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MDAnderson1st MD Anderson Cancer Center / TIRR Memorial Hermann Cancer Rehabilitation Symposium

Shifting Paradigms in Cancer Rehabilitation

Physicians, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech Language Pathologists, Case Managers, Social Workers, Rehab Counselors (CRC), Psychologists and other Healthcare professionals

Featured Speakers:

Julie Silver, MD; Eduardo Bruera, MD; Jack Fu, MD; Carolina Gutierrez, MD; Samantha Dewey, PT, DPT, NCS

Course Date: May 13-14, 2016

Time: Registration / Sign In on Friday, May 13 at 1:30 pm, Symposium begins Friday May 13 at 2pm and concludes Saturday May 14 at 5pm

Target Audience

This program is targeted toward Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physicians, Oncologists, Internal Medicine Physicians, Family Practice Physicians, Pain specialists, Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants and other Allied Healthcare Professionals.

Course Description

Currently, there are more than 14 million cancer survivors in the United States. This number is expected to rise to almost 19 million by the year 2024. Cancer survivors often experience complications from cancer and its various treatments that can impact function. Cancer rehabilitation has an important role in the cancer care continuum. This symposium will discuss selected cancer and cancer treatments that impact rehabilitation and provide evidence-based assessment and treatment strategies that can be applied to clinical practice. This two-day symposium covers a wide variety of topics in the field of cancer rehabilitation. Day 1 consists of general sessions intended for all participants with discipline-specific break-out sessions on day 2.

Conference Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:

  • Define the expanding role of rehabilitation services in the care of cancer survivors
  • Implement appropriate symptom management for patients with cancer undergoing rehabilitation
  • Appropriately apply evidence based clinical treatment approaches for patients with cancer at all phases of the cancer care continuum
  • Understand and apply safe and effective rehabilitation for patients with cancer
  • Accurately assess and manage cancer and its treatment sequelae, including lymphedema, fatigue, chemotherapy induced neuropathy, cognitive deficits

Assessment of Learning Objectives: Interactive dialogue, written evaluation

Featured Speaker Information

Julie K Silver, MD

Julie SilverJulie Silver, MD is an Associate Professor and the Associate Chair for Strategic Initiatives at Harvard Medical School in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Silver has written numerous scientific papers on cancer rehabilitation, prehabilitation and survivorship care. She is also an award-winning author. She is a founding co-chair of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine’s Cancer Rehabilitation Group. Her work in cancer rehabilitation has been recognized by the American Cancer Society (Lane Adams Quality of Life Award), Massachusetts General Hospital (The One Hundred) and The Boston Globe (Top Innovator in Medicine).

Eduardo Bruera, MD

Eduardo BrueraEduardo Bruera, MD is Chair of the Department of Palliative, Rehabilitation and Integrative Medicine at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. A medical oncologist, Dr. Bruera is a Fellow of the American Association of Hospice & Palliative Medicine and has authored over six hundred publications. He is a world-recognized leader in end-of-life care and is dedicated to improving patient access to palliative care worldwide. Dr. Bruera has pioneered research in and clinical implementation of integrated palliative care approaches in Texas and Canada and has trained hundreds of physicians to use this innovative approach. Dr. Bruera’s lifetime achievements (to date) have been recognized by the Division of Cancer Medicine as the recipient of the 2015 John Mendelsohn Lifetime Achievement Award.

Ron J Karni, MD

Ron KamiRon J. Karni, MD, serves as Assistant Professor in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery at The University of Texas Health Science Center of Houston. He obtained his medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine and residency training at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. Before joining the Department of Otorhinolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery at UT Houston, Dr. Karni pursued additional training in neck ultrasonography and transnasal esophagoscopy. He has also co-authored several articles on practical tools to integrate evidence based methods into the daily practice of medicine. Dr. Karni is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery.

Jack Fu, MD

Jack FuJack Fu, MD is a physiatrist and Associate Professor in the Department of Palliative Care & Rehabilitation Medicine at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He is a graduate of UT Southwestern Medical School and trained at the Baylor/UT Houston PM&R residency program and TIRR for his PM&R residency and Brain Injury Fellowship. Dr. Fu is board certified in Brain Injury Medicine and PM&R. He practices at MD Anderson and sees exclusively cancer patients. As an academically active physiatrist, Dr. Fu has written numerous book chapters, published peer-reviewed original research articles, and given lectures at national and international conferences.

Carolina Gutierrez, MD

Carolina GutierrezCarolina Gutierrez, MD is involved in cancer rehabilitation research focusing on improving function and quality of life. She is a published author and has presented at national and international conferences. Dr. Gutierrez is fluent in both Spanish and English. Her inpatient and outpatient consultation cancer rehabilitation areas of focus include: preservation and restoration of function, support for cancer or cancer treatment-related impairments, cognitive dysfunction (“chemo-brain”), chemotherapy-induced neuropathy, and fatigue; community reintegration (return to work and independence), Health promotion (physical activity and nutrition), development and coordination of an interdisciplinary plan of care.

Samantha Dewey, PT, DPT, NCS

Samantha Dewey, PT, DPT, NCSSamantha Dewey, PT, DPT, NCS attained her Bachelors of Science degree in Kinesiology at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge followed by a Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy from Texas Women’s University in Houston, Texas. She later attended Boston University to receive her Doctoral Degree in Physical Therapy. Samantha is also a board certified Neurological Certified Specialist. She began working at TIRR Memorial Hermann in 2004. In 2013, Samantha was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. She has received chemotherapy, mastectomy, traditional radiation, reconstructive surgeries, stereotactic radiation, and currently receives endocrine therapy.

