The symposium will be taught by national experts and will provide a balanced, multidisciplinary review, discussion and hands-on lab exercises on the state of head and neck radiotherapy. The symposium will include didactic sessions delivered by radiation oncologists, surgical oncologists, medical oncologists, medical dosimetrists, medical physicists and radiation therapists. During the hands-on live lecture series, participants will have the opportunity to gain active participation experience in an environment equipped with state of the art technology through treatment planning systems, patient immobilization systems, motion management strategies and quality assurance. There will also be opportunities for participating in a multi-modality clinical case discussion/review.

Thank you to our conference sponsors, Q-Fix and Varian.

Intended Audience

Radiation oncologists, residents, medical dosimetrists, medical physicists and radiation therapists.

Course Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program, participants should be able to:

  • Identify the special needs and considerations of a robust Head and Neck Radiation Therapy Program.
  • Describe current standards for head and neck irradiation.
  • Recognize treatment technology and innovations utilized in modern head and neck treatments.

Education Credits

The conference has been approved for up to 12.5 hours of CAMPEP credits. We will be applying for up to 8.5 hours of ABR SAM credits for both physicists and physicians. We are also applying for up to 12.5 hours of credit to both MDCB and ASRT for dosimetrists and therapists.


Friday, April 12 – Grand Event Center

7:00 a.m. Registration, Breakfast and Visit Vendors

8:00 a.m.  Introduction
Dukagjin Blakaj, MD, PhD
Nilendu Gupta, PhD
Monica Fullenkamp, MS, BSRT

The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James
Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James)

8:30 a.m.  Historical Overview of Head and Neck Cancer Treatment
John Grecula, MD
OSUCCC – James

9:30 a.m. Mid-Morning Break and Visit Vendors

10:00 a.m. The Threefold Path – Surgical, Medical and Radiation Oncology
Matthew Old, MD
Marcelo Bonomi, MD
Dukagjin Blakaj, MD, PhD

OSUCCC – James

12:30 p.m. Lunch

1:30 p.m.  Innovations in Treatment Planning, QA and Delivery of Head and Neck Radiotherapy
Dominic DiCostanzo, MS
Ashlee Ewing, RT(R)(T), CMD
Taylor Evans, BSRT (T)

OSUCCC – James

3:00 p.m. Break and Visit Vendors

3:30 p.m. Dental Aspects of Head and Neck Radiotherapy
Meade Van Putten, DDS, MS
The Ohio State University College of Dentistry

4:00 p.m. Patient’s Perspective
Jeanette Ferguson, PhD
Columbus State Community College
Head and Neck Cancer Survivor and Advocate

4:30 p.m. Conference concludes

Saturday, April 13 – Biomedical Research Tower

7:15 a.m. Shuttle From Grand Event Center/Marriott to Biomedical Research Tower

7:45 a.m. Registration, Breakfast and Visit Vendors

8:30 a.m. Keynote: Molecular Aspects of Head and Neck Treatment
Christine Chung, MD
Moffitt Cancer Center

9:30 a.m. Dose De-Escalation Protocols and Re-Irradiation
Mauricio Gamez, MD
Eric Cochran, PhD

OSUCCC – James

10:30 a.m. Break

10:45 a.m. Case Studies
Dukagjin Blakaj, MD, PhD
Matthew Meineke, PhD
Wes Zoller, BSRT(T), CMD

OSUCCC – James

11:45 a.m.  Lunch

12:30 p.m. Department Tours – The James, 2nd Floor Department of Radiation Oncology

1:00 p.m.  Hands-On Labs and Break-Out Sessions

4:15 p.m. Conference concludes

Returning This Year!

Our hands-on live lecture series have been consistently praised year after year by our symposium attendees. This year will continue to feature opportunities to gain experience with several varieties of head and neck immobilization devices as well as treatment planning tips and tricks. New this year will be the chance to participate in a conference tumor board with OSUCCC – James physicians! See the breakout chart below for details.

Hands-On Draft Schedule

                                1:00 pm 1:30 pm 2:00 pm 2:30 pm 2:45 pm 3:15 pm 3:45 pm
 Immobilization 1 X X

 Immobilization 2 X X

 Immobilization 3   X X  
 Immobilization 4         X X  
 Advanced Imaging      X    
 Surface Monitoring      X    
 Treatment Planning –
VMAT & Optimization
X       X
 Treatment Planning –
 Deformable Registration  X       X
 Tumor Board and
Contouring Lab
X X          

Dates and Location

Friday, April 12 - Saturday, April 13, 2019
The Grand Event Center
800 Goodale Blvd.
Grandview Heights, OH 43212

*Please plan on attending a welcome reception on Thursday, April 11 at 7 pm at the Grand Event Center.

Registration Types/Options

$400 beginning March 1
$100 students
*10% off for registering three or more people at the same time


Hotel Information

Courtyard by Marriott (attached to the Grand Event Center)
780 Yard Street
Columbus, OH 43212

Call 614-453 4420 (ext. 2) to make your room reservation. Please reference Ohio State Head and Neck Radiology when making the reservation.


Port Columbus International Airport (CMH) is the closest airport to The Ohio State University.

Sponsors and Exhibits

For information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Sarah Schmidt.

Contact Information

Sarah Schmidt