Elevate Your Rheumatology Expertise at the Scenic CCR East 2025

The Perfect Blend of Relevant Talks, Networking, and Serenity in Destin, FL.

Play Video
A Big Thank You To

Our Sponsors

About CCR East

Clinically Relevant & Engaging

The Congress of Clinical Rheumatology (CCR) event is a premier destination for healthcare professionals looking to stay up-to-date on the latest treatments and advancements in the field of rheumatology. With talks from renowned speakers, up-to 27+ hours of CME/MOC credits, and a stunning location in Destin, FL, the CCR event provides a platform for learning, growth, and professional development. Whether you’re a practicing physician, fellow, nurse practitioner, or exhibitor, the CCR event is designed to meet your needs and help you achieve your goals. So join us for an unforgettable experience that will inspire and inform you, and help you take your skills and knowledge to the next level.

The Rheumatology Event of the Year

Key Event Features

CME/MOC credits

Over 25 hours of CME/MOC credits, allowing attendees to expand their knowledge and enhance their professional development.

Engaging and clinically relevant

Agenda designed to be engaging and clinically relevant, ensuring that attendees leave with a wealth of new information and knowledge.

Renowned speakers

Featured talks from renowned speakers from around the world, providing attendees with the latest information on treatments and advancements in the field of rheumatology.

Stunning location

Held at the Hilton San Destin Golf Resort and Spa, surrounded by the award-winning Destin beaches; making the event a truly unique and memorable experience.

Networking opportunities

Provides attendees with the opportunity to network with their peers, exchange ideas, and build professional relationships. These connections can provide valuable opportunities for collaboration, learning, and support

Get To Know Our


Jason Busse, DC, PhD

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Megan Clowse, MD, MPH

Durham, NC

John Cush, M.D.

Dallas, TX

N. Lawrence Edwards, MD, MACP, MACR

Gainesville, FL

Bryant England, MD, PhD

Omaha, NE

Alan Epstein, M.D.

Philadelphia, PA

Doruk Erkan, MD, MPH

New York, NY

Nigil Haroon, MD, PhD, DM, FRCPC, FRCP, MBA

Toronto, ON

Dinesh Khanna, M.D., M.Sc.
M.D., M.SC.

Ann Arbor, MI

E. Michael Lewiecki, M.D.

Albuquerque, NM

Stephen Lindsey, M.D., MACR

New Orleans, LA

Anne-Marie Malfait, M.D., PhD.
M.D., PHD.

Chicago, IL

David McLain, M.D., MACR, FACP, FRCP

Birmingham, AL

Alexis Ogdie-Beatty, M.D., MSCE

Philadelphia, PA

Philip Seo, M.D., M.H.S.
M.D., M.H.S.

Baltimore, MD

Ronald van Vollenhoven, M.D., Ph.D.
M.D., PH.D.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Ruth Ann Vleugels, M.D., MPH, MBA

Boston, MA

Clinically Relevant and Engaging


Wednesday, May 8th, 2024

Start Time Title Location Speaker(s)
05:00 PM Product Theater - Exploring the Role of TYK2 and other Kinases in Rheumatic Diseases Coastal C Ruth Ann Vleugels, M.D., MPH, MBA 

Thursday, May 9th, 2024
Friday, May 10th, 2024
Saturday, May 11th, 2024
Sunday, May 12th, 2024
Secure Your Spot at This Year's Meeting

Register Now

Join the Congress of Clinical Rheumatology and earn 25 hours of Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits. Learn from renowned speakers, network with peers, and take your practice to the next level. Register now and secure your spot at this exciting event.

Luxury, relaxation, and stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico come together for the ultimate getaway

Experience paradise at the Hilton Sandestin

CCR East

By The Numbers

Credit Hours
Congress of Clinical Rheumatology

Registration Pricing

Retired Physician$320.00$192.00
Fellow* (registration fee waived w/poster session submission)$225.00$135.00
Nurse or Nurse Practitioner$495.00$297.00
Physicians Assistant$495.00$297.00
Resident* (registration fee waived w/poster session submission)$225.00$135.00
Immunology Course (Separate 5hr CME Activity)
Physician & Retired Physician$250.00$150.00
Nurse, Physician Assistant, Nurse Practitioner$175.00$105.00