Friday, May 13, 2016

TimeTopic & Activity
1:30 - 2:00pmRegistration/Sign In
Robert C. Hickey Auditorium, 11th Floor
2:00-3:00pm

Keynote
Cancer Rehabilitation: Opportunities to Improve Outcomes
Julie Silver, MD
Cancer Rehabilitation and Palliative Care
Impairment Driven Cancer Rehabilitation

3:00-3:30pmBreak/Poster Sessions (Rooms 3-4)
3:30-4:30pm

Cancer Rehabilitation: Common Diagnosis, Precautions and Trends
Jack Fu, MD

4:30 - 5:30pmRehabilitation in Cancer Survivors
Carolina Gutierrez, MD
5:30 - 7:30pm

Wine and Cheese Jazz Social:
Music featuring Kim Prevost & Bill Solley, www.kimandbill.com

 

Saturday, May 14, 2016

TimeHall A (Hickey)Hall B (Room 1, 2, 7 & 8)Hall C (Room 5&6)
7:30 – 8:00 amRegistration/Continental Breakfast
8:00 - 9:00 amSymptom Control in Cancer Rehabilitation - Ying Guo
Symptom Control in Cancer Rehabilitation- Kimberson Tanco
Ying Guo, MD & Kimberson Tanco
Rehabilitation for Head and Neck Cancer
Brad Smith, MS, CCC-SLP, CLT

Integrative Medicine Approach during Cancer Rehabilitation
Gabriel Lopez, MD

9:00 - 10:00am

Prehabilitation
An Ngo-Huang, DO
Rhondora C Fontillas, DPT

Lymphedema Management for the Medically Complex Patients
Stacey Sheon, OTR, MS, CLT, JD, LLM
Nutritional Approach in Patients with Cancer
Amy Ng, MD & Daxaben Amin, MS, RD, CSO, LD
10:00 – 10:30 amBreak/Poster Session (Rooms 3-4)
10:30 – 11:30 amComprehensive/Multidisciplinary Approach to the Management of Head and Neck Cancer
Ron Karni, MD & Vanessa Sifontes, MS, CCC-SLP III, CMLDT
Cancer Related Fatigue
Anissa Hill, OTR, MOT
Cognitive Deficits in Patients with Cancer*
Arash Asher, MD
11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Recognizing and Management of Common Medical Conditions During Cancer Rehabilitation
Khanh Thi Thuy Nguyen, MD, FACP & Jack Fu, MD

Rehabilitation Considerations for Patients with Brain and Spinal Cord Tumor
Jessica Bielamowicz, PT, MPT & Heather Fishman, PT, DPT, NCS

Chemotherapy Induced Neuropathy
Christian Custodio, MD

12:30 – 1:30 pmLunch
1:30 - 2:30 pm

Breaking Bad: Bone Metastasis and Fracture Prevention

Bony Metastases Rehabilitation

Bone Metastasis and It’s Management
Justin Bird, MD & Raj Yadav, MD

Seating and Wheeled Mobility Device Consideration in Cancer Population
Theresa Gregorio Torres, OTR, MA, ATP
Bibliography

Psychosocial, Spiritual needs in Patients with Cancer*
Diana Nichols, APN & Mark Anderson, JD, MSW

2:30 – 3:30 pmInpatient Rehabilitation for Patients with Cancer
Ki Shin, MD, Yvonne Valdecanas, PT, DPT & Jeffrey Despommier, OTR, MOT
The Role of Exercise in Cancer Rehabilitation
Anna De Joya, PT, DSc, NCS
Living With the Double Whammy: Coping with Cancer and Disabilities*
Amy Deutsch, DNP, APN, CNS, AOCNS, Melissa Sebastian, Stephanie Williams, DNP, RN, ACNP-BC, AOCNP
3:30 - 3:45 pm

Break/Poster Sessions (Room 3&4)

3:45 - 4:45 pm

Plenary Session in Hickey Auditorium: A Personal Path *
Speaker: Samantha Dewey, PT, DPT, NCS

4:45 – 5:00 pm

Wrap Up/ Evaluation forms / Certificates

5:00pm

Adjourn


*Ethics credit for CMEs

CME Credit for Physicians

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES

At the end of this program, participants should be able to:

  1. Practice and implement appropriate common symptom and medical management for patients with cancer undergoing rehabilitation (Knowledge, Competence, Performance);
  2. Accurately diagnose and treat cancer related cognitive deficits (Knowledge, Competence);
  3. Correctly apply rehabilitation skills in patients with cancer (Knowledge, Competence, Performance, Patient Outcomes);
  4. Understand and apply precautions when providing rehabilitation to patients with cancer (Knowledge, Competence, Performance, Patient Outcomes);
  5. Accurately recognize and manage cancer and its treatment sequelae in patients with cancer and survivors, including lymphedema (Knowledge, Competence, Performance, Patient Outcomes).

TARGET AUDIENCE

This program is targeted toward physicians, nurses, physician assistants and other healthcare professionals.

ACCREDITATION/CREDIT DESIGNATION

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and TIRR Memorial Hermann. The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 10.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The presentations, Cognitive Deficits in Cancer Patients, Psychosocial, Spiritual Needs in Cancer Patients, Living with the Double Whammy: Coping with Cancer and Disabilities, and A Personal Path have been designated by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center for 4.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM in medical ethics and/or professional responsibility.

