He is a medical graduate of University College Cork, trained in clinical oncology in Dublin, and completed fellowship training in Toronto. He specializes in treating urological cancers, and is an international recognized expert in prostate brachytherapy. He has chaired several Canadian clinical trials on prostate cancer radiotherapy, and co-chairs two ongoing RTOG studies. He is a director of the Canadian Association of Radiation Oncology, sits on the Radiation Oncology Specialty Committee of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and is chair of the Royal College AFC Brachytherapy Committee. He is former president of the Canadian Brachytherapy Group and has sat on the board of directors of the American Brachytherapy Society. He is an associate editor of Brachytherapy, and regional North American editor for Clinical Oncology.
His major interest is in defining optimal high dose-rate brachytherapy fractionation protocols and techniques. He has published over 100 peer reviewed papers and book chapters, has chaired several grant panels, and has been visiting professor at many international centres. He is particularly interested in education and teaching brachytherapy to the next generation of practitioners.
He lives in Toronto with his family and aging dog who tolerate his love of the outdoors and his aspirations to athleticism.
Mark J. Rivard, Ph.D., DABMP, FAAPM is full Professor of Radiation Oncology at the Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston and has been passionate for brachytherapy since 1994.
Towards advancing the field, Mark has authored 120 scientific publications, has been on the editorial board of Medical Physics since 2001, and is physics editor for the journals Brachytherapy and the Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy. He is past Chair of the Brachytherapy Subcommittee of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) and has served on the Board of Directors for the AAPM and as Secretary for the American Brachytherapy Society (ABS). From the ABS, he received the Judith Stitt award in 2009 and 2016 for Best Paper: Physics.
His research interests focus on brachytherapy, but include a wide range of translational topics towards clinical integration of new technologies.
Dr. Rivard was a keynote speaker for the Australasian Brachytherapy Group 20th annual scientific meeting in Perth in 2011.
Bradley Prestidge, MD Medical Director at Bon Secours Cancer Institute at DePaul Medical Centre, Norfolk, Virginia
Bradley Prestidge, MD, MS serves as Regional Medical Director for Radiation Oncology. As a world-renowned radiation oncologist with more than 24 years of experience, he is known for his special expertise in brachytherapy in the treatment of breast, prostate, cervical and other cancers.
Prior to joining Bon Secours, Dr. Prestidge was Medical Director of the Department of Radiation Oncology at Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital in Houston, Texas. He was also the Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Graduate Studies for Radiological Sciences.
Dr. Prestidge earned his medical degree from Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md. and served an internship in internal medicine at David Grant USAF Medical Center at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California. He served as an active duty Air Force physician and consultant to the Surgeon General for 12 years. In addition, he completed a residency in radiation oncology at Stanford University Hospital in Stanford, California.
Dr. Prestidge is a member of many professional organizations, including serving as the recent President and Chairman of the American Brachytherapy Society and a member of American College of Radiation Oncology and American Society of Clinical Oncology. Additionally, he is the Vice Chair of the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology Nuclear Regulatory Commission Committee, is an NCI Investigator and Principal Investigator at the RTOG and member of the RTOG GU steering committee.
Jason McIntyre is a keen public speaker and founder of Determined To Win.
He is an expert in the topics of Superkart Racing (he is a former four-time Australian champion!) and living with chronic illness. He is a Community Champion for DonateLife (www.donatelife.gov.au) and a Consumer Rep with The Austin Hospital and Peninsula Health.