2018 ARS Annual Meeting
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Back to the Future: Therapy and Care in the Next Century of ARS

May 5-8, 2018

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando
Orlando, Florida

 Ben Slotman, MD, PhD
VU University Medical Center

Program Chair: Beth Beadle, MD, PhD
Stanford University


Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando
5601 Universal Blvd
Orlando, FL 32819

Single Rate/Double Rate: $255.00/night plus applicable city, county, state or federal taxes. 

Room Block Deadline: Thursday, April 12, 2018

Please identify yourself as part of the American Radium Society group when making your reservation through Loews Reservations Center: 1-866-360-7395.

Reserve your hotel room online.

The cancellation of guaranteed reservations must be received 5 days prior to arrival in order to avoid a charge of one night's room and tax.



Online registration is now open.

  ARS Member Non-Member Resident/Fellow/Medical Student 
On or after March 3, 2018  $775  $1,025  $475



EduCase SBRT eContouring Symposium: $35

Case-Based Tumor Board: Head and Neck:$50 (ARS Members, Resident, Fellow & Medical Student); $80 (Non-Member)

Case-Based Tumor Board: Gynecology: $50 (ARS Members, Resident, Fellow & Medical Student); $80 (Non-Member)

Guest Fee: $375



  1. Describe the increasing role of cancer in global health, mechanisms to increase detection
    and treatment, and novel radiation technologies being used to increase availability
    of radiation therapy throughout the world.
  2. Identify the emerging role of immunotherapy in the treatment of cancer, including in
    the concurrent setting, and explain the potential side effects that may develop and
    how to manage them.
  3. Compare the different management strategies of HPV-associated oropharynx cancer,
    including the relative risks and benefits of surgical vs. non-surgical based approaches.
  4. Describe the risks and benefits of advanced technologies in radiation therapy, including
    particle therapy, MRI-guided radiation therapy, stereotactic radiation, and advanced
    brachytherapy, in the treatment of various malignancies, including lung, GI, breast, CNS,
    GU, and H&N.
  5. Explain the 2018 ARS-ACR Appropriate Use Criteria updates on best practice
    for treatment of breast, bone, brain, GI, GU, GYN, H&N, lymphoma, and
    thoracic malignancies.

The American College of Surgeons designates this live activity for a maximum of 23.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.



“Qualified by the American Board of Radiology in meeting the criteria for self-assessment toward the purpose of fulfilling requirements in the ABR Maintenance of Certification Program.” ARS is proud to offer SAMs for the 2018 Meeting in a robust quantity on many topics. Self-Assessment Modules count toward the SAM requirement for the ABR and some other specialty boards.



Saturday, May 5, 2018

1:00pm - 3:00pm EduCase SBRT eContouring Symposium - Lung and Pancreas* (SA-CME)

3:00pm - 5:00pm Presidential Categorical Course (SA-CME)

-Proton Therapy and Future Directions for Clinical Application

-MRI-guided Radiation Therapy

5:00pm - 7:00pm Opening Reception in Exhibit Hall/Poster Walk


Sunday, May 6, 2018

7:00am - 7:30am Continental Breakfast

7:30am - 8:30am Breast Education Session - Hypofractionation (SA-CME)

8:30am - 9:45am ARS-ACR Appropriate Use Criteria Update (SA-CME)

9:45am - 10:00am Break

10:00am - 10:45am Scientific Session #1 - Thoracic 

10:45am - 11:30am Janeway Lecture - Michael Baumann, MD (Radiooncology in Times of Personalized Medicine)

11:30am - 12:15pm Scientific Session #2 - GI

12:15pm - 1:15pm Scientific Session #3 - CNS/Pediatrics

1:30pm - 3:30pm Case-Based Tumor Board: Head and Neck* (SA-CME)

5:30pm - 7:00pm Resident vs. Faculty Medical Jeopardy

7:30pm - 9:30pm ARS Social Event **


Monday, May 7, 2018

7:00am - 7:30am Continental Breakfast

7:30am - 8:00am Presidential Lecture - Ben Slotman, MD, PhD

8:00am - 9:00am Scientific Session #4 - GU/GYN

9:00am - 10:00am Quality, Value, and Global Health Session (SA-CME)

                               -Issues of Measuring Quality and Value in Radiation, as well as Ongoing Efforts in

