ASTRO’s Annual Meeting is the nation’s premier scientific meeting in radiation oncology and is expected to attract more than 11,000 attendees including oncologists from all disciplines, medical physicists, dosimetrists, radiation therapists, radiation oncology nurses and nurse practitioners, biologists, physician assistants, practice administrators, industry representatives and other health care professionals from around the world. Led by ASTRO President David C. Beyer, MD, FASTRO, the 2016 meeting is organized around the theme, “Enhancing Value, Improving Outcomes,” echoing growing calls from policy makers, physicians and patients for value-based health care. Dr. Beyer’s Presidential Symposium, “Prostate Cancer: Defining Value and Delivering It,” will feature Louis Potters, MD, FASTRO, and Jeff M. Michalski, MD, FASTRO, to highlight recent practice-changing landmark studies and current developments in the value-based care for prostate cancer.
The four-day scientific meeting will feature presentation of nearly 2,400 abstracts, including more than 350 oral presentations. Three keynote addresses will examine various aspects of value in health care, such as safety, quality and access. Keynote speakers include Kathleen Sebelius, former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (Monday, September 26); Thomas James Lynch Jr., MD, chair and chief executive officer, Massachusetts General Physicians Organization (Tuesday, September 27, 2016); and Jason Ragogna, general manager, SMS and Safety Alliances, Corporate Safety, Security, and Compliance, Delta Air Lines, Inc. (Wednesday, September 28, 2016). Concurrent with the scientific and educational program, more than 200 exhibitors will demonstrate the latest cutting-edge technology and medical device innovations for radiation oncology.