Introduction to Gamma Knife® Radiosurgery Training Course
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Introduction to Gamma Knife Radiosurgery Training Course

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.
Michael W. McDermott, 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 our October 5-8, 2020 course. 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

07:50 AM

Introductions and Course Outline

​Rupesh Kotecha, M.D.​

Introductions and Course Outline

​Rupesh Kotecha, M.D.​

08:00 AM

Stereotactic Frame Placement: Application and Use in Practice

​Vitaly Siomin, M.D.​

Stereotactic Frame Placement: Application and Use in Practice

​Vitaly Siomin, M.D.​

08:45 AM

Pearls and Pitfalls in Imaging the Patient Undergoing Gamma Knife® Radiosurgery

​Kevin J. Abrams, M.D.​

Pearls and Pitfalls in Imaging the Patient Undergoing Gamma Knife® Radiosurgery

​Kevin J. Abrams, M.D.​

09:30 AM

Stereotactic Radiosurgery in Clinical Practice

​Minesh P. Mehta, M.D.​

Stereotactic Radiosurgery in Clinical Practice

​Minesh P. Mehta, M.D.​

10:00 AM

Break

Break

10:15 AM

Evolution of Gamma Knife® to ICON™

​Alonso N. Gutierrez, Ph.D.​

Evolution of Gamma Knife® to ICON™

​Alonso N. Gutierrez, Ph.D.​

10:45 AM

Gamma Knife® ICON™ Technology Additions: Frameless Treatments, CBCT and HDMM

​Alonso N. Gutierrez, Ph.D.​

Gamma Knife® ICON™ Technology Additions: Frameless Treatments, CBCT and HDMM

​Alonso N. Gutierrez, Ph.D.​

11:15 AM

Basic Treatment Planning

​Ranjini Tolakanahalli, Ph.D.​

Basic Treatment Planning

​Ranjini Tolakanahalli, Ph.D.​

12:15 PM

Lunch

Lunch

01:00 PM

Practical Introduction to the Gamma Knife Machine

Susan Lohman, R.N. (Elekta)
- Radiation Unit
- Patient Positioning System
- Control System​​​​​

Practical Introduction to the Gamma Knife Machine
Susan Lohman, R.N. (Elekta)
- Radiation Unit
- Patient Positioning System
- Control System​​​​​

01:45 PM

Break

Break

02:00 PM

Radiosurgery Workflow Demonstrations

Michael W. McDermott, M.D.
D Jay Wieczorek, Ph.D.
GammaKnife® Therapists
​- Stereotactic Frame Principles
- Creating the Optimal Mask​

Radiosurgery Workflow Demonstrations
Michael W. McDermott, M.D.
D Jay Wieczorek, Ph.D.
GammaKnife® Therapists
​- Stereotactic Frame Principles
- Creating the Optimal Mask​

04:00 PM

Mock Workflow Demonstration

​Rupesh Kotecha, M.D.
D Jay Wieczorek,Ph.D.
Gamma Knife® Therapists​​

Mock Workflow Demonstration

​Rupesh Kotecha, M.D.
D Jay Wieczorek,Ph.D.
Gamma Knife® Therapists​​

05:00 PM

Adjourn

Adjourn

05:15 PM

Tour of Miami Cancer Institute

Tour of Miami Cancer Institute

07:30 AM

Breakfast

Breakfast

07:50 AM

Daily Recap and Questions

​Rupesh Kotecha, M.D.​

Daily Recap and Questions

​Rupesh Kotecha, M.D.​

08:00 AM

Radiosurgery Physics

​​Alonso N. Gutierrez, Ph.D.​

Radiosurgery Physics

​​Alonso N. Gutierrez, Ph.D.​

08:30 AM

Radiosurgery Planning Strategies

​D Jay Wieczorek, Ph.D.​

Radiosurgery Planning Strategies

​D Jay Wieczorek, Ph.D.​

09:30 AM

Break

Break

09:45 AM

Treatment Planning Capabilities and Machine Operations

​Susan Lohman, R.N. (Elekta)

