. She hopes to examine the socio-economic factors that play a role in the education on osteoporosis and fracture prevention in the different ethnic subgroups that are seen in the NYC boroughs and utilize this information to compare hip fracture rates, hospitalization outcomes, and post fracture care and outcomes after interventions are established.
Dr. Cadet is currently a member of the American College of Rheumatology and is reviewer for the rheumatology journal, Arthritis Care and Research. Her continuous clinical work, community outreach, and research in the field of arthritis and autoimmune diseases as well as her participation in national education about arthritis has resulted in her being given the 2010 Queens Leader Award by the Arthritis Foundation. Dr. Cadet also hosted her first successful fundraiser for the Arthritis Foundation in September 2010.
Why I Chose Rheumatology
I had a few experiences during my medical journey, which led me to the field of rheumatology. When I was in my second year of medical school, my friend had complained of several months of joint pain and swelling, fatigue, weight loss, hair loss, and a rash. She came to me one day and told me that she had been diagnosed with lupus. At that point in medical school, I had never heard of this disease and I believed that arthritis only affected older patients and only involved the joints. I later learned that this was a myth. In my limited experience, I thought of arthritis, as many other people did, as tennis or golfer’s elbow, Achilles tendonitis, or bursitis. This was another myth. How could my young friend have arthritis, let alone an autoimmune disease?
She never fully understood the extent of her disease. She was not aware of the co-morbidities, such as early heart disease, lung disease, or kidney damage, that can occur with SLE (lupus) and other rheumatologic conditions if early and aggressive treatment is not taken to control the disease activity. Several months after her diagnosis, I received the sad news that my friend had passed away from complications of her disease. My friend was the catalyst for my interest in rheumatology and during my residency at Yale New Haven Hospital, I decided to pursue a career in Rheumatology and at NYU/HJD, I focused my specialty in the preventative care in rheumatic Diseases.
During my years of practice, I’ve seen many more patients who have touched my heart and left the same imprint on my mind. I see some of these patients struggle with daily common activities like brushing their teeth, combing their hair, or walking a block due to their arthritis. My goal every day when I walk into the hospital is to encourage these patients to take an active role in their disease management by first educating themselves about their arthritis or autoimmune disease. I also encourage all patients living with arthritis or autoimmune diseases to engage in a healthy lifestyle such as exercising, watching their caloric intake, being aggressive about their treatment plan. I deal with many young and older female and male patients and it gives me such pleasure that my patients can open up to me about their disease process and how it affects them emotionally and physically as well as how it affects their family members.
To help address the significant health problem of arthritis and autoimmune diseases, Dr. Cadet traveled to Washington DC in March 2010 to attend the Advocacy & Kids 2010 Summit. As a physician representative from the NYC area for the Arthritis Foundation, she met with the legislative staff of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Senator Charles Schumer at Capitol Hill to ask Congress to co sponsor the Arthritis Prevention, Control, and Cure Act. This bill asks members of Congress to strengthen arthritis prevention programs to allow children and adults to be diagnosed and treated early to avoid pain and permanent disability. She also met with House representatives staff to advocate for more NIH sponsored research in rheumatology and to enhance support for pediatric rheumatology training programs to address the severe shortage of these subspecialists.
Dr. Cadet states “There needs to be more focus on this disabling chronic disease like Diabetes and Hypertension, which affects 2/3 of Americans under the age of 65. Most people are not aware that there are more than 100 types of arthritis and arthritis affects people of all ages, including children. Since there are some types of arthritis that are highly correlated with heart disease and significant multisystem organ damage especially in women, there needs to be more public awareness and research for education and prevention strategies as well as innovative therapies.”
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