Continuing Education Credits

CEU / CCU applications approved for AOTA, TPTA, and ASHA

OT Approved CE
TPTA 2015

Instructional Methods Used: Lecture, PowerPoint presentations, Q&A

OT: Memorial Hermann Health System is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. The assignment of AOTA CEU’s does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures from AOTA. The Symposium is approved for:

  • 10.0 AOTA CEU’s
  • AOTA Classification Code: Professional Issues-Contemporary Issues and Trends (pending)
  • Instructional Level: Intermediate (pending)

PT: Memorial Hermann Health System is TPTA Approved Provider of continuing education. The Symposium is approved for:

  • 10.0 CCUs through the TPTA CE Provider Program Process

SLP: Memorial Hermann Health System is an ASHA Approved Provider of continuing education- provider ID ABAF. The assignment of ASHA CEU’s does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures from ASHA. The Symposium is approved for:

  • 1.0 ASHA CEU’s.: pending
  • ASHA Classification Code: 7010

Nursing10.0 CE contact hours will be provided.

Memorial Hermann Health System is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Texas Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Social Work: 10.0 contact hours will be provided.

CCM: This program has been submitted to The Commission for Case Manager Certification for approval to provide board certified case managers with 10.0 clock hour(s)

CRC: Applied to the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification for 10.0 contact hours.

CDMS: Applied to the Certification of Disability Management Specialists Commission for 10.0 contact hours.

Speaker Disclosures & Conflicts of Interest:
Policy & Procedures exist whereby all speakers must disclose any relationships which may cause a conflict of interest. Any relevant financial and non-financial relationships will be disclosed via speaker agreement, written notification after agreement, and prior to presentation.

Speaker Disclosures:

Featured Speakers

Eduardo Bruera

Eduardo Bruera, MD
Department Chair, Department of Palliative Care and Rehabilitation Medicine, Division of Cancer Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Eduardo Bruera is Chair of the Department of Palliative, Rehabilitation and Integrative Medicine at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. A medical oncologist, Dr. Bruera is a Fellow of the American Association of Hospice & Palliative Medicine and has authored over six hundred publications. He is a world-recognized leader in end-of-life care and is dedicated to improving patient access to palliative care worldwide. Dr. Bruera has pioneered research in and clinical implementation of integrated palliative care approaches in Texas and Canada and has trained hundreds of physicians to use this innovative approach. Dr. Bruera’s lifetime achievements (to date) have been recognized by the Division of Cancer Medicine as the recipient of the 2015 John Mendelsohn Lifetime Achievement Award.

  • Financial Disclosures: Employment relationship with MDACC
  • Non-financial disclosures: None reported
Samantha Dewey, PT, DPT, NCS

Samantha Dewey, PT, DPT
TIRR Memorial Hermann Adult and Pediatric Outpatient Services, Clinical Coordinator/Physical Therapy

Samantha Dewey is a wife, mom, and a physical therapist. She attained her Bachelors of Science degree in Kinesiology at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge followed by a Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy from Texas Women’s University in Houston, Texas. She later attended Boston University to receive her Doctoral Degree in Physical Therapy. Samantha is also a Board Certified Neurological Certified Specialist. She began working at TIRR Memorial Hermann in 2004 and has been there ever since. In 2013, Samantha was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. She has received chemotherapy, mastectomy, traditional radiation, reconstructive surgeries, stereotactic radiation, and currently receives endocrine therapy. She is not only a mother of 2 and 4 year old boys, but also continues to work part time and be an advocate for those with metastatic disease.

  • Financial Disclosures: Employment relationship with TIRR Memorial Hermann
  • Non-financial disclosures: None reported
Carolina Gutierrez

Carolina Gutierrez, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, consulting physician for TIRR Memorial Hermann with a focus on Cancer Rehabilitation

Dr. Gutierrez is a Clinical Assistant Professor, at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, TIRR Memorial Hermann with a focus on Cancer Rehabilitation. She is a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician with a special interest in addressing the unique needs of those whose lives have been affected by cancer. She uses a multidisciplinary approach to develop a comprehensive care plan for her patients, actively engaging caregivers, family and medical teams in developing treatment plans. Both her research and clinical interests are in the area of Cancer Rehabilitation. Prior to completing her fellowship in Cancer Rehabilitation at the University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center, she completed her medical school training at the Universidad el Bosque, Bogotá, Colombia, then completed her internship in Internal Medicine at the Metropolitan Hospital, New York Medical College, followed by her residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, East Carolina University, Brody School of Medicine, Greenville, North Carolina.

  • Financial Disclosures: TIRR Memorial Hermann Consulting Physician; Stock in Pfizer.
  • Non-financial disclosures: None reported
Julie Silver

Julie Silver, MD
Associate Professor and the Associate Chair for Strategic Initiatives, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Harvard Medical School

Julie Silver, MD is an Associate Professor and the Associate Chair for Strategic Initiatives at Harvard Medical School in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Silver has written numerous scientific papers on cancer rehabilitation, prehabilitation and survivorship care. She is also an award-winning author. She is a founding co-chair of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine’s Cancer Rehabilitation Group. Her work in cancer rehabilitation has been recognized by the American Cancer Society (Lane Adams Quality of Life Award), Massachusetts General Hospital (The One Hundred) and The Boston Globe (Top Innovator in Medicine).

  • Financial Disclosures: Harvard Medical School; Consultant or Advisory Relationship with Oncology Rehab Partners; Speakers Bureau with AEI Speaker's Bureau, which is not affiliated with pharm; No stock but ownership interest in Oncology Rehab Partners.
  • Non-financial disclosures: None reported

Symposium Directors

Ying Guo

Ying Guo, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Palliative Care and Rehabilitation Medicine, Division of Cancer Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Dr. Guo obtained her medical education at The Third Military Medical University in ChongQing, China. She subsequent underwent postdoctoral fellowship training in John Hopkins University and completed her Master of Science in the field of immunology at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. She received training at University of Virginia (1995-1996) and PM&R residency training at University of Virginia and Baylor College of Medicine. On completion of her residency training in 1999, Dr. Guo accepted an appointment to the Department of Palliative Care and Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. She is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Electromyography. Current research interests include peripheral neuropathy prevention, asthenia and cachexia treatment, autonomic dysfunction, lymphedema, and functional improvement in rehabilitation patients.

