2021

CONFERENCE AGENDA

Day 1 • Wednesday, April 14, 2021

The platform will open at 3 PM for Attendee Familiarization Night.
EASTERN STANDARD TIME

5:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Meet the Experts

Mevion – The Evolution of the First Compact Proton Therapy Center: 8 Years on – Speaker: Dr. Brian Baumann, Washington University School of Medicine

5:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Meet the Experts

RO APM Update – Zach Williams, FTP

Day 2 • Thursday, April 15, 2021

Agenda is preliminary only and subject to change.

PROGRAM TRACKS

Clinical Topics in Proton Therapy

Proton Center Operations

New and Developing Centers

EASTERN STANDARD TIME

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Breakfast Briefing

Upright Radiation Therapy – A New Paradigm in Cost Effective External Beam Radiation Therapy with Leo Cancer Care.

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Breakfast Briefing

Ensuring continued success at one of the busiest Proton Centers in the world with Jim Metz, MD and Frédéric Genin of IBA.

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Meet the Partners in the Innovation Hall

Live interactive video chatting, texting and watch real-time presentations.

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Presentation and Opening Remarks from Award Winner, Yves Jongen

11:00 AM – 11:05 AM

Break

11:05 AM – 12:35 PM

Session 1A: Hot Clinical Topics in Proton Therapy

Matthew Ladra, MD, MPH, Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer

Session 1B: Considerations in Design and Construction for Proton Therapy Development
a) Integrating Proton Therapy into a Larger Healthcare Facility

Franck La Bousse, Paula Williams, Stantec Architecture / Curtiland Deville, MD, Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center / James DeFilippi, BR+A  / Kevin Kriebel, Proton Therapy Partners

b) Penn Medicine Lancaster General Hospital: Design and Construction of a First-of-a-Kind Proton Therapy Facility

Dana Klinepeter, Penn Medicine / David DeFilippo, David Eccleston, Jonathan Cohen, Tsoi Kobus Design

Session 1C: Improving Operational Efficiency in a Proton Center

a) Business Intelligence Driven Operations

Matt Palmer, Legion Healthcare Partners

b) Redefining the Roles of Clinical Professionals

Cheryl Turner, Montreal Turner, Legion Healthcare Partners

12:35 PM – 1:35 PM

Lunch Break / Meet the Partners in the Innovation Hall

Live interactive video chatting, texting and watch real-time presentations.

1:35 PM – 2:50 PM

Session 2A: Patient and Care Partner Storytelling: Getting Key Messages Across in the Virtual World

Tiffany Christensen, The Beryl Institute / Fern Nibauer-Cohen, UPenn Roberts Proton Therapy Center

Session 2B: Proton Therapy Clinical Research: The Path Forged, Lessons Learned, and Future Directions

Curt Deville, MD, Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center / Minesh Mehta, MD, Miami Cancer Institute at Baptist Health / Jason Efstathiou, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital, Isabelle Choi, MD,  New York Proton Center

Session 2C: Innovative Solutions to Advance the Proton Therapy Insurance Appeal Process

Pranshu Mohindra, MD, William Regine, Allison Scull, MD, Bryan Grove, MD, Maryland Proton Treatment Center / Samantha Hedrick, Rhonda Turner, Provision CARES Proton Therapy

2:50 PM – 3:20 PM

Break / Meet the Partners in the Innovation Hall

Live interactive video chatting, texting and watch real-time presentations.

3:20 PM – 4:20 PM

Session 3A: Proton Radiation Oncology Coding/Reimbursement and Insurance Coverage

Ron DiGiaimo, RC Billing / Matt Palmer, Legion Healthcare

Session 3B: Evolution of Single Room Proton Therapy Development

Jim Metz, MD, UPenn Roberts Proton Therapy Center / Chris Chandler, Proton International at UAB

Session 3C: Addressing Inequitable Access to Proton Therapy

Elizabeth Nichols, Maryland Proton Treatment Center / Megan Wessel, American Cancer Society

4:20 PM – 4:25 PM

Break

4:25 PM – 5:55 PM

Session 4A: Flash Therapy Research Update

Jim Metz, MD, UPenn Roberts Proton Therapy Center / Anthony Mascia, PhD, UC Health, FLASH Radiotherapy: Science, Technology & FAST-01

Session 4B: Update from National Comprehensive Cancer Network

a) Guideline Based Authorization Programs to Increase Patient Access to Quality Cancer Care / NCCN process for evidence development

