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Experts Gather for 16th Annual Rasco Symposium


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Rasco Symposium medical director Issam Makhoul, M.D., (right) is joined by some of the day's presenters (from left): Thomas Miner, M.D.; Rangaswamy Govindarajan, M.D.; Brian Badgwell, M.D.; Jason Mizell, M.D.; Edith Mitchel, M.D.; and E. Ramsay Camp, M.D.

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About 150 health care professionals attend the 16th Annual Rasco Symposium.


April 1, 2013 | Experts from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and across the country gathered March 15  to discuss the latest innovations and research in the treatment of colorectal cancer and gastrointestinal (GI) malignancies.

The 16th annual Charles William Rasco, III Symposium on Colorectal Cancer and GI Malignancies brought together about 150 physicians, nurses, other health care professionals, scientists and trainees to hear from a multidisciplinary field of professionals who are leaders in cancer treatment and research. Presenters included experts from Arkansas, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Texas.

The symposium, conducted by the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, honors the memory of Charles William Rasco III, who lost his battle with the disease in 1994. Issam Makhoul, M.D., assistant professor in the Division of Hematology/Oncology in the Department of Internal Medicine in the UAMS College of Medicine, is medical director of the symposium.

“The Rasco Symposium allows us to provide information about the latest treatment options and scientific research to members of the health care community. It also provides an outlet for UAMS to work in association with other leaders in the field of colorectal cancers and GI malignancies to expand our knowledge and skills,” Makhoul said.

Among the presenters from UAMS were:

  • Jason Mizell, M.D., assistant professor in the UAMS Division of Hematology/Oncology, on “Anal Cancer”
  • Michelle Morgan, oncology/genetics clinical dietitian, on “Nutritional Support for GI Cancer” 
  • Rangaswamy Govindarajan, M.D., professor in the UAMS Division of Hematology/Oncology, on “Surveillance Imaging for Gastrointestinal Cancer”
  • Lori Phares, registered nurse practitioner and instructional development specialist, on “Ostomy Care”
  • Matthew Katz, M.D., assistant professor in the UAMS Division of Urologic Oncology, on “Erectile Dysfunction”

Presenters from other institutions shared their expertise on a variety of topics relating to colorectal cancer and GI malignancies, including:

  • Michael C. Soulen, M.D., from the University of Pennsylvania, on “Interventional Oncology and Approaches to Liver Cancer”
  • E. Ramsay Camp, M.D., from the Medical University of South Carolina, on “Recent Advances in Rectal Cancer”
  • Thomas Miner, M.D., from Rhode Island Hospital, on “Palliative Care for GI Malignancies”
  • ManoopBhutani, M.D., from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, on “Pancreatic Cysts”
  • Edith Mitchell, M.D., from Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, on “Personalized Oncology for Colorectal Cancer”
  • Brian Badgwell, M.D., from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, on “Gastric Cancer”

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