  • Financial Disclosures: Employment relationship with MDACC; Speakers Bureau for TEVA and ALCON
  • Non-financial disclosures: Married to Christopher Callaco
Anna DeJoya

Anna de Joya, PT, DSc, NCS
Specialty Rehabilitation Program Manager at TIRR Memorial Hermann

Clinical liaison and business development for TIRR Memorial Hermann and the Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Network Specialty Rehabilitation program Anna de Joya, PT, DSc, NCS received her Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2012. She is board certified by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) as a Neurologic Clinical Specialist since 2008. Anna has been treating patients across the continuum since 1996. Her current role includes coordinating, evaluating and developing the growth of TIRR Memorial Hermann and the Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Network specialty rehabilitation program. She develops, assesses and coordinates the clinical and educational components of the cancer rehabilitation program. Anna has a variety of experience in teaching both in the clinical setting, academic setting and in the community, including state and national conferences.

  • Financial Disclosures: Employment relationship with TIRR Memorial Hermann, Clinical liaison and business development for TIRR Memorial Hermann and the Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Network Specialty Rehabilitation program
  • Non-financial disclosures: None reported

Symposium Planning Committee

Jeffrey Despommier

Jeffrey Despommier, OTR
Occupational Therapist The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center & Rehab Without Walls

Jeffrey Despommier is a senior occupational therapist in the Department of Rehabilitation at MD Anderson Cancer Center. He has worked with the spinal cord injury community for over 7 years and volunteers as a community liaison for the National Spinal Cord Injury Association - Houston. Mr. Despommier specializes in treatment interventions for patients with neurogenic bowel and bladder and currently serves as the chair for the Self Catheterization PACT at MD Anderson. Mr. Despommier has been a guest lecturer for spinal cord injury functional outcomes at the UTMB OT school in Galveston, TX and is an educator on custom manual and power wheelchairs for the oncology population.

  • Financial Disclosures: Employment relationship with MDACC and Rehab Without Walls
  • Non-financial disclosures: None reported

 

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Jack Fu, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Palliative Care and Rehabilitation Medicine, Division of Cancer Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Jack Fu is a physiatrist and Associate Professor in the Department of Palliative, Rehabilitation & Integrative Medicine at MD Anderson Cancer Center. He is a graduate of UT Southwestern Medical School and trained at the Baylor/UT Houston PM&R program and TIRR for residency and brain injury fellowship. Dr. Fu is board certified in Brain Injury Medicine and PM&R. He practices at MD Anderson Cancer Center and sees exclusively cancer patients. As an academically active physiatrist, Dr. Fu has written numerous book chapters, published peer-reviewed original research articles, and given lectures at national and international conferences.

  • Financial Disclosures: Employment relationship with MDACC
  • Non-financial disclosures: None reported
Patricia Tully

Patricia E. Tully, OTR
TIRR Memorial Hermann Education Academy
TIRR Memorial Hermann

Patricia Tully, OTR is the Education Specialist for the TIRR Memorial Hermann Education Academy. She develops high impact, post-professional education courses for the entire treatment team. Patricia earned her B.S. in Community Education from Texas A&M University in 1992 and a B.S. in Occupational Therapy from Texas Tech University in 1999. Clinically, Patricia has been working as an occupational therapist at TIRR MH since 2000. In those years, she has been a part of the Brain Injury and Stroke Program, the Pediatric Program, the Adolescent Program and the Specialty Rehabilitation Program. She has a special interest in treating patients with complex postural support and positioning needs to help them gain needed function. She has been a part of the TIRR outpatient Wheelchair Clinic since its inception in 2005. In the community, Patricia volunteers her time as a Board Member for Rehabilitation Services Volunteer Project (R.S.V.P.) in Houston, Texas.

  • Financial Disclosures: Employment relationship with TIRR Memorial Hermann
  • Non-financial disclosures: None reported
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Ann Gutierrez, MSN, RN, CRRN, CNRN, CBIS
Education Resource Specialist III
TIRR Memorial Hermann.

Ann received her BSN from Texas Woman’s University (Denton) in 1967 and her MSN from TWU (Houston/Denton) in 1990. She is currently certified as a Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse (CRRN), Certified Neuroscience Nurse (CNRN) and a Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS). Ann has over 35 years of experience working with patients and staff in the rehabilitation setting. Ann currently provides orientation to all new nursing staff and nursing students, ongoing education on new products or evidence-based practices for nursing, plus special topics as need. She also has experience working with patients from diverse cultures, especially those of Hispanic origin.

  • Financial Disclosures: Employment relationship with TIRR Memorial Hermann
  • Non-financial disclosures: None reported

Guest Faculty

Arash Asher

Arash Asher, MD
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center: Director, Cancer Survivorship and Rehabilitation, Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute

Arash Asher, MD, is the Director of Cancer Survivorship & Rehabilitation at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute at Cedars-Sinai. He has a special interest in the physical and rehabilitative needs of cancer survivors who continue to experience the effects of their cancer or its treatment. Dr. Asher's expertise is in the non-pharmacologic management of pain, cancer-related fatigue, cognitive dysfunction, neuropathy, exercise prescription for cancer patients, and the management other musculoskeletal problems. Dr. Asher completed a physical medicine and rehabilitation residency at the UCLA/Greater Los Angeles VA, and a cancer rehabilitation fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. He is board certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

  • Financial Disclosures: Employment relationship Cedars-Sinai
  • Non-financial disclosures: None reported
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Christian Custodio, MD
Associate Attending Physiatrist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC)

Associate Professor in the Division of Rehabilitation Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College He received both his bachelor's and his master's degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. He received his M.D. degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - New Jersey Medical School in Newark, NJ. Dr. Custodio completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) and a one-year fellowship in Clinical Neurophysiology (Electromyography) at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He is board certified in PM&R as well as Electrodiagnostic Medicine. Dr. Custodio strives to preserve and optimize physical function in cancer patients, at any and all points along the cancer care continuum. He is passionate about advanced medical education, especially with regards to PM&R and the subspecialty of cancer rehabilitation. As such he is the founder and Program Director of the MSKCC Cancer Rehabilitation Fellowship, one of only four such fellowships in the United States. He also serves as the Director for the MSKCC Cancer Rehabilitation Rotation; open to all interested and qualified residents, fellows, medical students, and observers. Finally, Dr. Custodio has been an oral examiner and clinical vignette writer for the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation for the past eight years.