Alyssa Schatz, Wui-Jin, MD, NCCN

Session 4C: Innovative Approaches for Developing a Strong Physician Referral Network

Kimberly Simmons-Lee, Maryland Proton Treatment Center / Megan Lawless, UPenn Roberts Proton Therapy Center / David Raubach, Oklahoma Proton Center

5:55 PM – 6:00 PM

Break

6:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Meet the Experts

Varian – Treatment Planning for Proton FLASH – Moderator: Eric Abel, Varian / Speakers: Christopher Willey, MD, PhD, University of Alabama at Birmingham / Haibo Lin, PhD, DABR, New York Proton Center / Jerimy C. Polf, PhD, DABR, University of Maryland School of Medicine

6:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Meet the Experts

IBA – Do you have questions about ConformalFLASH or DynamicARC, implementation of PT or Motion Management? Get answers from the experts working with IBA. Swati Girdhani / Ali Onuralp / Alonso Gutierrez

Day 2 • Friday, April 16, 2021

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Breakfast Briefings

Trends in the Future of Proton Therapy with Varian: Stacy Stordahl (moderator), Christel Smith, PhD, Jean-Paul Sier

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Meet the Partners in the Innovation Hall

Live interactive video chatting, texting and watch real-time presentations.

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Session 5A: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)

Raymond B. Mailhot, MD, MPH, Florida Proton / Julianne Pollard-Larkin, PhD, MD Anderson / Steven Holan, Miami Cancer Institute at Baptist Health

Session 5B: Financing Options for Developing Proton Centers and Expansion Projects

Session 5C: Radiation Oncology Alternative Payment Model – 3 Things to Do Now

Lynda Mischel, Scott Stuecher, Veralon / Kurt Morath, Proton Therapy Partners

11:00 AM – 11:05 AM

Break

11:05 AM – 12:35 PM

Session 6A: Improving Patient Access to Proton Therapy Through Value-Based Initiatives

Steven J. Frank, MD, MD Anderson / Minesh Mehta, MD, Miami Cancer Institute at Baptist Health / Brian Baumann, MD, S. Lee Kling Proton Therapy Center at the Siteman Cancer Center

Session 6B: The Expanding Role of Proton Therapy

Pranshu Mohindra, MD, Maryland Proton Treatment Center / Charles Simone, MD, New York Proton Center / Brian Baumann, MD, S. Lee Kling Proton Therapy Center at the Siteman Cancer Center / Tom Delaney, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital

Session 6C: Appeal Letter Writing 101: Laying the Groundwork for a Successful Prior Authorization

Chris Gonzalez, Isaac Valdez Apollo Healthcare

12:35 PM – 1:05 PM

Lunch Break / Meet the Partners in the Innovation Hall

Live interactive video chatting, texting and watch real-time presentations.

1:05 PM – 2:05 PM

Presenting Sponsor: Mevion

Expanding IMPT and FLASH with Adaptive Aperture pMLC

Keith Unger, MD, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital / Shahed Badiyan, Washington University in St. Louis / Townsend Zwart, PhD, Skip Rosenthal, PhD, Mevion Medical Systems

2:05 PM – 2:10 PM

Break

2:10 PM – 3:10 PM

Keynote Speakers

Pediatric Cancer Survivor – Grace Eline
Washington Football Team Coach – Ron Rivera

3:10 PM – 3:40 PM

Meet the Partners in the Innovation Hall and Networking Lounge

Live interactive video chatting, texting and watch real-time presentations + live social time.

3:40 PM – 5:10 PM

Session 7A: Future Advances in Proton Therapy

Kevin Teo, PhD, UPenn Roberts Proton Therapy Center / Radhe Mohan, MD Anderson / Bill Hartsell, MD, Northwestern Medicine Chicago Proton Center / Charles Simone, MD, New York Proton Center

Session 7B: Key Considerations When Developing a Proton Therapy Center

Mark Downey, Proton Therapy Partners / Chris Chandler, Proton International / Darrin Kistler, University of Kansas Cancer Center / Julie Sussi, Ohio State University

Session 7C: Advocating for Access

Tim Rozelle, Rich Collins, Stephanie Casey, Maria Garcia, Marie Casciari, Proton Therapy Law Coalition

5:10 PM – 5:20 PM

Closing Remarks and Prize Announcements

5:20 PM – 6:20 PM

Live Celebration Concert with Grammy® Nominated Nicole Zuraitis

Day 1 • Wednesday, April 14, 2021

The platform will open at 3 PM for Attendee Familiarization Night.
EASTERN STANDARD TIME

5:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Meet the Experts

Mevion – The Evolution of the First Compact Proton Therapy Center: 8 Years on – Speaker: Dr. Brian Baumann, Washington University School of Medicine

5:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Meet the Experts

RO APM Update – Zach Williams, FTP

Day 2 • Thursday, April 15, 2021

Agenda is preliminary only and subject to change.

