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Radiation Oncology Symposium-Best of

Date: Thursday, January 9, 2025
Time: 11:00 AM–5:15 PM ET with Reception to Follow
Location: SMC Campus Center at UMB, 621 W Lombard St, Baltimore, MD 21201

In-person and virtual registration options are both available

About the Course

This course will offer the opportunity to earn up to 4 CME credits.

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Symposium save the date - Best of 2023

Best of 2023 Symposium Agenda

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 on the state-of-the-art techniques. The 20th Annual Radiation Oncology Symposium - Best of is a CME accredited educational course which will provide attendees with a review of potentially practice-changing studies presented at major national meetings and published in high-impact journals over the past year. This course will review the latest innovations, updates in standards of care, and treatment modalities in radiation oncology. This includes the newest developments in treating the following cancers: genitourinary, head & neck, central nervous system, gynecologic, gastrointestinal, breast, thoracic, and lymphoma/sarcoma. This half-day, high-yield course brings together leading experts from the University of Maryland’s nationally ranked faculty and physicians from institutions across the U.S. who will impart their expertise on future, well-practiced radiation oncologists.

In-person and virtual attendees will have the opportunity to meet the experts for two disease sites of their choice. Course attendees may bring questions or cases that they would like input on to two 30-minute sessions.

A light lunch will be offered prior to the start of the course, and a reception will take place at the end of the day. Online access to the course materials and recordings will be available to registrants for 6 months after the course concludes. 

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

CME Credits: The University of Maryland School of Medicine designates this Live activity for a maximum of 4.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Registration will open soon

This event offers either in-person or virtual advance registration at the general registration price of $250.00. Same-day registration will be available for $300.00. Registration is free for resident trainees attending virtually. If you are a resident registering without CME credit, please contact Jessica White at to register. 

Registration is also free for faculty and staff affiliated with the University of Maryland (a $20.00 fee for those seeking CME credit will apply). If you are affiliated with the University of Maryland and do not need CME credit but would like to attend, please contact Jessica at

Commercial Support

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

Gold Exhibitors

AstraZeneca Logo

AVEO Oncology LogoDaiichi Sankyo

Exelixis Logo

Seagen logo

Varian Logo

Silver Sponsors

Amgen Logo

Astellas Logo

EM Serono Logo



Servier Logo

Merck logo

Takeda Logo


Eisai Logo

Foundation Medicine Logo

Sumitomo Pfizer Logo

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. There are inherent risks of contracting communicable diseases including COVID-19 when attending any event in-person, and the participant accepts these risks. Any changes to travel arrangements or costs incurred due to local and institutional regulations are the sole responsibility of the participant.

Virtual Format Disclaimer 

The University of Maryland Department of Radiation Oncology will make every effort to ensure that live, high-quality virtual materials are available during the course. However, a virtual format can present unpredictable challenges due to on-site technology issues, or the internet/ bandwidth of the individual attendees. It is strongly encouraged that virtual participants attend the live portion of this course using the most reliable hard-wired internet connection available to them on a PC or laptop.

Target Audience

The Annual Radiation Oncology Symposium- "Best of" is designed for radiation oncologists. Residents, radiation therapists, medical oncologists, hematologists, nurse practitioners, medical physicists, dosimetrists, physician assistants and nurses will also benefit from the course.

Learning Objectives 

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe current treatment options for various malignancies.
  • Assess important studies and clinical trials in radiation oncology.
  • Review the role and indications for radiation therapy.

Course Co-Directors

Head shot to use in 2018

William F. Regine, MD, FACR, FASTRO, FACRO
Isadore and Fannie Schneider Foxman Chair
of Radiation Oncology
Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs
University of Maryland School of Medicine
President, University of Maryland Faculty Physicians, Inc.
Executive Director, Maryland Proton Treatment Center

Sarah McAvoy

Sarah McAvoy, MD
Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Vice Chair for Education
Medical Residency Program Director
Department of Radiation Oncology

2024 Speakers

Rashmi Benda

Breast Cancer - Best of 2023
Rashmi K. Benda, MD
Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Medical Director, UM-SRMC Requard Radiation Oncology Center

Matthew Ferris

Head & Neck/ Sarcoma - Best of 2023
Matthew J. Ferris, MD
Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Medical Director for the Maryland Proton Treatment Center

Emma Fields (VCU)

Gynecologic - Best of 2023
Emma C. Fields, MD
Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
Residency Program Director of Radiation Oncology

Sharad Goyal (GWU)

Central Nervous System - Best of 2023
Sharad Goyal, MD, MS
Professor and Division Chief of Radiation Oncology
The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Interim Associate Center Director For Clinical Research

Russell Hales

Thoracic - Best of 2023
Russell Kenneth Hales, MD
Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology and Molecular Radiation Sciences
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Director, Thoracic Oncology Multidisciplinary Program

Gastrointestinal - Best of 2023
Jason K. Molitoris, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Medical Director, University of Maryland Medical Center
Department of Radiation Oncology

Phuoc Tran

Genitourinary - Best of 2023
Phuoc T. Tran, MD, PhD
Professor of Radiation Oncology
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Vice Chair for Research

Yolanda Tseng (UW)

Lymphoma - Best of 2023
Yolanda Tseng, MD, MPhil
Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology
University of Washington School of Medicine

Location, Parking and Hotel

In-Person Location

SMC Campus Center
2nd Floor
University of Maryland, Baltimore
621 W Lombard St
Baltimore, MD 21201


There will be safe, convenient and free covered garage parking with a validated ticket for attendees at the Pratt Street Garage, which is attached to the SMC Campus Center.

Pratt Street Garage
646 W Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21201


We have secured a block of discounted hotel rooms at the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yardslocated at 110 S. Eutaw St., Baltimore, MD 21201. To secure your room until the special rate is no longer available, please contact Rhondra Avery at 443-957-2218 or and mention the University of Maryland rate.

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 or 410-328-7618 at least five business days in advance of the activity.


For questions about the course, please contact Sr. Program Coordinator Jessica White (she/her),, 410-328-7618.

About Karl L. Prado, PhD, FACR, FAAPM

Dr. Karl L. Prado served as a faculty member and invaluable medical physics educator to trainees and staff from 2009 to 2017 at the University of Maryland Department of Radiation Oncology. He dedicated himself to clinical program development and the advancement of new technologies and safety protocols in radiation oncology, so that every treatment could be tailored to the specific needs of each patient.

Dr. Prado was a long-time speaker at the course up until his retirement in 2018. In 2019, the Physics and Radiobiology Review Course was renamed to honor the memory and unmatched teaching abilities of Dr. Karl L. Prado.

The Dr. Karl Prado Endowment for Radiation Oncology Trainees was also named for Dr. Prado to honor his remarkable influence. This fund advances education and training in radiation oncology for talented and compassionate healers and innovators who will aggressively pursue dramatic advances in radiation therapy. The Dr. Prado endowment helps support our educational mission by funding trainees, medical and physics residents, fellows, radiation therapists, dosimetrists, nurses, and medical students for conference attendance, publication fees, educational activities, wellness, and supports department educational courses.

We save lives through our work. Support of the Dr. Karl L. Prado Endowment for Radiation Oncology captures your dedication to all facets of training and continuing education to help others.

Give to the Dr. Karl L. Prado Endowment for Radiation Oncology Trainees