Treatment Planning Capabilities and Machine Operations

​Susan Lohman, R.N. (Elekta)

11:00 AM

Practical Physics Principles and Quality Assurance

​D Jay Wieczorek, Ph.D.​

Practical Physics Principles and Quality Assurance

​D Jay Wieczorek, Ph.D.​

11:30 AM

Treatment Planning System Administration

​D Jay Wieczorek, Ph.D.​

Treatment Planning System Administration

​D Jay Wieczorek, Ph.D.​

12:00 PM

Lunch

Lunch

12:45 PM

Programmatic Essentials: Patient Preparation and Pre-Op - Nursing Care and Coordination of the Gamma Knife® Patient

​Clare M. Morales, R.N.
Haley R. Appel, PA-C

Programmatic Essentials: Patient Preparation and Pre-Op - Nursing Care and Coordination of the Gamma Knife® Patient

​Clare M. Morales, R.N.
Haley R. Appel, PA-C

01:15 PM

Gamma Knife® Safety and Clearance Procedures

​D Jay Wieczorek, Ph.D.​

Gamma Knife® Safety and Clearance Procedures

​D Jay Wieczorek, Ph.D.​

01:45 PM

Stereotactic Image Distortion and Historical Errors

​Alonso N. Gutierrez, Ph.D.​

Stereotactic Image Distortion and Historical Errors

​Alonso N. Gutierrez, Ph.D.​

02:15 PM

Maximizing Gamma Knife® Accuracy: Inherent Limitations

​Alonso N. Gutierrez, Ph.D.​

Maximizing Gamma Knife® Accuracy: Inherent Limitations

​Alonso N. Gutierrez, Ph.D.​

02:45 PM

Break

Break

03:00 PM

Gamma Knife® Radiosurgery – Radiation Safety and Regulatory Guidelines

​Jerry George, Ph.D.​

Gamma Knife® Radiosurgery – Radiation Safety and Regulatory Guidelines

​Jerry George, Ph.D.​

04:00 PM

Machine Demonstrations

Rupesh Kotecha, M.D.
D Jay Wieczorek, Ph.D.
Jerry George, Ph.D.​
- Safety Procedures
- Clearance Procedures
- Quality Assurance
- Emergency Procedures​

Machine Demonstrations
Rupesh Kotecha, M.D.
D Jay Wieczorek, Ph.D.
Jerry George, Ph.D.​
- Safety Procedures
- Clearance Procedures
- Quality Assurance
- Emergency Procedures​

05:00 PM

Adjourn

Adjourn

07:00 PM

Dinner at Table 55, Hilton Miami Dadeland

Dinner at Table 55, Hilton Miami Dadeland

07:00 AM

Machine Physics QA

Rupesh Kotecha, M.D.
D Jay Wieczorek, Ph.D. 

Machine Physics QA

Rupesh Kotecha, M.D.
D Jay Wieczorek, Ph.D. 

07:30 AM

Breakfast

Breakfast

07:50 AM

Daily Recap and Questions

​Rupesh Kotecha, M.D.​

Daily Recap and Questions

​Rupesh Kotecha, M.D.​

08:00 AM

Participant Breakout Session

Michael W. McDermott, M.D.
Rupesh Kotecha,M.D.
D Jay Wieczorek, Ph.D.
- Frame Placement (Neurosurgeons)
- Making a Mask (Radiation Oncologists)
- QA / Safety / Clearance Procedures (Physics)
- Treatment Planning Exercises

Participant Breakout Session
Michael W. McDermott, M.D.
Rupesh Kotecha,M.D.
D Jay Wieczorek, Ph.D.
- Frame Placement (Neurosurgeons)
- Making a Mask (Radiation Oncologists)
- QA / Safety / Clearance Procedures (Physics)
- Treatment Planning Exercises

