2018 HDR LDR Prostate Scholarship Workshop

Bending the Slope of the Brachytherapy Curve by Building a High Quality Program


To increase patient access to high quality prostate brachytherapy


  • To improve education and training of LDR/HDR Brachytherapy
  • To facilitate a more rapid transition from education to practice implementation
  • To ensure high quality brachytherapy delivery
  • To communicate the value of brachytherapy

The Program:

  • 2-Day Education and Simulator Training Workshop in LDR and HDR Brachytherapy
  • Scholarship stipend (up to $1200/team) - Travel, hotel, workshop
  • 30 teams of practicing Radiation Oncologists and Physicists will learn from up to 20 ABS international experts in LDR and HDR prostate brachytherapy in a small group workshop setting
  • Each team consists of one Radiation Oncologist and one Medical Physicist and/or Dosimetrist


Applicants must be a current member of the ABS to qualify. More information on membership can be found at:

Application Deadline: All application materials (application, a brief statement of less than 200 words, and a CV) must be completed and submitted by midnight EST, September 7, 2018. Winners will be notified by the week of September 24th.

Contact Information:

Melissa Pomerene, Executive Director, American Brachytherapy Society
Phone: (703) 437-4377 x 4085

The application period is closed.



The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Mid Campus Building 1
1 MC Conference Center, Floor 3
70007 Bertner Ave
Houston, TX


Friday, November 30, 2018
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM Registration and Breakfast
8:00 AM – 8:05 AM Welcome
Albert Koong, MD
8:05 AM – 8:15 AM Bending the Slope of the Brachytherapy Curve
Clinical Management - New Brachytherapy Data
Steven J. Frank, MD
8:15 AM – 8:25 AM Unfavorable High-Risk Disease
Juanita M. Crook, MD, FRCPC
8:25 AM – 8:35 AM Favorable High-Risk Disease
Richard G. Stock, MD
8:35 AM – 8:45 AM Unfavorable Intermediate-Risk Disease and Update on Ascende RT trial
Mira M. Keyes, MD, FRCPC
8:45 AM – 8:55 AM Favorable Intermediate-Risk Disease and Update on RTOG 0232
Bradley R. Prestidge, MD, MS
8:55 AM – 9:05 AM MD Anderson Phase II Trial of Monotherapy for Intermediate Risk Localized Disease
Thomas J. Pugh, MD
9:05 AM – 9:15 AM Focal Brachytherapy - When, How, and Why?
Michael J. Zelefsky, MD
9:15 AM – 9:45 AM Panel
9:45 AM – 10:00 AM Break
MRI-Assisted Radiosurgery (MARS) for HDR and LDR Brachytherapy
10:00 AM – 10:10 AM MRI of the Prostate - Screening, Diagnosis, and Surveillance Setting
Tharakeswara K. Bathala, MD
10:10 AM – 10:20 AM MRI of the Prostate for the Brachytherapist
Patrick W. McLaughlin, MD
10:20 AM – 10:30 AM MARS for LDR Brachytherapy
Steven J. Frank, MD
10:30 AM – 10:40 AM MARS for HDR Brachytherapy
Cynthia M. Menard, MD
10:40 AM – 10:50 AM MRI-based Treatment Planning Systems and QA-LDR
Rajat J. Kudchadker, PhD
10:50 AM – 11:00 AM MRI-based Treatment Planning Systems and QA-HDR
Firas M. Mourtada, PhD
11:00 AM – 11:10 AM Optimizing MRI Sequences for Brachytherapy
Jingfei M. Ma, PhD
11:10 AM – 11:45 AM Panel
11:45 AM – 12:00 PM Break
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch - Keynote Speaker-Improving Prostate Brachytherapy Access for Veterans
Micheal P. Hagan, MD, PhD
1:00 PM – 1:10 PM Brachytherapy for the VA Patient-The Process of Optimizing Care
Jeffery A. Jones, MD
1:10 PM – 1:20 PM The Road to Brachytherapy Access for the VA Patient
1:20 PM – 1:30 PM Immunotherapy and Brachytherapy-Defining an Abscopal effect
Chandan M. Guha, MD, PhD
1:30 PM – 1:40 PM Redefining the Brachytherapy Definition of Failure
Howard Thames, PhD
1:40 PM – 1:50 PM Management for Rising PSA Following Radiation Treament
Michel M. Ghilezan, MD, PhD
1:50 PM – 2:00 PM Prostate Imaging During the Recurrent Setting
Aradhana M. Venkatesan, MD
2:00 PM – 2:10 PM Sexual Outcomes Data and Management
Pierre M. Blanchard, MD PhD
2:10 PM – 2:20 PM Optimizing Sexual Function After Brachytherapy
Run Wang, MD
2:20 PM – 2:30 PM Urinary Outcomes Data and Management
William Graber, MD
2:30 PM – 2:40 PM Rectal Outcome Data and Management
Mitchell S. Anscher, MD
2:40 PM – 2:50 PM The Use of Hydrogel Spacer in Brachytherapy: LDR, HDR monotherapy, or Combination Treatment with IMRT or Protons
Brian J. Davis, MD PhD
2:50 PM – 3:20 PM Panel
3:20 PM – 3:30 PM Break
Building a Brachytherapy Practice
3:30 PM – 3:40 PM The Road to LDR Brachytherapy Clinical Proficiency
Chad M. Tang, MD
3:40 PM – 3:50 PM The Road to HDR Brachytherapy Clinical Proficiency
Anna M. Likhacheva, MD, MPH
3:50 PM – 4:00 PM Essentials for Growing an LDR Practice
John E. Sylvester, MD 
4:00 PM – 4:10 PM Essentials for Growing an HDR Practice
Peter J. Rossi, MD
4:10 PM – 4:20 PM Communicating Value in Prostate Brachytherapy
Nikhil G. Thaker, MD
4:20 PM – 4:30 PM Brachytherapy Advocacy and Payment Models
Peter F. Orio, DO, MS
4:30 PM – 5:00 PM Panel
5:00 PM Adjourn