MD Anderson Particle Therapy Institute
Education Series

CNS / Pediatrics Proton Therapy Course

TWO TIME ZONE OPTIONS
January 21 | 5 p.m. – 8:30 p.m CST
January 22 | 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CST

MD Anderson Particle Therapy Institute Education Series

CNS / Pediatrics Proton Therapy Course


TWO TIME ZONE OPTIONS

January 21 | 5 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. CST
January 22 | 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CST

SPEAKERS & MODERATORS BIOS

Susan McGovern, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. McGovern is the Associate Medical Director of the Proton Therapy Center at MD Anderson. An Associate Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology, she specializes in the treatment of adults and children with CNS malignancies using advanced radiation technologies, including proton therapy, stereotactic radiosurgery, and VMAT. She is also the Associate Director of Pediatric Radiation at MD Anderson and leads the institutional program in pediatric total body irradiation. Her research efforts focus on CNS re-irradiation and the development of proton therapy techniques for CNS and pediatric malignancies.

David R. Grosshans, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Grosshans holds a faculty position within the Departments of Radiation Oncology and Experimental Radiation Oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Clinically, as a Radiation Oncologist, he treats adult and pediatric patients requiring proton therapy. He is a physician scientist and devotes a significant amount of time to research. His research interests are driven by his clinical experience. He has a special expertise, both research and clinical, in particle therapy including the use of multi-field optimized intensity modulated proton therapy (IMPT). Their ongoing bench research includes investigations of biologic effect variability in proton therapy, including differential DNA damage as a function of physical factors, as well as radiation effects on non-replicative cell types including neurons. He has extensive experience in both in vitro and in vivo radiation biologic effect models and has numerous ongoing collaborations with faculty in Radiation Physics, Neuro-Immunology as well as neuroscience investigators at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital. They have also extended their work to include the study of particles heavier than protons including Helium and Carbon ions and have numerous ongoing collaborations with centers in Europe and Asia.

Debra Yeboa, M.D.

Dr. Debra Yeboa is an Assistant Professor of the Department of Radiation Oncology at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center. She joined the MD Anderson faculty after completing her medical training at Yale. Her clinical and research interests lie in advancing the clinical outcomes of patients with brain or spine cancers. Her interests include health outcomes, health services and comparative effectiveness research for brain and spine cancers.

Arnold dela Cruz Paulino, M.D.

Dr. Paulino has been a Professor of Radiation Oncology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center since 2013. He is fellowship trained in Pediatric Radiation Oncology at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and has been treating children for the past 25 years. He is well published in Pediatric Radiation Oncology and has more than 200 peer reviewed articles and 35 book chapters. He has edited 2 books including “Radiation Oncology for Pediatric CNS Tumors.” He is a fellow of the American College of Radiology and the American Society for Radiation Oncology and is a frequent oral board examiner in the American Board of Radiology Radiation Oncology Initial Certification. He has been a member of the Children’s Oncology Group Renal Tumor Committee for the past decade. He has four Association of Residents in Radiation Oncology Teaching Awards and recently has been awarded the 2020 Luis Delclos Excellence in Teaching Award at MD Anderson. He is also the Course Director for the M.D. Anderson Pediatric Radiation Oncology Course given to Texas radiation oncology residents for the past 3 years and also a faculty of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology Pediatric Radiation Oncology Teaching Course since 2016. Dr. Paulino was recently selected to be the General Secretary of the Pediatric Radiation Oncology Society.

Kristina Woodhouse, M.D.

Dr. Kristina Woodhouse is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. She earned her medical degree at the George Washington University School of Medicine after graduating from Harvard College. She completed her medical residency in radiation oncology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and received her training in Gamma Knife Perfexion at the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Woodhouse is part of the radiation oncology team that specializes specifically in treating brain and spine tumors, as well as pediatric patients. Her research interests and expertise provide a unique perspective to investigate and improve radiation therapy outcomes concentrating on both adult and pediatric patients with central nervous system malignancies. Dr. Woodhouse is an active clinical researcher. Her work focuses on improving the quality of care received by all cancer patients, both by advancing the ways in which cancer is treated with radiation and by advancing the understanding of patient decision-making, cost, and access to quality care. Collectively, her clinical and research interests include: pediatric and adult brain tumors, proton therapy and stereotactic radiosurgery, as well as health disparities, quality improvement, shared decision-making and improving patient safety. She is also devoted to improving workforce diversity in radiation oncology and has served on multiple national boards and initiatives regarding this topic.

Falk Poenisch, Ph.D.

Falk Poenisch is an Associate Professor in the Department of Radiation Physics of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He received his Ph.D. degree on Physics from the University of Technology Dresden, Germany. He completed a Proton Fellowship at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in 2010 and joined the faculty of MD Anderson Cancer Center by working as clinical medical physicist at the Proton Therapy Center. His professional interest is Monte Carlo method for proton therapy as well as radiation dosimetry. He is a co-author in more than 50 peer reviewed publications.

Narayan Sahoo, Ph.D.

Narayan Sahoo is a Professor in the Department of Radiation Physics of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He received his Ph.D. degree in Physics from the University at Albany, Albany, NY and completed his Medical Physics Fellowship at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. His current professional interests are in the areas of Radiation Dosimetry, Radiation Biophysics, Treatment Planning and Quality Assurance in Proton Therapy. He has been with MD Anderson Cancer Center since August 2004 and at its Proton Therapy Center since March 2006. He is a co-author in more than 130 peer reviewed publications and is a Fellow of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine.

Catherine Evans, MSRS, CMD

Catherine Evans, MSRS, CMD is a dosimetrist at The University of Texas MD Anderson Department of Radiation Oncology. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Medical Dosimetry and Master of Radiologic Sciences at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center School of Health Professions. Her primary expertise is in Proton Therapy. Catherine has been with MD Anderson since February 2017 and serves on several leadership committees within her department.

Archana Gautam, MS

Archana Singh Gautam is a clinical physicist in the Department of Radiation Physics – Patient Care and specializes in proton therapy. She started to work as clinical physicist in proton therapy since 2009 and joined the MD Anderson proton therapy center in 2014. Her primary interest is in solving clinical problems in radiation oncology physics.