10:30 AM

Break

Break

10:45 AM

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

​Matthew D. Hall, M.D.​

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

​Matthew D. Hall, M.D.​

11:40 AM

Basic Radiobiology of Radiosurgery

​Michael D. Chuong, M.D.​

Basic Radiobiology of Radiosurgery

​Michael D. Chuong, M.D.​

12:00 PM

Lunch

Lunch

12:45 PM

Basic Principles of Radiosurgery

​Rupesh Kotecha, M.D.​

Basic Principles of Radiosurgery

​Rupesh Kotecha, M.D.​

01:15 PM

Radiosurgery for Brain Metastasis

​Rupesh Kotecha, M.D.​

Radiosurgery for Brain Metastasis

​Rupesh Kotecha, M.D.​

02:45 PM

Break

Break

03:00 PM

Gamma Knife® Commissioning

​D Jay Wieczorek, Ph.D.​

Gamma Knife® Commissioning

​D Jay Wieczorek, Ph.D.​

03:30 PM

Coding and Reimbursement

​Denise C. Aponte, RT(T)​

Coding and Reimbursement

​Denise C. Aponte, RT(T)​

04:00 PM

Treatment Planning Session

​Rupesh Kotecha, M.D.
D Jay Wieczorek, Ph.D.​​

Treatment Planning Session

​Rupesh Kotecha, M.D.
D Jay Wieczorek, Ph.D.​​

04:45 PM

Adjourn

Adjourn

08:15 AM

Breakfast

Breakfast

08:45 AM

Daily Recap and Questions

​Rupesh Kotecha, M.D.​

Daily Recap and Questions

​Rupesh Kotecha, M.D.​

09:00 AM

Radiosurgery for Arterio-Venous Malformations

​Vitaly Siomin, M.D.​

Radiosurgery for Arterio-Venous Malformations

​Vitaly Siomin, M.D.​

09:30 AM

Planning Arterio-Venous Malformations: Creating a Workflow

​D Jay Wieczorek, Ph.D.​

Planning Arterio-Venous Malformations: Creating a Workflow

​D Jay Wieczorek, Ph.D.​

10:00 AM

Break

Break

10:15 AM

Group Treatment Planning Session

​Rupesh Kotecha, M.D.
Matthew Hall, M.D.
D Jay Wieczorek, Ph.D.​​

Group Treatment Planning Session

​Rupesh Kotecha, M.D.
Matthew Hall, M.D.
D Jay Wieczorek, Ph.D.​​

12:00 PM

Lunch

Lunch

12:30 PM

Principles of Pediatric Radiosurgery

​Matthew D. Hall, M.D.​

Principles of Pediatric Radiosurgery

​Matthew D. Hall, M.D.​

01:30 PM

Functional Applications with Leksell Radiosurgery

Michael W. McDermott, M.D.​

Functional Applications with Leksell Radiosurgery

Michael W. McDermott, M.D.​

02:15 PM

Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Glioma

​Minesh P. Mehta, M.D.

Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Glioma

​Minesh P. Mehta, M.D.

02:45 PM

Radiation Necrosis: Diagnostic Considerations and Treatment Strategies

​Yazmin Odia, M.D.​

Radiation Necrosis: Diagnostic Considerations and Treatment Strategies

​Yazmin Odia, M.D.​

03:30 PM

Course Review

​Rupesh Kotecha, M.D.​

Course Review

​Rupesh Kotecha, M.D.​

03:45 PM

Certificate Presentation

​Rupesh Kotecha, M.D.​

Certificate Presentation

​Rupesh Kotecha, M.D.​

04:15 PM

Adjourn and Course Completion

Adjourn and Course Completion


Schedules are subject to change.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this conference, participants should be better able to:

  • Recognize the basic principles and physics of radiosurgery and how they relate to day-to-day patient treatment.
  • Review the clinical implications, treatment parameters and clinical outcomes of radiosurgery.
  • Identify radiation safety principles and potential issues of radiosurgery and review emergency procedures.
  • Apply principles of stereotactic frame and mask application, imaging and radiosurgery treatment hardware.​

Accreditation and Credits

Baptist Health provides accredited continuing education (CME/CE) to doctors, nurses and allied health professionals.

Baptist Health South Florida is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Baptist Health has been re-surveyed by the ACCME and awarded Commendation for 6 years as a provider of CME for physicians.

