SCIENTIFIC MEETING

Scientific Meeting


RSS Scientific Meeting

Residents and Trainees were invited to attend the 2022 RSS Scientific Meeting, which featured several sessions and events dedicated to supporting the needs of clinical and medical physics residents and trainees interested in pursuing a career in stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) and stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) and advancing therapies. These included:


Attendance also included access to:

    • SRS for Intracranial Applications
    • SABR/SBRT for Extracranial Tumors
    • Medical Physics Presentations
    • Intersection of Stereotactic Radiosurgery and Immunotherapy
    • GRID, Lattice, and FLASH Radiation Therapy
    • SRS/SBRT Quality Assurance and Optimizing Patient Safety
    • The Ever-Popular, Educational and Entertaining “Showdown Debates”
    • Hands-On Treatment Planning Workshop
    • Performance and Quality Improvement Session


"The RSS Scientific Meeting is my favorite meeting of the year, and one of the few meetings I prioritize attending every year. It’s a great opportunity for those with interest in SRS & SBRT to spend a few days learning what the latest and greatest techniques are. It always attracts leaders in the field, and is an excellent opportunity to network and collaborate with like-minded radiation oncologists as well as surgeons with interest in stereotactic treatments. For residents, abstracts are entered into a competition in which cash prizes are handed out each year for best clinical & physics entries. There probably isn’t another meeting which the ratio of the number of prizes to the number of applicants is higher. Not only that, the committee works tirelessly to plan the meetings in great locations! This coming year, it’s returning to Carlsbad, California where it was the first year I attended. Beautiful resort and guaranteed great weather. I cannot wait!" - Evan Thomas, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology at Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center-James Cancer Hospital & Solove Research Institute

Residents/Trainees Breakout Session


Utilizing the RSSearch® Registry for Collaborative Research

On Friday, March 4, 2022, we hosted the Residents/Trainees Breakout Session: Utilizing the RSSearch® Registry for Collaborative Research. This session was designed, managed, and executed by the RSS Residents Association Scientific Meeting sub-committee.

Previous years’ breakout sessions included:

  • Clinical and Physics SRS/SBRT Primer
  • Overview and Publication Opportunities using the RSSearch® Patient Registry
  • Leadership Development
  • Mentorship and Career Navigation in SRS/SBRT


2022 RSS Scientific Meeting
Residents/Trainees Best Abstracts Awards

Clinical Session Winners

Clinical Award Winners

Xuguang (Scott) Chen, MD, PhD
High-Dose Hypo-fractionated Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy for Spinal and Sacral Chordoma
Johns Hopkins University

Mohamed Khattab, MD
Thalamotomy for Refractory Tremor by Frameless Radiosurgery: A Prospective Single-Arm Trial
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Eric J. Lehrer, MD, MS
The Risk of Radiation Necrosis in Patients with Renal Cell Carcinoma Brain Metastases Treated with Concurrent Administration of Checkpoint Inhibitors and Stereotactic Radiosurgery: An International Cooperative Group Study
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

T. Martin Ma, MD, PhD
Dosimetric Impact of Inter-fraction Prostate and Seminal Vesicle Volume Changes and Rotation: A Post-Hoc Analysis of a Phase III Randomized Trial of MRI-Guided versus CT-Guided Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy
UCLA Health

Mickael Mathieu, PhD
Activation of STING in Response to Partial-Tumor Radiation Exposure
Memorial Sloan Kettering


Thanks to an unrestricted grant from our generous supporter Zap Surgical Systems, Inc., the above winners will each receive a $1,000 award. 



Physics Session Winners

Physics Award Winners

Sheng Chang, MS
A Clinical Decision Tool to Determine to the Optimal Treatment Modality for Single Lesion Brain Radiosurgery: Comparison of Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy
Beaumont Health

Brett Erickson, BA
Clinical Considerations of Switching to LBTE Dose Calculation for Lung SBRT
Duke University

Robert Hawranko, BS
Plan Quality and Isotoxic Dose Escalation Investigation Using a 0.35T MR-Linac System in Ablative 5-Fraction Stereotactic Magnetic Resonance-Guided Radiation
Virginia Commonwealth University

Anthony (Austin) Kassaee, MS
SBRT on Halcyon Linear Accelerator: Exploring Dosimetric Impact of Residual Rotational Error after Correcting for Translational Setup Errors
University of Pennsylvania

Gang Liu, PhD
Lung Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (SBRT) using Spot-scanning Proton Arc (SPArc) Therapy: A Feasibility Study
Beaumont Health


Thanks to unrestricted grants from our generous supporters, Elekta, RadioMed Corporation, and ViewRay, the above five individuals will each receive a $1,000 award.

Residents/Trainees: Mentorship and Career Development/Networking


Residents and Trainees who registered for the 2022 RSS Scientific Meeting were invited to attend the RSS Residents and Trainees “Speed-Dating” Mentorship and Career Development/Networking event that was held on Friday, March 4, 2022, from 6:30 - 8:30 PM.

This event brought together Residents/Trainees with experienced faculty and medical physicists who volunteered to provide guidance, mentorship and career development advice. Navigating career options with the support of experienced mentors helped attendees to:

  • Expand their network
  • Gain knowledge and insights, and
  • Build new skills in the fields of SRS/SBRT and advancing therapies
  • Learn more about Technology Innovations
  • Clinical Research
  • The RSS Mentorship and Career Pathways Program

The purpose of the “speed-dating” mentoring match format was to maximize introductions and interactions with most experienced leaders in the fields of SRS/SBRT and advancing therapies. The goal was to facilitate your best Mentor–Mentee match and participate in the RSS Mentorship and Career Pathway Program.

With gratitude to our event co-host, ZAP Surgical.