St.Thomas, USVI
Caribbean Rheumatology Conference 2023

13th Annual Conference  May 18 - 20, 2023

May 18th - 20th, 2023


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St.Thomas, USVI:


The 2023 Caribbean Association of Rheumatology conference will be held May 18-20, 2023 in St. Thomas, USVI. We are proud to announce that this year’s meeting will be hosted in person after the hiatus caused by the covid-19 pandemic. St. Thomas is easily accessible to international flights via the Cyril E. King International Airport (CEKA) in St. Thomas, USVI. 

As per usual, this two-day conference features clinical and basic science updates pertinent to medical professionals involved in the diagnosis, management and overall care persons with rheumatic diseases. The conference promises to be highly informative while still allowing for participant interaction, with the overall aim of strengthening participants understanding of rheumatologic disorders. We continue to offer our traditional ultrasound workshop as a pre-conference session on Thursday, May 18, 2023. Saturday afternoon will be devoted to teaching rheumatology to non-rheumatologists who are involved in the care of patients with rheumatic disease.

This year’s keynote speaker giving the Eon Nigel Harris lecture is Professor Iain McInnes from the University of Glasgow. Professor McInnes currently serves as the Vice Principal and Head of College to the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, Muirhead Professor of Medicine, and Honorary Consultant Rheumatologist at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. He is the immediate Past President of the European Alliance of Associations for Rheumatology (EULAR), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. Professor McInnes was awarded a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to medicine by Her Majesty the Queen in 2019. 

Some of our other featured distinguished international speakers include Dr. Grace Wright who is founder of the Association of Women in Rheumatology and affiliated with NYU Langone Health Tisch Hospital, Dr. Ted Mikuls from the University of Nebraska and Dr. Myma Albayda from the Johns Hopkins University, who along with a number of luminaries in their fields from across the Caribbean, will share their expertise.

This meeting will allow us to connect and collaborate with colleagues on the latest in rheumatic disease treatments, in an atmosphere that is welcoming and open to all, including family and friends.

Please see the preliminary program.

We look forward to seeing you there !


The Westin Beach Resort & Spa at Frenchman's Reef

Rate is available from May 15- 26th, 2023.

2023 Caribbean Association for Rheumatology
Start Date: Monday, May 15, 2023
End Date: Friday, May 26, 2023
Last Day to Book: Thursday, April 6, 2023

Hotel(s) offering your special group rate:

  • Morningstar Buoy Haus Beach Resort at Frenchman's Reef, Autograph Collection for 415 USD per night

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All international flights arrive at the Cyril E. King St Thomas Airport . You will be asked by a transportation coordinator if you need a taxi.

The Westin Beach Resort at Frenchman’s reef  (please indicate that you will be staying at  MORNINGSTAR by the beach), is 5.2 miles from the airport.

Taxi ride cost- $25-$30. Taxis ONLY accept cash (US dollars).

The group reservations are part of the AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION at the Morningstar Beach Resort at Frenchman’s.

When you exit baggage claim from the Cyril E. King St Thomas Airport you will be asked by a transportation coordinator if you need a taxi (there will be MANY waiting).

Tell the driver you are going to the NEWLY opened Westin Beach Resort at Frenchman’s. If they are confused, tell the driver it used to be the Marriott Frenchman’s hotel. Let them know you are staying at MORNINGSTAR by the beach (this has its own reception / check-in desk separate from the main hotel).

The resort is 5.2 miles from the airport and the taxi ride will be about $25-$30. Taxis ONLY accept cash (US dollars).

If there are any issues with your arrival, transportation, or anything at all – please call Krystle Marie at 340-513-7575 (or text).





