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Introduction to Gamma Knife Radiosurgery Training Course

August 5-8, 2019 | January 13-16, 2020 | February 3-6, 2020 | October 5-8, 2020
Miami Cancer Institute

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 Overview

The Miami Cancer Institute Department of Radiation Oncology and the Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine​ are pleased to present this Introduction to Gamma Knife® Radiosurgery Training Course for radiation oncologists, neurosurgeons, medical physicists, neuro-otolaryngologists, and other healthcare professionals interested in Gamma Knife radiosurgery training.

This educational program provides an opportunity to enhance the practitioner’s knowledge about the practical aspects of stereotactic radiosurgery using the Gamma Knife Icon™. Participants will review clinical implications and clinical outcomes of radiosurgery, identify radiation safety principles and apply treatment planning considerations and principles of stereotactic radiosurgery treatment hardware. As part of Miami Cancer Institute’s internationally recognized radiation oncology program, our team of experts offers a non-surgical radiation treatment called Gamma Knife radiosurgery – the most modern technology available – in South Florida’s only state-of-the-art Icon Gamma Knife Center. Learn More... 

Miami Cancer Institute is Florida's only member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance and the only cancer center in the world to offer all of the latest radiation therapy modalities in one place. Miami Cancer Institute forges new ground in cancer treatment, clinical expertise, research and discovery to pave the way for personalized care delivered with the heart of Baptist Health South Florida. Learn more about Baptist Health​.

​Course Directors

Rupesh Kotecha, M.D.
Minesh Mehta, M.D.
Sergio Gonzalez-Arias, M.D.

    

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Topics this year.

Topics This Year

  • Stereotactic frame and mask application
  • Imaging and radiosurgery treatment hardware
  • Principles and physics
  • Clinical implications, treatment parameters and clinical outcomes
  • Radiation safety principles, risks and emergency procedures
Topics this year.

Who Should Attend

  • Neurosurgeons
  • Medical physicists
  • Radiation oncologists
  • Neuro-otolaryngologists
Upcoming Courses

Upcoming Courses

Registration is open for these dates August 5-8, 2019, January 13-16, 2020, February 3-6, 2020 and October 5-8, 2020. Please check back for additional course dates. ​

Sponsorship Information

Sponsorship Information

We gratefully acknowledge the commercial support and in-kind support provided by Elekta. ​

International Attendees

International Attendees

Miami Cancer Institute is pleased to welcome international healthcare professionals. If needed for a travel visa, request a letter of invitation.​

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Agenda

07:30 AM

Breakfast

Breakfast

08:00 AM

Introductions and Course Outline

Introductions and Course Outline

08:15 AM

Imaging Strategies

Imaging Strategies

09:00 AM

Radiosurgery in Clinical Practice

Radiosurgery in Clinical Practice

09:30 AM

Evolution of Gamma Knife to Icon

Evolution of Gamma Knife to Icon

10:00 AM

Break

Break

10:15 AM

Stereotactic Frame: Application and Use in Practice

Stereotactic Frame: Application and Use in Practice

10:45 AM

Gamma Knife Icon Technology Additions: Frameless Treatments, CBCT and HDMM

Gamma Knife Icon Technology Additions: Frameless Treatments, CBCT and HDMM

11:15 AM

Radiosurgery Planning Strategies

Radiosurgery Planning Strategies

12:15 PM

Lunch

Lunch

01:00 PM

Practical Introduction to the Gamma Knife Machine

- Radiation Unit
- Patient Positioning System
- Control System ​

Practical Introduction to the Gamma Knife Machine
- Radiation Unit
- Patient Positioning System
- Control System ​

02:15 PM

Break

Break

02:30 PM

Radiosurgery Workflow Demonstrations

- ​Stereotactic Frame Principles
- Creating the Optimal Mask 

Radiosurgery Workflow Demonstrations

04:30 PM

Mock Workflow Demonstration

Mock Workflow Demonstration

05:15 PM

Adjourn - Dinner on own

Adjourn - Dinner on own

07:30 AM

Breakfast

Breakfast

08:00 AM

Daily Recap and Questions

Daily Recap and Questions

08:30 AM

Radiosurgery Physics

Radiosurgery Physics

09:00 AM

Basic Treatment Planning

Basic Treatment Planning

10:00 AM

Break

Break

10:15 AM

Treatment Planning Capabilities and Machine Operations

Treatment Planning Capabilities and Machine Operations

11:30 AM

Practical Physics Principles and Quality Assurance

Practical Physics Principles and Quality Assurance

12:15 PM

Lunch

Lunch

01:00 PM

TPS Administration

TPS Administration

01:30 PM

Safety and Clearance Procedures

Safety and Clearance Procedures

02:15 PM

Stereotactic Image Distortion and Historical Errors

Stereotactic Image Distortion and Historical Errors

02:45 PM

Break

Break

03:00 PM

Maximizing Gamma Knife Accuracy

Maximizing Gamma Knife Accuracy

03:30 PM

Radiation Safety and NRC Regulations

Radiation Safety and NRC Regulations

04:30 PM

Machine Demonstrations

- Safety Procedures
- Clearance Procedures
- Quality Assurance
- Emergency Procedures ​

