01/03/2012, ACI

The 2nd National ACI conference on Planning, Building and Operating Successful Proton Therapy Centers, co-sponsored by the National Association for Proton Therapy, was held February 22-24, 2012 at the KingsMill Resort & Spa in Williamsburg Virginia.  The event nearly tripled the previous year attendance, demonstrating the burgeoning interest in this nascent industry.  This event is the foremost gathering for executives who run or want to run one of the most advanced, and expensive, medical technologies on the planet.

The event included a tour of the newly opened Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute, the largest of the free-standing proton centers in the U.S. The conference featured many of the most highly regarded experts in the proton community, including; Lynda Mischel, Chief Operating Officer

UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA HEALTH SYSTEM; Donald Kooy, President and CEO, MCLAREN REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER, Michael E. Mermall, Partner, DRINKER BIDDLE & REATH LLP, Les Yonemoto, MD, Radiation Oncologist, PROTON KNIFE, LLC, Cynthia Keppel, PhD, Scientific and Technical Director HAMPTON UNIVERSITY PROTON THERAPY INSTITUTE and more.  The event was chaired by Leonard Arzt, Executive Director of the National Association for Proton Therapy

Proton therapy, which uses high-energy protons to eradicate cancer, allows more precise radiation dosage than traditional radiation therapy. This is generally thought to be most beneficial for pediatric patients with complicated brain or spine tumors, and for whom limiting radiation dose is critical. Some studies hint that it might also help curb side effects of radiation treatment for prostate cancer patients, who make up the bulk of people treated by this modality.

There was overwhelming interest for the pre-conference workshops lead by Philips, VOA and Varian with a majority of delegates in attendance the day prior to the general sessions.

The event was overwhelming rated very highly by a majority of delegates, many citing the quality of speakers, outstanding tour, and excellent location.

This event will be held February 20-23, 2013, location to be determined, shortly.

If interested in speaking please contact Steve Eck,

If interested in sponsoring or exhibiting, please contact Jay Peterson,