September 2017 Conference

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Location --  Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont

Register for this meeting

This Month's Guest Speakers

Russell D. Cohen MD, FACG, AGAF
Professor of Medicine
Director, Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center 
Co-Director, Advanced IBD Fellowship Program
University of Chicago
Chicago, IL


William F. Harvey, MD, MSc
Assistant Professor of Medicine 
Clinical Director, Division of Rheumatology 
Medical Director, Clinical Informatics
CTSI Director, Clinical Informatics Integration
Tufts Medical Center
Boston, MA


Gary Hoffman, MD, MS, MACR
Emeritus Professor of Medicine
Department of Rheumatic and Immunologic Diseases 
Center for Vasculitis Care and Research 
Cleveland Clinic/Lerner College of Medicine
Cleveland, OH


Jose Scher MD
Assistant Professor at
NYU Langone Health
New York, NY


Rowland W Chang MD MPH
Chair, Board of Directors
Arthritis Foundation
Chicago, IL


This Month's Program 

View the printed brochure in PDF format - CLICK HERE

7:30 a.m.
     Meeting registration desk opens
     Continental Breakfast & exhibitors

8:25 a.m.
    Introductions & Welcome - 
    Anisha Dua, MD, MPH, Secretary - Treasurer

8:30 a.m.
    "RA Microbiome - Gums, Guts and Joints"
     Jose Scher, MD

9:20 a.m.
    "Straight Talk on Biosimilars in Inflammatory Diseases"
    Russell D. Cohen, MD

10:10 a.m.
     "The New Arthritis Foundation: Guided by the Patient Voice" 
      Rowland W. Chang, MD, MPH

10:30- 10:50 a.m.
     "Break and visit with exhibitors"

10:50 a.m.
     "Healthcare Reform and Advocacy for the Rheumatologist" 
     William F. Harvey, MD, MSc

11:40 a.m.
     "A New Era for Giant Cell Arteritis – New Insights/New Therapies"
     Gary Hoffman, MD, MS

12:35 p.m.
     Conference Adjourns

Meeting Registration

Advance registration is required for this conference. Please complete the online registration form or download and print the PDF form and return it to the CRS office no later than September 5th.  Your pre-registration helps us to properly plan so you have an enjoyable evening.  Annual CRS dues includes attendance at the dinner meetings. Therefore, there is no charge for members in good standing.

For non-members and guests, the registration fee is $75. Residents & fellows in training are not charged a registration fee, but advance registration is still required.

You may mail your form paper registration form to the CRS administrative office: 10 W. Phillip Rd., Suite 120, Vernon Hills, IL  60061; or send by fax to: 847/680-1682

Meeting Site

Stephens Convention Center Site map -- CLICK HERE


Area Directions/Map - click here

  • Parking – We recommend parking in the Rosemont convention center  garage which is located just west of River Rd. Turn west on Williams Street which runs between the Doubletree Hotel and the Embassy Suites. The cost is $15.
  • CTA – The CTA Blue Line (to O'Hare) has a stop in Rosemont only about two blocks away from the convention center.
  • Skybridge/parking diagram

Educational Items and CME Credit

Course Director: Anisha Dua, MD, MPH
Target Audience: Practicing rheumatologists, rheumatology fellows and interested professionals

Objectives:  At the conclusion of this program, the participant should be able to:

1. Discuss how microbiome affects treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and current research in this area.

2. List the key factors in deciding whether a biosimilar is appropriate for treating inflammatory diseases.

3. Describe the impact of health care reform at the federal level on management of rheumatology patients.

4. Explain new therapies available for treatment of giant cell arthritis.

Conference participants are asked to turn in their CME attendance form and evaluation form before leaving the meeting.  A CME credit certificate will be mailed following the conference.  Fellows also must return the attendance form in order to be marked "present."  Thank you for your assistance in this important activity.

CME - This activity is planned and implemented by Indiana Academy of Ophthalmology (IAO) and the Chicago Rheumatism Society. IAO is accredited by the Indiana State Medical Association to provide continuing education for physicians.

Credit Designation for Physicians
IAO designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.33 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Exhibitors – Exhibiting companies participating will be acknowledged at the time of the meeting.


Please direct any questions or concerns to the Chicago Rheumatism Society administrative office --
     10 W. Phillip Rd., Suite 120
     Vernon Hills, IL  60061-1730
     Phone: 847-680-1666
     Fax:  847-680-1682
     Email:  [email protected]