2018 Symposium Agenda

Innovations in GI Cancer

Friday, November 30, 2018 | Washington Hilton

8:30AM – 9:00PM


9:00AM – 9:15AM

Opening Remarks
John Marshall, MD
Director, The Ruesch Center for the Cure of GI Cancers
Chief, Division of Hematology/Oncology, Medstar Georgetown University Hospital; Professor of Medicine and Oncology, Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Georgetown University

9:15AM – 9:35AM

Druggin ‘Undruggable’ Kras for Pancreatic Cancer Treatment
Channing Der, PhD
Kenan Distinguished Professor, Department of Pharmacology, University of North Carolina, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center

9:35AM – 9:55AM

BRCA-NESS in GI Cancers
Eric Collisson, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, UCSF; Lead Researcher, Collisson Lab, UCSF

9:55AM – 10:15AM

Time for a Challenge? cfDNA to Identify Patients With Metastatic CRC Appropriate fr EGFR Rechallenge
John Strickler, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Medical Oncology Division, Duke Cancer Institute

10:15AM – 10:35AM


10:35AM – 10:50AM


10:50AM – 11:50AM

Host Targets

10:50AM – 11:10AM

Bile Acids, the Microbiome, Immunity & Liver Tumors
Tim F. Greten, MD
Deputy Branch Chief & Senior Investigator, Thoracic and GI Malignancies Branch, Co-Director NCI CCR Liver Cancer Program, CCR/NCI

11:10AM – 11:30AM

Innovations in GI Cancer: Microbiome
Julia L. Drewes, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow in Oncology, Sears Laboratory, Johns Hopkins Medicine

11:30AM – 11:50AM


11:50AM – 12:30PM

Schafer Memorial Lecture

Waddah B. Al-Refaie, MD, FACS
Chief, Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital; Surgeon in Chief, Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center; Director, MedStar Georgetown Surgical Outcomes Research Center

It Is What the Surgeon Does Not See That Kills the Patient
Paul H. Sugarbaker, MD, FACS, FRCS
Director, Program in Peritoneal Surface Oncology, MedStar Washington Hospital Center

12:30PM – 1:30PM

Lunch & Networking

1:30PM – 2:30PM

Novel Biomarkers (this session is not eligible for CE)

1:30PM – 1:50PM

Advances In GI Cancer Genomic Profiling With Circulation Cell-Free DNA
Lesli A. Kiedrowski, MS, MPH, LCGC
Medical Science Liaison, Medical Affairs, Guardant Health

1:50PM – 2:10PM

Advances in Precision Medicine
David Spetzler, MS, PhD, MBA
President and Chief Scientific Officer, Caris Life Sciences

2:10PM – 2:30PM

Chasing the Cancer’s Tail: Targeting Low-Frequency Mutations in GI Cancers
W. Michael Korn, MD
Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology, University of California San Francisco; Chief Medical Officer, Caris Life Sciences

2:30PM – 2:45PM


2:45PM – 4:30PM

Innovations & Barriers to Clinical Research

2:45PM – 3:00PM

Opening Remarks & Moderator
Moderator: Richard L. Schilsky, MD, FACP, FSCT, FASCO
Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, American Society of Clinical Oncology

3:00PM – 3:15PM

FDA Recommendations for Seamless Drug Development
Martha Donoghue, MD
Clinical Team Leader, Gastrointestinal Cancers Team, Division of Oncology Products 2, Office of Hematology and Oncology Products, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

3:15PM – 3:30PM

Bringing Precision Medicine Into GI Cancer: Innovative Trial Designs
Tanios S. Bekaii-Saab, MD, FACP
Professor, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science; Program Co-Leader, GI Cancer, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center; Medical Director, Cancer Clinical Research Office (CCRO); Senior Associate Consultant, Mayo Clinic AZ , USA

3:30PM – 3:45PM

Innovation In Clinical Trials: Reducing Costs of Clinical Trials
Asha S. Collins, PhD
Country Head, US; Country Clinical Operations (CCO); PD Clinical Operations (PDG), Genentech, Inc.

3:45PM – 4:00PM

Pipelines: Creating Knowledge Pathways To Drive Clinical Actionability
Subha Madhavan, PhD
Chief Data Scientist, Georgetown University Medical Center; Director, Innovation Center for Biomedical Informatics; Associate Professor, Department of Oncology, Georgetown University

4:00PM – 4:30PM

Panel Discussion


Closing Remarks
John Marshall, MD
See title above

The Society of Nuclear Medicine & Molecular Imaging Present: Advances in Nuclear Imaging & Therapy for Neuroendocrine Tumors

Friday, November 30, 2018 | Washington Hilton

1:30PM – 1:45PM

Opening Remarks
Giuseppe Esposito, MD, MBA
Professor of Radiology, Chief, Nuclear Medicine and PET/CT, Co-Regional Director, Nuclear Medicine Services; MedStar Medical Group – Radiology, Medstar Georgetown University Hospital

1:45PM – 2:15PM

Liver Directed Therapy for Treatment of Nets
Alexander Kim, MD
Vascular and Interventional Radiology, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

2:15PM – 2:45PM

The Treatment Landscape for Patients With Advances Neuroendocrine Tumors
Benjamin Weinberg, MD
GI Medical Oncologist, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology, Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Georgetown University

