While I was in medical school, I found rheumatology and clinical immunology to be the most interesting clinical disciplines. I was intrigued by the broad range of medical conditions rheumatologists often diagnose and manage. Throughout my years as a rheumatologist, I have found the field to be continuously challenging.
My main areas of interest are osteoporosis and metabolic bone diseases. At NYU Langone’s Osteoporosis Center at the Hospital for Joint Diseases, I evaluate people with a variety of issues related to abnormal bone health.
I consider myself a conservative physician, meaning that I carefully measure the need for treatment. Each person coming to me for treatment is unique, so there are different variables at play in treatment decisions. I often must balance the benefits and possible risks of medication before deciding on a patient’s treatment plan.
I never lose sight of the fact that the end goal of osteoporosis management is fracture prevention. The people with the highest risk of fracture at a particular time may need immediate treatment, but others may benefit from delayed treatment.
Currently, I am collaborating with colleagues to study new imaging techniques that would help us to better determine bone strength—beyond what we currently learn from bone density testing.
Conditions and Treatments
- Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Medicine
- Director, Osteoporosis Center
- American Board of Internal Medicine (Rheumatology), 1978
- American Board of Internal Medicine - Internal Medicine, 1975
Education and Training
- Fellowship, NYU Medical Center, 1977
- Residency, St. Vincent's Hosp & Med Center, Internal Medicine, 1975
- MD from University Of Tennessee, 1972
High-resolution #T MR imaging of bone microarchitecture and MRI quantification of bone marrow fat and muscle fat in osteoporosis [Meeting Abstract]
Agten, C; Welbeck, A; Xia, D; Parasoglou, P; Rajapakse, C; Chen, C; Saha, P; Honig, S; Chang, G Agten, C; Welbeck, A; Xia, D; Parasoglou, P; Rajapakse, C; Chen, C; Saha, P; Honig, S; Chang, G
Skeletal radiology. 2016 August 2016. 45 (8): 1164-1164
3 Tesla MRI detects deterioration in proximal femur microarchitecture and strength in long-term glucocorticoid users compared with controls
Chang, Gregory; Rajapakse, Chamith S; Regatte, Ravinder R; Babb, James; Saxena, Amit; Belmont, H Michael; Honig, Stephen Chang, Gregory; Rajapakse, Chamith S; Regatte, Ravinder R; Babb, James; Saxena, Amit; Belmont, H Michael; Honig, Stephen
Journal of magnetic resonance imaging. 2015 Jun 12. 42 (6): 1489-1496
In vivo measurement reproducibility of femoral neck microarchitectural parameters derived from 3T MR images
Hotca, Alexandra; Rajapakse, Chamith S; Cheng, Chen; Honig, Stephen; Egol, Kenneth; Regatte, Ravinder R; Saha, Punam K; Chang, Gregory Hotca, Alexandra; Rajapakse, Chamith S; Cheng, Chen; Honig, Stephen; Egol, Kenneth; Regatte, Ravinder R; Saha, Punam K; Chang, Gregory
Journal of magnetic resonance imaging. 2015 Mar 30. 42 (5): 1339-1345