About the Symposium
St. Lawrence Health’s Canton-Potsdam Hospital Center for Cancer Care is pleased to host the inaugural Oncology Symposium. The Symposium is designed to provide a forum for medical professionals from several levels of care to present the latest advances in coordinated care, following national standards, from the perspective of the community-based oncology program. This one and one-half-day program includes presentations on cancer screening guidelines, diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up, and is appropriate for physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners. CME credits are available.

Cancer care has never been better, but delivering leading-edge cancer care in rural communities can be challenging. Join us to learn about policy evolution, the benefits and drawbacks of regionalizing care, and opportunities for collaboration so that community hospitals can continue to deliver quality cancer care that their patients deserve. Speakers include experts from Roswell Park Cancer Institute, University of Vermont Medical Center, and St. Lawrence Health System's oncology program.

Presentation Topics
  • Breast
  • Lung
  • Gastrointestinal System
  • Genitourinary System
  • Integument
  • Prostate/Bladder/Renal Cell
  • Hematologic System
  • Survivorship Care Planning
  • Psychosocial Aspects of dealing with a cancer diagnosis
  • Pharmacotherapeutics of Medical Marijuana

Keynote Address

Potential value and risks of regionalization on high-end/high-morbidity cancers.

Dr. Edge held a surgical oncology fellowship at the National Cancer Institute,  after which he served as Assistant Professor of Surgery and Surgical Oncology at the University of Virginia.  In 1992, he moved to RPCI where he served as Chief of the Breast Service, and Professor of Surgery and Oncology. Following an appointment as Cancer Center Director at Baptist Cancer Center in Memphis, Dr. Edge returned to Roswell Park in his new role in RPCI administration within the Departments of Surgical Oncology and Cancer Prevention and Control.

CME Credit

CME credits for this symposium are offered in collaboration with and courtesy of the University of Vermont Medical Center's Office of Continuing Medical Education. The University of Vermont is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians. AMA Category I credit is awarded on an hour‐for‐hour basis with one hour of participation earning one hour of credit. Every effort is made to ensure that specialty society accreditation is also obtained for appropriate programs so that physicians attending these courses may earn the credit most useful to them in fulfilling their continuing medical education requirements.

Session Presenters
Michael Hill, MD

Dr. Michael Hill is a board   certified general and thoracic surgeon.  He served his residency at Albany Medical Center and attended medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine.  He specializes in Bariatric Surgery and has expertise in reflux, swallowing disorders, hernia and endoscopy.  He has served on the board of the New York State chapter of the ASMBS, served as Chief of Surgery at Adirondack Health and is on the teaching staff of SUNY Upstate Medical School in Syracuse

FACOG, Gynecologic Oncology
Peter Frederick, MD

Dr. Frederick is Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery in the Department of Gynecologic Oncology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY. He completed his medical degree and residency training at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He subsequently completed three years of advanced fellowship training in gynecologic oncology at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. His expertise and areas of interest include leadership of the robotic surgery program at Roswell Park, and diagnosis and treatment of all gynecologic cancers, novel immunotherapy approaches to the treatment of endometrial cancer, as well as diagnosis and treatment of benign conditions such as endometriosis.


Dr. Frederick is a member in numerous professional organizations, including the Gynecologic Oncology Group, the Society of Gynecologic Oncology, the Buffalo Gynecologic and Obstetric Society, and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. He is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and in gynecologic oncology. Dr. Frederick is co-author of over 40 publications, book chapters, and abstracts.

Green and Gold Professor of Transplant Surgery and Immunology Chief, Transplant, Immunology and Hepatobiliary Surgery University of Vermont Medical Center 
Carlos Marroquin, MD


Dr. Marroquin in Division Chief of Transplant Surgery and Immunology at the University of Vermont Medical Center, Burlington, VT, and holds an appointment as Professor at the University of Vermont.

Dr. Marroquin has a background in transplant, general and surgical oncology and leads the transplant team at The University of Vermont Medical Center. He is committed to delivering comprehensive and quality care in the clinical setting to provide patients with the most current and appropriate treatment. Dr. Marroquin works with patients through evaluations, operations and post-surgical follow-ups. He has won numerous teaching awards and was a Delford Stickel Memorial Transplant Surgery Fellow at Duke University Medical Center. His research interests include multiple aspects of transplant surgery, particularly the improvement of quality measures related to transplant outcomes and living donors.

