13-14 NOV 2020

Brachytherapy: pushing the limits of ablative therapy

Joanne Alfieri, MD

Joanne Alfieri, MD

McGill University Health Center

Joanne Alfieri is an assistant professor in the Department of Oncology, McGill University since February 2012. She is a radiation oncologist who specializes in the treatment of gynaecological and gastrointestinal malignancies at the McGill University Health Centre. Dr. Alfieri earned her medical degree and her post-graduate radiation oncology training at McGill. She completed a Post-graduate Fellowship in Gynaecology Oncology and MRI-guided Brachytherapy at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne, Australia.  Dr. Alfieri is the lead for the gynecological site group as well as the brachytherapy lead for the MUHC. She initiated the MRI-guided brachytherapy program at McGill, and her current research interests lie in the evaluation of this program with the aim of improving the long-term outcomes and minimizing treatment-related toxicity in gynaecological cancer patients as well as in investigating alternate treatment options for locally advanced cervix cancer.  She has a keen interest in medical education and is the post-graduate residency training Program Director for radiation oncology since February 2015. More recently, she was appointed Director of Education for the Gerald Bronfman Department of Oncology of McGill University where oversees undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate training programs in medical, surgical and radiation oncology.

Nov. 14, 2020 Sessions
08:40 - 09:00 Difficult Implants of Cervical Cancers
Boris Bahoric, MD

Boris Bahoric, MD

Jewish General Hospital

Dr. Bahoric completed his medical school in Rijeka, Croatia. He completed his Royal College Fellowship Program in Radiation oncology in Toronto. He works as staff radiation oncologist at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal. He is assistant professor at McGill University. Apart from teaching he is involved in various administrative activities. His areas of interest and expertise are the gynecological, genitourinary and hematological malignancies. Particularly, he is interested in brachytherapy. He offers both intracavitary and interstitial for gynecological malignancies. He performs adjuvant accelerated partial breast irradiation via interstitial brachytherapy. Dr. Bahoric participates in nationwide studies in prostate cancer. As part of the studies he offers and performs HDR prostate brachytherapy. He is past president of Canadian Brachytherapy Group and is still active participant in this group.

Nov. 13, 2020 Sessions
08:40 - 09:00 APBI with Brachytherapy
11:10 - 11:30 Breast Brachytherapy cases: Interactive session
Luc Beaulieu, Physicien médical

Luc Beaulieu, Physicien médical

Centre hospitalier universitaire de Québec

Dr. Beaulieu is a full professor, Director of the CAMPEP graduate program and also Director of the Cancer Research Centre at Université Laval. He served on the Board of the Canadian Organization of Medical Physicists as President Elect, President and Past President (2010-2016). He is a member of the AAPM Brachytherapy Subcommittee as well as two associated Working Groups (Robotics and Clinical Applications), is the Chair of TG317 on tracking technology for brachytherapy, a member of the ESTRO In Vivo dosimetry working group, was the Chair of TG-186 and until recently led the AAPM/ESTRO/ABG Working Group on Model-Based Dose Calculations in Brachytherapy. He has mentored over 150 highly qualified personals, published 220 peer-reviewed manuscripts and 465 refereed abstracts at national and international meetings. He is a recognized expert on topics related to scintillation dosimetry and brachytherapy. Luc

Nov. 14, 2020 Sessions
09:00 - 09:20 Inverse Treatment Planning in Brachytherapy
Peter Chung, MD

Peter Chung, MD

Princess Margaret Hospital

Dr. Peter Chung is an Associate Professor and Director of the Fellowship Program in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Toronto. He is a Radiation Oncologist at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.  He trained in clinical oncology in the United Kingdom and subsequently a clinical fellowship at the Princess Margaret. His clinical interests include sarcoma, GU cancers and the use of MR in brachytherapy.  