  • Financial Disclosures: Employment relationship with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Non-financial disclosures: None reported
Melissa Sebastian

Melissa Sebastian
Teaching assistant at the Broward County Homeless Shelter

Melissa Sebastian was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis more than 27 years ago and with breast cancer 3 years and 11 months ago. She is a part time teaching assistant at the Broward County Homeless Shelter in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida where she lectures on such topics as Building Self Esteem and Dressing for Success for the residents and leads morning devotion. Every day, she lives the life of the “Double Whammy”.

  • Financial Disclosures: None reported
  • Non-financial disclosures: Her sister, Amy Deutsch, Employment relationship with Memorial Hermann Health System

MD Anderson Cancer Center & TIRR Memorial Hermann Faculty

Daxaben Amin

Daxaben Amin, CD
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Clinical Dietitian

Daxa Amin has graduated with Master Degree in “Human Nutrition and Dietetics” from Univ. of Illinois at Chicago in 1996. She is working as a Dietitian since 1996 and working at MD Anderson since 2001. She is Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition and she loves working with oncology patients. She has done lot of Research on “The Role of Androgens in Intestinal Calcium Transport in Male Rats” and has published many papers in different journals.

  • Financial Disclosures: Employment relationship with MDACC
  • Non-financial disclosures: None reported
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Mark Anderson, MSW, JD
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Mark Anderson, JD, LMSW has been a social work counselor at MD Anderson Cancer Center since 2008. Prior to that he worked in hospice care. He is the co-author of a chapter on screening for suicide risk in the Handbook of Oncology Social Work (Oxford University Press, 2015). While at MD Anderson, he helped develop a program to train social workers how to best address advance care planning in an oncology setting. This program was honored with the Eleanor Clark Award for Innovative Programs in Patient Care given by the Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care (2015).

  • Financial Disclosures: Employment relationship with MDACC
  • Non-financial disclosures: None reported
Jessica Bielamowicz

Jessica Bielamowicz, PT, DPT TIRR Memorial Hermann, In-Patient Physical Therapy Clinical Coordinator

Jessica Bielamowicz, PT, MPT, is the TIRR Memorial Hermann Physical Therapy Clinical Coordinator for the Brain Injury and Stroke Program. She received her B.S. from Baylor in 2005, and her MPT from Southwester in 2007. She has worked in the rehab setting since graduation from PT school in 2007, and her love is working with the brain injury population. She’s particularly interested in spasticity management and behavior management with this particular diagnosis. Since joining the TIRR Memorial Hermann team in 2012, she has been involved with ITB pump trials, behavior management program, and the disorders of consciousness program.

  • Financial Disclosures: Employment relationship with TIRR Memorial Hermann
  • Non-financial disclosures: None reported
Justin Bird

Justin Bird, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopedic Oncology, Division of Surgery
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

I am an Orthopedic Oncologist and scientist with specific research interests in bone metastases in renal cell carcinoma and prostate cancer. I began my career at Northwestern University, and am currently a faculty member at MD Anderson Cancer Center. My more recent work has focused on renal cell bone metastasis, for which my principle collaborator is Dr. Sue-Hwa Lin. I also collaborate with Dr. Cindy Farach-Carson at Rice University for 3D culture. I have clinical experience in musculoskeletal oncology, and research experience in tumor biology, biomedical engineering, and bone biology. My ongoing interests in bone metastases have also led me to become actively involved in the Outreach of Global Academic Programs. I serve as the Co-Director of eHealth Research Institute and have led and collaborated on studies on the use of mobile technology to monitor cancer patients.

  • Financial Disclosures: Employment relationship with MDACC
  • Non-financial disclosures: None reported
Amy Deutch

Amy Deutsch, DN, CNS, AOCNS
System Cancer Services
Memorial Hermann Health System

Amy Sebastian-Deutsch, DNP completed her Doctorate of Nursing Practice in 2011 and is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse with Memorial Hermann System Cancer Services; specifically an oncology clinical nurse specialist. She has 35 years of nursing experience; 32 in oncology and has worked in the inpatient, outpatient, home care and office based settings. She has presented on a variety of oncology related topics at the local, state and national levels. Her sub-interests within oncology include: chemotherapy administration, ovarian cancer, survivorship, navigation, cancer prehabilitation/ rehabilitation and chemotherapy in the non-oncology populations/settings.

  • Financial Disclosures: Employment relationship with Memorial Hermann Health System
  • Non-financial disclosures: None reported

 

Heather Fishman

Heather Zissman Fishman, PT, DPT, NCS
TIRR Memorial Hermann, In-Patient Physical Therapy Clinical Coordinator SCI / Specialty Rehab Program

Heather Zissman Fishman, PT, DPT, NCS is the Physical Therapy Clinical Coordinator for the Spinal Cord Injury, Specialty Rehabilitation, and Amputee Program at TIRR Memorial Hermann. She has a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from TWU, Houston and has been practicing for over 10 years. Heather is a Board Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist, received her Neuro IFRAH certification, and is a certified clinical instructor. Heather has served as the primary mentor on the Spinal Cord Injury Team for TIRR’s Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency program. Heather has presented at the national level on topics related to spinal cord injury and professional mentoring. Heather loves to spend her free time with her husband, children and dog.