Pre-Conference Events

Additional CME Available

Immunology for Rheumatology Providers : A Disease Based Approach

Wednesday, May 8th, 2024

Start Time Title
06:00 AM Instructions to Claim CME
08:15 AM Continental Breakfast
08:45 AM Opening Remarks
09:00 AM Immunology for the Rheumatology Provider
10:30 AM Break
10:45 AM Decoding the Complex Threads: Recent Advances in Understanding the Immunopathogenesis of axSpA
11:45 AM The Immunology of Vasculitis and Pathogenesis of Vasculitis
12:50 PM Product Theater - Understanding Polymyalgia Rheumatica: Pathophysiology, Presentation, and Pain
02:00 PM The Immunopathogenesis of Rheumatoid Arthritis and Immunologically Targeted Therapy
03:00 PM The Immunology of SLE and How its Understanding Allows the Development of Targeted Therapies
04:00 PM Adjourn


A Separate CME Activity

Are you a rheumatology provider looking to expand your knowledge and stay up-to-date with the latest developments in immunology? Don’t miss out on the must-attend additional CME opportunity of the 2024 Congress of Clinical Rheumatology.

With the rapid expansion of targeted treatments for autoimmune diseases, understanding the mechanisms of action and differences between these drugs has never been more crucial. This exclusive course is specifically designed to provide you with the essential knowledge and skills required to navigate the increasing number of biologics available, and to help you make informed decisions for your patients.

Unlike other immunology courses that may overwhelm you with advanced concepts, this program presents the basic immunology that is most relevant to rheumatology, as it relates to specific disease states. Led by renowned experts in the field, you’ll learn in a collaborative and interactive environment, and gain practical insights that you can apply in your practice immediately.

Secure your spot now and join us at the 2024 Congress of Clinical Rheumatology. Add “Immunology for the Rheumatology Provider: A Disease-Based Approach” during your registration to attend this separate CME activity.

  • Accredited: 5 .5 CMEs (CEUs) & 5.5 MOC will be available for MDs, NPs, PAs, RNs and PharmDs.
  • This course is organized, concise, presented in an easy to understand format.
  • Stay up-to-date on industry trends and advancements​
  • Virtual and On-site Attendance Available
  • Physician & Retired Physician - Onsite $250
  • Nurse, Physician Assistant, Nurse Practitioner $175
  • All Attendees - Virtual $99

Thank You To Our Amazing Immunology Sponsors

Premier Sponsor

Silver Sponsor
Bronze Sponsors
North American Young Investigators Forum
NYRIF is Scheduled

Wednesday, May 8th, 2024

Start Time Title Location
06:30 AM Open for Posters Set-Up
07:00 AM NYRIF Continental Breakfast Emerald A-D
07:50 AM NYRIF Opening Remarks Emerald A-D
08:00 AM Session I Podium Abstract Presentations Emerald A-D
09:00 AM Session I Panel Discussion Emerald A-D
09:15 AM Session II Podium Abstract Presentations Emerald A-D
10:15 AM Session II Panel Discussion Emerald A-D
10:25 AM NYRIF Break Emerald A-D
10:40 AM Session III Podium Abstract Presentations Emerald A-D
11:25 AM Session III Panel Discussion Emerald A-D
11:45 AM NYRIF Lunch Break
01:00 PM NYRIF Faculty Poster Rounding: Red Group Coral A
01:00 PM NYRIF Faculty Poster Rounding: Blue Group Coral B
01:00 PM NYRIF Faculty Poster Rounding: Green Group Coral C
01:00 PM NYRIF Faculty Poster Rounding: Yellow Group Coral D
01:00 PM NYRIF Faculty Poster Rounding: Orange Group Sandpiper A-B
01:00 PM NYRIF Faculty Poster Rounding: Purple Group Sandpiper C-D
03:00 PM NYRIF Break - Ice Cream Bar
03:15 PM Roundtable Discussion Career Development in Basic Research, Clinical Practice & the Pharmaceutical Industry Emerald A-D
04:50 PM NYRIF Adjourn's Emerald A-D
06:00 PM NYRIF Banquet Reception Emerald Ballroom Foyer
06:30 PM NYRIF Awards Banquet with Presentation of Awards Emerald Ballrooms

Submit your abstract today!

