Live-streamed lectures of all course content.
Dedicated Q&A sessions with faculty.
Video demonstrations of hands-on procedures.
Opportunity for in-person attendance at future courses.

Symposium Overview

The Miami Cancer Institute Department of Radiation Oncology and the Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine are pleased to present this Introduction to Gamma Knife® Radiosurgery Training Course for radiation oncologists, neurosurgeons, medical physicists, neuro-otolaryngologists, and other healthcare professionals interested in Gamma Knife radiosurgery training.

This educational program provides an opportunity to enhance the practitioner’s knowledge about the practical aspects of stereotactic radiosurgery using the Gamma Knife Icon™. Participants will review clinical implications and clinical outcomes of radiosurgery, identify radiation safety principles and apply treatment planning considerations and principles of stereotactic radiosurgery treatment hardware. As part of Miami Cancer Institute’s internationally recognized radiation oncology program, our team of experts offers a non-surgical radiation treatment called Gamma Knife radiosurgery – the most modern technology available – in South Florida’s only state-of-the-art Icon Gamma Knife Center. Learn More...

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. Miami Cancer Institute forges new ground in cancer treatment, clinical expertise, research and discovery to pave the way for personalized care delivered with the heart of Baptist Health South Florida. Learn more about Baptist Health.

Course Directors

Rupesh Kotecha, M.D.
Minesh Mehta, M.D.
Michael W. McDermott, M.D.

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Topics this Year

Topics this Year

  • Stereotactic frame and mask application
  • Imaging and radiosurgery treatment hardware
  • Principles and physics
  • Clinical implications, treatment parameters and clinical outcomes
  • Radiation safety principles, risks and emergency procedures

Who should attend?

  • Neurosurgeons
  • Radiation oncologists
  • Medical physicists
  • Neuro-otolaryngologists

Upcoming Courses

Registration is open for our November 29 - December 2, 2021 course. Please check back for additional course dates.

Sponsorship Information

We gratefully acknowledge the commercial support and in-kind support provided by Elekta.

International Attendees

Miami Cancer Institute is pleased to welcome international healthcare professionals. If needed for a travel visa, request a letter of invitation.​



*Schedules are subject to change.

Monday Oct. 05 (Day 1)

7:30 a.m.
Introductions and Course Outline
(Rupesh Kotecha, M.D.)
7:50 a.m.
Stereotactic Frame Placement: Application and Use in Practice
(Vitaly Siomin, M.D.)
8:00 a.m.
Pearls and Pitfalls in Imaging the Patient Undergoing Gamma Knife® Radiosurgery
(Kevin J. Abrams, M.D.)
8:45 a.m.
Stereotactic Radiosurgery in Clinical Practice
(Minesh P. Mehta, M.D.)
9:30 a.m.
10:00 a.m.
Evolution of Gamma Knife® to ICON™
(Alonso N. Gutierrez)
10:15 a.m.
Gamma Knife® ICON™ Technology Additions: Frameless Treatments, CBCT and HDMM
(Alonso N. Gutierrez, Ph.D.​)
10:45 a.m.
Basic Treatment Planning
(Ranjini Tolakanahalli, Ph.D.​)
11:15 a.m.
12:15 p.m.
Practical Introduction to the Gamma Knife Machine
(Susan Lohman, R.N. [Elekta])
  • Radiation Unit
  • Patient Positioning System
  • Control System
1:00 p.m.
Radiosurgery Workflow Demonstrations
(Michael W. McDermott, M.D.)
(D Jay Wieczorek, Ph.D.)
(GammaKnife® Therapists)
  • Stereotactic Frame Principles
  • Creating the Optimal Mask
2:00 p.m.
Mock Workflow Demonstration
(Rupesh Kotecha, M.D.)
(D Jay Wieczorek, Ph.D.)
(GammaKnife® Therapists)
4:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m.
Tour of Miami Cancer Institute
5:15 p.m.

Educational Objectives and Accreditation & Credits

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

Educational Objectives

  • Recognize the basic principles and physics of radiosurgery and how they relate to day-to-day patient treatment.
  • Review the clinical implications, treatment parameters and clinical outcomes of radiosurgery.
  • Identify radiation safety principles and potential issues of radiosurgery and review emergency procedures.
  • Apply principles of stereotactic frame and mask application, imaging and radiosurgery treatment hardware.

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 31.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    Automaticall Reports
    To CE Broker

  • This activity has been approved for a maximum of 30 Medical Physics Continuing Education Credits (MPCEC) by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Program (CAMPEP).
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.


Registration Fee is $6,500

ELIGIBILITY: Participants are limited to individuals from institutions that have already purchased the Gamma Knife™. These sessions are not open to individuals from institutions that are prospective customers who seek training prior to purchasing the Gamma Knife™. You will be asked to provide your institution affiliation during the registration process.

Registration options for eligible participants are based on prior training.

Eligible Participants with NO PRIOR TRAINING: Obtain a Registration Code by contacting Jacqueline Grass, Radiation Oncology Program Coordinator, at or 786-527-7909. After you receive your registration code, please proceed with the registration process through the link just below.

Eligible Participants WITH PRIOR TRAINING: Please proceed with the registration process through the link below.

Register online (Master Card, Visa, American Express or by Check*)

*If paying by check: Register now to reserve your place in the course. Payment must be received no later than 30 days prior to the start date of the course. Payment instructions will be emailed to you after you complete online enrollment.

NOTE: Credit card payment will not be accepted over the phone.