  • Financial Disclosures: Employment relationship with TIRR Memorial Hermann; Her husband has relationships that are not perceived as a conflict of interest: Consultant Cook Medical (endoscopy), Med Advisory Board, Contributor UPToDate (esophageal strictures)
  • Non-financial disclosures: None reported
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Rhodora Fontillas
Lead Physical Therapist
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Rhodora has 27 years of international and U.S. experience as a physical therapist. She has worked in various settings including acute care, long term acute care, skilled nursing facility, nursing home, and inpatient rehabilitation. She worked with both children and adults, helping them to regain their mobility independence. Her interests vary from rehabilitation of patients with orthopedic conditions to rehabilitation of victims of torture. But her passion has always been in rehabilitation of persons with neurologic conditions. Her earlier work at M D Anderson as a Senior PT was in its Inpatient Rehab floor where she worked with patients with brain lesions. Her concept of ultimate satisfaction is seeing her patients walking upon discharge to home. Currently, she is the lead PT for Prehab, a pilot program that is geared towards improving pre-surgery physical condition of patients with specific cancer diagnosis who are candidates for neoplasm-related surgery.

  • Financial Disclosures: Employment relationship with MDACC
  • Non-financial disclosures: None reported
Anissa Hill

Anissa Hill, OTR/L, MOT
Senior Occupational Therapist
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Anissa Hill has 7 years of experience in multiple oncology settings with all populations and levels of care. She has worked in neurology acute care, inpatient rehab however most of her experience is outpatient services, serving clients from infants to geriatrics impacted by cancer. Anissa has presented multiple times at regional and national levels. Anissa presented at the American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference twice including “Quality of Life and Engagement in Self-Selected Activity” and “Manual Ability Measure – A Client-Centered and Function Based Assessment in the Adult Rehabilitation Setting”. Furthermore Anissa presented “Occupational Therapy’s Role in Oncology” at the Wisconsin Occupational Therapy Association Mini SIS Conference. Additionally at the Texas Occupational Therapy Association District Meeting on “Management of Cancer Related Fatigue.” Anissa has also served as an adjunct professor at Texas Woman’s University in their Masters of Occupational Therapy program.

  • Financial Disclosures: Employment relationship with MDACC
  • Non-financial disclosures: None reported
Ron Karni

Ron Karni, MD
Chief of the Division of Head and Neck Surgical Oncology in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery
University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston

Ron J. Karni, MD, serves as Chief of the Division of Head and Neck Surgical Oncology in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery. He obtained his medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine and residency training at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. Dr. Karni has authored publications on the novel treatment of occult primary oropharyngeal cancer (the unknown primary) and practical tools to integrate evidence based methods into the daily practice of medicine. His current research focus includes de-escalation treatment strategies for throat cancer, head and neck lymphedema, and HPV-related malignancies of the Head and Neck. Dr. Karni is co-Principal Investigator on a CPRIT grant studying head and neck lymphedema using near-infrared fluorescent technology. Dr. Karni is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery.
Dr. Karni’s practice focuses on the management of benign and malignant tumors of the Head and Neck including throat cancer, oral cancer, larynx cancer, locally advanced skin cancer, salivary gland tumors, and thyroid/parathyroid disease. He performs transoral robotic surgery for tumors of the throat, a modern approach to minimizing the side effects of treatment for throat cancer. Dr. Karni also performs ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration biopsy for thyroid nodules and minimally-invasive thyroid and parathyroid surgery.

  • Financial Disclosures: Employment relationship with UT Health
  • Non-financial disclosures: None reported
Gabriel Lopez

Gabriel Lopez, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of General Oncology, Division of Cancer Medicine
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Dr. Lopez is an Assistant Professor in the Department of General Oncology, Integrative Medicine Program . His primary clinical focus is conducting integrative oncology consultations in the Integrative Medicine Center. Dr. Lopez received his medical degree from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago Illinois. He received training in internal medicine at The University of Texas at Houston Medical School. Following the completion of his residency, Dr. Lopez completed a fellowship in Palliative and Symptom Control here at MD Anderson and then a fellowship in Hematology/Oncology at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. Dr. Lopez is fluent in Spanish, and has clinical interest in the areas of integrative oncology, supportive care and symptom assessment, communication skills, medical anthropology, and cultural competence.

  • Financial Disclosures: Employment relationship with MDACC
  • Non-financial disclosures: None reported
Amy Ng

Amy Ng, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Palliative Care and Rehabilitation Medicine, Division of Cancer Medicine
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Dr. Ng obtained her undergraduate degree in Health and Exercise Science at Wake Forest University and her Master of Public Health in Health behavior and health education and Medical Degree at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She trained as an intern at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Internal Medicine and completed fellowship training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, TX, where she was chief resident. On completion of her residency training in 2012, Dr. Ng accepted an appointment to the Department of Palliative Care and Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. She is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and a member of American Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine. In her current position as Assistant Professor, she maintains a strong focus on clinical care while conducting her research interests including prevention of venous thromboembolism, cancer related spinal cord injuries, quality improvement initiatives in the inpatient unit, malnutrition in cancer, and cancer survivorship education in prevention and recurrence.

