Dr. Michael Pillinger is Professor of Medicine, and Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, at New York University School of Medicine, where he serves as the Director of Rheumatology Training and also directs the NYU Masters Program in Clinical Investigation. Additionally, Dr. Pillinger is Section Chief for Rheumatology at the New York Harbor Health Care System, New York Campus, of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Pillinger completed his undergraduate education at Harvard University and his medical degree at New York University. After training in internal medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Dr. Pillinger returned to NYU for fellowship training and subsequently joined the NYU faculty. His areas of clinical interest include gout and rheumatoid arthritis, and his areas of scientific interest include inflammation, innate immunity and cell signaling. He is the author of more than 100 original reports, reviews and book chapters, and is the Co-director of the NYU Crystal Diseases Study Group. Dr. Pillinger is the recipient of multiple research and teaching honors, and in 2013 he was selected as the recipient of the American College of Rheumatology Distinguished Program Director Award, the highest teaching award bestowed by the ACR.