Oncology Symposium 2017


At the Spectrum Health Cancer Center’s Oncology Symposium 2017, learn of the latest advancements and controversies in cancer screenings as well as tools to help patients and their caregivers cope with a cancer diagnosis.  

This program will provide primary care and health care providers with updates for recommending cancer screening options for patients. The recommendations from different associations will be compared.

Participants will have an opportunity to discuss the following objectives:
• Identify individualized cancer screening options for your patient.
• Discuss lung cancer screening criteria and outcomes.
• Hear first-hand the experience of a physician whose husband had lung cancer at age 37.
• Describe the patient experience with hope and healing.

Featuring Special Guest: Lucy Kalanithi, MD, FACP

Lucy Kalanithi, MD, FACP is the widow of the late Dr. Paul Kalanithi, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir, “When Breath Becomes Air,” for which she wrote the epilogue. An internal medicine physician and faculty member at the Stanford School of Medicine, she completed her medical degree at Yale.

At the cross-section of her career as a medical professional and her personal experience standing alongside her husband during his life, diagnosis, treatment and death, Dr. Kalanithi has special interests in healthcare value, meaning in medicine, patient-centered and end-of-life care.

Who should attend:

Spectrum Health Cancer Center Oncology Symposium is for primary care physicians, advanced practice providers, nurses, pharmacists, radiologists and other health professionals who care for patients. 


Friday, May 19, 2017

7:00 a.m. to 7:45 a.m.
 7:45 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. 
 8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.
Innovations and Controversies: Colorectal Cancer Screening
Martin Luchtefeld, MD
 8:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Innovations and Controversies: Prostate Cancer Screening
Brian Lane, MD, PhD
 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
 Break & Exhibitors
 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
Innovations and Controversies: Breast Cancer Screening 
Geoffrey Remes, MD
 10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
 A Conversation with Lucy Kalanithi, MD, FACP
Facilitated by Angela Ditmar, MBA, BSA, RN
 12:00 p.m.  to 1:00 p.m.
Lunch & Exhibitors 
 1:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
 What Physicians Need to Know About Lung Cancer Screening
Glenn VanOtteren, MD
 1:45 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. 
 Break & Exhibitors
 2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
 Hope & Healing in Cancer Care
Mark Campbell, MD
 2:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 
 Closing Comments & Evaluation

Accreditation and Credit Designation:

Physicians; Physician Assistants; Nurse Practitioners: Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners is accredited by the Michigan State Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nursing: This activity has been submitted to the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) for approval to award contact hours. ONS is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Radiology: Application has been made for continuing education credits for radiology staff from the American Society of Radiologic Technologists.

: Application has been made for continuing education credits for pharmacy staff from the Michigan Board of Pharmacy.

Location and Parking

Van Andel Institute, 333 Bostwick Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Parking will be available at Grand Rapids Community College on Bostwick Ave NE. Valet parking will also be available at Van Andel Institute at the Bostwick Entrance.

Overnight Accommodations

For those traveling from out of town, hotel rooms are available at a discounted rate at Hampton Inn & Suites, 433 Dudley Pl NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Please call 616.946.2000 to make a reservation and mention the Spectrum Health physician rate. This discount is not available online.


Cancellations must be received by Friday, May 5, 2016. A full refund will be made when a written cancellation is sent to Lindsay.Syswerda@spectrumhealth.org. Fees will not be refunded for no-shows.

Additional Information

For questions, please contact Lindsay Syswerda at 616.267.2049 or Lindsay.syswerda@spectrumhealth.org