Dr. Marroquin received his medical degree from the University of California Los Angeles Medical Center and completed his residency in surgery at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC. His fellowship in transplant surgery was completed at Duke University in Durham, NC, and his fellowship in surgical oncology was completed at the National Heart/Lung Institute.

Dr. Marroquin is board certified by the American Board of Surgery.

Gynecologic Oncology
Cheung Wong, MD


Dr. Wong is Medical Director of Gynecologic Oncology at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, VT. He holds appointments as Associate Dean for Continuing Medical Education and Associate Professor, University of Vermont College of Medicine.

Dr. Wong manages all forms of gynecologic cancers (ovarian, uterine, cervical, and vulva), pre-invasive gynecologic cancers, and complicated gynecology, such as severe endometriosis.

He specializes in surgical treatments for gynecologic cancers, such as minimally-invasive surgery and robotic-assisted surgery. He also performs abdominal, laparoscopic or robotic hysterectomies, removal of ovaries, vulvectomies, and removal of lymph nodes.

Dr. Wong believes that every patient should be treated like family. He is the recipient of 16 teaching awards since 2000.

Host Panelists
Melchiore Buscemi, MD

Dr. Buscemi is a urologist who is board certified by the American Board of Urology.  As one of only two urologists in St. Lawrence County, Dr. Buscemi provides comprehensive care for disorders of the urinary tract and male reproductive system, including malignant tumors. He received his medical degree from the Autonomous University of Guadalajara, Mexico and served his residency at the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine.

Jay Dewell, MD

Dr. Dewell is a board-certified general surgeon specializing in breast cancer surgery. Dr. Dewell completed his residency at Stamford Hospital in Stamford, Connecticut. He holds an MD from Albany Medical College, a BS in Biology from Union College, and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

David Hauerstock, MD

Dr. Hauerstock received his medical degree and completed his radiation oncology residency at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Dr. Hauerstock is certified by the American Board of Radiation Biology and Physics and the American Board of Radiology in Clinical Oncology. He completed a fellowship at Beth Israel Medical Center, in New York, NY and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada.

Michael Maresca, MD

Dr. Maresca chairs CPH’s imaging department and has spent his career expanding the imaging services available in northern New York. Dr. Maresca completed his residency at SUNY Medical Center in Syracuse. He holds an MD from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and a BA from West Virginia University. Dr. Maresca is board certified by the American Board of Radiology and completed a fellowship in angiography and interventional radiology at the Health Science Center in Syracuse.

Valmalia Matthews-Smith, MD

Dr. Matthews-Smith is an oncologist specializing in hematology and medical oncology. She received her BA at Vanderbilt University, completed medical school at the University of South Alabama, and held a hematology and medical oncology fellowship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She is passionate about extending quality cancer care access to rural populations.

Jay Schechter, MD

Dr. Schechter is a dermatologist in Potsdam, NY. Currently the only dermatologist in St. Lawrence County, Dr. Schechter operates a thriving practice specializing in diagnosis and treatment of Psoriasis, Eczema, acne, nail disorders, moles and growths, skin lesions, sun damage, skin cancer, surgery of the skin, cosmetic dermatology and Botox. He has been a leader in the community advocating for early detection of skin cancer and education on the prevention of skin cancer. Dr. Schechter is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and completed medial training at Pennsylvania State University.

Frederic Seifer, MD

Dr. Frederic D. Seifer is a pulmonologist who is board certified in internal and pulmonary medicine.  He earned his medical degree from Northwest University and received his fellowship training at Duke University Medical Center.  Dr. Seifer is a dedicated administrator of the smoking cessation program at Canton-Potsdam Hospital. He is also the medical director of population health for the St. Lawrence Health System and is the lead or co-lead investigator on a number of sponsored clinical trials investigating treatment for COPD.

Xiaosong Song, MD

Dr. Xiaosong Song is a gastroenterologist specializing in hepatology.  His subspecialties are in manometry and inflammatory bowel disease.  Dr. Song earned his medical degree from China Medical University and received his fellowship at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.  He is passionate about the early detection of GI conditions for the community he serves. Dr. Song has been recognized by the American Gastroenterology Association’s Bridges to Excellence Program for the high quality of his work in diagnosing and treating inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and was instrumental in ensuring the national accreditation of the gastro program at Canton-Potsdam Hospital.