Are you a young rheumatology investigator looking to advance your career and gain recognition in the field? Look no further than the North American Young Rheumatology Investigator Forum (NYRIF) – the premier international conference for leading rheumatologists, researchers, and fellows from around the world.

At NYRIF, we’re all about bringing together the best and brightest minds to share their knowledge, expertise, and cutting-edge research. By submitting your abstract, you’ll have the chance to present your findings to a diverse audience of your peers and gain valuable feedback that will help shape the future of rheumatology.

But NYRIF isn’t just about the presentations – it’s about the connections you’ll make and the networks you’ll build. Our forum is designed to be stimulating, interactive, and constructive, so you can exchange ideas in an informal environment and develop invaluable relationships with our esteemed faculty and your fellow attendees.

And if that’s not enough, we’ve got a special treat for you. All accepted abstract registrants are invited to stay for the 40th Annual Congress of Clinical Rheumatology that will immediately follow, and the CCR registration fee will be waived for you. Plus, you’ll get to experience the beauty of Destin, recently voted #5 as a Spring Beach getaway in the Western Hemisphere.

So what are you waiting for? Submit your abstract today and join us at NYRIF for an unforgettable experience that will take your career to new heights!

  • Present your research and gain recognition in the rheumatology community
  • Connect with leading rheumatologists, researchers, and fellows from around the world
  • Receive valuable feedback on your work and shape the future of rheumatology
  • Develop invaluable networks with the faculty and your peers
  • Enjoy the beauty of Destin and stay for the 40th Annual Congress of Clinical Rheumatology.
Call for Submissions

CCR Thieves’ Market

Present Your Case at This Year's Conference

On Friday, May 10, 2024  CCR will host a Thieves’ Market moderated by Dr. Alan Epstein, M.D. of the University of Pennsylvania. Cases are being solicited from all attendees of CCR. Submissions deadline will be announced soon.


Alan Epstein, M.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Thieves' Market

Points to note:
  • Cases are to be presented as “stumpers” in the Thieves’ Market style.
  • Each presenter is provided up to 15 minutes including discussion. 
  • There will be an award for the top presentation selected by the audience.
  • You need to be a registered attendee of the Congress of Clinical Rheumatology to present a case.
If you are intersted in submitting a case, please email your case submission to thieves@ccrheumatology.com.
Thieves’ Market Submission Guidelines
Cases should be submitted as a PowerPoint file and include:
  • Name
  • Mailing Address (including city, state and zip)
  • Daytime Phone Number
  • Evening Phone Number
  • E-mail Address
  • Brief paragraph describing the proposed presentation and title
  • Presentation in PowerPoint format
The following rules apply:
Submit a truly unique case with an extremely high educational value.
Presentations must be in PowerPoint© format and be 10 minutes in length, allowing 5 minutes for questions.
Although there is an emphasis on pictorial displays of interesting physical findings or imaging studies, each case should have a brief introduction and a summary at the end of the presentation. It should also include a limited number of relevant references at the end of the case. Cases that are excessively long or in formats other than PowerPoint© cannot be reviewed.
The deadline for submission of cases is March 10th, 2024.
Fellows need to register to present a case. 
Importantly, a fellow can present the same case at both NYRIF and Thieves’ Market, however, the format would need to be changed.
Connect, Share, and Learn: Enhance Your Research at the

CCR Poster Rounding Session

Friday, May 10th, 2024

The faculty poster rounding session at the Congress of Clinical Rheumatology East event offers presenters the opportunity to receive detailed feedback on their research or clinical cases from engaged attendees. The interactive discussion and group setting allow for a deeper understanding of the material and promote networking and potential collaborations. Presenters can showcase their work to a broader audience, increasing the impact of their research or clinical cases. To submit a poster, individuals must be registered for the CCR event and follow the submission guidelines provided.

  • In-Depth Feedback: Poster rounding session provides an opportunity for presenters to receive in-depth feedback on their research or clinical cases from a group of interested and engaged attendees.
  • Interactive Discussion: The group setting of poster rounding sessions allows for interactive discussion between presenters and attendees, promoting a deeper understanding of the research or clinical cases presented.
  • Networking Opportunities: Presenting at a poster rounding session provides an opportunity for presenters to connect with other researchers or clinicians with similar interests or expertise, facilitating networking and potential collaborations.
  • Broad Exposure: Poster rounding session provides a chance for presenters to showcase their research or clinical cases to a wider audience of conference attendees who may not have attended a specific oral presentation, thereby increasing the exposure and impact of their work.
  • Increased Impact: Presenting at a poster rounding session can increase the impact of the presenter’s research or clinical cases, as attendees are engaged and interested in learning more about the material presented.
Additional Conference


Hotel Information
CME Details

Traveling to Destin!

