Patient Education Day - Hybrid (In-Person and Virtual)

This FREE event offers patients and caregivers a unique opportunity to learn about the role of nuclear medicine in diagnosing and treating disease. The morning sessions offer an overview of nuclear medicine, radiation safety, and clinical trials. This will be followed by lunch and breakout sessions specific to disease types. You'll also have an opportunity to tour the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging exhibit hall to learn about current and emerging technologies and pharmaceuticals.

Patient Education Day Schedule

9:30 am - McCormick Place Convention Center - Lakeside Building, 3rd Floor

Registration Opens (outside Room E353c)

10:00 - 11:30 am CDT

General Sessions (available both in-person and virtually) - Room E353c
Online audience: View here on YouTube

  • What is Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging? / Radiation Safety
    John Sunderland, PhD, MBA, Director of PET Imaging, Department of Radiology, University of Iowa
  • How to Understand and Evaluate Clinical Trials
    Thor Halfdanarson, MD, Professor of Oncology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

11:30 am - 12:45 pm

FREE Luncheon (available in-person only) - Room E353c

  • Speaker: Comedian Steve Mazan, a patient with Neuroendocrine Tumors and subject of the documentary Dying to Do Letterman

1:00 - 1:45 pm CDT

Exhibit Hall/Poster Session Tour (available in-person only)

2:00 - 3:30 pm CDT

Breakout Sessions (available both in-person and virtually)

  • Breast Cancer- Room E353b
    Online audience: View here on YouTube
    • Welcome and Patient Perspective - Jeri Francoeur, Chair, SNMMI Patient Advocacy Advisory Board, and Advocate, Alamo Breast Cancer Foundation
    • Imaging Tools for Finding, Staging, and Characterizing Breast Cancer - David Mankoff, MD, PhD, Professor and Vice Chair of Research, Radiology Department, University of Pennsylvania
    • Molecular Breast Imaging for Dense Breasts - Bital Savir-Baruch, MD, FACNM, Professor of Radiology, Division Chief of Nuclear Medicine, Nuclear Radiology Fellowship Program; Director, Department of Medical Imaging, Division of Nuclear Medicine, University of Arizona, Banner University Medical Center
    • Treating Metastatic Breast Cancer: Current Practice and Future Directions - Patricia Robinson, MD, Hematologist/Oncologist and Associate Professor of Medicine, Loyola University Medical Center
  • Prostate Cancer - Room E353c
    Online audience: View here on YouTube 
    • What the Heck is Nuclear Medicine (in Prostate Cancer)? - Jan Manarite, Executive Vice President, Cancer ABCs
    • Using PSMA and other Nuclear Medicine Imaging and Therapy Procedures for Prostate Cancer - Gholam Berenji, MD, Nuclear Medicine Physician, University of California Los Angeles and VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System; and Hiten Patel, MD, Assistant Professor of Urology, Northwestern University
    • Prostate Cancer Risk and Care for Veterans - Mike Crosby, Founder, Veterans Prostate Cancer Awareness Inc.
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors - Room E353a
    Online audience: View here on YouTube
    • Welcome and Introductions - Josh Mailman, MBA, President, NorCal CarciNET Community, Ripon, CA (moderator)
    • Advances in NETs and Pheo/Para Diagnosis and Therapy: Nuclear Medicine Perspective - Dan Pryma, MD, MPH, Chief, Division of Nuclear Medicine Imaging and Therapy, and Director, PET Center, Department of Radiology, University of Pennsylvania
    • Advances in NETs Diagnosis and Therapy: Oncology Perspective - Thor Halfdanarson, MD, Professor of Oncology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
    • A Day in the Life of a Patient Receiving PRRT - Adam Brown, BS, NMTCB (CNMT) (CT) (PET), RT(N), Manager, CT and Molecular Imaging & Therapy, Oregon Health and Science University.

    3:45 - 5:00 pm CDT
    Reception - Room E353c

Registration is now closed.

In Person Registrants: Please note that parking for this event is available at McCormick Place Lot C on Fort Dearborn Drive. Patient Education Day staff will validate your parking, so there will be no cost to park in the lot for the day.  

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