Annual Assembly 2016

Annual Assembly

Cancer Rehabilitation Medicine Summit: Integration into Practice

Jack B. Fu, MD; Eric Wisotzky, MD (Session Directors)

Saturday, October 22

11 am-7 pm

The Academy is proud to announce this full-day event, included with your 2016 Annual Assembly registration, which highlights the unique opportunities for physiatrists in the cancer care continuum. This program is targeted to physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians who are interested in learning about opportunities to transform their practice.


Arash Asher, MD; Christian Custodio, MD; Lynn Gerber, MD; Theresa Gillis, MD; Nancy Hutchison, MD; Susan Maltser, DO; Brian McMichael, MD; Vishwa Raj, MD; Lisa Ruppert, MD; Julie Silver, MD; Sean Smith, MD; Michael Stubblefield, MD; Mary Vargo, MD; David Zucker, MD, PhD

Cancer Rehabilitation Practice Development Models

Attendees will be introduced to different practice models of cancer rehabilitation. A practice model in a large academic medical center will be presented demonstrating opportunities for integration within clinical, teaching, and administrative operations. In addition, a practice model in a large community health system will be presented, highlighting the great potential in this setting. The different potential clinical components of a cancer rehabilitation practice will be presented, including inpatient, outpatient, and consultative care. The opportunities and potential pitfalls in each of the following areas will also be discussed:

  • Introduction to cancer rehabilitation
  • Cancer rehabilitation in a major academic medical center
  • Cancer rehabilitation in a large community health system
  • Networking in cancer rehabilitation
  • Cancer prehabilitation

Clinical Practice Areas in Cancer Rehabilitation

Learners will discuss the common cancer-related impairments that can benefit from a physiatric approach. Attendees will walk away with major bullet-pointed clinical skills that can be immediately implemented into their practice. In addition, there will be a focus on differentiating the role of the physiatrist from other practitioners, including therapists, anesthesia pain specialists, and palliative care physicians.

  • Breast cancer rehabilitation
  • Cancer rehabilitation specific impairments:
    • Cancer-related fatigue
    • Cancer-related cognitive impairment
    • Trismus
    • Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy
    • Malignant spine
  • Differentiation from physical therapy, pain management, and palliative care

Watch a Preview from Dr. Wistozky

PhillsCamino Poster7_print_072616Private Showing of “Phil’s Camino”

Please join us for a private showing of "Phil’s Camino", immediately following the Cancer Rehabilitation Medicine Summit: Integration into Practice from 7 pm-7:30 pm.

"Phil's Camino" is an award-winning documentary about a stage IV colon cancer patient who walks El Camino de Santiago in Spain while on palliative chemotherapy.

Summary: Phil has stage IV cancer and, with the support of his cancer rehabilitation team, is able to adopt a positive approach to his disease and ongoing need for palliative chemotherapy. Exercise becomes the corner stone of improving his functional health. Inspired, he replicates the legendary Camino de Santiago pilgrimage trail—in his own backyard. His fitness improves, his disease goes into remission and he is given a “chemo holiday,” allowing him to fly to Spain and walk the actual Camino de Santiago. Along the way he realizes his true pilgrimage is the one he travels within. This is an inspiring story and points to the positive role that physiatric care can play in improving functional health and quality of life for patients living with cancer.  


  • Trailer 1—use the password "CAMINO" (case sensitive)
  • Trailer 2—use the password "CAMINO" (case sensitive)

Support of the Cancer Summit has been provided by:


Faculty and topics subject to change.