Miami Brain Symposium, Fourth Annual

December 3, 2021

Live Virtual Symposium - December 3, 2021

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The Miami Brain Symposium will focus on state-of-the-art approaches in the management of primary and metastatic central nervous systems tumors, along with an understanding of current standards of care and a look at future directions. This virtual symposium will engage participants as the expert faculty navigate through complex cases, novel treatment strategies and lively panel discussions.

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Educational Objectives

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

  • Examine the role of molecular histopathology in the diagnosis, characterization and management of primary and metastatic brain tumors.
  • Explain the recent neurosurgical, radiation, immunotherapy and targeted medical therapy options for gliomas.
  • Recognize the standard approaches and controversies in management strategies for brain metastases.
  • Describe the results of observation, surgery, radiotherapy and radiosurgery for cavernous sinus meningiomas.
  • Examine the current trends and future medical, neurosurgical and radiation therapy options for ependymoma.

Who Should Attend

Adult and pediatric neurologists, adult and pediatric medical oncologists, neurosurgeons, neuro-oncologists, medical oncologists, neuroradiologists, neuropsychologists, diagnostic radiologists, radiation oncologists, emergency medicine physicians, neuroscience nurses, neurosurgery nurses, nurse practitioners, physical therapists, respiratory therapists, dietitians, radiology technologists, clinical pharmacists, rehabilitation and pain management specialists and physician assistants, as well as other specialists interested in the fields of neuro-oncology and neuroscience.

In particular, this course will add tremendous value to residents in training as well as fellows in multiple specialties, including family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, neurology, neurosurgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, radiology and pathology.

Registration and Fees

This live virtual symposium is offered free of charge.

Event date: Friday, December 3, 2021

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Course Summary
Available credit: 
  • 6.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 6.00 General certificate of attendance
  • 6.00 Nurse Practitioners
  • 6.00 Florida Board of Nursing
  • 6.00 Florida Board of Pharmacy
  • 6.00 Florida Board of Respiratory Therapy
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
12/03/2021 - 8:00am EST
Event ends: 
12/03/2021 - 3:00pm EST


8:00 - 8:05 a.m.Welcome and Introductions
Yazmin Odia, M.D.
Molecular Markers: What’s the Fuss?
Moderator: Yazmin Odia, M.D.
8:05 - 8:30 a.m.How Do I Use Glioma Biomarkers in My Practice for Decision Making?
Susan Chang, M.D.
8:30 - 8:55 a.m.Medulloblastoma Molecular Landscape
Amar Gajjar, M.D.
8:55 - 9:20 a.m.Relevant Biomarkers in Brain Metastases
Priscilla Brastianos, M.D.
9:20 - 9:35 a.m.Break
Recent Advances in Glioma Management
Moderator: Minesh Mehta, M.D.
9:35 - 10:00 a.m.Neurosurgical Advances
Vitaly Siomin, M.D.
10:00 - 10:25 a.m.Radiation Advances
Martin Tom, M.D.
10:25 - 10:50 a.m.Immunotherapy and Viral and Targeted Therapy in Malignant Gliomas
Manmeet Ahluwalia, M.D.
10:50 - 11:10 a.m.Case Discussion
Matthew Hall, M.D.,
Alexander Mohler, M.D.
11:10 - 11:25 a.m.Break
Hits of 2021
Moderator: Manmeet Ahluwalia, M.D.
11:25 - 11:45 a.m.Management of Cavernous Sinus Meningiomas: What Does the Literature Tell Us?
Michael McDermott, M.D.
11:45 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.Ependymoma: Can We Move the Needle?
Mark Gilbert, M.D.
12:05 - 12:25 p.m.Primary CNS Lymphoma: State-of-the-Art Treatment?
Christian Grommes, M.D.
12:25 - 12:55 p.m.Lunch
The Debates: Controversies in Metastasis Management
Moderator: Rupesh Kotecha, M.D.
12:55 - 1:25 p.m.HA-WBRT vs. SRS
Vinai Gondi, M.D.
Arjun Sahgal, M.D.
1:25 - 1:55 p.m.Asymptomatic Brain Metastases: Systemic Therapy vs. SRS
Solmaz Sahebjam, M.D.
Rupesh Kotecha, M.D.
1:55 - 2:25 p.m.Pre-op vs. Post-op SRS
Stuart Burri, M.D.
Scott Soltys, M.D.
2:25 - 2:55 p.m.Panel Questions and Answers
Rupesh Kotecha, M.D.
Michael McDermott, M.D.
2:55 - 3:00 p.m.Final Remarks
Minesh Mehta, M.D.
3:00 p.m.Adjourn

NOTE: Schedule subject to change.