Nov. 14, 2020 Sessions
13:50 - 14:10 What is the Problem with the One Fraction Monotherapy
Stefanie Corradini, MD

Stefanie Corradini, MD

LMU Klinik und Poliklinik für Strahlentherapie

Stefanie Corradini is an assistant professor and senior consultant at the Department of Radiation Oncology, LMU University of Munich (Germany) since June 2014. She specializes in the treatment of breast and gynaecological malignancies and is chief of the brachytherapy and the MRI-guided radiotherapy program at LMU University. Dr. Corradini earned her medical degree at Paracelsus Medical Universtiy in Salzburg (Austria) and her post-graduate radiation oncology training at LMU University. She initiated the gynaecological MRI-guided brachytherapy program and the liver brachytherapy program at LMU university in cooperation with the Department of Interventional Radiology. She has a special research interest in liver brachytherapy and the evaluation and development of MR-guided implant procedures and the application of conformal interstitial brachytherapy on unusual treatment sites, taking advantage of her close partnership with Interventional Radiology.

Nov. 14, 2020 Sessions
11:30 - 12:00 Insterstitial HDR Brachytherapy for Liver Tumors
Flavia De Angelis, MD

Flavia De Angelis, MD

Université de Sherbrooke - Hôpital Charles Lemoyne

Dr De Angelis is a medical oncologist at the CISSS of the Montérégie Centre Hôpital Charles Lemoyne She is an assistant professor in the department of medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of Sherbrooke and Director of the Medical Oncology Residency Program, Université de Sherbrooke She completed her medical oncology training at the Universidade federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 2005-2007 and made his fellowship in onco geriatrics: Université de Sherbrooke (Sherbrooke, Can) and Centre Léon Bérard (Lyon, France). 2008-2009 and a third cycle in health sciences pedagogy at Université de Sherbrooke. 2016-2019 Her clinical practice focuses on lung cancer, gynecological, ORL, melanoma and geriatric oncology.

Talar Derashodian, MD

Université de Sherbrooke - Hôpital Charles Lemoyne

Dr Derashodian is a radiation oncologist working at Centre Intégré de Cancérologie de la Montérégie, at Charles LeMoyne hospital. She graduated from Université de Montreal’s medical school in 2005. She then completed her residency in radiation oncology at Université Laval. She pursued her academic training at University of Miami with a fellowship in Urologic cancers under the supervision of Dr Alan Pollack. Her main areas of expertise include urologic, gynecologic, and head and neck tumors, as well as general brachytherapy.

Nov. 13, 2020 Sessions
13:50 - 14:10 Influence of age on Brachytherapy Outcome
Christopher Deufel, Physicien médical

Christopher Deufel, Physicien médical

Mayo Clinic

Dr. Christopher Deufel is the chair of research for the Division of Medical Physics and practice leader for Brachytherapy in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota.  Dr. Deufel received his Ph.D. in experimental physics from Cornell University and completed residency training in therapeutic medical physics at the Mayo Clinic.  He is currently the secretary for the American Brachytherapy Society and has served the ABS board of directors for the past three years.  At the Mayo Clinic, he supervises physics resident education in brachytherapy and conducts research in brachytherapy applicator design, clinical brachytherapy techniques, and radiation treatment planning methods. His work has been published Nature Methods, Radiotherapy and Oncology, the International Journal of Radiotherapy and Oncology Biology Physics, Physics in Medicine and Biology, the Brachytherapy Journal, and the Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics.   

Nov. 14, 2020 Sessions
09:20 - 09:40 What is the future of inverse planning?

Marie Duclos, MD

McGill University Health Center

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Alfonso Gomez-Iturriaga, MD

Alfonso Gomez-Iturriaga, MD

Basque Country University - Cruces University Hospital

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Marjory Jolicoeur, MD

Marjory Jolicoeur, MD

Université de Montréal - Hôpital Charles Lemoyne

Dr. Jolicoeur had her medical degree along with a Ph.D in Molecular biology and completed her radiation oncology residency at University of Montreal in 1996. she completed a brachytherapy fellowship at the Centre Georges-François Leclerc located in Dijon France. In 1997 she started working at the department of Radiation Oncology of University of Montréal, where she still holds a position as a professor of Radiation Oncology. In 1999 she was appointed to the planning and construction of the new department of Radiation Oncology of Hospital Charles LeMoyne. The facility, which started his activities in 2011, has a comprehensive image guided brachytherapy program. In 2011 she founded “Curietherapies”. As a brachytherapy specialist, she has special research interests in the application of brachytherapy in area such as breast, genitourinary and gynecologic cancers. Her main focus is in the development of image guided implant procedures, the use of MRI in brachytherapy and the precision delivery of conformal high dose rate brachytherapy.

