Survivorship after Cancer of the Head and Neck: A Multidisciplinary Symposium

August 5, 2024 to August 6, 2024

The purpose of this symposium is to provide fundamental information necessary for a comprehensive approach to survivorship care of head and neck cancer patients.  This symposium is intended to improve healthcare providers’ ability to provide high-quality survivorship care to the growing population of head and neck cancer survivors.

Target Audience

Professional providers, cancer survivors, primary care physicians, nurses, residents, audiologists, speech-language pathologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, dentists, and other interested healthcare professionals.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of the course, the participant should be able to:
1.    Recognize the components of high-quality head and neck cancer survivorship care.
2.    Identify prevailing late and long-term effects head and neck cancer survivors’ experience.
3.    Describe strategies and interventions to improve functional recovery of head and neck cancer survivors.
4.    Recognize new systemic therapies for head and neck cancer, potential side effects and treatment available.

Course summary
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
08/05/2024 - 8:00am EDT
Event ends: 
08/06/2024 - 12:00pm EDT

Day 1 of 2:  Monday, August 5, 2024

7:00 – 8:00 am    Registration and Breakfast

8:00 – 8:05 am    Welcome
Marci Nilsen, PhD

Moderator:    Jonas Johnson, MD    

8:05– 9:00 am    Importance of Donor Site Selection to Predict Functional Outcomes in 
Head and Neck Reconstruction
Matt Spector, MD (Keynote) 

9:00 – 10:00 am    Toward Better Oral Cavity Functional Outcomes: Approach, Metrics, Rehabilitation
Douglas Chepeha, MD (Keynote)

10:00 – 10:45 am    From Isotope to AI
Christopher Wilke, MD 

10:45 – 11:00 am     Break, Visit with Exhibitors

Moderator:    Zahra Kelly 

11:00 – 11:45 pm    Advances in Systemic Therapy in Locally Advanced and R/M Disease
Dan Zandberg, MD

11:45– 12:15 pm    Panel Discussion: Multidisciplinary Treatment Options 

Moderator: Zahra Kelly 

Panelists: Chistopher Wilke, MD; Dan Zandberg, MD; Douglas Chepeha, MD; Matt Spector, MD

12:15 – 1:00 pm    Lunch, Visit with Exhibitors 

Moderator:        Kevin Contrera, MD

1:00– 2:00 pm    Mind the Gap: Optimization of Early Post Operative Lingual Function Toward Long Term Outcomes
Carly Barbone, PhD (Keynote)  

2:00 – 3:00 pm    After Cancer: Rehabilitation
Radhika Manne, MD      
3:00 – 3:15 pm    Break, Visit with Exhibitors

Moderator:    Jenna Stengel, MD

3:15- 4:00 pm     Symptom Monitor and Treatment
Marci Nilsen, PhD, RN (ECC, Keynote) 

4:00 – 4:30 pm    Kristine Molnar (Survivor)

4:30 – 5:00 pm    Panel Discussion: Treatment of Side Effects of Cancer and It’s 
Moderator: Jenna Stengel, MD

Panelists: Carly Barbone, MD; Radhika Manne, MD; Kristine Molnar

5:00 pm    Adjournment Day 1 of 2

Poster Viewing and Poster Awards

Day 2 of 2:  Tuesday, August 6, 2023

 7:00 – 8:00 am    Registration and Breakfast

 8:00 – 8:05 am    Welcome: Jonas Johnson, MD

Moderator:        Marci Nilsen, PhD, RN

8:05 – 8:50 am    Disparities in Head and Neck Cancer 
Nosayaba (Nosa) Osazuwa-Peters, BDS, PhD, MPH, CHES

8:50 – 9:50 am    Psychological Needs and Well Being of Head and Neck Cancer Survivors
Robin Valpey, MD  

9:50 – 10:00 am    Break with Exhibitors

10:00- 10:50     Advancements in Prosthetic Rehabilitation in Head and Neck Cancer Survivors
Banu Kara Yazgan

Moderator:    Kevin Contrera, MD

10:50- 11:15am    Oral Complications of Cancer Therapy
Revathi Shekar, BDS, MDS    

11:15- 11:45am     Social Support in Head and Neck Survivors
Fendi Oboekwe (Social Support) 

11:45- 12:00 pm    Summary- Looking to the Future
Jonas Johnson, MD

Adjournment Day 2 of 2

BST 100
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
United States


Jenna Stengel, PA-C
Department of Otolaryngology
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center  

Jonas Johnson, MD
Department of Otolaryngology
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Marci Nilsen, PhD, RN, CHPN
Assistant Professor
Department of Acute and Tertiary Care School of Nursing 
Department of Otolaryngology
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Kevin Contrera, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor
Department of Otolaryngology
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Matthew Spector, MD
Department of Otolaryngology
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Zahra Kelly, MD
Hillman Cancer Center
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine



This activity is approved for the following credit:  AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, ANCC, and AAPA Category 1 CME. Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity.


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Registration Fees (In Person and Virtual)

•    Registration Fee is $85 Physicians, Nurses, and all other healthcare professionals.
•    CENTS Members fee:  * Fee Waived / $85
•    CENTS Members can apply for a fee waiver by contacting Nancy Szablewski via email at
•    Residents, Fellows, International Visiting Scholars, and Medical Students: * Fee Waived / $85
•    Residents, Fellows, International Visiting Scholars, and Medical Students can apply for a fee waiver by contacting Nancy Szablewski via email at
Tuition fee is waived for all Alumni Members, CENTS Members, residents, fellows, and medical students but registration is still required. To receive a coupon code to waive the registration fee, please contact Nancy Szablewski via email at

Special Needs
Participation by all individuals is encouraged. Advance notification of any special needs will help us provide better service. Please notify us of your needs at least two weeks in advance of the program by e-mailing Nancy Szablewski at

All cancellations must be in writing and sent to us via U.S. mail, e-mail, or fax. Tuition for cancellations postmarked or date stamped before May 27, 2024, will be completely refunded. From May 27-30, 2024, a $50.00 administrative fee will be assessed. No refunds will be made after May 31, 2024. “No shows” are not eligible for refunds.

The UPMC/Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences reserves the right to cancel this program if sufficient registrations are not received.  In the case of cancellation, the department will fully refund registration fees.

Cancellation requests can be made to:
Nancy Szablewski
Department of Otolaryngology
845-514-3736 (c)