Important Dates

Date   Event
May 8, 2017  Abstract submission opens
June 1, 2017  Early bird registration opens
June 14, 2017  Abstract submission deadline
August 8, 2017  Abstract acceptance notifications are sent
August 29, 2017  Regular registration begins
October 3, 2017  Late registration begins
October 23, 2017  PTCOG-NA Conference with on-site registration

Program Details

View the conference agenda.

Monday, October 23

Time   Topic and Speakers
7:00 - 8:45 am Breakfast
7:30 - 8:45 am Educational Session: Proton Therapy for Gastrointestinal Cancers: Pancreas and Hepatobiliary (Romaine Nichols, MD and Smith Apisarnthanarax, MD)
9:00 - 9:15 am Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:15 - 10:30 am Original Contributions Session I: Lung and Mediastinum (Session Chairs: Joe Chang, MD and Charles Simone, MD)
10:30 - 11:00 am Break
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Keynote Speaker: Immunotherapy and Proton Beam Therapy (James Welsh, MD - MD Anderson Cancer Center)
12:00 - 1:15 pm Lunch
1:30 - 2:45 pm General Assembly
2:45 - 3:15 pm Break
3:15 - 4:00 pm Keynote Speakers: Evaluating Uncertainty with Proton Therapy (Reinhard Schulte, MD - Loma Linda University and Rebecca Howell, PhD - MD Anderson Cancer Center; Session Chairs: James Welsh, MD, and Mark Pankuch, PhD)
4:00 - 5:00 pm Original Contributions Session II: Physics and Uncertainty (Session Chairs: James Welsh, MD and Mark Pankuch, PhD
5:00 - 5:15 pm NASA
3:15 - 4:15 pm Concurrent Session: Prostate treatment preparation: Fiducials and Hydrogel (Session Chair: John Chang, MD)
4:15 - 5:15 pm Concurrent Session: Pediatric Anesthesia (Session Chair: John Chang, MD)

Tuesday, October 24

Time   Topic and Speakers
7:00 - 8:45 am Breakfast
7:30 - 8:45 am Educational Session: Protons for Re-Irradiation for Head and Neck Cancer and Chest/Abdomen/Pelvis (John Plastaras, MD and Nancy Lee, MD)
9:00 - 9:40 am Keynote Speaker: Neutron Dose (Rebecca Howell, PhD, DABR, FAAPM - MD Anderson Cancer Center)
9:40 - 10:30 am Original Contributions Session II: Pediatric and CNS Cancers (Session Chairs: Torunn Yock, MD and Anita Mahajan, MD)
10:30 - 11:00 am Break
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Keynote Speaker: Changing Economic and Regulatory Climate (Constantine Mantz, MD - 21st Century Oncology, Inc.)
12:00 - 1:15 pm Lunch
1:30 - 2:45 pm Original Contributions Session III: Physics and Biology (Session Chairs: Marcelo Vazquez, MD, PhD and Richard Amos, PhD)
2:45 - 3:45 pm Poster Session and Break
3:45 - 5:15 pm Original Contributions Session IV: Head and Neck (Session Chairs: Steven Frank, MD)

Wednesday, October 25

Time   Topic and Speakers
7:00 - 8:45 am Breakfast
7:30 - 8:45 am Educational Session: Protons for Lymphoma and Sarcoma Cancers (Yolanda Tseng, MD and Tom Delaney, MD)
9:00 - 10:15 am Original Contributions Session VI: Breast Cancer (Session Chairs: Julie Bradley, MD and Lisa McGee, MD)
10:15 - 10:45 am Break
10:45 am - 12:00 pm Original Contributions Session V: GU Cancers (Session Chairs: William Regine, MD and Carl Rossi, MD)
12:00 - 12:15 pm Closing Remarks
12:15 - 1:15 pm Executive Committee Meeting

CME Information

Northwestern Medicine Feinberg School of Medicine


After participating in this conference, you should be able to:

  1. Evaluate uncertainty in proton therapy and discuss methods to mitigate the uncertainty
  2. Discuss updates in proton beam therapy imaging for patient setup and treatment
  3. Discuss updates in proton beam therapy for treatment of established indications (chordoma, sarcoma, ocular melanoma, pediatrics, prostate) as well as in emerging indications (breast, lung, esophageal, hepatobiliary, head and neck cancers)
  4. Discuss the possible interactions of proton therapy with immunotherapy, and the theory behind those interactions
  5. Present data from recently completed clinical trials in proton therapy for evaluation and discussion (multiple different malignancies)

Target Audiences' Scope of Practice

Healthcare professionals who treat cancer patients using radiation therapy/particle therapy

Target Audiences' Specific Patient Groups, Clinical Topics or Specialties

  • Radiation Oncologists
  • Medical Physicists
  • Dosimetrists
  • Residents
  • Radiation Therapists

The target audience is:

  • Local
  • Midwest
  • National
  • International

Accreditation Information

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medication Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 16.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CAMPEP Information

The PTCOG-NA meeting has applied to the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs, Inc. (CAMPEP) for approval of 18.5 MPCEC hours.


PTCOG-NA 2017 Conference support is a great way to put your company and brand in front of industry leaders and experts while demonstrating your commitment to the field of particle therapy.

You can choose from several support levels that will provide the most value for your company:

  • Diamond
  • Platinum
  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Exhibitor

Our support packages offer your company high visibility and brand name recognition throughout the conference.

The Diamond and Platinum support levels include an opportunity to offer a 30-minute industry presentation during the lunch hour on either October 23rd or 24th.

Industry presentations will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. The supporting organization is responsible for any additional expenses such as audio visual.

Please click here for the Supporter Prospectus.