17th Annual West Coast Colorectal Cancer Symposium

Friday, October 25, 2019
Hotel Monaco
1101 4th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101 

The 17th Annual West Coast Colorectal Cancer Symposium will focus on cutting-edge strategies and innovations in the treatment of patients with colorectal cancer. This symposium will offer didactic lectures focused on updates in immunotherapy, systemic therapy, inflammatory bowel disease related tumors, ctDNA and debate the use of stents vs. surgery in obstructing colon cancer. Interactive audience response exercises and Q&A panel sessions highlighting a variety of colorectal cancer treatment and management approaches will provide learners an opportunity to ask clarifying questions and discuss their own cases and experiences with experts and their colleagues.

This symposium is designed for all healthcare professionals interested in the prevention, screening, evaluation and management of colorectal cancer, including medical, surgical and radiation oncologists; gastroenterologists; colorectal and general surgeons; family medicine practitioners; pathologists and radiologists. 

View more information about the course below or click the Register Online button to register for this CME event. 

Online registration is closed. Walk-ins are welcome.


New developments in the treatment of colorectal cancer (CRC) are often not widely disseminated, resulting in patients not receiving the best or most up-to-date care. Health care providers need current information in all factors related CRC treatment, including screening, diagnosing, surgical and non-surgical strategies and overall management of patients with colorectal cancer.
Successful CRC treatment requires complex strategies and it may be difficult for physicians to select from the various options available for diagnosis and treatment. Opportunities to discuss cases and compare treatment plans with colleagues are necessary for physicians to optimize their care plans.

The 17th Annual West Coast Colorectal Cancer Symposium will provide healthcare professionals the opportunity to receive critical updates in the treatment and management of colorectal cancer. Learners will be enhanced through interaction with expert faculty and colleagues from across various disciplines, thereby encouraging a multi-disciplinary approach to treatment that will improve patient outcomes.



At the conclusion of this symposium, the participant will provide better patient care through an increased ability to:

  • Describe current treatment options and evaluate the role of immunotherapy for early stage metastatic disease
  • Evaluate the role of neoadjuvant care and chemotherapy in rectal cancer
  • Discuss the latest data regarding ctDNA platforms and levels of detection, review the current literature regarding the use of ctDNA in early and late stage rectal cancer
  • Analyze the use of stent vs. surgery in obstructing colon cancer, including indications and contraindications of each
  • Define which patients may be appropriate for a non-surgical approach to management of rectal cancer and analyze the current non-surgical treatment options
  • Review contemporary diagnostic and prevention recommendations for inflammatory bowel disease malignancies


Accreditation with Commendation
Swedish Medical Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
Swedish Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

For Nurses
AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ are accepted for Washington State RN Continuing Education requirements as well as for application and renewal of specialty and advance practice certification through both ANCC and AANP (1 CNE hour is equivalent to 1 CME hour).


Steven R. Alberts, M.D., MPH
Chair, Division of Medical Oncology
Professor of Oncology
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN

Cathy Eng, M.D., FACP
Professor of Medicine, Hematology and Oncology
Vice-Chair SWOG GI Committee
Co-Director, GI Oncology
Co-Leader, Gastrointestinal Cancer Research Program
Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
Nashville, TN

Hagen Kennecke, M.D., MHA, FRCP
Medical Oncologist
Medical Director
Virginia Mason Cancer Institute
Virginia Mason Medical Center
Seattle, WA

Christopher Lieu, M.D.
Associate Professor
Director, Gastrointestinal Medical Oncology
Deputy Associate Director for Clinical Research
University of Colorado Cancer Center
Denver, CO

Rajnish Mishra, M.D.
Swedish Medical Center
Seattle, WA

Laila Rashidi, M.D., FACS
Colorectal Surgeon
Assistant Professor
MultiCare Health System
Tacoma, WA

Vlad V. Simianu, M.D., MPH
Colon and Rectal Surgeon
Virginia Mason Medical Center
Seattle, WA

Somasundaram Subramaniam, M.D.
Medical Oncologist
Swedish Medical Center
Seattle, WA

Swedish CME maintains full control of the content of every course we provide. It is our policy to identify and resolve all speaker and planner conflicts of interest. Each speaker is required to give a balanced, evidence-based presentation that is free of commercial bias.

Planning Committee

Philip J. Gold,  M.D., Course Chair
Karlee Ausk, M.D.
Amir Bastawrous, M.D.
Sharlene Gill, M.D.
Somasundaram Subramaniam, M.D.
Michelle Eng, CME Specialist II


   Advance Registration*
MD/DO  $230
Allied Health Professional $120
Resident/Fellow/Medical Student $25

*After Oct 14, add $30 to Advance Registration pricing

Registration Information
Pre-registration is required as space is limited. Participants who register by the "Advance Registration" date will receive a reminder email after Tuesday, October 15, 2019. Registrations will only be processed when accompanied by full payment. 

To receive a refund, notice of cancellation must be received no later than Friday,  October 18, 2019. 

Special Accommodations
If you require specific dietary or physical accommodations, please contact Swedish CME at cme@swedish.org or 206-386-2755. 

Registration Fees
Swedish CME is a self-sustaining unit and does not depend on or receive public monies in support of its educational efforts. The fees for this course includes catering, all instruction materials, online syllabus access and a certificate of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

This symposium is financially supported in part by educational grants in accordance with ACCME’s Standards for Commercial Support. A complete listing of commercial supporters is not available at this time. Appropriate acknowledgment will be given to all supporters at the time of the symposium.