Associations, Committees & Working Groups

The RSS Associations, Committees & Working Groups

The Radiosurgery Society® utilizes associations, committees and working groups to provide oversight and guidance of key practice areas of the society. Associations, Committees and Working Groups are comprised of domestic and international RSS members in good standing from a wide range of fields. The Associations, Committees and Working Groups leverage their collective expertise to review matters under their purview for accuracy, to ensure the society’s standards are met, and that opinions and information that result from their collaborations reflect state-of-the-art and prevailing knowledge of the field.

Residents Association

Clinical and medical physics residents/trainees interested in the field of stereotactic radiosurgery and stereotactic body radiotherapy (SRS/SBRT) are encouraged to join the Residents Association, a forum designed to increase their exposure and knowledge within the field.

Association members actively participate in the development of RSS educational programs and operate under an advisory board that includes leaders in the field from some of the world’s top medical centers. Members also engage in a mentoring program with experienced faculty from around the globe.

Monthly committee conference calls offer residents/trainees an opportunity to work together to define, plan and execute resident-specific programs such as:

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Physics Committee

The Physics Committee is comprised of RSS members from both academic and community hospitals who are known for their expertise in stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) and stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) using various technology platforms. Ongoing activities of the committee include providing inspiration for continuous improvement of the practice by generating new ideas for the radiation physics community at large.

In addition to participating in webinars as moderators, speakers and panelists the Committee, which meets monthly, also:

  • Serves as liaison with other physics-focused societies such as AAPM and RRS as well as the medical physics community at large to increase the influence of the RSS.
  • Collaborates with other specialties such as radiation oncology and neurosurgery to develop professional guidelines for SRS/SBRT.
  • Serves as the planning committee for the RSS Scientific Meeting, for which they serve as Physics Program developers/coordinators, review submitted abstracts, recruit respected speakers, act as moderators and speakers for physics-related sessions, and mentors for residents.
  • Serves as advisors for webinars and educational programs for which they recommend topics and speakers, help develop content, and act as moderators and speakers.
  • Develops and maintains the RSS Dosimetry Plan Library, and reviews/approves prospective cases for inclusion. The Library provides comprehensive information on treatment planning for centers starting an SRS/SBRT program, and for professionals looking for real-life examples of techniques for comparison or adoption in their own practice.
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The next several years promise to be exciting ones for the RSS Physics Committee as we continue our role as leaders in the field of SRS/SBRT and advancing therapies. To this end, we have created two Physics Sub-Committees. The Quality Assurance and Treatment Planning Sub-Committees will play a central role in this important work to help define areas of need to support the global medical physics community.

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The RSSearch® Patient Registry Committee is comprised of domestic and international RSS members with expertise in stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT), neurosurgery, and radiation oncology, as well as chemotherapy, targeted therapy, and immunotherapy.

Committee members lend their expertise in the area of collecting and publishing sound clinical data to increase participation in the patient registry and ensure the accuracy of data collection. As the advisory panel overseeing the registry, the committee is also responsible for approving aggregate data requests for the purpose of publication, as well as developing a grant application program and writing protocols for the collection of prospective data for cases using SRS/SBRT.

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Working Groups

The Radiosurgery Society made a collaborative effort to create three Working Groups (Clinical, Physics and Biology) to address the clinical and scientific facets of GRID, LATTICE, Microbeam and FLASH Radiation Therapy, with the goal of conducting research to advance clinical treatments for patients.

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The Radiosurgery Society® (RSS) has made a collaborative effort to create a Functional Radiosurgery Working Group to address the clinical and scientific facets of functional radiosurgery therapies, with the goal of conducting research to advance clinical treatments for patients. 

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