Baptist Health South Florida designates this live activity for a maximum of 31.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

   

This activity has been approved for a maximum of 30 Medical Physics Continuing Education Credits (MPCEC) by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Program (CAMPEP).

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ claimed by physicians attending live events certified and organized in the United States for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ can be claimed through the agreement on mutual recognition of credits between UEMS and AMA, considered as being equal to the European Continuous Medical Education Credits (ECMEC©) granted by the UEMS. One AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ is equivalent to one (1) hour of European EACCME Credit (ECMEC©). Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

Faculty

Rupesh Kotecha, M.D.

Rupesh Kotecha, M.D.

Chief of Radiosurgery, Department of Radiation Oncology
Miami Cancer Institute, Baptist Health South Florida
Associate Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology
Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Miami, 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
Chair and Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology
Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Miami, 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. ​

Michael W. McDermott, M.D.

Michael W. McDermott, M.D.

Chief Medical Executive, Miami Neuroscience Institute
Professor of Neurosurgery
Chair, Division of Neuroscience
Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
Florida International University
MWMCD@baptisthealth.net

Michael W. McDermott, M.D., a pioneer in stereotactic neurosurgery and Gamma Knife Radiosurgery for complex brain tumors, has joined Baptist Health as chief medical executive of Miami Neuroscience Institute. Most recently, Dr. McDermott was co-director of the Gamma Knife Radiosurgery Program at the University of California San Francisco. He has been published in many peer-reviewed medical journals and also co-hosted international radiosurgery meetings for the Leksell Gamma Knife Society and the International Stereotactic Radiosurgery Society. His numerous honors include the Bittner Award and the Journal of Neuro-Oncology Award from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.

Jacqueline Grass

Jacqueline Grass

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

Disclosures

Disclosures

Relevant Financial Relationships

The following individuals involved in the planning, development, review, presentation, authoring and/or editing of the course content have disclosed relevant financial relationships with commercial interest companies, and the CME Department has resolved these potential conflicts of interest. Their presentation(s) will not include discussion of off-label or unapproved usage.

  • Kevin J. Abrams, M.D., is a consultant for Keystone Heart and a stock shareholder for Keystone Heart and Cleerly.
  • Michael D. Chuong, M.D., FACRO, has received grant/research support from ViewRay, Inc. and Astra Zeneca; is on the Advisory Board of ViewRay, Inc. and serves on the Speakers’ Bureau for Accuray, Inc., ViewRay, Inc., and Sirtex.
  • Matthew D. Hall, M.D., MBA, has received honorariums from Accuray, Inc. and ViewRay, Inc.
  • Rupesh Kotecha, M.D., has received honorariums from Elekta, Elsevier and Accuray, Inc., and serves on the Clinical Advisory Boards for Accuray, Inc., Novocure and Abbvie.
  • Susan Lohman, R.N., BSN, is an employee of Elekta.
  • Minesh P. Mehta, M.D., FASTRO, 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.

Nothing to Disclose

The following individuals involved in the planning, development, review, presentation, authoring and/or editing of the conference content have indicated that neither they nor their spouses/partners have relevant financial relationships with commercial interest companies. Their presentation(s) will not include discussion of off-label or unapproved usage.

Denise Aponte, RT(T)
Haley R. Appel, PA-C, MMS
Edward Bello, RTT2
Jose Caban, Jr., RTT2
Jerry George, Ph.D., DABR
Sergio Gonzalez-Arias, M.D.
Alonso N. Gutierrez, Ph.D., MBA
Marco Martinez, RTT2
Clare Morales, R.N., BSN
Yazmin Odia, M.D.
Vitaly Siomin, M.D.
Ranjini Tolakanahalli, Ph.D., DABR
D. Jay Wieczorek, Ph.D.

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

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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 Jacqueline Grass, Radiation Oncology Program Coordinator, at JacqueliGr@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 
$149                      October* 

*Based on 2019 rate schedule and is subject to change.

LOCATION:

Miami Cancer Institute on the Baptist Hospital of Miami campus
Department of Radiation Oncology


8900 North Kendall Dri​ve Miami, Florida 33176​

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