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Hyperthermia Therapy Practice School

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Friday from 7:15 am - 4:30 pm EST with reception to follow & Saturday from 7:15 am - 4:15 pm EST

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Hyperthermia Therapy Practice School Agenda 2021

NEWLY UPDATED - Enhanced COVID Protection Plan

At the Maryland Proton Treatment Center, 850 W. Baltimore St., Baltimore, MD 21201 and the University of Maryland Medical Center, Department of Radiation Oncology, 22 S. Greene St., Baltimore, MD 21201. At this time, this event will only be offered in-person.


There are only 16 spots available for this practical course. Registration is now open.

Registration Fee: $2,000.00


In-Person Format Disclaimer

The safety and health of our patients, colleagues, and visitors remains the number one priority of the University of Maryland Department of Radiation Oncology. We are planning to hold this course in-person, but will remain flexible and keep attendees aware of any changes to the course format based on local and institutional requirements and changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is likely that medical-grade masks will be provided on-site and will be required to be worn for the duration of the event, except when eating or drinking. In the weeks leading up to the event, attendees may be required to answer questions about recent symptoms, contact with COVID-19 positive individuals, or travel. Attendees may be required by the University of Maryland to complete visitor paperwork in advance of the event, and will be required to comply with all current University of Maryland and Maryland Proton Treatment Center (MPTC) policies. Any changes to travel arrangements or costs incurred due to local and institutional regulations are the sole responsibility of the participant.

To best ensure the safety and comfort of guest attendees, speakers, faculty, and staff, and in compliance with University of Maryland and Maryland Proton Treatment Center (MPTC) and University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) policies, all participants of this program are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. All event participants will be required to present an original or electronic photo of proof of vaccination during on-site registration and check-in on October 29, 2021, and the last vaccine shot should be dated at least 2 weeks prior to the event (October 16, 2021) as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Please note that we will only accept the vaccines approved by the CDC. As of July 2021, these include Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen. Attendees who are unable to present proof of full vaccination during on-site check-in may not be allowed to attend the program, and will not receive a refund.

All attendees from within and outside of the United States will be required to comply with the latest CDC guidance which can be found on the CDC website, State of Maryland guidance found on the State of Maryland website, and Baltimore City requirements.

About the Course

Over the past decade there has been a significant advancement in the field of hyperthermia therapy, an adjuvant cancer therapy that sensitizes tumor cells to both radiation and chemotherapy. With increased knowledge and training, clinicians will be able to provide a less invasive form of radiation to their patients.

The Hyperthermia Therapy Practice School is a CME accredited course (pending) that will provide the attendees with the theoretical aspects of hyperthermia therapy in a lecture format with a question and answer session. Several cases will be reviewed to explain the different approaches to treat different treatment sites. Small groups will facilitate in-depth training of practical guidelines for hyperthermia therapy treatment delivery, and will practice the treatment delivery in terms of software and hardware in experimental phantoms.

Attending practitioners will be made aware of combining hyperthermia therapy with the different forms of radiation treatment and will benefit from a formal training course that will provide one day of lectures and clinical case reviews and one day of practical training and use of hyperthermia therapy equipment.

Breakfast and lunch is included each day of the event. All attendees and speakers are invited to a complimentary dinner reception and tour of the Maryland Proton Treatment Center (MPTC) on Friday, October 29 at 5:45 pm. This event will begin immediately after the day's session. Please RSVP during the registration process.

About Hyperthermia Therapy and Proton Therapy

Advances in the applications, technologies and methodologies of radiation oncology continue to evolve rapidly and the delivery of radiation therapy has become more complex, making it imperative that radiation oncology professionals remain current in the state-of-the-art techniques. Hyperthermia therapy at 40-44°C (thermotherapy) is a specialized adjuvant cancer therapy that is only available in a few radiation oncology clinics throughout the U.S. Similarly, proton therapy is a less invasive form of radiation that is currently only available in certain regions of the country. Thermotherapy is a non-invasive procedure that has been used with traditional photon radiation and chemotherapy. The University of Maryland Division of Translational Radiation Sciences (DTRS) is now documenting the effectiveness of thermotherapy when applied with proton therapy, an effort that has no parallel in the U.S.

