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Miami Brain Symposium, Second Annual

Friday, December 7, 2018
The Ritz-Carlton, Coconut Grove

About Event

Symposium Overview

The Miami Brain Symposium will focus on state-of-the-art approaches in the management of primary and metastatic brain tumors, along with an understanding of current standards of care as well as a look at future directions. For one full day this symposium will engage participants, as the expert faculty navigate through complex cases and novel treatment strategies and lively panel discussions.

​Symposium Directors

Yazmin Odia, M.D.
Rupesh Kotecha, M.D.
Minesh Mehta, M.D.
​​Michael D. Chuong, M.D.

Topics this year.

Topics This Year

  • Primary CNS Tumor
  • Systemic Therapy Breakthroughs
  • Immunotherapy Breakthroughs
  • Tumor Neurosurgical Advances
  • Molecular Profiling of Metastases
  • Next Generation Radiation Therapy
Topics this year.

Who Should Attend

  • Adult and Pediatric Neurologists
  • Neuroradiologists
  • Adult and Pediatric Medical Oncologists
  • Diagnostic Radiologists
  • Neurosurgeons
  • Radiation Oncologists
  • Neuro-Oncologists
  • Respiratory Therapists
  • Medical Oncologists
  • Emergency Medicine Physicians
  • Neuroscience Nurses
  • other specialists interested in the fields of neuro-oncology and neuroscience
  • Clinical Pharmacists
  • Dietitians
  • Neurosurgery Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physician Assistants
  • Radiology Technologists
  • Rehabilitation and Pain Management Specialists
  • Respiratory Therapists
Sponsorship & Exhibit Information

Sponsorship & Exhibit Information

On behalf of the symposium directors and the Baptist Health Continuing Medical Education Department we are pleased to invite you and your company to participate as a sponsor and exhibitor at our upcoming event.

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Call for Abstracts

Call for Abstracts

We are accepting abstracts for posters on research, performance improvement, and new concepts in CNS tumors, through Friday, October 12, 2018.

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Upcoming Meetings

Upcoming Meetings

Visit our Continuing Medical Education Website for upcoming symposiums, as well as our local conferences and online courses, both available at no charge.

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07:30 AM

Registration, Continental Breakfast, Visit Exhibits and Posters

07:50 AM

Welcome and Opening Remarks Minesh Mehta, M.D.

07:55 AM

SESSION I: The Basics of Primary CNS Tumors Moderator: Yazmin Odia, M.D.

08:00 AM

Molecular Histopathology is the Standard Charles G. Eberhart, M.D., Ph.D.

08:20 AM

Advanced Tumor Imaging: Strengths and Limitations Kevin Abrams, M.D.

08:40 AM

Tumor Neurosurgery in the Modern Era Vitaly Siomin, M.D.

09:00 AM

Systemic Therapy: What We Know Yazmin Odia, M.D.

09:20 AM

Radiation Therapy: How We Got Here Rakesh Jalali, M.D.

09:50 AM

Break, Visit Exhibits and Posters

10:10 AM

SESSION II: Hits of 2018 Moderator: Yazmin Odia, M.D.

10:15 AM

Targeted Therapy Update Ingo Mellinghoff, M.D.

10:40 AM

Immunotherapy Breakthroughs for Gliomas Mark Gilbert, M.D.

11:05 AM

Next Generation Radiation Therapy Arjun Sahgal, M.D.

11:30 AM

The Role of Multi-Institutional Collaboration in Neurooncology Ricardo Komotar, M.D.

11:55 AM

Panel Discussion With Questions and Answers Moderator: Matthew Hall, M.D.

12:20 PM

Lunch Tour Guides: Yazmin Odia, M.D., Rupesh Kotecha, M.D., Minesh Mehta, M.D., Mathew Hall, M.D., Arjun Sahgal, M.D., Manmeet Ahluwalia, M.D.

01:15 PM

SESSION III: Brain Metastases: A Brave New World Rupesh Kotecha, M.D.

01:20 PM

Immunotherapy Breakthroughs for Metastases Veronica Chiang, M.D.

01:45 PM

Immunotherapy and Targeted Therapy in Brain Metastases: Emerging Options in Precision Medicine Priscilla Brastianos, M.D.

02:10 PM

Tumor Neurosurgical Advances Guy McKhann, M.D.

02:35 PM

Panel Discussion With Questions and Answers Rupesh Kotecha, M.D.

