Gamma Knife Education & Training
Washington Hospital is the first hospital in the United States that treated
patients using the new
Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion®, a revolutionary alternative to traditional open-brain surgery and/or daily
radiation treatments, which are administered from four to six weeks.
Washington Hospital is offering a Physics Course, twice a year, to provide
training for stereotactic radiosurgery utilizing the Leksell Gamma Knife®
PHYSICS COURSE - CLICK TO DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS
Medical Physicists, Gamma Knife nurses
1) Demonstrate the principles of Gamma Knife Radiosurgery
2) Demonstrate the basic features and operation of the Gamma Knife®
3) Demonstrate how to plan treatments for the Gamma Knife® Perfexion™
4) Demonstrate the basic safety features of the Gamma Knife® Perfexion™
5) Demonstrate QA procedures that satisfy NRC requirements for the Gamma
- Evolution and development of radiosurgery
- WHHS experience with Perfexion™
- Technical description of the Perfexion™
- Tour of Gamma Knife suite and demonstration of Perfexion operation
- Frame, skull radii, MRI and CT scans
- Treatment planning
- Assessing the accuracy of MR scans and treatment planning for a simple target
- Approve and export a treatment plan
- Brain metastases
- Benign brain tumors
- Treatment planning system (TPS) administration
- QA and radiation safety features of Perfexion?
- Safety features of Perfexion?
- Daily and weekly QA
- Review monthly QA and demonstrate the test runs
- Review annual QA procedures
- Observe the entire treatment process
Washington Hospital's Gamma Knife Program is led by one of the most
accomplished teams of specialized physicians, physicists and nurses. Neurosurgeon
Sandeep Kunwar, MD, co-medical director, Gamma Knife Program, Taylor McAdam Bell Neuroscience
Institute and radiation oncologist
David Larson, MD, PhD, co-medical director, Gamma Knife Program, Taylor McAdam Bell Neuroscience
Institute are both nationally and internationally recognized for their
expertise, innovation and leadership in the field of Gamma Knife radiosurgery.
Dr. Larson was a close advisor to Elekta in the design and development
of the Gamma Knife® Perfexion™. Both board-certified physicians,
together they have more than 23 years of experience performing thousands
of successful procedures.
Paula Petti, PhD, radiological physics, director of Gamma Knife Physics, Taylor McAdam Bell
Neuroscience Institute, is board certified in therapeutic radiological
physics. Her areas of expertise include: stereotactic radiosurgery, charged-particle
radiation therapy, Monte Carlo calculations, as well as particle and photon
Washington Hospital Healthcare System will meet all requirements on disclosure,
information about relationships of presenters with commercial interests
(if any) will be included in materials, which will be distributed at the
time of the conference.
Course enrollment is limited to eight people and early registration is
Please download and complete the registration form and return via fax to the following:
Washington Hospital Healthcare System
2000 Mowry Avenue
Fremont, CA 94538
Please notify us
at least two weeks ahead of time of any special needs you may have.
Registration will not be confirmed without tuition payment. Please make
tuition check payable to "Washington Hospital Healthcare System,"
or via credit card as noted on the registration form. Tuition for the
physics course is $3,500.
Cancellation of registration prior to the commencement of the course:
up to 21 days, $500
up to 21-14 days, 25% of the fee
up to 14-7 days, 50% of the fee
7 days, full fee
Both courses will be held at:
Washington Hospital - Click here for Maps & Directions
2500 Mowry Avenue (Washington West)
Fremont, CA 94538
In addition to the world class facilities and staff at Washington Hospital,
we are ideally situated in the picturesque San Francisco Bay Area. Transportation
for training participants is quite easy, as we are located approximately
22 miles from Oakland International Airport, 17 miles from Mineta, San
Jose Airport, 37 miles from San Francisco International Airport and one
block from the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system. Fremont, California
is located within easy driving distance from anywhere in the Bay Area.
Training participants can easily visit local and regional attractions
such as the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, the Discovery Museum
in San Jose, our famed wine country Napa Valley as well as Lake Tahoe.
We have negotiated a reduced rate at the Marriott Fremont Silicon Valley
for this event. This is also the location of the dinner on the second
evening of the course. The hotel is approximately 7 miles from the Hospital.
The rooms have been held for arrival on the Sunday before the start of
the course and departure on the Thursday following the completion of the
training. Room reservations must be made AT LEAST 22 days before the start
of each course in order to secure the reduced rate. Reservations made
any later than this can not be guaranteed the corporate rate.
The following is the address and contact information for the hotel:
Marriott Fremont Silicon Valley
46100 Landing Parkway
Fremont, California 94538 USA
Phone: (510) 413-3700
Fax: (510) 413-3710
Sales: (510) 413-3745
Sales fax: (510) 413-3728
Please contact them to book your room reservation. When making your reservation,
be sure to mention you are booking a room for the Washington Hospital
Gamma Knife Training. This will ensure you have a room available to you
as well as secure the reduced rate.
You may also use the following link to book your reservation online:http://marriott.com/sjcfm?groupCode=wstwsta&app=resvlink
If you are bringing a companion or have a special rooming request, please let us know when registering.
Please Note: An application for at most 20 medical physics continuing
education credits (MPCEC) has been made to the Commission on Accreditation
of Medical Physics Educational Programs (CAMPEP) for this program.
This program is provider approved by the California Board of Registered
Nursing, Provider No. #CEP 3467.
(Please Note: The Center for Continuing Education and Washington Hospital
Healthcare System do not certify that, through participation in this program,
participants are competent to perform certain procedures or skills.)
Taylor McAdam Bell Neuroscience Institute
Gamma Knife Program
2500 Mowry Avenue
Fremont, CA 94538
Tel: (510) 745-6480
Toll Free: (888) PERFEXION (737-3394)