Symposium Directors

Manmeet AhluwaliaManmeet Ahluwalia, M.D., FACP, MBA
Deputy Director
Chief Scientific Officer
Chief, Solid Tumor Medical Oncology
Miami Cancer Institute
Member, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance
Miami, Florida
Rupesh KotechaRupesh Kotecha, M.D.
Chief, Radiosurgery
Director, CNS Metastasis Program
Radiation Oncology
Miami Cancer Institute
Member, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance
Miami, Florida
Michael W. McDermottMichael W. McDermott, M.D., FAANS
Chair, Division of Neurosurgery
Chief Medical Executive
Miami Neuroscience Institute
Miami, Florida
Minesh P. MehtaMinesh P. Mehta, M.D., FASTRO
Deputy Director and Chief of Radiation Oncology
Miami Cancer Institute
Member, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance
Miami, Florida
Yazmin OdiaYazmin Odia, M.D., M.S., FAAN
Chief, Neuro-Oncology
Miami Cancer Institute
Member, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance
Miami, Florida

Guest Faculty

Priscilla K. BrastianosPriscilla K. Brastianos, M.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Director, Central Nervous Metastasis Center
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts
Stuart BurriStuart Burri, M.D.
Radiation Oncologist
Atrium Health
Charlotte, North Carolina
Susan ChangSusan Chang, M.D.
Member of Division of Neuro-Oncology and Brain Tumor Center
Medical Director, UCSF Neuro-Oncology Gordon Murray Caregiver Program
Co-Director of the Sheri Sobrato Brisson Brain Cancer Survivorship Program
University of California San Francisco Health
San Francisco, California
Amar GajjarAmar Gajjar, M.D.
Chair, Department of Pediatric Medicine
Co-chair, Department of Oncology
Director, Neuro-Oncology Division
Co-leader, Neurobiology & Brain Tumor Program
Scott and Tracie Hamilton Endowed Chair in Brain Tumor Research
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Memphis, Tennessee
Mark R. GilbertMark R. Gilbert, M.D.
Bethesda, Maryland
Vinai GondiVinai Gondi, M.D.
Director, Research and Education
Northwestern Medicine Chicago Proton Center
Co-director, Brain and Spine Tumor Center
Northwestern Medicine Cancer Center Warrenville
Health System Clinician, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, Illinois
Christian GrommesChristian Grommes, M.D.
Neuro-Oncologist and Neurologist
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
New York, New York
Matthew D. HallMatthew D. Hall, M.D., MBA
Lead Pediatric Radiation Oncologist
Miami Cancer Institute and Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Member, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance
Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology
Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
Miami, Florida
Alexander MohlerAlexander Mohler, M.D.
Miami Cancer Institute
Member, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance
Miami, Florida
Solmaz SahebjamSolmaz Sahebjam, M.D.
Medical Oncologist, Neuro-Oncologist
Bethesda, Maryland
Arjun SahgalArjun Sahgal, M.D.
Senior Scientist, Physical Sciences, Odette Cancer Research Program
Sunnybrook Research Institute
Radiation Oncologist, Department of Radiation Oncology
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology
University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Vitaly SiominVitaly Siomin, M.D.
Neurosurgeon and Medical Director, Brain Tumor Program
Miami Neuroscience Institute
Baptist Hospital of Miami
Miami, Florida
Scott G. SoltysScott G. Soltys, M.D.
Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology (Radiation Therapy)
And, by courtesy, of Neurosurgery
Co-Director, Stanford Stereotactic Radiosurgery Program
Residency Program Director
Stanford University School of Medicine
Stanford, California
Martin TomMartin C. Tom, M.D.
Radiation Oncologist
Miami Cancer Institute
Member, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance
Miami, Florida

Disclosures And Resolution Of Conflict Of Interest

Disclosure Policy and Disclaimer


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 6 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 6 credit hours, CE Broker Course #20-853301, by the Florida Boards of Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine and by the Florida Council of Physician Assistants.

This activity has also been approved for 6 credit hours for Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Pharmacists and Pharmacy Techs and Respiratory Therapists (direct delivery). Baptist Health South Florida CE Broker Provider #50-182.


Baptist Health South Florida presents this CME activity for use by healthcare professionals for educational purposes only. Opinions, perspectives and information presented by the faculty represent their ideas and views, and participants should carefully consider all available scientific data before acting on knowledge gained through this activity. Additionally, participants should consult the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for approved uses prior to prescribing medications or utilizing medical devices discussed in this activity.

While Baptist Health makes reasonable efforts to ensure that accurate information is presented, no warranty, expressed or implied, is offered. Participants should rely on their own clinical judgment, knowledge and experience before applying information acquired to their professional use. ​​

Available Credit

  • 6.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 6.00 General certificate of attendance
  • 6.00 Nurse Practitioners
  • 6.00 Florida Board of Nursing
  • 6.00 Florida Board of Pharmacy
  • 6.00 Florida Board of Respiratory Therapy
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The Miami Brain Symposium will be a fully virtual symposium, allowing learners to access high-quality content and engage remotely from around the world in a platform that has been designed explicitly for this meeting.

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