2:45PM – 3:15PM

Management of Neuroendocrine Tumors
Sandy D. Kotiah, MD
Director, The Neuroendocrine Tumor Center, Mercy Medical Center

3:15PM – 3:45PM

Imaging & Radionuclide Treatment of Neuroendocrine Tumors
Giuseppe Esposito, MD, MBA
See title above

GI Cancers 2018: Year in Review

Saturday, December 1, 2018 | Washington Hilton

8:00AM – 8:30AM

Breakfast & Registration

8:30AM – 9:00AM

Pipeline Innovation (This presentation is not eligible for CE)
Asha S. Collins, PhD
See title above

9:00AM – 9:15AM

Opening Remarks
Co-Chair: John Marshall, MD
See title above

Co-Chair: Tim F. Greten, MD
See title above

9:15AM – 9:45AM

New Drugs in 2018: Advances in Precision Medicine
John Strickler, MD
See title above

9:45AM – 10:15AM

Rethinking Dosing Strategies in the Treatment of GI Cancers: More Can Be Less!
Tanios S. Bekaii-Saab, MD, FACP
See title above

10:15AM – 10:30AM


10:30AM – 11:00AM

Worth The Hype? Proton Therapy for GI Cancers
Keith Unger, MD
Department of Radiation Oncology, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

11:00AM – 12:00PM

Panel: Immunotherapy & Precision Medicine
Aiwu Ruth He, MD, PhD
Division of Hematology/Oncology, Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center

Sunnie Kim, MD
GI Oncologist, Assistant Professor, Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Georgetown University

Benjamin Weinberg, MD
See title above

Emily R. Winslow, MD, MS, FACS
Regional Director, Hepatopancreaticobiliary Surgery, Medstar Georgetown University Hospital

Patient Symposium

Saturday, December 1, 2018

8:30AM – 9:00AM


9:00AM – 9:10AM

Opening Remarks
John Marshall, MD
See title above

9:10AM – 10:00AM

Panel: Changing Roles & Relationships: When Cancer Comes Into Your Life
Moderator: Sara Field, LICSW
Clinical Social Worker, Medstar Georgetown University Hospital, Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center

Bobbie Khan, MS, RN, OCN
Clinical Nurse Coordinator, Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center

Linda Katz

Sherry Gratz

Dianne Weber

10:00AM – 10:10AM


10:10AM – 11:00AM

Topical Breakouts

Advocacy 101: Learn How To Get Involved On a Local, State & National Level

Moderator: Craig Lustig, MPA
Associate Director, The Ruesch Center for the Cure of GI Cancers

Adam Taliaferro, Esq
Associate Director State Advocacy & Alliance Development, Bristol-Myers Squibb

Sherell McDearmon, MPA
Associate Director State Advocacy and Alliance Development, Bristol-Myers Squibb

Margaret Carvin, JD
Healthcare Government Relations and Cancer Policy Advocate

Life, Redefined: Living With Metastatic Cancer

Michael Sapienza
CEO, Colorectal Cancer Alliance

Sara Field, LICSW
See title above

Violet Kuchar

Cancer Fighting Kitchen: Herbs, Spices & Beyond
Rachel Wong, RD, CSO, LD
Oncology Dietitian, Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center

Myths & Realities: What Matters In Diet and Lifestyle
Bhumika Gandhi, MD
Medical Director, Medstar Georgetown Cancer Survivorship Program; Associate Professor of Internal Medicine & Pediatrics, Medstar Georgetown University Hospital

Varun Sharma, MD
Assistant Professor of General Internal Medicine, Medstar Georgetown University Hospital

Unique Concerns of Young Adults With Cancer
Jennifer Bires, LICSW, OSW-C
Executive Director, Smith Center for Healing and the Arts

Stephanie Stern, LCSW-C
Clinical Facilitator, Hope Connections for Cancer Support

Barbara Cusumano

Dana Deighton

11:10AM – 12:00PM

Panel: Clinical Trials, Precision Medicine & You
John Marshall, MD
See title above

Kennedy Cliffe
Vice President, Medical Affairs & Collaborations, Caris Life Sciences

Goga Radakovic, MD, CCRC
CRMO Administrative Director, Georgetown Lombardi Cancer Center

Gilbert Turner

12:00PM – 1:00PM

Lunch & Networking

1:00PM – 2:00PM

Disease Specific Breakouts

Colorectal Cancer
John Marshall, MD
See title above

Jennifer Ayscue, MD
Senior Colorectal Surgeon, Section Director, MedStar Colorectal Surgery Program, MedStar Washington Hospital Center; Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

Pancreatic Cancer
Michael Pishvaian, MD, PhD
See title above

Emily R. Winslow, MD, MS, FACS
See title above

Liver Cancer
Aiwu Ruth He, MD, PhD
See title above

Coleman I. Smith, MD
Transplant Hepatologist, MedStar Georgetown Transplant Institute; Professor, Medicine, Georgetown University School of Medicine

Upper GI Cancers
Sunnie Kim, MD
See title above

Waddah B. Al-Refaie, MD, FACS
See title above

Neuroendocrine Tumors
Giuseppe Esposito, MD, MBA
See title above

Sandy D. Kotiah, MD
See title above

Benjamin Weinberg, MD
See title above