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2014 GIST Summit

The 2014 GIST Summit was held Saturday September 13, 2014 at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

We had another exciting program this year, with an impressive group of experts and a wide range of topics.

This Summit wassponsored through educational grants from Novartis Oncology, Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, and Pfizer.  The program was a full day, with breakfast, lunch, dinner and refreshments provided. 


Agenda for GIST Summit 2014


8:00 am Breakfast and registration
9:00 am Welcome
Neeta Somaiah, M.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Sarcoma Medical Oncology, Division of Cancer Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
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9:05 am

Welcome from MD Anderson Cancer Center and Update on Moon Shots
Dr. Ronald A. DePinho, M.D., President, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
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9:20 am

Jonathan C. Trent, M.D., Ph.D., Director, Sarcoma Medical Research Program and Professor of Medicine, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Miami Health System, Miami, FL

GIST 101:  Much to Learn About GIST 

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10:00 am  coffee
10:20 am Robert S. Benjamin, M.D., P. H. and Fay E. Robinson, Distinguished Professor, Division of Cancer Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Reflections on GIST
15 Years after Imatinib

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 11:10 am

George D. Demetri, MD, Professor, Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Director, Center for Sarcoma and Bone Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA

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12:20 noon  Lunch

Filming Patient Testimonials
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Visiting with Speakers and Pharmaceutical Representatives

1:45 pm Alexander Lazar, M.D., Ph.D., Department of Pathology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center  Selective (Soft Tissue) Pathology Fellowship Training Program, Houston, TX

GIST 201: The Pathology of GIST

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2:15 pm

Workshops (Break-Out Sessions)

  1. Conversations Change Lives: Difficult Conversations that Affect Patients and Caregivers—Susan Nelson, M.D., FACP, FAAHPM, LaPOST Coalition Chair, Baton Rouge, LA
  2. Caregivers 101: A Survival Guide—Esther Sachse, LVSW, Support Director; Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge, LA
3:15 pm   coffee break
3:45 pm Danny Yakoub MD PhD on behalf of Alan Livingstone, MD., Chair of the Department of Surgery at UHealth, University of Miami Health System, FL


The Surgeon’s Role in Contemporary GIST Surgery—How Much is Enough?

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4:30 pm Ask the Experts Open Panel Chaired by
Alexander Lazar, MD PhD and Neeta Somaiah, MD
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5:30 pm  Closing Remarks and Adjourn to Dinner

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