2016 Ruesch Center Symposium Agenda

The 7th Annual Ruesch Center Symposium: Fighting a Smarter War on Cancer


2016 GI Cancers year in review

PART 1 of the Symposium, on December 1, “GI Cancers 2016: Year in Review,” will present disease-specific in-depth updates on progress in research and care of GI cancer patients, from our Ruesch medical oncology team.

Featured Presenters to include:
Waddah Al-Refaie, MD, MedStar Georgetown
Michael Bamat, PhD, Wellstat Therapeutics
John Marshall, MD, The Ruesch Center for the Cure of GI Cancers

Vincent Picozzi, MD, Virginia Mason, Seattle
Raymond Wadlow, MD, VA Cancer Specialists

Special session on risk and surveillance of liver cancer

With more than 780,000 new cases diagnosed every year, liver cancer is the fifth most common cancer worldwide. Diagnosing liver cancer early is key as a patient’s chance of survival nearly doubles if the disease is caught before it has begun to spread (or metastasize). This session looks to increase awareness of liver cancer and its risk factors.

Featured Presenters to include:
Ruth He, MD, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
Amy Kim, MD, Johns Hopkins Hospital

Special session on young adult CRC

Long considered a disease of an aging population, CRC is now targeting individuals younger than 50 years. This session focuses on the efforts to promote increased research and awareness among patients and physicians about the unique characteristics of early-onset CRC.

Featured Presenters to include:
Martha Raymond, Michael’s Mission
Mohamed Salem, MD, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
Michael Sapienza, Colon Cancer Alliance
Tom Weber, MD, Colon Cancer Challenge

Collaborative cancer care - a multidisciplinary approach

PART 2 of the symposium, on December 2, is titled, “Collaborative Cancer Care – A Multidisciplinary Approach,” and will include interactive sessions related to the multidisciplinary management of GI cancer care. Content will be presented in three tracks; Medical Oncology, Surgery/Radiation Oncology, and Nursing/Patient Advocacy interspersed with plenaries focusing on key areas of change in GI.

Featured Presenters to include:
Jonathan Brody, MD, Thomas Jefferson
Anthony El-Khoueiry, MD, USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
James FitzGerald, MD, MedStar Washington Hospital Center
Nadim Haddad, MD, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
Christian Jobin, PhD, University of Florida
Lynt Johnson, MD, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
James Lewis, MD, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
John Marshall, MD, The Ruesch Center for the Cure of GI Cancers
Lynn Matrisian, PhD, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
Vincent Picozzi, MD, Virginia Mason, Seattle
Manish Shah, MD, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

Jill Smith, MD, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
Thomas Watson, MD, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
Louis Weiner, MD, MedStar Georgetown, Lombardi Cancer Center

Header for Patient symposium

PART 3,our Patient Symposium on December 3 will bring patients and family’s disease-specific information and education, tools for managing their cancer care, and engage them in a discussion of the promise of emerging therapeutic approaches in cancer care and the concerns related to understanding the growing array of treatment options.

LIVE WEBCAST option also available.

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