                               Payment Reform

                               -Global Radiation Oncology

10:00am - 10:15am Break

10:15am - 11:00am Keynote - James S. Welsh, MD

11:00am - 11:45am Scientific Session #5 -Breast

11:45am - 12:30pm Scientific Session #6 - Head & Neck

1:00pm - 2:30pm Case-Based Tumor Board: Gynecology* (SA-CME)


Tuesday, May 8, 2018

7:00am - 7:30am Continental Breakfast

7:30am - 8:00am Business Meeting

8:00am - 8:45am Scientific Session Essay Awards #7

8:45am - 9:45am Education Session: Lung & Immunotherapy (SA-CME)

9:45am - 10:30am Scientific Session #8 - Physics/Biology

10:30am - 10:45am Break

10:45am - 11:30am History Panel

11:30am - 12:30pm Scientific Session #9 - Quality/Policy/PROs/Support


#Program subject to change.

*Registration and payment required for this session. Space is limited.

**Registration and payment required for guests. Space is limited.




Saturday, May 5, 2018   

 Opening Reception

Poster Walk

  5:00pm - 6:00pm

  6:00pm - 7:00pm

 Sunday, May 6, 2018    7:00am - 12:30pm
 Monday, May 7, 2018    7:00am - 12:30pm
 Tuesday, May 8, 2018   7:00am - 12:30pm


The American Radium Society would like to thank our exhibitors:

  • Accuray
  • Best Medical International
  • Brainlab, Inc.
  • Bristol Myers Squibb
  • Carl Zeiss Meditec, Inc.
  • Elekta
  • Gold Anchor
  • Hitachi American Ltd. 
  • IBA, Inc.
  • Mevion
  • Orfit Industries America
  • PreludeDx
  • Qfix
  • Siemens Healthineers
  • Varian
  • ViewRay

The American Radium Society would like to thank our sponsors:


Platinum Level

Varian Medical Systems


Silver Level

Hitachi America, Ltd.


Bronze Level





Resident Jeopardy

Varian Medical Systems


Janeway Lecture Speaker Support

Varian  Medical Systems


General Educational Support




*The industry symposia are not a part of the official ARS Annual Meeting program.


All industry symposia will be held in Tuscan II


Saturday, May  5, 2018

7:30pm - 9:00pm


Innovations in Imaging for Radiation Therapy Planning: Dual Energy CT

Stemming from a long history in Radiation Therapy, Siemens Healthineers continues to bring to the market new imaging techniques and technologies that aim to contribute to improve care. Some of those technologies – as is the case with Dual Energy CT (DECT) – are somewhat “unconventional” and the RT community may not be very familiar with them.

This educational symposium will give the opportunity to the attendees to inform themselves about some of the potential benefits of using DECT in Radiation Therapy through two talks:

  1. “Dual Energy CT in RT: technical considerations” by Guillaume Grousset, Siemens Healthineers
  2.  “The utility of dual energy CT scanner in a radiation oncology simulation” by Dr. Jonathan J. Beitler, Emory Winship Cancer Institute, Atlanta GA


Sunday, May 6, 2018

4:00pm - 5:30pm

Immunotherapy for Patients With Unresectable Stage III Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Following Chemoradiation Therapy – a symposium sponsored by AstraZeneca


Prior to 2018, several clinical trials had been conducted in patients with Stage III NSCLC following chemoradiation therapy (CRT) with the goal of sustaining or improving upon the benefits of CRT. However, these efforts had not resulted in improved outcomes for patients, warranting new treatment approaches. This presentation will discuss a novel approach—immunotherapy—and its role in the management of patients with unresectable Stage III NSCLC.


Faculty: Roy Decker, MD, PhD (Yale School of Medicine)


Monday, May 7, 2018

4:00pm - 5:30pm

MRIdian MRI Image-Guidance - Visibly Changing Radiation Therapy - sponsored by ViewRay, Inc.


Come hear clinicians from leading institutions within Europe and the United States discuss their experience with MRIdian®, the world’s first and only MR Image-Guided radiation therapy system to receive regulatory approvals in Europe, the United States and Japan.  Everything from real time tumor tracking and gating to on-table adaptive therapy and patient outcomes will be addressed.  This is a symposium you won’t want to miss!


Moderator: Lorraine Portelance, MD (University of Miami)


Ben Slotman, MD, PhD (VU University Medical Center)

Ben Movsas, MD (Henry Ford Health System)


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