03:00 PM

Break, Visit Exhibits and Posters

03:20 PM

SESSION IV: Where is the Science Going? Minesh Mehta, M.D.

03:25 PM

Molecular Profiling of Metastases Priscilla Brastianos, M.D.

03:50 PM

Molecular Basis of Leptomeningeal Metastases Adrienne Boire, M.D.

04:15 PM

BOLD fMRI as a Glioma Biomarker Jack Grinband, M.D.

04:40 PM

Maximizing Surgical Outcome in Low-grade Glioma Hugues Duffau, M.D.

05:00 PM

Radiation Therapy: Where Do We Go From Here Ranjit Bindra, M.D.

05:25 PM

Wrap-up Yazmin Odia, M.D.

05:30 PM




Yazmin Odia, M.D., M.S.,

Yazmin Odia, M.D., M.S.,

Neuro-oncologist at Miami Cancer Institute. She graduated from the University of Chicago's Pritzker School of Medicine, completed her internship and residency at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and completed a fellowship at the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Odia is Board-certified in neurology, and is also certified in neuro-oncology by the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties. She is renowned for her important research work in the field of neuro-oncology, including looking at the clinical correlates of novel biomarkers in various brain tumors, and has had many medical papers published.

Rupesh Kotecha, M.D.

Rupesh Kotecha, M.D.

Staff physician in the department of radiation oncology at Miami Cancer Institute. He received his bachelor’s degree in physiology and his medical degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine through the accelerated M.D. Medical Scholars Program. He completed his internship and radiation oncology residency at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Kotecha’s clinic interests and research experience have primarily focused on the treatment of patients with stereotactic radiosurgery and stereotactic body radiation therapy. He has co-written numerous radiation oncology chapters and published multiple manuscripts on the treatment of patients with CNS malignancies and benign diseases. His current research investigates the use of targeted immunotherapies with stereotactic radiosurgery and the molecular profiles associated with radiation response in patients with brain metastases.

Minesh P. Mehta, M.D.

Minesh P. Mehta, M.D.

Deputy director and chief of radiation oncology at Miami Cancer Institute. Board-certified in radiation oncology, he graduated with the highest honors from the University of Zambia School of Medicine and completed a residency at the University of Wisconsin, where he was chief resident in radiation oncology. As chairman of the medical school’s Department of Human Oncology, he led research studies, technology development and expansion at the cancer center. He also headed its brain tumor program for more than 15 years, leading to his national leadership role in clinical trials research within national co-operative groups such as NRG Oncology, Radiation Therapy Oncology Group, North American Brain Tumor Consortium, Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group and Children’s Cooperative Group.

Michael D. Chuong M.D.

Michael D. Chuong M.D.

Radiation Oncologist at Miami Cancer Institute. Board-certified in radiation oncology, Dr. Chuong completed his residency in radiation oncology at the University of South Florida/H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, where he previously served as chief resident. His clinical specialty and research focus is on the use of radiation therapy to treat gastrointestinal cancers and lymphomas.

Kevin Abrams, M.D.

Kevin Abrams, M.D.

Medical Director of Neuroradiology and Magnetic Resonance Imaging at Baptist, Homestead and South Miami Hospitals and Medical Director of Imaging at Baptist Hospital of Miami.

Matthew Hall, M.D.

Matthew Hall, M.D.

Lead Pediatric Radiation Oncologist at Miami Cancer Institute, Miami, Florida.

Vitaly Siomin, M.D.

Vitaly Siomin, M.D.

Neurosurgeon and Medical Director of the Brain Tumor Program at Baptist Health Neuroscience Center, Miami, Florida.

Manmeet Ahluwalia, M.D., FACP

Manmeet Ahluwalia, M.D., FACP

Professor of Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. He is director of the Brain Metastasis Research Program and Head of Operations in the BBTC of the Neurological Institute of the Cleveland Clinic.

Ranjit Bindra, M.D., Ph.D.

Ranjit Bindra, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Therapeutic Radiology at Yale Cancer Center in New Haven, Connecticut.

Adrienne Boire M.D., Ph.D.

Adrienne Boire M.D., Ph.D.

Neuro-oncologist and Assistant Member, Human Oncology and Pathogenesis Program at Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York.

Priscilla Kaliopi Brastianos, M.D.

