Dinner Meeting

2023 December Dinner Program
Inflammation and Cardiovascular Disease: Lessons from the Land of Gout
Tuesday, December 5, 2023
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Central
Maggiano’s Little Italy Grand
Chicago, Illinois


Michael Pillinger, MD

Michael Pillinger, PhD

Dr. Michael Pillinger is Professor of Medicine, and Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, at New York University Grossman School of Medicine, where he directs TREC (Translational Research Education and Careers), the workforce and training unit of the NYU Clinical and Translational Science Institute. In that context he serves as Director of the NYU Masters Program in Clinical Investigation, and as the PI of the NYU KL2 training program. Dr. Pillinger is also the Director of Rheumatology Training at NYU, Director of the Crystal Disease Study Group, and Section Chief for Rheumatology at the Manhattan VA Hospital. Dr. Pillinger completed his undergraduate training at Harvard, his medical degree at NYU, his internal medicine residency at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and his rheumatology fellowship at NYU. His areas of clinical interest include gout and osteoarthritis, and his areas of scientific interest include inflammation, innate immunity and cell signaling. He has published more than 200 original research and review articles, editorials and book chapters. Among his honors are the American College of Rheumatology Clinician Scholar Educator and Distinguished Program Director Awards.


516 N Clark St.

Chicago, IL 60654

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Registration Includes

  • Cocktails with Exhibitors
  • Choice of Dinner with Main Speaker Event

CRS is pleased to offer complimentary meeting registration.


  • 7:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
  • Reception
  • 7:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • Seating in Dining Room
  • 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Speaker Presentation
  • 8:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Dessert

Dinner Menu

Balsamic Tomato Bruschetta
Warm Ciabatta Rolls
Caesar Salad
Maggiano’s Chopped Salad
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Grilled Asparagus

Choice of Entrée

Eggplant Parmesan
Eggplant, provolone in a tomato ragù

Chicken Piccata
Chicken breast sauteed with capers and lemon butter on a bed of sauteed spinach

Mom’s Lasagna
Mom’s special recipe of layered pasta sheets with seasoned beef, Italian sausage, ricotta and marinara

Atlantic Salmon Lemon/Herb
Fillets of salmon with garlic and a white wine sauce served on a bed of spinach

Gigi’s Butter Cake
Minis Vera’s Lemon Cookies

Wine, Beer, Coffee and Tea

Special Needs

For accommodations on the basis of disability or special dietary needs, please call (847) 517‑7225.


Contact the Chicago Rheumatism Society Executive Office by:
(847) 517-7225
(847) 517-7229