The Life Raft Group held a virtual GIST Day of Learning (GDOL) in Washington, DC on April 27th, 2022. Top GIST specialists presented the latest on research and treatment options and provided a comprehensive review of the science behind GIST.
There were twenty-seven registrants for the GDOL D.C. in collaboration with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and MedStar Washington Hospital Center. Thank you to our 2022 GDOL Sponsors: Blueprint Medicines, Cogent Biosciences, Deciphera, Genentech and Novartis for making possible all of our GDOLs this year.
Our speakers for this virtual event included Dr. Sosipatros Boikos, Sarcoma Medical Oncologist; Dr. Waddah B. Al-Refaie, Chief of Surgical Oncology; and Dr. Mark Steves, Surgical Oncologist.
Webinar Host Diana Nieves, Dr. Boikos, Dr. Al-Refaie, and Dr. Steves
Sara Rothschild, Executive Director of the LRG, also actively participated in this online event. Sara met Dr. Boikos at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) several years ago. It’s because of this introduction and Dr. Sosipatros coordination of the Pediatric and Wildtype GIST Clinic at the NIH that the LRG’s collaboration with MedStar is made possible this year. The GDOL began with an overview of GIST presented by Dr. Steves, followed by Dr. Al-Refaie presenting on the minimally invasive possibilities for GIST. Research updates and treatment options for GIST were then presented by Dr. Sosipatros. After the presentations, participants agreed on a post-event evaluation survey to have had a greater understanding of GIST and their surgical options.