  • Financial Disclosures: Employment relationship with MDACC
  • Non-financial disclosures: None reported
An Ngo-Huang

An Ngo-Huang, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Palliative Care and Rehabilitation Medicine, Division of Cancer Medicine
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Dr. Ngo-Huang completed a Cancer Rehabilitation fellowship after her Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) residency. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Palliative Care, Rehabilitation, and Integrative Medicine. She has interests in exercise for cancer patients, the rehabilitation needs of patients with undergoing stem cell transplantation, and neurological-based rehab. Her current research work includes: a prehabilitation study (pre-operative exercise) for resectable pancreatic cancer patients and a study evaluated changes in physical and functional measures in patients with graft-versus-host disease who are at risk for steroid myopathy.

  • Financial Disclosures: Employment relationship with MDACC
  • Non-financial disclosures: None reported
Khanh Nguyen

Khanh Nguyen, MD
Associate Professor, Department of General Internal Medicine, Division of Internal Medicine
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Dr. Khanh Thi Thuy Nguyen is an associate professor in both departments of Leukemia and General Internal Medicine at MD Anderson Cancer Center. She obtained her MD at Baylor College of Medicine in 1992, combined medicine-psychiatry internship at the University of Iowa and internal medicine residency at the University of Virginia. One of her professional focus is medical care of leukemia patients in a comprehensive approach including infection in immunocompromised patients, therapy-related hypertension and neuropathy, comorbidity and mind-body medicine.

  • Financial Disclosures: Employment relationship with MDACC
  • Non-financial disclosures: None reported
Diana Nichols

Diana Nichols, APN
Advanced Practice Nurse in the Department of Psychiatry
The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

Diana L. Adams Nichols, APN is an Advanced Practice Nurse in the Department of Psychiatry for the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. She received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing in 1985 and her Masters of Science in Nursing from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Nursing I 1997. Diana is board certified as a Clinical Specialist in Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing.

  • Financial Disclosures: Employment relationship with MDACC
  • Non-financial disclosures: None reported
Stacey Sheon

Stacey Sheon, OT, MS, CLT, JD, LLM
Risk Management
TIRR Memorial Hermann

Stacey L. Sheon works in legal risk management. She serves as the risk manager for TIRR Inpatient, TIRR Outpatient, Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Hospital – Katy, and University Place. Stacey graduated from Misericordia University in 1998 with a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. She earned a Juris Doctor in 2011 from Washburn University and a master of laws in health law from the University of Houston in 2013. Stacey has been a member of the Texas Bar Association since 2011. Stacey obtained her certification in Complete Decongestive Therapy in 2012 and completed advanced coursework in Head and Neck Lymphedema. Stacey developed the Lymphedema and Breast Cancer Rehabilitation Program for TIRR Memorial Hermann.

  • Financial Disclosures: Employment relationship with TIRR Memorial Hermann
  • Non-financial disclosures: None reported
Ki Shin

Ki Shin, MD
Professor, Department of Palliative Care and Rehabilitation Medicine, Division of Cancer Medicine
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Dr. Shin obtained his medical education at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas (1994) and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency training at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan (1995-1998).
In 1998 Dr. Shin accepted an appointment to the Department of Palliative Care and Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas where he is currently Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine. His clinical interests include acute inpatient and consultation based cancer rehabilitation. Improving quality of life in the cancer patient using the interdisciplinary rehabilitation team is his goal.

  • Financial Disclosures: Employment relationship with MDACC
  • Non-financial disclosures: None reported
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Vanessa Sifontes, SLP-CCC
Speech Department
TIRR Memorial Hermann Adult and Pediatric Outpatient Therapy Services

Vanessa Sifontes is a Speech Language Pathologist at TIRR Memorial Hermann. Vanessa received her Undergraduate and Master’s degree at Baylor University in Waco TX. During her time at TIRR Memorial Hermann Vanessa has been a key participant in developing both the Post-Concussion Syndrome Program as well as the Cancer Rehabilitation Program. Research interests include Head and Neck Cancer, Post-Concussion Syndrome and Limbic Encephalopathy.

  • Financial Disclosures: Employment relationship with TIRR Memorial Hermann and Baylor St Luke’s
  • Non-financial disclosures: None reported
Brad Smith

Brad Smith, SLP
Senior Speech Language Pathologist and Certified Lymphedema Therapist
The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

Brad Smith, MS, CCC-SLP, CLT is a senior speech pathologist and certified lymphedema therapist at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. He specializes in the treatment of patients with head and neck cancer, with a specific expertise in the management of head and neck lymphedema. Mr. Smith has authored a textbook chapter and co-authored three journal articles regarding the evaluation and management of lymphedema in the head and neck. He has presented at multiple state, national, and international conferences and has served as a specialist instructor for the Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy since 2009.

  • Financial Disclosures: Employment relationship with MDACC; Paid Instructor: Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy
  • Non-financial disclosures: None reported
Theresa Torres

Theresa Gregorio Torres, OTR, MA, ATP
Outpatient Wheelchair Seating and Mobility Clinic , TIRR Memorial Hermann
Occupational Therapy Department, The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

Theresa has worked as an Occupational Therapist for 35 years in numerous capacities at TIRR Memorial Hermann, across BI and SCI teams. Currently, she works as a Seating and Mobility Specialist at TIRR Memorial Hermann and for University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Theresa has presented nationally, internationally, and published on multiple topics related to SCI, Amputations, Orthotics, Prosthetics, Wheelchair seating and mobility, pressure ulcers, and upper limb preservation. She is currently a member of the Consortium of Spinal Cord Medicine representing the AOTA. She serves as a member of the Executive Board of the Clinician’s Task Force (CTF), a volunteer nationwide network of 50 occupational therapists and physical therapists, whose work involves providing seating and wheeled mobility (SWM) services to individuals with disabilities.