Nov. 13, 2020 Sessions
08:00 - 08:10 Welcome talk
Nov. 14, 2020 Sessions
08:00 - 08:05 Opening
Mira Keyes, MD

Mira Keyes, MD

British Columbia Cancer Agency

Dr. Keyes is a Clinical Professor in Radiation Oncology, Division of Surgery, at University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver.  British Columbia Cancer Agency Prostate Brachytherapy Program past QA chair and head of the program 2006 – 2016. She is a Fellow of American Brachytherapy Society (FABS), past board member and secretary for ABS, chair of Education Committee, and ASTRO and ABS Prostate Brachytherapy Workshops course director. In 2017, she was awarded ABS Presidents Award, for outstanding contribution to ABS. She is a member of the editorial board for Brachytherapy Journal.  Dr. Keyes is a Vice-Chair of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada AFC Diploma in Brachytherapy, a former Residency Training Program Director in Radiation Oncology at UBC, and past Royal College examiner.  She is a recipient of several UBC Radiation Oncology Residency Training Program awards and was nominated for Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Mentorship Award.  Dr. Keyes is a keynote speaker, author of over 80 peer reviewed manuscripts and recipient of peer review grants including a CIHR and Michael Smith Foundation grant for translational research in prostate cancer. 

Nov. 14, 2020 Sessions
10:30 - 11:00 Brachytherapy for Penile Cancer
Marisa A Kollmeier, MD

Marisa A Kollmeier, MD

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Dr. Marisa Kollmeier is an Associate Physician in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York where she joined the faculty in 2004 following her residency training at Mount Sinai Medical Center. Since 2007, she has been an active member of the Brachytherapy Service at MSKCC and performs prostate LDR and HDR brachytherapy, intracavitary and interstitial GYN brachytherapy, as well as HDR mold and HDR intraoperative radiation therapy.  She is actively involved in the training of many residents and fellows in brachytherapy-based therapies. Dr. Kollmeier is the chair of the Radiation Oncology Quality Assurance Committee and participates actively in both institutional QA activities as well serving on the Multidisciplinary QA Committee for ASTRO. She has been an active member of ABS since 2004. She has many publications in journals including Brachytherapy, the International Journal of Radiotherapy and Oncology Biology Physics, Practical Radiation Oncology and Radiotherapy and Oncology on prostate cancer, brachytherapy as well as other topics.  

Nov. 14, 2020 Sessions
14:30 - 14:50 Focal HDR Brachytherapy
André-Guy Martin, MD

André-Guy Martin, MD

Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Quebec

Fellowship en curiethérapie; Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA MSc médecine expérimentale; Faculté de médecine, University Laval, Québec, Québec “Diplôme d’étude supérieurs en radio-oncologie”; University Laval, Québec, Québec Doctorat en médecine; Faculté de médecine, Université Laval, Québec, Québec Bachelier en Pharmacie; École de pharmacie, Université Laval, Québec, Québec

Alvaro Martinez, MD

Alvaro Martinez, MD

21st Century Oncology of Michigan

Alvaro A. Martinez, M.D. received his medical degree from Universidad Javeriana in Bogota, Colombia. He completed a radiation oncology residency program at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Following his residency, he became an Assistant Professor at Stanford University Medical School in Palo Alto, California. In 1981, he joined the department of Oncology at Mayo Clinic Medical School in Rochester, Minnesota where he achieved the position of Associate Professor. He was appointed Chairman of the department of Radiation Oncology at Beaumont Hospital Royal Oak, Michigan in 1985 where he was a Professor of Radiation Oncology at Oakland University William Beaumont Medical school. For the past five years, he has been a Senior VP of Scientific and Clinical Strategy at 21st Century Oncology of Michigan, a division of Michigan Health care professionals. Taking advantage of his surgical training, Dr. Martinez achieved outstanding expertise in brachytherapy and he designed special applicators which are widely used for the treatment of patients with gynecological and other pelvic malignancies. He is a member of numerous national and international professional organizations and is highly regarded by his peers for his professional accomplishments. He was president of the Michigan Society of Therapeutic Radiology in 1989 and president of the American Brachytherapy Society in 1991. Dr. Martinez is certified in radiation oncology by the American Board of Radiology and was awarded a fellowship in the American College of Radiology. Dr. Martinez has been a member of several National Cancer Institute review committees. He has been an associate editor for many national and international medical journals, and has contributed to more than 340 articles in prestigious scientific medical journals. In additional, he has written and contributed to more than 45 chapters in textbooks.

