Georgia Cancer Center Symposium


Physician $100
Non-Physician $50


Due to new credit card processing guidelines our policies and procedures have changed. We can no longer accept mailed or faxed registrations with credit card information. If you wish to register via check please download/print the registration form and mail it along with your check to the address listed on the form.

The registration fee, less a $25 administrative charge, is refundable if notice of cancellation is received by Friday, September 13, 2019.


The Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing education for physicians. The Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University designates this live activity for a maximum of 12 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim the credit Commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


The purpose of this conference is to disseminate new scientific and clinical advances applicable to the management of patients with complex and life threatening hematological and oncological illnesses. Presentations will update our knowledge of cancer biology and benign hematological disorders. Internationally acclaimed thought leaders in Hematology and Oncology will lend their expertise and experience regarding a broad range of clinically relevant topics. A practical review of the recent changes in clinical guidelines will allow participants to apply this knowledge to deliver state of the art disease prevention, early detection, and eradication of a broad range of illnesses that have challenged the practicing physician. Challenging case studies will illustrate the diagnosis and management of several hematological and oncological illnesses. Participants will be urged to bring their own complex cases for discussion among the conference faculty and their peers.



  • Identify pertinent ongoing research in cancer treatment at GCC and elsewhere.
  • Review relevant translational research and related phase one clinical trials that hold promise in expanding current available treatment options.
  • Update our current immunotherapeutic strategies for cancer control with emphasis on Chimeric Antigen Receptor T Cell Therapy and promising additional Immunotherapy strategies.
  • Discuss paradigm shifts in medical oncology as they have been influenced by the discovery of targetable driver mutations and recent clinical trials.
  • Review current and evolving strategies for evaluation and management of acute myeloid leukemia and integration of autologous and allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.
  • Present appropriate strategies for incorporating the new oral anti-coagulants for prophylaxis and treatment of thromboembolic disorders
  • Present the updated treatment guidelines for patients presenting with cancers of the head and neck, prostate, testis, ovary, lung, colon, brain and breast.
  • Describe new surgical techniques that improve upon the diagnosis, staging, and resection of cancer, as well as speed recovery and favorably impact survival.

Friday Program, October 4, 2019

1:00 PM Welcome Remarks - Dr. Anand Jillella

1:05 PM Opening Remarks - Dr. Jorge Cortes

Session I: Hematological Malignancies Dr. Steve Tiley, Presiding

1:10 PM Keynote Address - Integrating New Treatment Options for AML in Practice - Dr. Jorge Cortes

1:40 PM IDO-blocking Immunotherapy for Pediatric Brain Cancer - Dr. Theodore Johnson

2:10 PM Chimeric Antigen Receptor T Cell Therapy: Current Application and Future Directions - Dr. Saad Kenderian

2:40 PM Q & A

2:55 PM Coffee/Tea Break

Session II: Head & Neck and Hematology Forum Dr. Erick Anderson, Presiding

3:15 PM Management of Recurrent and Refractory SCC of Head and Neck Tumors - Dr. Achuta Guddati

3:45 PM HPV-Related Oropharyngeal Cancer: What’s New? - Dr. Kenneth Byrd

4:15 PM New Oral Anti-Coagulants: The Good, the Bad and…. the Uncertain - Dr. Abdullah Kutlar

4:45 PM Precision Oncology: Integrating into Clinical Practice - Dr. Ravi Kolhe

5:15 PM Q & A

6:00 PM Georgia Cancer Center Director’s Reception

Saturday Program, October 5, 2019

7:30 AM Continental Breakfast

8:00 AM Welcome to Symposia on Solid Tumor Malignancies - Dr. Paul Dainer

Session III: GU Cancer and GynOnc – Dr. Chirag Jani, Presiding

8:05 AM ADT, IO and PARP Inhibitors: New Frontiers in Prostate Cancer - Dr. Jigarkumar Parikh

8:35 AM Centralization of Testis Cancer Patients and Utilization of Retroperitoneal Lymph Node Dissection - Dr. Zachary Klaassen