  • Financial Disclosures: Employment relationship with TIRR Memorial Hermann & MDACC. Her husband works for Permobil, Inc.
  • Non-financial disclosures: None reported
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Yvonne Valdecanas, PT, DPT
Physical Therapist
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Ms. Yvonne Valdecanas is the Inpatient Supervisor in the Rehabilitation Services Department for MD Anderson Cancer Center. In that role, she is responsible for the inpatient clinical supervision in Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapists and provide operational support in the inpatient setting. Ms. Valdecanas has been an employee of MD Anderson Cancer Center for 18 years. She began her healthcare career as a physical therapist at MDACC providing cancer rehabilitation in various oncology populations. She has done collaborative work with Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Services in treating and managing identified patients with extensive rehabilitation needs. She has been instrumental in educating both professionals and the public on the benefits of physical therapy to maintain quality of life of cancer patients. Yvonne is a member of the Texas Physical Therapy Association (TPTA) and American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Yvonne received a Master’s in Physical Therapy and a Master of Science in Health Care Administration from Texas Woman’s University.

  • Financial Disclosures: Employment relationship with MDACC
  • Non-financial disclosures: None reported
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Stephanie Williams, DNP, RN, ACNP-BC, AOCNP®
System Cancer Services
Memorial Hermann Health System

Stephanie Williams , an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, is a nurse practitioner for System Cancer Services at Memorial Hermann Health System. She is part time faculty in the Department of Adult Health Nursing at the University of South Alabama. She has more than 20 years of oncology experience and has been a part of Memorial Hermann since 2013. She has co-authored several publications and texts on breast cancer.

  • Financial Disclosures: Employment relationship with Memorial Hermann Health System
  • Non-financial disclosures: None reported
Raj Yadav

Raj Yadav, MD
Associate Professor, Section of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Department of Palliative Care and Rehabilitation Medicine, Division of Cancer Medicine
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Dr. Yadav is an Associate Professor in Section of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. He is the author of several textbook chapters and has been involved with rehabilitation of cancer patients for over 15 years. He is most interested in education of trainees and is the director of first year long cancer rehabilitation fellowship program anywhere, which now has over 10 graduates.

  • Financial Disclosures: Employment relationship with MDACC
  • Non-financial disclosures: None reported


Instructional Methods Used: Lecture, PowerPoint presentations, Q&A

Cost / Registration

Cost / Registration: Early Bird Registration ends April 1, 2016*
*MHHS & MDACC OT/OTA, PT/PTA, SLP, Nurses, CM, SW will receive a discounted rate when registering with their system email address

Cost: Snacks, lunch, and Jazz social event included with registration.

DisciplineEarly BirdStandard
MD, PA, APN, PhD Registration$400$450
Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Therapists$250$300
Nurses, Case Managers, Social Workers$250$300
Students/Fellows/Residents**$150$200

EventsEarly BirdStandard
Jazz SocialFreeFree

 

 Any questions, please contact: ContinuingEducationRegistration@memorialhermann.org

For invoice or fund transfers:
Cancer Symposium Registration:
TIRR Education Academy
Attn: Rhonda Owens
(713) 797-7432 P
(713) 797-7455 F

Parking:

Please allow yourself extra time as valet and self parking can be very busy at this time .

  • Valet Parking: open 24 hours a day, $15 flat rate for up to 24hrs, car may be retrieved from any valet location.
  • Garage 10: open 24 hours, linked by sky bridge to the Main Building. Costs range from $2 (every 20 minutes) to $12 (up to 24 hours). Note: bring your parking token with you as you will need to pay at one of the EasyPay stations located on the 1st, 2nd & 3rd floors prior to retrieving your car. The EasyPay stations take both cash and credit cards. There is no cashier in Garage 10.

Valet Parking:
Enter through the Aquarium entrance/lobby. Take the B elevator, located to right of the lobby, to the 11th floor and follow the signs to the Hickey Auditorium.

Self Parking:
Go to the 3rd floor of Garage 10. Walk across the sky bridge and take the A elevator to the 11th floor to reach the conference area.

Access wayfind map at http://access.mdanderson.org

Hotel

Please book your hotel early, as local universities may be having their graduations at this time of year.
Please make reservations with your hotel shuttle service if you plan to take to the Conference site. The hotel shuttles and the hospital entrances can be very busy, taking extra time to arrive.

A courtesy block of rooms has been arranged with The Wyndham Medical Center at a rate of $119 for a Standard Guest Room. Guestrooms will be assigned based on availability by Hotel’s reservation department. If a room type requested is not available, the next comparable room type will be reserved for the guest at the contracted group rate. Hotel’s guestroom rates are subject to applicable state, local taxes (currently 17% per room per night). The Hotel would be pleased to extend the group rate 3 days prior to major check-in and 3 days following major check out based on availability.

Each individual guest must make their own reservations by calling (713) 528-7744 or 1-800-996-3426 by 5:00 P.M. on Thursday, April 21, 2016 . They must identify themselves as members of the Group. All reservations must be guaranteed with a credit card. Please see the hotel website for further details about the hotel. http://www.wyndham.com/groupevents2016/47155_1STMDANDERSONCANCERCTRREHABSYMPOSIUM/main.wnt

Cancellations:

Refunds will be granted if cancellation notice is received in writing no later than April 13, 2016 to ContinuingEducationRegistration@memorialhermann.org. If you register and do not attend, or do not fulfill the requirements of the class, your course fee will not be refunded. Cancellation of the event by MD Anderson/TIRR Memorial Hermann will result in a full refund of monies received. MD Anderson / TIRR Memorial Hermann are not responsible for the refund of travel or hotel expenses under any circumstances. MD Anderson/TIRR Memorial Hermann reserve the right to cancel or change any programs for due cause. In the event of a cancelation, participants will be notified via email and contact phone number submitted in the registration.