Priscilla Kaliopi Brastianos, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Medicine, and Director of the Central Nervous System Metastasis Program, in the divisions of hematology/oncology and neuro-oncology within the departments of medicine and neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

Veronica L.S. Chiang, M.D., FAANS

Veronica L.S. Chiang, M.D., FAANS

Professor of Neurosurgery, Associate Vice-chair of Academic Affairs, Director of Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Director of the Gamma Knife Center, and Director of Stereotactic Radiosurgery Fellowship at Yale New Haven Hospital, Connecticut.

Hugues Duffau, M.D., Ph.D.

Hugues Duffau, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor and Chairman of the Neurosurgery Department at Montpellier University Medical Center in France.

Mark R. Gilbert, M.D.

Mark R. Gilbert, M.D.

Neuro-Oncologist in Bethesda, Maryland

Jack Grinband, Ph.D.

Jack Grinband, Ph.D.

Assistant professor in the Departments of Radiology and Psychology at Columbia University Medical Center, New York.

Rakesh Jalali, M.D., DNB, FRCR

Rakesh Jalali, M.D., DNB, FRCR

Medical Director at the Apollo Proton Cancer Center and Professor of Radiation Oncology at Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, India.

Ricardo Komotar, M.D., FAANS, FACS

Ricardo Komotar, M.D., FAANS, FACS

Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, Director of Neurosurgery Residency Program, Director of Surgical Neurooncology, and Director of Surgical Neurooncology Fellowship Program at the University of Miami Hospital.

Ingo K. Mellinghoff, M.D.

Ingo K. Mellinghoff, M.D.

Vice-chair of Research in the Department of Neurology, Evnin Family chair in Neuro-oncology and Member of Human Oncology and Pathogenesis Program at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

Guy M. McKhann II, M.D.

Guy M. McKhann II, M.D.

Florence Irving Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery, Director of Epilepsy and Movement Disorder Surgery at Columbia University Medical Center New York Presbyterian Hospital.

Arjun Sahgal, M.D.

Arjun Sahgal, M.D.

Scientist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Ontario, Canada.

Sajeel Chowdhary, M.D.

Sajeel Chowdhary, M.D.

Director of Medical Neuro Oncology at Marcus Neuroscience Institute, Director, Neuro Oncology Program / Neurology at Lynn Cancer Institute, Boca Raton Regional Hospital, Associate Professor Neurology / Neuro – Oncology at Charles E Schmidt College of Medicine, Florida Atlantic University.

Charles G. Eberhart, M.D., Ph.D.

Charles G. Eberhart, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Pathology and Oncology, and Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts.


​​Symposium Registration

Registration Fees

2018 Rates
Physicians $295*
Other $95**
Fellows/Residents $95

International Attendees​

​Symposium fee includes Continental Breakfast, Breaks and Lunch.

*Group discounts available for three or more physicians who register together as a group by Friday, November 23. No add-ons. Call for details.

**Registration must be accompanied by a letter from the Fellowship/Residency Director.

The following options are available to expedite your symposium registrations:

Mail registration with check payment only to
Baptist Health CME Department,
8900 North Kendall Drive,
Miami, Florida 33176.

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Guest Attendance Policy

All symposium activities (including educational sessions, meal functions, exhibit hall, etc.) are exclusively reserved for registered symposium attendees. Non-registered guests (including children, family members, colleagues, etc.) are not allowed in the symposium areas. Badges provided at registration are required for entrance into all functions and will be strictly enforced.


Americans with Disabilities Act

In consideration of the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact us to determine your special service requirements.

Cancelation Policy
Changes may occur that are beyond our control. In the unforeseen event the symposium is canceled, Baptist Health will refund attendees the entire amount of their registration fees. If you are traveling from outside of the area, we strongly suggest purchasing travel insurance.


Location & Accommodations

Location & Accommodations

First settled in 1825, Coconut Grove has attracted travelers and artists for centuries with its welcoming climate and vibrant cultural amenities. Begin your artful journey of this eclectic neighborhood at The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove with its own deep hues of creative expression.

Set on four acres of lushly-landscaped gardens in the heart of Coconut Grove, The Ritz-Carlton is also just minutes from first-class shopping, exciting night life, fine restaurants, area attractions and iconic beaches drawing visitors into this quintessential Miami experience. 

Make your online hotel reservation now by going to Book your group rate for Baptist Health Event 2018​, or calling 1-800-542-8680 to receive the special group rate of $309, plus applicable taxes. Mention group code BHH to receive the special group rate.

Group rates will be honored through November 15, 2018.

For additional tourist information, including a host of annual art festivals and events, please visit​.


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Continuing Medical Education Department
Baptist Health South Florida​
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Miami, Florida 33176