Machine Demonstrations

05:30 PM

Adjourn

Adjourn

06:00 PM

Reception and Tour of Radiation Oncology and Miami Cancer Institute

Reception and Tour of Radiation Oncology and Miami Cancer Institute

07:30 AM

Breakfast

Breakfast

08:00 AM

Daily Recap and Questions

Daily Recap and Questions

08:30 AM

Participant Breakout Session

- Frame Placement (Neurosurgeons)
- Making a Mask (Radiation Oncologists)
- QA / Safety / Clearance Procedures (Physicists) ​

Participant Breakout Session

10:30 AM

Break

Break

11:00 AM

Coding and Reimbursement

Coding and Reimbursement

11:30 AM

Commissioning

Commissioning

12:00 PM

Lunch

Lunch

01:00 PM

Basic Radiobiology of Radiosurgery

Basic Radiobiology of Radiosurgery

01:30 PM

Basic Principles of Radiosurgery

Basic Principles of Radiosurgery

02:00 PM

Radiosurgery for Brain Metastasis

Radiosurgery for Brain Metastasis

03:00 PM

Break

Break

03:15 PM

Radiosurgery for Benign Tumors: Meningiomas, Pituitary Adenomas and Acoustic Neuromas

Radiosurgery for Benign Tumors: Meningiomas, Pituitary Adenomas and Acoustic Neuromas

04:30 PM

Treatment Planning Session

Treatment Planning Session

05:30 PM

Adjourn

Adjourn

06:00 PM

Group Dinner

​Board Room 3W280

Group Dinner

08:00 AM

Breakfast

Breakfast

08:30 AM

Daily Recap and Questions

Daily Recap and Questions

09:00 AM

Programmatic Essentials: Patient Preparation and Pre-op

Programmatic Essentials: Patient Preparation and Pre-op

09:30 AM

Group Treatment Planning Session

Group Treatment Planning Session

10:15 AM

Break

Break

10:30 AM

Pediatric Radiosurgery and Anesthesia Considerations

Pediatric Radiosurgery and Anesthesia Considerations

11:15 AM

Functional Neurosurgery

Functional Neurosurgery

12:15 PM

Lunch

Lunch

01:00 PM

Radiosurgery for AVMs

Radiosurgery for AVMs

02:00 PM

Planning AVMs: Creating a Workflow

Planning AVMs: Creating a Workflow

02:45 PM

Radiosurgery for Gliomas

Radiosurgery for Gliomas

03:30 PM

Radiation Necrosis: Diagnostic Considerations and Treatment Strategies

Radiation Necrosis: Diagnostic Considerations and Treatment Strategies

04:15 PM

Course Review

Course Review

04:30 PM

Certificate Presentation

Certificate Presentation

05:00 PM

Adjourn – Course Completion

Adjourn – Course Completion

Faculty

Rupesh Kotecha, M.D.

Rupesh Kotecha, M.D.

Chief of Radiosurgery
Department of Radiation Oncology
Miami Cancer Institute
Baptist Health South Florida
RupeshK@BaptistHealth.net​​

Rupesh Kotecha, M.D., is a 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 Mehta, M.D.

Minesh Mehta, M.D.

Deputy Director and Chief of Radiation Oncology
Department of Radiation Oncology
Miami Cancer Institute
Baptist Health South Florida
MineshM@BaptistHealth.net​

Minesh P. Mehta, M.D., is 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. ​

Sergio Gonzalez-Arias, M.D.

Sergio Gonzalez-Arias, M.D.