Saturday, June 10th:

6:30-8:00  Hot Buffet Breakfast 
Please take the opportunity to visit our sponsor displays along the mezzanine outside the Barben Rooms and the Cheel Campus Center main floor
08:00- 9:30 Breast Cancer 
Moderator: David Hauerstock, MD
Panelists:  David Hauerstock, MD; Michael Maresca, MD; Velmalia Matthews-Smith, MD Screening Guidelines   Update on Imaging Diagnosis  Early Stage ER+ PR+ Her2- +, Genomic/Molecular Testing Stage IV Breast Cancer Treatment Options; Q&A 

09:30- 11:00 Lung Cancer
Moderator:  Michael Maresca, MD
Panelists:  David Hauerstock, MD; Michael Hill, MD; Velmalia Matthews-Smith, MD;  Frederic Seifer, MD
Screening Guidelines  Diagnostic Navigational Bronchoscopy Genomic/Molecular Testing Immunotherapy Stage IV NSCLC Clinical Trial Treatment options; Q&A

11:00-11:10 Coffee, networking, texting break

11:10-12:15 Gastric Intestinal
Moderator:    Velmalia Matthews-Smith, MD
Panelists:  Carlos Marroquin, MD; Xiaosong Song, MD Update on Colon Cancer Screenings & Surgical Treatment Update on Pancreatic Cancer Diagnosis / Treatment Update on Neuroendocrine Tumors Diagnosis /Treatment GE Junction / Gastric Cancers Her2 Q&A
12:15 – 1:30 Buffet Luncheon
Please take the opportunity to visit our sponsor displays on the mezzanine adjacent to the Barben Rooms    
1:30-3:00 GYN
Moderator:  Velmalia Matthews-Smith, MD
Panelists:  Peter Frederick, MD, FACOG; Michael Maresca, MD, Cheung Wong, MD Screening Guidelines Ovarian  Genomic / Molecular Testing Uterine Treatment Options; Q&A

3:00-3:15 Break
Please take the opportunity to visit our sponsor displays along the mezzanine outside the Barben Rooms and the Cheel Campus Center main floor

3:15 – 4:45 Melanoma 
Moderator:  David Hauerstock, MD
Panelists:  Velmalia Matthews-Smith, MD; Jay Schechter, MD Screening Guidelines Treatment Options Questions and Answers 

4:45-5:30 R&R Time 
Please take the opportunity to visit our sponsor displays along the mezzanine outside the Barben Rooms and the Cheel Campus Center main floor

5:30-6:30 Cocktails and networking
Location: Club 99, Main Floor, Cheel Campus Center

6:30-8:00 Dinner and Keynote Address by Steven Edge, MD, Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Location—Barben Rooms     
Sunday, June 11th:

6:30-8:00  Hot Buffet Breakfast

8:00-9:30 Hematological Malignancies
Moderator:  David Hauerstock, MD
Presenter:  Velmalia Matthews-Smith, MD  CML (Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia)  MPD (Myeloproliferative Disorders) CLL (Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia) Low Grade Lymphoma Multiple Myeloma Q&A

9:30-10:00 Benign Hematology 
Presenter:  Velmalia Matthews-Smith, MD

10:00-10:30  Cardio Oncology
Presenter:  Alexandru “Andrei” Stoian, MD

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-12:15 Prostate Cancer/ Bladder/Renal Cell
Moderator:  Velmalia Matthews-Smith
Panelists:  Melchiore “Mel” Buscemi, MD; David Hauerstock, MD;  Treatment Options Radiation Therapy Options Surgical Options Hormonal Therapy Q&A

12:15-1:15  Luncheon
Survivorship and Psychosocial Issues    
Presenter:  Ryan Garfield, RPcA 

12:15-12:30 Pychosocial: "Coping with a Cancer Diagnosis"
Presenter:  Rick Will, D.Min.

12:30-12:45 Pharmocotherapies of Medical Marijuana
Presenter:  Ryan Titus, Pharm. D.

1:45  End Program

Registration and Fees

Registration payment must be made at the time of registration and can be made by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover). Cancellations may be made by e-mail to rfaber@cphospital.org . If you do not receive an acknowledgement within two weeks of submitting your cancellation notice, please contact the Canton-Potsdam Communications Office to verify receipt. Cancellations must be received no later than June 2, 2017.

Registration fee: $125 - fee waived for St. Lawrence Health System affiliated providers

Symposium registration is now closed.

About the Host

The Center for Cancer Care

About the Venue

Clarkson University

Bayer Healthcare
Johnson and Johnson
Bristol-Meyers Squibb