Course Agenda

This all-day virtual course will take place on Friday, December 4, 2020 between 9AM – 6:30PM Eastern Standard Time (EST).

The course has been designed to include live Q&A with Penn Radiation Faculty as well as a Networking Lounge to facilitate peer-to-peer connections with Penn Faculty, course attendees, and course exhibitors.

Speakers & Topics include:


  • Innovation Exhibitor Hall & Tour of Virtual Conference
  • Virtual Tour of the Roberts Proton Therapy Center 
  • Welcome & Opening Remarks
    Neha Vapiwala, MD
  • Introduction to the Roberts Proton Therapy Center
    James Metz, MD
  • Physics of Proton Therapy: Primer
    Richard Maughan, PhD
  • Therapists Experience with Proton Therapy: 
    Courtney Misher, MPH, BSRT(T) and Laura Kendrick, MHA, BS RT(T)
  • Introduction to Proton Treatment Planning
    Brendan Burgdorf, MMP, DABR and Brett Hartl, MMP, DABR
    • Breakout Sessions (Choice of two):
        • Commissioning and Quality Assurance, Elizabeth Garver, MS and Lingshu Yin, PhD
        • Demonstration of Patient Treatment & Imaging Workflow, Courtney Misher, MPH, BSRT(T), Laura Kendrick, MHA, BSRT(T), Kevin Teo, PhD
        • Treatment Planning Demonstration, Brendan Burgdorf, MMP, DABR and Brett Hartl, MMP, DABR
  • Primer on Head & Neck Cancers
    Alexander Lin, MD
  • Primer on Pediatric Cancers
    Christine Hill-Kayser, MD
  • Primer on Central Nervous System Cancers
    Michelle Alonso-Basanta, MD, PhD
  • Primer on Breast Cancers
    Neil Taunk, MD, MS
  • Primer on Thoracic Cancers
    Abigail Berman, MD, MSCE
  • Primer on GI/Lymphoma Cancers
    John Plastaras, MD, PhD
  • “Meet the Experts” Breakout Sessions: (Choice of 4)
    Live Q&A Interaction with Penn Radiation Oncologists
  • Panel Discussion with Administrative Experts: Moderated by Neha Vapiwala, MD
    • Danielle Hoffman, Director of Billing and Revenue
    • Edna Volz, MS, ASQ CMQ/OE, CSSBB, Director of Quality Management
    • Fern Nibauer-Cohen, Director of Patient Engagement and Business Development
  • Special virtual Welcome Session with Dr. James Metz, Chair of Penn Radiation Oncology – Thursday, December 3 at 7:30PM Eastern Standard Time