Chief, Department of Neuroscience
Baptist Hospital of Miami
Chair, Department of Neuroscience, and
Executive Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs
Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
semgonz@fiu.edu​​​​​​​

Dr. Gonzalez-Arias is the Executive Associate Dean, Clinical Affairs and Founding Chair, Department of Neuroscience and Chief of Neurosurgery at the FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. He also serves as Chief of Department of Neuroscience and Chief, Neurosurgery Section at Baptist Hospital of Miami.  He also served as chief of the hospital’s Department of Surgery and is past president of the Medical Staff. He has lectured nationally and internationally on minimally invasive spine surgery and stereotactic radiosurgery. He is a fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons. He served as chair of the international committee of the Joint Council of State Neurosurgical Societies and is a past president of the Florida Neurological Society.
He is currently involved in multiple basic science and clinical research projects studying brain tumors, brain mapping methodologies and epilepsy foci localization. Dr. Gonzalez-Arias received his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Zaragoza in Zaragoza, Spain. He completed his surgical internship at Rush- Presbyterian St. Luke’s Hospital in Chicago and his neurosurgical residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital – University of Miami. He is Board-certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.​

Reagan Greco

Reagan Greco

Radiation Oncology Program Coordinator
Department of Radiation Oncology
Miami Cancer Institute
Baptist Health South Florida
reagang@baptisthealth.net​ | 786-527-7909

Disclosures

Disclosures

Rupesh Kotecha, M.D.,  has disclosed that he has received honorariums from Elekta, Elsevier and ACCURAY, Inc., serves on the Clinical Advisory Boards for ACCURAY, Inc., Novocure and Abbvie. Dr. Kotecha has also indicated that his presentation will not include discussion of off-label or unapproved usage.

Minesh P. Mehta, M.D., FASTRO, has disclosed that he is on the Board of Directors for Oncoceutics, serves on the Medical Advisory Boards for Colby, Stemina and Procertus and is a consultant for Celgene, Tocagen, Abbvie and Astra Zeneca. Dr. Mehta has also indicated that his presentation will not include discussion of off-label or unapproved usage. 

Sergio Gonzalez-Arias, M.D., has disclosed that neither he nor his spouse have any relevant financial relationships to disclose. Dr. Gonzalez-Arias has also indicated that his presentation will not include discussion of off-label or unapproved usage.​

Non-faculty contributors and others involved in the planning, development, and editing/review of the content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.​

ADDITIONAL FACULTY: Disclosures for instructors and speakers will be listed in the internal website which you will access when you register. ​

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Registration

 ​Registration Fee is $6,500.





ELIGIBILITY: Participants are limited to individuals from institutions that have already purchased the Gamma Knife™.  These sessions are not open to individuals from institutions that are prospective customers who seek training prior to purchasing the Gamma Knife™. You will be asked to provide your institution affiliation during the registration process. 

 

Registration options for eligible participants are based on prior training. 
Eligible Participants with NO PRIOR TRAINING: Obtain a Registration Code by contacting Reagan Greco, training center coordinator, at ReaganG@BaptistHealth.net or 786-527-7909. After you receive your registration code, please proceed with the registration process through the link just below. 

Eligible Participants WITH PRIOR TRAINING: Please proceed with the registration process through the link below.  


Register online (Master Card, Visa, American Express or by Check*)
*If paying by check: Register now to reserve your place in the course. Payment must be received no later than 30 days prior to the start date of the course. Payment instructions will be emailed to you after you complete online enrollment. 

NOTE: Credit card payment will not be accepted over the phone. 
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Guest Attendance Policy

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

  

 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.

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Location & Accommodations

Location & Accommodations
ACCOMMODATIONS: The Hilton Miami Dadeland, 9100 N. Kendall Drive, Miami, FL 33176 is adjacent to the Baptist Hospital campus and convenient from MIA (13 miles) and FLL Airports (30 miles). Ideally located in the heart of South Miami-Dade's hottest attractions, the hotel is just ten minutes away from the area’s most iconic shopping center, Dadeland Mall. You’ll find great dining options there and across the street at the Downtown Dadeland pedestrian neighborhood. From the nearby Dadeland South Metrorail station you can connect to downtown Miami, Brickell City Center and Miami International Airport. Reserve your room at the corporate rate plus applicable taxes by referencing Group Code, N3195087 at MiamiDadeland.Hilton.com or 786-975-1920. Rates are seasonal and based on availability. Applicable taxes will apply.​
Room Rates        Course Date 
​$109 ​                     August 5-8, 2019 ​
$174 ​                     January 13-16, 2020*
$174                      February 3-6, 2020*
$134                      October 5-8, 2020* 
*Based on 2019 rate schedule and is subject to change.

LOCATION: Miami Cancer Institute on the Baptist Hospital of Miami campus


8900 North Kendall Dri​ve Miami, Florida 33176​

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You may also mail your request to:

Continuing Medical Education Department
Baptist Health South Florida​
8900 N. Kendall Drive​
Miami, Florida 33176

 

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