Symposium Overview

This symposium will highlight a spectrum of new developments and innovative advances in current pediatric oncology practice. The faculty — including leading experts from the top local and national cancer care institutions — will review the latest technologies and therapeutic approaches to challenging clinical problems, and will focus on evidence-based approaches to the special physical, emotional and psychological needs of pediatric cancer patients and their families.

Working in partnership to provide the best possible care for the communities they serve, two local leaders in healthcare Miami Cancer Institute, part of Baptist Health South Florida, the area's largest, non-for-profit healthcare provider, and nonprofit Nicklaus Children's Hospital, part of Nicklaus Children’s Health System and the leading provider of children's healthcare services in South Florida – are collaborating to improve healthcare through continuing education.

Symposium Directors
Doured Daghistani, M.D. and Ziad Khatib, M.D.


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Topics this Year

Topics this Year

  • T-cell Therapy for Pediatric Diseases
  • Molecular Classification of Brain Tumors
  • Neurological Advances in Pediatric Brain Tumors
  • Ewing Sarcoma Update
  • Robotics as and Enhancement to Cancer Surgery in Children

Who should attend?

  • Pediatricians
  • Hematologists/Oncologists
  • Pediatric General Internists
  • ED Physicians
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Radiation Technologists
  • Clinical Lab Personnel
  • Pediatric Oncologists
  • Infectious Disease Pediatricians
  • Family Physicians
  • Neonatologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Nurses
  • Respiratory Therapists
  • Dieticians
  • Pharmacists
  • All interested healthcare providers who care for children with cancer

Sponsorship & Exhibitor Information

On behalf of the summit directors and the Baptist Health Continuing Medical Education Department we are pleased to invite you and your company to participate as a sponsor and exhibitor at our upcoming event.


International Attendees

Baptist Health South Florida is pleased to extend a discount to International Healthcare Professionals. Availability of this discount is limited.

Upcoming Courses

Visit our Continuing Medical Education Website for upcoming symposiums, as well as our local conferences and online courses, both available at no charge.



*Schedule subject to change.

Saturday Oct. 19

Registration and Breakfast
7:30 a.m.
Welcome and Introduction
7:50 a.m.
Immunotherapy in Pediatric Tumors
(Stephen Gottschalk, M.D.​​​)
8:00 a.m.
Robotics as Enhancement to Cancer Surgery in Children
(​​​​Fuad Alkhoury, M.D.​)
8:45 a.m.
Questions and Answers
(Stephen Gottschalk, M.D. and Paul A. Meyers, M.D.)
9:10 a.m.
Update on Neurosurgical Advances in Pediatric Tumors
(​Toba N. Niazi, M.D.​)
9:25 a.m.
Pediatric Nutrition and Oncology
(​Dominique Symonette, M.S., RDN​)
9:50 a.m.
Questions and Answers
(​Toba N. Niazi, M.D. and Dominique Symonette, M.S., RDN​)
10:15 a.m.
Break and Visit Exhibits
10:30 a.m.
Molecular Classification of Brain Tumors
(​​Michael D. Taylor, M.D., Ph.D.​)
10:50 a.m.
CAR T-Cells for Solid Tumors: What Are the Challenges?
(​Stephen Gottschalk, M.D.​)
11:35 a.m.
Questions and Answers
(Michael D. Taylor, M.D., Ph.D. and Paul A. Meyers, M.D.)
12:00 p.m.
Break and Exhibits
12:15 p.m.
Ewing Sarcoma Update
(Paul A. Meyers, M.D.​)
12:35 p.m.
Managing Treatment Side Effects and Maintaining Proper Nutrition
(Dominique Symonette, M.S., RDN​)
1:00 p.m.
Osteosarcoma Update
(Paul A. Meyers, M.D.​)
1:25 p.m.
Questions and Answers
(​Paul A. Meyers, M.D., Toba N. Niazi, M.D. and Dominique Symonette, M.S., RDN​)
1:50 p.m.
2:05 p.m.

Educational Objectives and Accreditation & Credits

Upon completion of this conference, participants should be better able to:

Educational Objectives

  • Examine and have a better understanding of how T-cells are generated and currently used in the clinic.
  • Describe intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring that has been successful to assist in the safe removal of tumors in eloquent areas of the brain.
  • Assess molecular studies that have led to the identification of distinct tumor subgroups in pediatric brain tumors.
  • Discuss available nutrition guidelines and best practices for the pediatric cancer patient survivor.