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  • Disclosures

    Relevant Financial Relationships

    The following individuals involved in the planning, development, review, presentation, authoring and/or editing of the course content have disclosed relevant financial relationships with commercial interest companies, and the CME Department has resolved these potential conflicts of interest. Their presentation(s) will not include discussion of off-label or unapproved usage.

    • Kevin J. Abrams, M.D., is a consultant for Keystone Heart and a stock shareholder for Keystone Heart and Cleerly.
    • Michael D. Chuong, M.D., FACRO, has received grant/research support from ViewRay, Inc. and Astra Zeneca; is on the Advisory Board of ViewRay, Inc. and serves on the Speakers’ Bureau for Accuray, Inc., ViewRay, Inc., and Sirtex.
    • Matthew D. Hall, M.D., MBA, has received honorariums from Accuray, Inc. and ViewRay, Inc.
    • Rupesh Kotecha, M.D., has received honorariums from Elekta, Elsevier and Accuray, Inc., and serves on the Clinical Advisory Boards for Accuray, Inc., Novocure and Abbvie.
    • Susan Lohman, R.N., BSN, is an employee of Elekta.
    • Minesh P. Mehta, M.D., FASTRO, is on the Board of Directors for Oncoceutics, serves on the Medical Advisory Boards for Colby, Stemina and Procertus and is a consultant for Celgene, Tocagen, Abbvie and Astra Zeneca.

    Nothing to Disclose

    The following individuals involved in the planning, development, review, presentation, authoring and/or editing of the conference content have indicated that neither they nor their spouses/partners have relevant financial relationships with commercial interest companies. Their presentation(s) will not include discussion of off-label or unapproved usage.

    • Denise Aponte, RT(T)
    • Haley R. Appel, PA-C, MMS
    • Edward Bello, RTT2
    • Jose Caban, Jr., RTT2
    • Jerry George, Ph.D., DABR
    • Sergio Gonzalez-Arias, M.D.
    • Alonso N. Gutierrez, Ph.D., MBA
    • Marco Martinez, RTT2
    • Clare Morales, R.N., BSN
    • Yazmin Odia, M.D.
    • Vitaly Siomin, M.D.
    • Ranjini Tolakanahalli, Ph.D., DABR
    • D. Jay Wieczorek, Ph.D.

    Non-faculty contributors including the CME Department staff and CME Committee members and others involved in the planning, development and editing/review of CME content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

  • 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.


  • Rupesh Kotecha, M.D.

    Rupesh Kotecha, M.D.

    Course Director

    Chief of Radiosurgery, Department of Radiation Oncology
    Miami Cancer Institute, Baptist Health South Florida
    Associate Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology
    Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Miami, Florida

    Rupesh Kotecha, M.D., is a staff physician in the department of radiation oncology at Miami Cancer Institute. He received his bachelor’s degree in physiology and his medical degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine through the accelerated M.D. Medical Scholars Program. He completed his internship and radiation oncology residency at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Kotecha’s clinic interests and research experience have primarily focused on the treatment of patients with stereotactic radiosurgery and stereotactic body radiation therapy. He has co-written numerous radiation oncology chapters and published multiple manuscripts on the treatment of patients with CNS malignancies and benign diseases. His current research investigates the use of targeted immunotherapies with stereotactic radiosurgery and the molecular profiles associated with radiation response in patients with brain metastases.

  • Minesh Mehta, M.D.

    Minesh Mehta, M.D.

    Course Director

    Deputy Director and Chief of Radiation Oncology
    Department of Radiation Oncology
    Miami Cancer Institute, Baptist Health South Florida
    Chair and Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology
    Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Miami, Florida

    Minesh P. Mehta, M.D., is deputy director and chief of radiation oncology at Miami Cancer Institute. Board-certified in radiation oncology, he graduated with the highest honors from the University of Zambia School of Medicine and completed a residency at the University of Wisconsin, where he was chief resident in radiation oncology. As chairman of the medical school’s Department of Human Oncology, he led research studies, technology development and expansion at the cancer center. He also headed its brain tumor program for more than 15 years, leading to his national leadership role in clinical trials research within national co-operative groups such as NRG Oncology, Radiation Therapy Oncology Group, North American Brain Tumor Consortium, Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group and Children’s Cooperative Group.

  • Michael W. McDermott, M.D.

    Michael W. McDermott, M.D.

    Course Director

    Chief Medical Executive, Miami Neuroscience Institute
    Professor of Neurosurgery
    Chair, Division of Neuroscience
    Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
    Florida International University

    Michael W. McDermott, M.D., a pioneer in stereotactic neurosurgery and Gamma Knife Radiosurgery for complex brain tumors, has joined Baptist Health as chief medical executive of Miami Neuroscience Institute. Most recently, Dr. McDermott was co-director of the Gamma Knife Radiosurgery Program at the University of California San Francisco. He has been published in many peer-reviewed medical journals and also co-hosted international radiosurgery meetings for the Leksell Gamma Knife Society and the International Stereotactic Radiosurgery Society. His numerous honors include the Bittner Award and the Journal of Neuro-Oncology Award from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.

  • Jacqueline Grass

    Jacqueline Grass

    Program Coordinator

    Radiation Oncology Program Coordinator
    Department of Radiation Oncology
    Miami Cancer Institute
    Baptist Health South Florida


Location and Accommodations

Location and Accommodations

The Hilton Miami Dadeland
9100 N. Kendall Drive, Miami, FL 33176

Reserve your room at the corporate rate plus applicable taxes by referencing Group Code, N3195087 at or 786-975-1920. Rates are seasonal and based on availability. Applicable taxes will apply.

Room Rates Course Date
$149 October*
*Based on 2019 rate schedule and is subject to change.

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.