Cynthia Ménard, MD

Cynthia Ménard, MD

Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montreal

Dr Ménard is a radiation-Oncologist at The CHUM. She is also a professor at Université de Montréal. After her medical degree at University ofCalgary, she made a residency at University of Manitoba. She had her Fellowship at the National Cancer Institute of Bethesda. From 2004 to 2015 she was a professor at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre

Nov. 14, 2020 Sessions
15:20 - 15:30 HDR Brachytherapy for Local recurrence
15:45 - 16:00 Debate: HDR Monotherapy vs SABR
Lucas Mendez, MD

Lucas Mendez, MD

University of Western Ontario - London Regional Cancer Program

Dr. Lucas Castro Mendez is a Radiation Oncologist at the London Regional Cancer Program and Assistant Professor in the Department of Oncology, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University. After completing his medical degree and Radiation Oncology residency training in Brazil, Dr. Mendez has completed three years of fellowship at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, University of Toronto. Currently, he is pursuing a Master of Science through the Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto. Dr. Mendez’s clinical sites of interest are head and neck, gynaecological and genitourinary malignancies. He has expertise in interstitial gynaecological brachytherapy and prostate brachytherapy including high dose rate (HDR) and low dose rate (LDR) techniques. Currently, he is the program Lead in prostate brachytherapy at London Regional Cancer Program. Dr. Mendez’s primary research focus includes clinical and translational research projects involving brachytherapy in gynaecological and genitourinary cancers.

Nov. 14, 2020 Sessions
08:00 - 08:20 Brachytherapy for vaginal cancer
Bradley Pieters, MD

Bradley Pieters, MD

Amsterdam University Medical Centers

Bradley R. Pieters, MD, PhD, is Head of the Brachytherapy department and Principal Investigator at the Amsterdam University Medical Centers, location AMC, The Netherlands. Dr. Pieters is the chair of the GEC-ESTRO and the Course Director of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ESTRO) School for the Comprehensive and Practical Brachytherapy course. Dr. Pieters was trained in Radiation Oncology at the Radboud University Hospital in Nijmegen, The Netherlands, and received his medical degree in 1990. He completed his residency in radiotherapy at Academic Hospital Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Dr. Pieters then completed a brachytherapy fellowship at the Daniel den Hoed clinic in Rotterdam and L'Institut Gustave-Roussy in Villejuif, France. His brachytherapy training was completed at the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam. Dr. Pieters received his MSc in epidemiology in 2006 and his PhD in 2010 after defending his thesis “Pulsed-dose rate brachytherapy in prostate cancer.” Dr. Pieters’ main field of interest is general brachytherapy with an emphasis on urologic brachytherapy, gynecologic brachytherapy, and translational research for advanced and automatic treatment planning in the field of brachytherapy.  Dr. Pieters is currently one of the Principal Investigators of the PROBACH trial (Randomized Phase 3 Study on the Assessment of Late Toxicity by Comparing IMRT High Dose External Beam Radiotherapy Only With External Beam Radiotherapy Combined With HDR or PDR Brachytherapy in Patients With Intermediate/High Risk Prostate Cancer) and the POWER trial (Randomized trial for the evaluation of erectile dysfunction after whole or partial gland prostate brachytherapy). He is also working on the following research projects: quantification of treatment-induced growth disruption using 3D photography in children with (orbital) rhabdomyosarcoma; ICT-based innovations in the battle against cancer – next-generation patient-tailored brachytherapy cancer treatment planning; Fast, accurate, and insightful brachytherapy treatment planning for cervical cancer through artificial intelligence; The impact of bowel motility on the radiotherapy dose to the bowels.

Nov. 14, 2020 Sessions
11:00 - 11:30 Interstitial Brachytherapy for Bladder Cancer
Chrystian Quintero, Physicien médical

Chrystian Quintero, Physicien médical

Hôpital Charles Lemoyne

Chrystian currently works as medical physicist for Charles LeMoyne Hospital. He earned a MSc in medical radiation physics from McGill University (2015) and completed a residency in radiation oncology physics at the same university (2018) while working as resident physicist at Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal -CHUM.  