CME Sponsorship (Pending)

Sponsored by the University of Maryland School of Medicine

Accreditation (pending): The University of Maryland School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation (pending): The University of Maryland School of Medicine designates this Live activity for a maximum of 15.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Recall all the components required to establish a hyperthermia therapy program.
  2. Distinguish the different biology of tumors and healthy tissues during elevated temperatures.
  3. Decide proper patient eligibility for hyperthermia treatments and the most adequate modality: interstitial, superficial or deep hyperthermia therapy.
  4. Define the radio- and chemosensitization effects induced by hyperthermia.
  5. Describe the physics of radio waves and microwaves as well as the need for water bolus.
  6. Explain how to position the different hyperthermia applicators and define the need for multiple treatment sites.
  7. Perform treatment delivery of interstitial, superficial and deep hyperthermia therapy.
  8. Analyze and report hyperthermia therapy treatment data.
  9. Implement the clinical workflow, documentation and reimbursement of hyperthermia treatments.

Target Audience

This course will be the first of its kind in the U.S. to provide practice guidelines and practical training to national and international hyperthermia therapy practitioners, including:

  • Radiation Oncologists
  • Medical Physicists
  • Radiation Therapists
  • Dosimetrists
  • Medical Oncologists
  • Oncology Residents
  • Students
  • Surgical Oncologists
  • Oncology Fellows
  • Nurses

Course Directors

Zeljko Vujaskovic, MD, PhD
Professor of Radiation Oncology

Vice Chair for Research

2021 Daily Record Health Care Heroes Lifetime Achievement Award. 2016 Society of Thermal Medicine’s J. Eugene Robinson Award recipient. As Director of the Maryland Proton Alliance, one of his many research initiatives explores synergies between proton beam therapy and hyperthermia therapy. Dr. Vujaskovic lectures around the world on the topic of hyperthermia oncology.

Dario Rodrigues, PhD
Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology
Lead Hyperthermia Physicist

Dr. Rodrigues is one of the few thermal oncology physicists in the U.S. He specializes in focused heat generated by radio waves (hyperthermia) which is a potent enhancer of chemo- and radiotherapy. Dr. Rodrigues is also the Councilor of Engineering/Physics of the Society for Thermal Medicine.

Course Co-Directors

Jason Kyle Molitoris, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology
Director of Clinical Hyperthermia
Director of the Dr. Nancy K. Welker Fellowship in Proton Therapy and Advanced Radiation Modalities

Mariana Guerrero

Mariana Guerrero, PhD
Clinical Associate Professor
Medical Physics Residency Program Director


Confirmed speakers will include:

How to establish a hyperthermia therapy program
Zeljko Vujaskovic, MD, PhD
Professor of Radiation Oncology
Vice-Chair of Research
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Physics planning/execution of RF deep hyperthermia therapy
Dario Rodrigues, PhD
Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Practice guidelines for interstitial hyperthermia therapy
John Hayes, MD
Associate Professor
Gamma West, Salt Lake City, UT

Physics planning/execution of MW superficial hyperthermia therapy
Paul Stauffer, MSEE, CEE
Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA

Practice guidelines for superficial hyperthermia therapy
Jennifer Yu, Md, PhD
Associate Professor of Molecular Medicine
Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH

Practice guidelines for deep hyperthermia therapy
Jason Kyle Molitoris, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Physics planning/execution of MW interstitial hyperthermia therapy
Mariana Guerrero, PhD
Clinical Professor
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Course Coordinator

For questions about the course, please contact course coordinator Jessica White,, 410-328-7618.

Location and Parking


Lectures and simulations will be held at two locations (walking distance):

Maryland Proton Treatment Center (MPTC)
850 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201


University of Maryland Medical Center
Department of Radiation Oncology
22 South Greene Street
Gudelsky Building
Baltimore, MD 21201


There will be free garage parking for attendees at Garage One, located at the corner of W. Baltimore and Poppleton next to MPTC.

University of Maryland BioPark Garage One
1 N. Poppleton Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

There are several additional parking garages available on the University of Maryland Medical Center campus. For parking options and directions, please visit:

Traveling to UMMC


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


A block of hotel rooms has been reserved at the Hampton Inn Baltimore Downtown Convention Center at the discounted rate of $79.00++ through the cutoff date of September 27, with a 24-hour cancellation policy. To reserve a hotel room, please contact Sales Director Melissa McBean directly at 410-685-5000 or To search for other University of Maryland partner hotels please visit:

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.

ADA Statement

If you require special accommodations to attend or participate in this CME activity, please provide information about your requirements to Sr. Program Coordinator, Jessica White at at least five business days in advance of the activity.