How to Integrate Cancer Immunotherapy into Your Clinical Practice

June 1 from 11:00 AM-5:00 PM and June 2 from 7:30 AM-11:00 AM

Seminar Description

This seminar will enable clinical oncologists, nurses, pharmacists, and the entire medical team to effectively offer their patients additional treatment options through immunotherapy. After the seminar, attendees will be able to apply basic immunology principles to the clinical setting; effectively identify patients who might benefit from immunotherapy; confidently manage all aspects of patient care for those receiving immunotherapy; and describe emerging drugs and concepts in the field, including the value proposition of immunotherapy agents for patients and one’s clinical practice. This seminar will be co-sponsored with the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC).

Seminar Committee

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Mary L. (Nora) Disis, MD​ (Co-Chair)​
University of Washington

Mario Sznol, MD (Co-Chair)​
Yale School of Medicine

James L. Gulley, MD, PhD, FACP
National Cancer Institute

Lowell E. Schnipper, MD, FASCO
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Eleni Yeatras, RPh, BCOP
Sibley Memorial Hospital

Leisha Emens, MD, PhD
Johns Hopkins University

Doreen Higgins, RN, BSN, CCRP
University of Washington

Seminar Agenda

Day 1: Thursday, June 1, 2017: 12:30 PM – 5:00 PM

12:30 PM – 1:00 PM


1:00 PM – 1:05 PM


Mary L. (Nora) Disis, MD

1:05 PM – 2:55 PM

Session 1: The Immune System and Cancer

TBD – Chair


Justin Paul Kline, MD
Univeristy of Chicago
Basic Principles of Tumor Immunology for the Non-Immunologist


Brent Hanks, MD, PhD
Duke University Medical Center
Mechanisms of Immune Suppression


Sandra Demaria, MD
Weill Cornell Medical College
General Principles of Integrating and Sequencing Immune Therapy With Chemotherapy, Radiation Therapy, or Targeted Therapies

2:55 PM – 3:15 PM Break
3:15 PM – 5:00 PM

Session 2: Emerging Indications for Cancer Immunotherapy

Leisha Emens, MD, PhD – Chair
National Cancer Institute
Immunotherapy in Breast and Gyn Malignancies


Dung Le, MD
Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center
Immunotherapy in GI Malignancies


Tanguy Seiwert, MD
University of Chicago 
Immunotherapy for the Treatment of Head and Neck Cancers


Day 2: Friday, June 2, 2017: 7:00 AM – 11:00 AM

7:00 AM – 7:30 AM Breakfast

7:30 AM – 9:10 AM

Session 3: How to Integrate Immunotherapy into Clinical Practice


James Gulley, MD, PhD, FACP – Chair
National Cancer Institute


Jeffrey Weber, MD, PhD
NYU Langone Medical Center
Immunotherapy for Melanoma


Naiyer Rizvi, MD
Columbia University
Immunotherapy for the Treatment of non-small Cell Lung Cancer


Arjun Balar, MD
NYU Langone Medical Center
Immunotherapy for the Treatment of GU Cancers


Stephen M. Ansell, MD, PhD
Mayo Clinic Cancer Center
Immune Checkpoint and Cell Therapies for Hematologic Malignancies

9:10 AM – 9:25 AM Break
9:25 AM – 11:00 AM

Session 4: How to Integrate Immunotherapy Into Clinical Practice


Mario Sznol, MD – Chair
Yale School of Medicine and Yale Cancer Center
Management of Adverse Events


Brianna Hoffner, NP
University of Colorado Denver
Nursing Aspects in the Clinical Management of Patients Receiving Immunotherapy


Lowell E. Schnipper, MD, FASCO
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
What Is the Value of Immunotherapy in Contemporary Oncology Practice?


Patrick Hwu, MD
MD Anderson Cancer Center
What Are the Most Promising New Immunotherapy Strategies?