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Published on Jul 31, 2012

"Byron Janis possesses a God-given gift for music that he has pursued with incomparable passion and skill. Despite an affliction with painful arthritis, his accomplishments as a concert pianist are legendary. With his peerless mind, eye and hand coordination, if not for the piano, undoubtedly, he could have been a superb surgeon. Truly a remarkable person, Mr. Janis pursues his passion through performing, composing and the advancement of music therapy. I am honored to know him not only as a patient, but most importantly, as a true friend."
- Charles P. Melone, Jr., M.D.

"The magic and miracle of Byron Janis"
-Dr. Steven Abramson

"As physicians, we often learn from our patients. What Byron has taught me is that medicines can only bring a patient part of the way back. Courage, a loving spouse, and inspirational music are needed to do the rest."
-Dr. Steven Abramson


Charles P. Melone, Jr., M.D. is a Manhattan-based orthopaedic hand surgeon specializing in sports injuries to the hand & wrist, all forms of arthritis of the hand & wrist, including osetoarthritis, psoriatic and rheumatoid arthritis, wrist fractures, scleroderma, and microsurgery. Over the past 25 years in practice, Dr. Melone has gained a reputation as one of the most knowledgeable hand surgeons in the United States and is currently Chief of the Division of Hand Surgery at Beth Israel Medical Center and Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Director of the Hand Fellowship Program.

Dr. Melone has served as a hand surgery consultant for the majority of New York and New Jersey professional sports teams and the New York City Public School Athletic League.

Owing to his expertise in sports related hand problems he has treated numerous athletes at all levels and has performed innovative surgical techniques that has permitted many to resume their sports activities without impairment. Dr. Melone is one of the few hand specialists in the United States who offers surgical treatment for the crippling effects of Scleroderma.

In addition, he has written over 50 articles on various topics in hand surgery ranging from hand injuries in boxers and distal radius fractures to Scleroderma. His fracture classification called the Melone Classification of Distal Radius Fractures is based on various fracture patterns and is taught to aspiring orthopaedic/hand surgeons to enhance their diagnostic and management skills.

In addition to his medical credentials, he is an active member of his community and contributes to such organizations as The Arthritis Foundation, The Scleroderma Foundation and numerous school endowment scholarships. He not only coaches, but also sponsors youth basketball teams and contributes to numerous charitable organizations.




Dr. Steven B. Abramson is Professor of Medicine and Pathology, Director of Rheumatology, NYU School of Medicine and NYU-Hospital for Joint Diseases. Dr. Abramson is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Medical School. He completed his residency at New York University Medical Center-Bellevue Hospital, where he also went on to serve as a Chief Resident in Medicine, and a Fellow, and Chief Fellow, in the Division of Rheumatology.

As Vice Dean for Education, Faculty, and Academic Affairs, Dr. Abramson oversees faculty affairs, including appointments, promotions, tenure issues, and departmental reviews; undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate education, including ongoing reforms that continue to enhance the role of humanism and technology in the medical curriculum; continuing medical education; pre-college programs; the admissions process; and the School's accreditation.

Dr. Abramson has international reputation in the area of arthritis, inflammation and drug treatments, with a recent focus on the role of inflammatory mediators produced by cartilage and synovial tissues. Dr. Abramson's laboratory is among five designated by the NIH to be part of the Osteoarthritis Biomarkers Network, on which Dr. Abramson serves on the Steering Committee. Dr. Abramson has experience in both basic science and clinical research, and has published more than 200 papers on these and related topics. Moreover, Dr. Abramson has been leader in education, including both rheumatology and general medical education. Dr. Abramson is co-director of the recently designated NYU Musculoskeletal Center of Excellence.

He is a Co-Editor of the journal Arthritis & Rheumatism, a member of the Rheumatology Board of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), President of the Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI), and is a consultant to, and former chairman of, the Arthritis Advisory Committee of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In 2011, Dr. Abramson was awarded the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) Distinguished Basic Science Award.

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