9:05 AM Changes in Ovarian Cancer Landscape – New Paradigms - Dr. Sharad Ghamande

9:35 AM Q & A

9:50 AM Coffee Break Session IV: Lung Cancer and GI Cancer Dr. Mark Taylor, Presiding

10:05 AM Updates in Small Cell Lung Cancer - Dr. Jacob Sands

10:35 AM Role of Interventional Pulmonology in Thoracic Oncology - Dr. Shaheen Islam

11:05 AM Personalized Therapy in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer - Dr. Nagla Abdel Karim

11:35 AM Coffee/Tea Break

11:45 AM State of the Art in the Surgical Management of Colorectal Cancer - Dr. Daniel Albo

12:15 AM Novel Approaches in Metastatic Colorectal Cancer - Dr. Cathy Eng

12:45 AM Q & A

1:00 PM Lunch Break Session V: Brain Tumor - Dr. Petros Nikolinakos, Presiding

2:00 PM Maximal Safe Resection in Glioma Surgery -“Awake Craniotomy” - Dr. Fernando Vale

2:30 PM The Management of Gliomas: Current Concepts and the Future - Dr. Allan Krutchik

3:00 PM Updates in Radiation Oncology: Oligometastases, Immunotherapy, and the Expanding Role of Multimodality Therapy - Dr. Stephen Ramey

3:30 PM Q & A

3:45 PM Coffee/Tea Break

Session VI: Breast Cancer Dr. Anne Hutchison, Presiding

4:00 PM The Evolving Axilla - Dr. Alicia Vinyard

4:30 PM The Best Practice in Inflammatory Breast Cancer - Dr. Naoto Ueno

5:00 PM Breast Cancer: Recent Advances and the Way Forward - Dr. Priyanka Raval

5:30 PM Q & A

5:45 PM Adjourn



Anand P. Jillella, MD, Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics; Chief, Division of Hematology/Oncology & BMT; Director of GCC  Clinic, Ambulatory Services, Network and Outreach

Paul M. Dainer, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Medicine

Elizabeth D. Jones, MSA, Department Administrator, Department of Medicine, GCC Cancer Service Line


Erick Anderson, MD, Attending Physician, Coffee Regional Medical Center, Douglas, Georgia
Cathy Eng, M.D., FACP, FASCO, Vice-Chair, SWOG GI Committee; Professor of Medicine, Hematology and Oncology; Co-Director, GI Oncology; Co-Leader, Gastrointestinal Cancer Research Program, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Nashville, Tennessee
Anne Hutchison MD, Attending Physician, South Carolina Oncology Associates, Columbia, South Carolina
Chirag Jani, MD, Attending Physician, Phoebe Putney Cancer Center, Co-Investigator, Phoebe Putney Cancer Center Affiliate Site for NCORP, Albany, Georgia
Saad Kenderian, M.D. , Assistant Professor of Medicine, Oncology, and Immunology Director, T Cell Engineering ; Consultant, Hematology, Immunology and Molecular Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine , Rochester, Minnesota
Petros Nikolinakos, MD, Clinical Associate Professor, Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, Managing Partner, University Cancer and Blood Center, Athens, Georgia
Jacob Sands, M.D., Attending Physician, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; Instructor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Masachusets
Mark Taylor, MD, Attending Physician, Summit Cancer Care, Savannah, Georgia
Stephen Tiley, DO, Attending Physician, Vidalia Regional Cancer Center, Vidalia, Georgia
Naoto Tada Ueno, M.D., Ph.D., FACP, Professor, Department of Breast Medical Oncology , Nylene Eckles Distinguished Professor in Breast Cancer Research; Chief, Section of Translational Breast Cancer Research; Executive Director of the Morgan Welch Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research Program, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas

Daniel Albo, MD, Professor of Surgery, Moretz-Mansberger Distinguished Chair in Surgery; Chair, Department of Surgery; Surgeon-In-Chief, Augusta University Health System; Director, Surgical Oncology Services, Georgia Cancer Center
Kenneth Byrd, MD, Associate Professor & Chief Section of ENT, Department of Otolaryngology, Georgia Cancer Center
Jorge Cortes, MD, Professor of Medicine, Director, Georgia Cancer Center
Sharad Ghamande, MD, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Chair, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology; Associate Director for Clinical Research, Georgia Cancer Center
Achuta Guddati, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine; Co-Leader of Head and Neck Multidisciplinary Team, Georgia Cancer Center
Shaheen Islam, MD, Professor and Chief, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Department of Medicine
Theodore Johnson, MD Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Hematology/ Oncology, Pediatric Immunotherapy Program, Cancer Immunology, Inflammation and Tolerance (CIT) , Georgia Cancer Center
Nagla Abdel Karim, MD, Professor of Medicine, Medical Director, GCC Clinical Trials Program; Co-Leader of the Lung Multidisciplinary Team, Georgia Cancer Center
Zachary Klaassen, MD, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Assistant Residency Program Director , Section of Urology, Department of Surgery , Georgia Cancer Center
Ravindra Kolhe, MD, Associate Professor of Pathology, Medical Director of Cytogenetics Laboratory at AUMC; Director, Georgia Esoteric & Molecular Laboratory at Augusta University Department of Pathology
Allan Krutchik, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Co-Leader of Breast Multidisciplinary Clinic, Georgia Cancer Center
Abdullah Kutlar, MD, Professor of Medicine, Dr. William N. Agostas & Josephine R. Agostas Chair in Internal Medicine; Director, Sickle Cell Center and Interim Chief, Division of Hem/Onc; Director, Blood Disorders Center
Jigarkumar Parikh, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Co-Leader of GU Multidisciplinary Program, Georgia Cancer Center
Stephen Ramey, MD, Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology, Department of Radiation Oncology, Georgia Cancer Center
Priyanka Raval, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Co-Leader of Breast Multidisciplinary Team, Georgia Cancer Center
Fernando L. Vale, MD, Professor & Marshall B. Allen, Jr., M.D. Distinguished Chair Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery, Medical College of Georgia
Alicia Vinyard, MD, Assistant Professor of Surgery , Section of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery, Georgia Cancer Center

The conference will be held at the Savannah Marriott Riverfront

Book Your Room

The Savannah Marriott Riverfront, Savannah, Georgia, the symposium host hotel, is located on historic River Street where warehouses have been converted to specialty shops and restaurants.

Savannah offers abundant opportunities for sightseeing via horse-drawn carriage rides, riverboat cruises and historical tours. Savannah’s Tybee Island Beach is only 30 minutes away.

Rooms have been reserved at the Marriott at the special rate of $175.00 per night, single or double occupancy.

To reserve your lodging accommodations, contact:

Savannah Marriott Riverfront 100 General McIntosh Blvd.

Savannah, GA 31401

Phone: 912-233-7722 or 800-285-0398

Fax: 912-233-488

This conference is designed for all practicing oncologists, hematologists, oncology pharmacists, oncology nurse practitioners and physician assistants, oncology research nurses, registered nurses and other healthcare professionals involved in oncology who are interested in advances in the screening, diagnosis, risk stratification and personalized management of various cancers

We’ve gone electronic to help serve you better! A HANDOUT link we be emailed to all registered participants the Tuesday before the first day of the course.  Please watch for an email.

Although every effort is made to have a comfortable temperature in the meeting room, we realize everyone’s comfort zone is different. Please bring a jacket or light wrap in case the room is too cool for your comfort.

The Augusta University Division of Professional and Community Education complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you require special services, facilites or dietary considerations (vegetarian or otherwise) to support your participation in this continuing education program, contact the conference coordinator at 800-221-6437 or 706-721-3967.

The registration fee, less a $25 administrative charge, is refundable if notice of cancellation is received by Friday, September 13, 2019.

Augusta University is not responsible for any circumstance making it impossible to attend their continuing education courses due to acts of God, war, government regulations, disaster, strikes, civil disorder or curtailment of transportation facilities. If Augusta University cancels a continuing education activity you will be refunded your registration fee. Augusta University is not liable for any associated lodging, transportation or additional expenses.

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