PTCOG North America - Sixth Annual Conference: New Frontiers in Particle Therapy

Miami, FL US
October 14, 2019 to October 16, 2019

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PTCOG-NA will explore New Frontiers in Particle Therapy at its Sixth Annual Conference in Miami. The 2019 conference brings together radiation oncologists, medical physicists, dosimetrists and radiation therapists to advance their expertise on the latest clinical applications, outcomes and physics and biology experiences with particle therapy. Internationally renowned experts will discuss best-practice proton therapy approaches and the latest evidence-based proton treatment planning for specific diseases and disease sites. 

The setting and format allow physicians, physicists and dosimetrists to learn in a relaxed environment with plenty of opportunity for interaction with faculty, peers, poster presenters and exhibitors to expand the clinical knowledge base of proton therapy for cancer treatment. Attendees will have the opportunity to tour the state-of-the-art Miami Cancer Institute Proton Therapy Center, and a Miami City Night evening option will be provided. 

Days one and two (Monday and Tuesday) will consist of morning and afternoon talks with lunches and breaks at the new Hilton Miami Dadeland, adjacent to Miami Cancer Institute. Day three (Wednesday) will be similar, with midday adjournment. The schedule provides attendees with the opportunity to spend a weekend enjoying and exploring Greater Miami and the Beaches prior to the PTCOG-NA opening session. See the Venue section for details about nearby attractions. 


Target Audience

Radiation oncologists, medical physicists, dosimetrists and radiation therapists.

Learning Objectives

  • Maintain best practices for proton therapy patient selection by recognizing maximum opportunity for toxicity reduction and/or tumor control probability improvement.
  • Appropriately identify patients for clinical trials and employ resources to overcome barriers to improve enrollment.
  • Determine where and when to implement advanced treatment planning approaches such as Monte Carlo, relative biological effectiveness (RBE), and linear energy transfer (LET). 
  • Consider limitations of proton therapy and recognize when applications of dual modality or non-proton therapy options are indicated to achieve optimal patient outcomes.  




PTCOG-NA is the North American chapter of the international Particle Therapy Cooperative Group. Established in 2013, this not-for-profit professional membership society enhances collaboration between its members, provides a platform for scientific exchange and develops treatment guidelines, education and training initiatives for particle therapy. Miami Cancer Institute is part of Baptist Health South Florida, a nationally accredited provider of Continuing Medical Education (CME)

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 16.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 16.50 General certificate of attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
10/14/2019 - 8:00am
Event ends: 
10/16/2019 - 12:00pm

Hilton Miami Dadeland Hotel
9100 N. Kendall Dr.
Miami, FL 33176
United States
+1 (786) 979-1920

Reserve your room at the special group rate of $169 (standard) and $219 (suite) plus applicable taxes by referencing Group Code, PTCOG, at or +1-786-975-1920. Rooms at this rate will sell quickly! Book your rooms soon to secure the special group rate, which is available until Monday, September 23.

Location! Location! Location!
The Hilton Miami Dadeland is ideally located in the heart of South Miami-Dade's hottest attractions. Just ten minutes miles away is the area’s most iconic shopping center, Dadeland Mall. You’ll find great dining options there and across the street at the Downtown Dadeland pedestrian neighborhood. From the nearby Dadeland South Metrorail station you can connect to downtown Miami, Brickell City Center and Miami International Airport.

Outdoor lovers will appreciate Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens, Everglades National Park and Zoo Miami, the largest and oldest zoological garden in Florida and the only sub-tropical zoo in the continental United States. The neighboring popular hot spots of Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, South Beach and The Florida Keys are just a short drive away.

For additional tourist information, including a host of annual art festivals and events, please visit


Prof. Dr. med. Eugen B. Hug 
President, PTCOG-NA
Medical Director, Managing Director
MedAustron Ion Therapy Center
Vienna, Austria 


Chris J. Beltran, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Medical Physics
Mayo Clinic School of Medicine
Consultant, Mayo Clinic, Department of Radiation Oncology
Vice Chair, Division of Medical Physics,
Chair, Therapeutic Medical Physics Research
Rochester, Minnesota

Soren M. Bentzen, Ph.D., DMSc
Professor, Epidemiology and Public Health
Radiation Oncology
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Rochester, Maryland

Steven J. Frank, M.D.
Professor and Deputy Head, Radiation Oncology
Medical Director, Proton Therapy Center
The UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas 

Daniel Indelicato, M.D.
Associate Professor
University of Florida Department of Radiation Oncology
Jacksonville, Florida