Thursday, 18 May

Session 1
2:00 - 4:00 pm

MSK Ultrasound Workshop

Dr. Myma Albayda
John Hopkins Hospital

United States

6:00 - 8:00 pm

Welcome Reception



Friday, 19 May

Session 2
7:00 - 8:30 am

Exhibits and Product Theatre(s) Registration & Breakfast



8:30 - 8:45 am

Introductory Remarks by CAR President

Dr. Keisha Davis-King
The University of the West Indies

Trinidad and Tobago

8:45 - 9:45 am

Updates in Myositis

Dr. Myma Albayda
John Hopkins University

United States

9:15 - 9:45 am

Rheumatic Manifestations of Endocrine Diseases

Dr. Patrice Francis-Emmanuel
University of the West Indies


9:45 - 10:15 am

Disparities in Lupus Care

Dr. Ashira Blazer
Hospital for Special Surgery

United States

10:15 - 10:30 am

Meet Our Sponsors



10:30 - 11:00 am

Nutrition in Rheumatic Disease

Dr. Rebecca Manno
Comprehensive Orthopedics Global

U.S. Virgin Islands

11:00 - 11:30 am

Creation and Design of Rheumatology Registry across the Caribbean

Dr. Ted Mikuls
University of Nebraska Medical Center

United States

11:30 - 12:30 pm

Exhibitor symposium Sponsor Educational Symposium



12:30 - 1:30 pm




1:30 - 2:00 pm

Infectious Disease Epidemiology in the Caribbean

Dr. Tai Hunte-Cesear
Department of Health University of Virgin Islands

U.S. Virgin Islands

2:00 - 2:30 pm

Hot Topic in Peds for Rheumatologists

Dr. Leah Cobb

Puerto Rico

2:30 - 3:00 pm

Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Pregnancy

Dr. Deron Reid
Baywest Wellness Clinic


3:00 - 3:30 pm

Meet Our Sponsors



3:30 - 4:00 pm

Arthroplasty Updates In Osteoarthritis and New Treatment Options

Dr. Brian Bacot
Comprehensive Orthopedics Global

U.S. Virgin Islands

4:00 - 4:30 pm

Contract Negotiations

Dr. Peter Glegg
The University of the West Indies


4:30 - 5:00 pm

New Osteoporosis Treatments on the Horizon

Dr. Steuart Richards
Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh University of Pittsburgh

United States

7:00 - 9:30 pm

CAR Dinner Event



Saturday, 20 May

Session 3
7:00 - 8:30 am

Exhibits and Product Theatre(s) Registration & Breakfast



8:30 - 9:30 am

Eon Harris Lecture

Professor Iain B McInnes
College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, University of Glasgow

United Kingdom

9:30 - 10:00 am

Clinical manifestations of Dermatomyositis

Dr. Jonathan Ho
University Hospital of the West Indies


10:00 - 10:30 am

Pathologic Roles of IL17 and IL23 in Rheumatic Diseases and Treatments

Dr. Grace Wright
Grace C. Wright MD PC President, Association of Women In Rheumatology

United States

10:30 - 11:00 am

Product Theatre Educational Symposium



11:00 - 11:30 am

Vasculitis Updates

Dr. Aurore Fifi-Mah
University of Calgary


11:30 - 12:00 pm

Research: DM in the Caribbean

Dr. Cindy Flower
University of the West Indies


1:00 - 1:30 pm

Poster Presentations University of the West Indies Residents



1:30 - 2:30 pm




Community Forum
2:30 - 2:45 pm

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Dr. Stacey Davis


2:45 - 3:00 pm


Dr. Taneisha McGhie


3:00 - 3:15 pm

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Dr. Amanda King

Saint Lucia

3:15 - 3:30 pm

Psoriatic Arthritis

Dr. Anishka Rolle

Bahamas, The

3:30 - 3:45 pm


Dr. Keisha King

Trinidad and Tobago

3:45 - 4:00 pm

Questions and Answer Period



4:00 - 5:00 pm

Closing remarks Elections: Executive & Subcommittees and Jade Mountain Raffle 2024 CAR meeting planning



7:00 - 10:00 pm

AWIR Hosted Dinner



Professor Iain McInnes




Member Registration

Conference registration is free with membership.
Visit our membership page

CAR Member (Registration fee is waived once annual membership fee is up to date).

USD $200

CAR Non member (Physician designation eg. MD, DO, MBBS)

USD $250

Allied Providers

USD $100

Trainee (Fellows, Residents, Medical students - Fees waived with attestation)

USD $0

MSK Ultrasound Workshop

USD $75

Community Forum Only

USD $50





NB.Medical Trainees: email us for special rates at


Electronic transfers are preferable:
Caribbean Association for Rheumatology Inc.
Acct# 700353

Please email and for further details.

Caribbean Association for Rheumatology
Bay Medical Centre
P.O. Box GM712
Castries | Saint Lucia

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