PROGRAM TRACKS

Clinical Topics in Proton Therapy

Proton Center Operations

New and Developing Centers

EASTERN STANDARD TIME

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Breakfast Briefing

Upright Radiation Therapy – A New Paradigm in Cost Effective External Beam Radiation Therapy with Leo Cancer Care.

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Breakfast Briefing

Ensuring continued success at one of the busiest Proton Centers in the world with Jim Metz, MD and Frédéric Genin of IBA.

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Meet the Partners in the Innovation Hall

Live interactive video chatting, texting and watch real-time presentations.

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Presentation and Opening Remarks from Award Winner, Yves Jongen

11:00 AM – 11:05 AM

Break

11:05 AM – 12:35 PM

Session 1A: Hot Clinical Topics in Proton Therapy

Matthew Ladra, MD, MPH, Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer

Session 1B: Considerations in Design and Construction for Proton Therapy Development
a) Integrating Proton Therapy into a Larger Healthcare Facility

Franck La Bousse, Paula Williams, Stantec Architecture / Curtiland Deville, MD, Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center / James DeFilippi, BR+A  / Kevin Kriebel, Proton Therapy Partners

b) Penn Medicine Lancaster General Hospital: Design and Construction of a First-of-a-Kind Proton Therapy Facility

Dana Klinepeter, Penn Medicine / David DeFilippo, David Eccleston, Jonathan Cohen, Tsoi Kobus Design

Session 1C: Improving Operational Efficiency in a Proton Center

a) Business Intelligence Driven Operations

Matt Palmer, Legion Healthcare

b) Redefining the Roles of Clinical Professionals

Cheryl Turner, Montreal Turner, Legion Healthcare

12:35 PM – 1:35 PM

Lunch Break / Meet the Partners in the Innovation Hall

Live interactive video chatting, texting and watch real-time presentations.

1:35 PM – 2:50 PM

Session 2A: Patient and Care Partner Storytelling: Getting Key Messages Across in the Virtual World

Tiffany Christensen, The Beryl Institute / Fern Nibauer-Cohen, UPenn Roberts Proton Therapy Center

Session 2B: Proton Therapy Clinical Research: The Path Forged, Lessons Learned, and Future Directions

Curt Deville, MD, Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center / Minesh Mehta, MD, Miami Cancer Institute at Baptist Health / Jason Efstathiou, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital / Isabelle Choi, MD, New York Proton Center

Session 2C: Innovative Solutions to Advance the Proton Therapy Insurance Appeal Process

Pranshu Mohindra, MD, William Regine, Allison Scull, MD, Bryan Grove, MD, Maryland Proton Treatment Center / Samantha Hedrick, Rhonda Turner, Provision CARES Proton Therapy

2:50 PM – 3:20 PM

Break / Meet the Partners in the Innovation Hall

Live interactive video chatting, texting and watch real-time presentations.

3:20 PM – 4:20 PM

Session 3A: Proton Radiation Oncology Coding/Reimbursement and Insurance Coverage

Ron DiGiaimo, RC Billing / Matt Palmer, Legion Healthcare

Session 3B: Evolution of Single Room Proton Therapy Development

Jim Metz, MD, UPenn Roberts Proton Therapy Center / Chris Chandler, Proton International at UAB

Session 3C: Addressing Inequitable Access to Proton Therapy

Elizabeth Nichols, Maryland Proton Treatment Center / Megan Wessel, American Cancer Society

4:20 PM – 4:25 PM

Break

4:25 PM – 5:55 PM

Session 4A: Flash Therapy Research Update

Jim Metz, MD, UPenn Roberts Proton Therapy Center / Anthony Mascia, PhD, UC Health, FLASH Radiotherapy: Science, Technology & FAST-01

Session 4B: Update from National Comprehensive Cancer Network

a) Guideline Based Authorization Programs to Increase Patient Access to Quality Cancer Care / NCCN process for evidence development