Traveling to Destin is easier than you may think! Direct flights are available from most major aiports. A few of these direct flights include Southwest (to Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport at Panama City [ECP] from Baltimore and Nashville. Other direct flights can be found on Delta from Atlanta, Silver Airlines from Orlando and Tampa, as well as on United from Houston.

The closest airport to the conference venue is Northwest Floridal Regional Airport Valpariso [VPS] at Fort Walton Beach. Direct flights are available on American from Dallas and Charlotte, on United from Houston, and on Delta from Atlanta.

Additional Lodging Options

The Congress of Clinical Rheumatology East 2024 will be held at the Sandestin Hilton and Conference Center in Destin, Florida. This Sandestin resort hosts perfect location for a peaceful learning envoiroment. When the conference is not in session, sink your toes in the sugar-white sands along the emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico while enjoying the breathtaking views of South Walton. The Hilton Sandestin sits direclty on the beach and boasts 3 pools, along with first class amenities such as golf, tennis, and an award winning onsite spa. Dining options include a Four Diamond steakhouse, an Asian restaurant, and a beachside bar and grill.

Room Type Group Rate
(per night)*
Standard Room $289.00
Spa Tower Partial View $289.00
Emerald Tower Deluxe Partial View $289.00
Spa Tower Beach View $289.00
Emerald Tower Deluxe Beach View $309.00
Spa Tower Lanai $389.00
Emerald Tower Deluxe Lanai Resort View $389.00
Spa Tower Beach Front $439.00
Emerald Tower Deluxe 1 Bedroom Family Suite $439.00
Emerald Tower Beach Front (King or Double Beds) $489.00
Emerald Tower Deluxe Lanai Poolside $489.00
Spa Tower Ambassador Suite $489.00
Emerald Tower Premium Beach Front $589.00
Spa Tower Presidential Suite $1,289.00
A Group Code and Reservation Link will be emailed to all paid registrations. Call (850) 267-9500 or toll free at (800) 367-1271 to make hotel reservations via phone.
Online Reservations: Sandestin Resort
Phone Reservations: 1-800-320-8115

Thank you to all of our


Accordion #1
Data-backed Program Effectiveness

Elevate Your Practice at CCR East 2024

Looking to make a transformative impact on your professional journey? Let the data speak for itself! At the Congress of Clinical Rheumatology (CCR) East, participants have experienced a remarkable increase in cognitive knowledge, with mean test scores surging from 36.63% to 87.5%. This massive gain represents a high benchmark, surpassing the “medium” gain expectation and even reaching into the “high gain” threshold. But it’s not just about the numbers; it’s about the effect on your practice. 

Our post-meeting surveys have revealed that over 94% of participants implemented positive practice changes based on the evidence-based information presented at CCR. Attendees hailed our program as well-organized, relevant, fair, balanced, and unbiased. By joining us at CCR East 2024, you’ll not only have the chance to elevate your professional knowledge and skills, but also bring transformative changes to your practice. Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of a congress that is truly reshaping the landscape of rheumatology. 

Our Testimonials

What Our Participants Say About CCR

Asset 3

Great Experience

I attended virtually but the platform was very user friendly and easy to follow.

2022 Attendee

Asset 1

Clinically relevant

Wonderful conference as usual. Very clinically relevant!

2022 Attendee

Asset 2

Clinical Approach

Excellent conference. I appreciate the more clinical approach.

2022 Attendee

Asset 4

20 Years and Counting

Always a good conference I have been attending these conferences for over 20 yrs!

2022 Attendee

92% Of Participants Saw Improved Health Outcomes In Their Patients

If you have any questions regarding registration, agenda, or general questions about the Congress of Clinical Rheumatology event, we encourage you to use our contact form. Our team will be happy to assist you and provide the information you need to make the most of your experience at the event. The contact form is easy to use and will ensure that your inquiry is directed to the appropriate department. We strive to respond to all inquiries as quickly as possible, so don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or concerns you may have.