Mira Keyes

Clinical Professor in Radiation Oncology, Division of Surgery University of British Columbia

Dr. Keyes obtained her MD in 1986 from the University of Novi Sad, Yugoslavia. In 1996, she completed Radiation Oncology Residency Training Program at UBC. Dr. Keyes is one of the four founders of the British Columbia cancer Agency (BCCA) Prostate Brachytherapy Program, established in 1998. Dr. Keyes is past BCCA Brachytherapy Program Quality Assurance chair. Since 2006, she is a Provincial Brachytherapy Program Head.

Dr. Keyes is a co-chair for the Royal College Brachytherapy Diploma Group development. She is a past elected board member and secretary for ABS (American Brachytherapy Society) and present ABS Chair of the Education and Schools Committee. She is a member of the editorial board for Brachytherapy Journal. Dr. Keyes is a former Residency Training Program Director in Radiation Oncology at UBC, and past Royal College examiner in Radiation Oncology. She is a recipient of serval UBC teaching awards including: 2017 AD McKenzie UBC Department of Surgery Clinical Teaching Award, 2016 Best Teacher Award and 2014 CanMeds of Excellence both UBC Radiation Oncology Residency Training Program Awards. In 2017 she was awarded ABS – Presidents Award for outstanding contribution to American Brachytherapy Society.

Dr Keyes has been a keynote speaker at many national and international conferences; including ASTRO, ABS, Australian Brachytherapy Group annual meetings, Seattle Prostate Institute Annual Advanced Prostate Brachytherapy Courses, MD Anderson Brachytherapy Advanced Conferences and CARO. Dr Keyes is ASTRO and ABS course director for “hands on” prostate brachytherapy workshops and ABS prostate school. She is an author of over 60 peer reviewed manuscripts and recipient of many peer review grants including a CIHR grant in 2015 for translational research. She has a large clinical GU and breast cancer practice.

Bradley R. Pieters, MD, PhD

Head of the Brachytherapy department at the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Dr. Pieters is the chair-elect of the GEC-ESTRO and the Course Director of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ESTRO) School for the Comprehensive and Practical Brachytherapy course. Dr. Pieters was trained in Radiation Oncology at the Radboud University Hospital in Nijmegen, The Netherlands, and received his medical degree in 1990. He completed his residency in radiotherapy at Academic Hospital Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Dr. Pieters then completed a brachytherapy fellowship at the Daniel den Hoed clinic in Rotterdam and L’Institut Gustav-Roussy in Villejuif, France. His brachytherapy training was completed at the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam. Dr. Pieters received his MSc in epidemiology in 2006 and his PhD in 2010 after defending his thesis “Pulsed-dose rate brachytherapy in prostate cancer.” Dr. Pieters’ main field of interest is general brachytherapy with an emphasis on urologic brachytherapy, gynecologic brachytherapy, and pediatric brachytherapy.

Dr. Pieters is currently one of the Principal Investigators of the PROBACH trial (Randomized Phase 3 Study on the Assessment of Late Toxicity by Comparing IMRT High Dose External Beam Radiotherapy Only With External Beam Radiotherapy Combined With HDR or PDR Brachytherapy in Patients With Intermediate/High Risk Prostate Cancer) and the POWER trial (Randomized trial for the evaluation of erectile dysfunction after whole or partial gland prostate brachytherapy). He is also working on the following research projects: multimodality dose summation assessment and evaluation for cervical cancer; quantification of treatment-induced growth disruption using 3D photography in children with (orbital) rhabdomyosarcoma; ICT-based innovations in the battle against cancer – next-generation patient-tailored brachytherapy cancer treatment planning; Improving childhood cancer care when parents cannot be there – Reducing medical traumatic stress in childhood cancer patients by bonding with a robot companion.

Dr. Pieters is co-editor of the Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy and serves as a referee for the following journals: Radiotherapy and Oncology; International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, and Physics; Brachytherapy; the Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy; Radiation Oncology, Practical Radiation Oncology, Scientific Reports

Susan Richardson

Medical Physicist, Swedish Cancer Institute

Susan received her Ph.D. in Medical Physics from the University of Wisconsin.

She has been actively involved in the clinic with a focus on brachytherapy and special procedures. Most notably, she was the physics chief of service for brachytherapy at Washington University in St Louis which has one of the most active brachytherapy programs in the US. She is a fellow of the AAPM and has been involved in many workgroups and on the board of directors. She is dedicated to teaching and helped develop a CAMPEP approved medical physics program in Missouri and has been educating residents, physicists, and dosimetrists her whole career.

Mostly recently she was on the faculty for the AAPM summer school on brachytherapy physics. She is also involved in the ABR as a question writer and an oral examiner.

When not at work, Susan likes to run and compete in triathlons, and play ice hockey with her team.  She currently lives in Seattle, WA with her family and dogs.