Alyssa Schatz, Wui-Jin Koh, MD, NCCN

Session 4C: Innovative Approaches for Developing a Strong Physician Referral Network

Kimberly Simmons-Lee, Maryland Proton Treatment Center / Megan Lawless, UPenn Roberts Proton Therapy Center / David Raubach, Oklahoma Proton Center

5:55 PM – 6:00 PM

Break

6:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Meet the Experts

Varian – Treatment Planning for Proton FLASH – Moderator: Eric Abel, Varian / Speakers: Christopher Willey, MD, PhD, University of Alabama at Birmingham / Haibo Lin, PhD, DABR, New York Proton Center / Jerimy C. Polf, PhD, DABR, University of Maryland School of Medicine

6:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Meet the Experts

IBA – Do you have questions about ConformalFLASH or DynamicARC, implementation of PT or Motion Management? Get answers from the experts working with IBA. Swati Girdhani / Ali Onuralp / Alonso Gutierrez

Day 2 • Friday, April 16, 2021

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Breakfast Briefings

Trends in the Future of Proton Therapy with Varian: Stacy Stordahl (moderator), Christel Smith, PhD, Jean-Paul Sier

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Meet the Partners in the Innovation Hall

Live interactive video chatting, texting and watch real-time presentations.

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Session 5A: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)

Raymond B. Mailhot, MD, MPH, Florida Proton / Julianne Pollard-Larkin, PhD, MD Anderson / Steven Holan, Miami Cancer Institute at Baptist Health

Session 5B: Financing Options for Developing Proton Centers and Expansion Projects

Session 5C: Radiation Oncology Alternative Payment Model – 3 Things to Do Now

Lynda Mischel, Scott Stuecher, Veralon / Kurt Morath, Proton Therapy Partners

11:00 AM – 11:05 AM

Break

11:05 AM – 12:35 PM

Session 6A: Improving Patient Access to Proton Therapy Through Value-Based Initiatives

Steven J. Frank, MD, MD Anderson / Minesh Mehta, MD, Miami Cancer Institute at Baptist Health / Brian Baumann, MD, S. Lee Kling Proton Therapy Center at the Siteman Cancer Center

Session 6B: The Expanding Role of Proton Therapy

Pranshu Mohindra, MD, Maryland Proton Treatment Center / Charles Simone, MD, New York Proton Center / Brian Baumann, MD, S. Lee Kling Proton Therapy Center at the Siteman Cancer Center / Tom Delaney, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital

Session 6C: Appeal Letter Writing 101: Laying the Groundwork for a Successful Prior Authorization

Chris Gonzalez, Isaac Valdez Apollo Healthcare

12:35 PM – 1:05 PM

Lunch Break / Meet the Partners in the Innovation Hall

Live interactive video chatting, texting and watch real-time presentations.

1:05 PM – 2:05 PM

Presenting Sponsor: Mevion

Expanding IMPT and FLASH with Adaptive Aperture pMLC

Keith Unger, MD, Medstar Georgetown University Hospital / Shahed Badiyan, MD, S. Lee Kling Proton Therapy Center at the Siteman Cancer Center / Townsend Zwart, PhD, Mevion Medical Systems

2:05 PM – 2:10 PM

Break

2:10 PM – 3:10 PM

Keynote Speakers

Pediatric Cancer Survivor – Grace Eline
Washington Football Team Coach – Ron Rivera

3:10 PM – 3:40 PM

Meet the Partners in the Innovation Hall and Networking Lounge

Live interactive video chatting, texting and watch real-time presentations + live social time.

3:40 PM – 5:10 PM

Session 7A: Future Advances in Proton Therapy

Kevin Teo, PhD, UPenn Roberts Proton Therapy Center / Radhe Mohan, MD Anderson / Bill Hartsell, MD, Northwestern Medicine Chicago Proton Center / Charles Simone, MD, New York Proton Center

Session 7B: Key Considerations When Developing a Proton Therapy Center

Mark Downey, Proton Therapy Partners / Chris Chandler, Proton International / Darrin Kistler, University of Kansas Cancer Center / Julie Sussi, Ohio State University

Session 7C: Advocating for Access

Tim Rozelle, Rich Collins, Stephanie Casey, Maria Garcia, Marie Casciari, Proton Therapy Law Coalition

5:10 PM – 5:20 PM

Closing Remarks and Prize Announcements

5:20 PM – 6:20 PM

Live Celebration Concert with Grammy® nominated Nicole Zuraitis