Accreditation and Credits

  • Baptist Health provides accredited continuing education (CME/CE) to doctors, nurses and allied health professionals.

  • Baptist Health South Florida is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Baptist Health has been re-surveyed by the ACCME and awarded Commendation for 6 years as a provider of CME for physicians.

  • Baptist Health South Florida designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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    To CE Broker

  • This activity has been approved for 5.5 credit hours, CE Broker #20-726676, by the Florida Boards of Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine, and the Florida Council of Physician Assistants.

  • This activity has been approved for 5.5 contact hours each by Florida State Board of Nursing, Dietary, Pharmacy, Occupational Therapy and Respiratory TherapyBaptist Health South Florida. CE Broker Provider #50-182.
AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ claimed by physicians attending live events certified and organized in the United States for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ can be claimed through the agreement on mutual recognition of credits between UEMS and AMA, considered as being equal to the European Continuous Medical Education Credits (ECMEC©) granted by the UEMS. One AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ is equivalent to one (1) hour of European EACCME Credit (ECMEC©). Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

Summit Registration

Registration Fees

Physicians (M.D., D.O., Psy.D., Ph.D.) $35
Other Healthcare Professionals $35
Baptist Health Employees $35
Fellows/Residents ​$35

Registration fee includes continental breakfast, breaks and lunch.

Mail-In Registration

With check payment only to Baptist Health CME Department, 8900 North Kendall Drive, Miami, Florida 33176.

Online Registration

Pay via Master Card, Visa, American Express online
NOTE: Credit card payment will not be accepted over the phone.
  • All course activities (including educational sessions, meal functions, exhibit hall, etc.) are exclusively reserved for registered attendees. Non-registered guests (including children, family members, colleagues, etc.) are not allowed in the training areas. Badges provided at registration are required for entrance into all functions and will be strictly enforced.

  • In consideration of the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact us to determine your special service requirements.

  • Changes may occur that are beyond our control. In the unforeseen event the symposium is canceled, Baptist Health will refund attendees the entire amount of their registration fees. If you are traveling from outside of the area, we strongly suggest purchasing travel insurance.

    Cancellations must be received by October 4, 2019 to receive a refund of the registration fee, less a $25 administrative fee. Registration fees are not refundable after October 4, 2019.


  • Doured Daghistani, M.D.

    Doured Daghistani, M.D.

    Symposium Director

    Baptist, Homestead, South Miami Hospitals
    Miami, Florida

  • Ziad Khatib, M.D.

    Ziad Khatib, M.D.

    Symposium Director

    Director of Medical Neuro-Oncology
    Division of Pediatric Hematology Oncology
    Clinical Associate Professor
    Department of Pediatrics
    Florida International University
    Kidz Medical Services
    Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
    Miami, Florida

Location and Accommodations

Location and Accommodations

Miami Cancer Institute
8900 N. Kendall Drive Miami, Florida 33176

Miami Cancer Institute is Florida's only member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance and the only cancer center in the world to offer all of the latest radiation therapy modalities in one place.

Parking: The special event parking garage will be open behind the Miami Cancer Institute.
Approach from SW 88 Street (Kendall Drive).

NOTE: Partial credits are not available. Where credits are approved on a session-by-session basis, participants must attend each session in its entirety to receive complete credit for the session. (This does not apply to M.D.s and D.O.s.)


By attending our symposium, you consent to photography and videography of your image and likeness for use on Baptist Health websites, social media pages and press releases distributed for marketing purposes. Should you not agree to be photographed or recorded, you are responsible to notify us prior to this symposium.

Photography and recording of presenters and presentations are prohibited in the General Session, unless authorized by Baptist Health South Florida.


Baptist Health South Florida presents this CME activity for use by healthcare professionals for educational purposes only. Opinions, perspectives and information presented by the faculty represent their ideas and views, and participants should carefully consider all available scientific data before acting on knowledge gained through this activity. Additionally, participants should consult the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for approved uses prior to prescribing medications or utilizing medical devices discussed in this activity.

While Baptist Health makes reasonable efforts to ensure that accurate information is presented, no warranty, expressed or implied, is offered. Participants should rely on their own clinical judgment, knowledge and experience before applying information acquired to their professional use.