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17th Annual Dr. Karl Prado Radiobiology and Physics Review Course

2020 Radiobiology & Physics Review Course-Cancelled

The University of Maryland and the Department of Radiation Oncology have been actively monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak, staying up to date on the latest guidance from the CDC, and proactively implementing measures to keep our University of Maryland community safe.

In response to the rapidly evolving health situation posed by the coronavirus and in adherence to the University of Maryland policies, the Radiobiology and Physics Review course will not be held on the scheduled dates of April 23-25, 2020. We will make a decision in the coming weeks and months on potential alternatives.

The University of Maryland and the Department of Radiation Oncology are continuing to monitor the updates on the coronavirus. The safety and health of our patients, colleagues, and visitors remains the number one priority of our institution, and we thank you for your understanding.

Discover Auditorium, University of Maryland BioPark, 801 W. Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

About the Course

The University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center Department of Radiation Oncology is pleased to announce that they will be hosting the 17th Annual Dr. Karl Prado Radiobiology and Physics Review Course. The event will be held at the University of Maryland BioPark, 801 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201.

The purpose of this three-day course is to provide a comprehensive review of radiobiology and physics for senior radiation oncology residents who are taking the board exam for the first time and radiation oncologists already in practice who are preparing for their re-certification exams. Dosimetrists will also benefit and are encouraged to attend. The instructors for this course include a combination of invited nationally recognized faculty and our own top-ranked faculty in the departments of radiobiology and physics.

This premier review course will provide participants with an overview of current concepts in radiation biology, physics, and dosimetry and will be conducted in an interactive workshop format with lectures and questions and answers sessions.

The one-and-a-half-day radiobiology portion of the program begins Thursday at 8 a.m.  Participants will have an overview of current concepts in radiation biology, be provided an update of changes that may impact radiation therapy, gain an understanding of molecular biology principles and techniques, and learn about new radiation modalities being utilized or in development.

The physics portion of the program begins on Friday at 1 p.m. This one-and-a-half-day segment is intended to provide a comprehensive review of physics and dosimetry topics related to radiation oncology.  It will be conducted in an interactive workshop format with lectures, and questions and answer sessions.

Included in the cost of the course is a light breakfast, lunch, and snacks each day of the event. If you have dietary restrictions, please indicate on your registration and email Jessica White at with details.

Itineraries will be sent to registrants once they have been finalized.

UMMC faculty, staff and residents, please do not register on-line.  Please contact Jessica White at or 410-328-7618 to register.


The early bird cost for the course is $475.00 (must be postmarked one month prior to the course). After that time and on-site, the standard registration cost of $525.00 will apply. We are also offering the opportunity to take one portion of the course (either Radiobiology or Physics) for $300.00. The registration fee is payable by Check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover, and advanced registration is required.

Course Sponsors

The University of Maryland Department of Radiation Oncology would like to thank the following sponsors for their support.‌



Please use BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport, , which is about 20 minutes from downtown Baltimore.


We will reserve a block of rooms at the Lord Baltimore Hotel

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There will be free garage parking for attendees at Garage One,, located at 1 N. Poppleton Street (corner of W. Baltimore and Poppleton) directly around the corner from the BioPark. Please bring your ticket to the event and we will provide a voucher.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity participants should be able to describe and discuss:

  • Current molecular and cellular biology and its impact on modern radiobiology
  • Biological basis of current and upcoming treatment modalities
  • Physical principles of radiation therapy, including planning and setup for external beam therapy, brachytherapy, and stereotactic radiosurgery
  • Imaging application to radiation therapy, such as in treatment simulation and target definitions
  • Methods of measurement of radiation quantity and quality, and the system of dose calculation
  • Principles of radiation safety and radiation protection

Meet Our Course Directors

Target audience includes Radiation Oncologists, Radiation Oncology Residents, Dosimetrists and Medical Physics Residents preparing for certification

Zeljko Vujaskovic, MD, PhD

Zeljko Vujaskovic, MD, PhD, Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Director, Division of Translational Radiation Sciences, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Director, Maryland Proton Alliance

...a nationally and internationally recognized leader in the field of radiation related normal tissue injury. Many future clinical care protocols, new novel therapies and future drug development will stem directly from the result of Dr. Vujaskovic’s research/patent work and lead to improvement in radiation therapy and quality of life for cancer patients.

Amit Sawant, PhD

Amit Sawant, PhD, Associate Professor, Chief of Medical Physics, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Maryland School of Medicine

...research interests focus on developing and translating novel forms of image-guidance in radiation therapy, specifically in the area of stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SAbR), also known as SBRT.  Dr. Sawant's overall goal of research is to fundamentally improve the understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer through pre-clinical and clinical investigations and translation of novel forms of cancer imaging, radiobiologic agents and precision radiotherapy.

Reception and Tour of the Proton Center

All attendees and speakers are invited to a complimentary dinner reception and tour of the Maryland Proton Treatment Center (MPTC) on Friday from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. This event will begin immediately after the day's session.  Please RSVP during the registration process or to Jessica White at


All ​presentations ​that ​are ​available ​online ​through ​our ​17th ​Annual ​Radiobiology ​and ​Physics ​Review ​website ​are ​subject to change up ​until ​the ​day ​of ​the ​event. ​ ​ 

Your ​user ​name ​and ​password ​to ​access ​the ​online ​materials ​will ​be ​emailed ​two-three ​days ​prior ​to ​the ​course. ​Please ​be ​advised ​that ​if ​you ​are ​printing ​out ​documents ​prior ​to ​the ​course, ​some ​content ​may ​change. ​ ​Access to online materials (slides and videos) ​will ​be ​available ​until ​July ​15, ​2020.

Refund Policy

Once a registration is submitted, you will have 24 hours to submit a request for refund.  After that time, no refund will be provided for any reason; however, the registrant will have access to all course content, including video of the lectures.  Video of the lectures will be available online only and will be placed on the website approximately two weeks after the event.  All other course content will be available for download via the course site.

Environmental Responsibility Statement

In an effort to be responsible to the environment and reduce our carbon footprint, we will not be providing paper handouts for the lectures. The lectures will be made available in advance of the event if you would like to print them on your own and bring a copy with you. We make every effort to get the final presentation from the speaker before the event but please note that presentations can change up until the time of the event.

Americans with Disabilities Act

If you require special accommodations to attend this event, please provide information about your requirements to Jessica White at or (410) 328-7618 or (1-800-735-2258 TTY/voice) at least five business days in advance of the activity.

Contact Us

Should you have any questions concerning the course, please contact course coordinator Jessica White, 410-328-7618 or