Rachel B. Jimenez, MD
Associate Program Director
Harvard Radiation Oncology Residency Program
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts

Fazal Kahn, CMD
Supervisor, Dosimetry
Miami Cancer Institute
Miami, Florida

Rupesh Kotecha, M.D.
Radiation Oncologist
Miami Cancer Institute 
Miami, Florida

Daniel J. Ma, M.D.
Radiation Oncologist
Mayo Clinic 
Rochester, Minnesota

Nancy Mendenhall, M.D., FASTRO
Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology
Associate Chair, Department of Radiation Oncology
Medical Director, University of Florida Proton Therapy Institute
Jacksonville, Florida 

James M. Metz, MD
Chair, Radiation Oncology
Henry K Pancoast Professor
Executive Director, OncoLink
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

R. Charles Nichols, Jr., M.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Radiation Oncology
University of Florida Proton Therapy Institute
Jacksonville, Florida

Charles Simone, II, M.D., FACRO
Professor and Chief Medical Officer
New York Proton Center
New York, New York

Boon-Keng Kevin Teo, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Radiation Oncology
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Zeliko Vujaskovic, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, Radiation Oncology
Director, Division of Translational Radiation Sciences
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Baltimore, Maryland

Torunn I. Yock, M.D., MCH
Professor, Harvard Medical School
Director, Pediatric Radiation Oncology
Chair, Radiation Oncology Quality Assurance
Department of Radiation Oncology
Massachusetts General Hospital 
Boston, Massachusetts


Michael D. Chuong M.D.
Radiation/Hematologist Oncologist 
Miami Cancer Institute 
Miami, Florida
Hesham Gayar, M.D.

Radiation Oncologist 
Karmanos Cancer Center, McLaren Cancer Institute Flint
Detroit, Michigan

Alonso N. Gutiérrez, Ph.D., MBA
Asst. Vice President, Chief Physicist
Radiation Oncology Executive Office
Miami Cancer Institute
William F. Hartsell, MD, FACR, FACRO

Medical Director, Chicago Proton Center
Radiation Oncologist, Northwestern Medicine
Chicago, Illinois

Anita Mahajan, M.D.
Radiation Oncologist, Brain Tumor Program
Mayo Clinic 
Rochester, Minesotta

Minesh P. Mehta, M.D. 
Deputy Director and Chief of Radiation Oncology 
Miami Cancer Institute 
Miami, Florida

Carl Rossi, M.D.
California Protons Cancer Therapy Center
San Diego, California


Disclosures for indiciduals serving in the role(s) of speaker, planner, moderator, content reviewer and/or abstract reviewer:

The following individuals have indicated that neither they nor their spouse/partner have relevant financial relationships with commercial interest companies. William Hartsell, M.D.; Daniel Indelicato, M.D.; Anita Mahajan; R. Charles Nichols, M.D.  

The following individuals have disclosed the nature of their relevant financial relationships with commercial interest companies as listed below. Baptist Health CME leadership has worked with these individuals to eliminate and/or resolve potential conflicts of interest. 

  • Chris Beltran, Ph.D. - Grant/Research Support: Varian Medical Systems, Google/Deep Mind
  • Michael Chuong, M.D. - Grant/Research Support: AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals; Speaker's Bureau: Accuray, Sirtex, ViewRay
  • Marcio Fagundes, M.D. - Consultant: Augmenix
  • Steven Frank, M.D. - Grant/Research Support:  Hitachi, Elekta, Eli Lilly; Consultant: Varian; Employee/Owner: C4 Imaging; Stock Shareholder: Breakthrough Chronic Care; Other Financial/Material Support: Augmenix
  • Rupesh Kotecha, M.D.  - Honorarium: Elekta, Elsevier, ACCURAY, Inc.; Clinical Advisory Board: ACCURAY, Inc., Novocure, Abbvie
  • Minesh Mehta, M.D. - Consultant: Celgene, Tocagen, Abbvie, AstraZeneca; Board of Directors: Oncoceutics; Medical Advisory Boards: Colby, Stemina, Procertus
  • Charles Simone, M.D. - Speaker's Bureau: Varian Medical Systems
  • Kevin Teo, Ph.D. - Grant/Research Support: Varian Medical Systems

Non-faculty contributors and others involved in the planning, development, and editing/review of the content have no relevant relationships with commercial interest companies. 


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.



Available Credit

  • 16.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 16.50 General certificate of attendance

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