Marie Lynn Racine, MD

Université de Sherbrooke - Hôpital Charles Lemoyne

Dre. Marie-Lynn Racine has completed her residency in Radiation Oncology at the Université de Montréal. She has completed a first Fellowship in Brachytherapy at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital affiliated with the Harvard Medical School in Boston and a second Fellowship at the Centre Alexis-Vautrin in Nancy. She is currently working at the Hôpital Charles Lemoyne on the south shore of Montréal.

Nov. 13, 2020 Sessions
09:00 - 09:20 APBI before Breast Conservating Surgery
Aman Taggar, MD

Aman Taggar, MD

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Dr. Amandeep Taggar is originally from Vancouver and completed his medical school training at the University of British Columbia. He also did his Masters in Advanced Therapeutics and Oncology at the University of British Columbia. He completed his residency in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Tom Baker Cancer Center at the University Of Calgary, and his fellowship in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. He currently is an Assistant Professor in Radiation Oncology at the University of Toronto and a Clinician-Investigator at the Odette Cancer Centre/ Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. He specializes in treating patients with gynecologic and Upper gastrointestinal malignancies and his practice involves MRI guided radiotherapy and brachytherapy/interstitial brachytherapy.

Nov. 14, 2020 Sessions
08:20 - 08:40 Image guided HDR Brachytherapy for vaginal cancer
Dany Truchon, Physicien médical

Dany Truchon, Physicien médical

Hôpital Charles Lemoyne

After obtaining an MSc in physics at Université Laval in 2009, Dany worked in Quebec’s health system before obtaining his MSc in Medical Physics in 2015 at Université de Montréal.  Since then, he’s working at Hopital Charles-LeMoyne in the Radio-Oncology department.  His fields of expertise are Brachytherapy, TomoTherapy, and Machine QA.

Frank Vicini, MD

Frank Vicini, MD

MHP Radiation Oncology Institute

Dr. Frank A. Vicini, M.D. FACR, is the Chief Academic Officer for Michigan Healthcare Professionals and 21st Century Oncology as well as Professor of Radiation Oncology.  He received his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine and is board-certified in therapeutic radiology.  He is a former breast cancer fellow at Harvard Medical School where he was also on staff before returning to Michigan in 1990. He has done extensive research primarily for targeting radiation with greater precision for women with early-stage breast cancer and on reducing short and long-term morbidities associated with these treatments.     Dr. Vicini has been involved in numerous national clinical studies involving breast and prostate cancer and has designed and developed numerous phase I/II trials to evaluate low-dose rate and high-dose rate brachytherapy as the sole method of radiation therapy for selected patients with Stage I & II breast carcinoma as well as 3D conformal external beam RT APBI. He is currently the Principal Investigator for the national NSABP B39/RTOG 0413 phase III study comparing partial breast irradiation (PBI) versus whole breast irradiation. His research continues to focus on improving therapeutic outcomes for all stages of breast cancer and to reduce treatment times and minimize damage to healthy tissue and vital organs. Innovations have included the development of breath hold techniques to reduce or minimize long-term cardiac toxicity in women treated with left-sided breast cancer and the use of IMRT to reduce acute radiation toxicities to the skin and late toxicities to prevent breast and arm edema, lung and heart related morbidity in women treated for breast cancer.   Dr. Vicini has authored over 200 articles on breast and prostate cancer which have been published in numerous different scientific, peer-reviewed journals and has presented his research at national and international meetings as well as a Visiting Professor in the United States and Europe.  He has also authored multiple chapters in textbooks and is on the editorial board of several oncology journals including Cancer, the Journal of Clinical Oncology and the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.   Dr. Vicini’s previous positions have included: Chief of Oncology, Beaumont Hospitals Professor, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine Director, Radiation Oncology Residency Program Director, Brachytherapy/hyperthermia Fellowship Program Director, Radiation Therapy School  His academic appointments have included Clinical Instructor at Harvard Medical School, Clinical Professor at the University of Michigan Medical School and Professor at the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine.