Date and Location:


April 12-13, 2024

Crown Plaza Foster City
— San Mateo
1221 Chess Drive, Foster City, CA 94404


Register to Attend the Free Patient and Family Seminar

The International Myeloma Foundation (IMF) is excited to announce that the 2024 San Francisco Patient and Family Seminar will take place on April 12-13, 2024, in Foster City, CA. The seminar is FREE, but in-person seating is LIMITED.  

IMF Patient and Family Seminars gather highly esteemed global myeloma researchers and healthcare professionals under one roof to share the latest developments in the field of myeloma and to answer your questions about the disease firsthand.  

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Keynote Speaker: Ajai Chari, MD

Ajai Chari, MD (Mount Sinai — New York, New York) will present a keynote on: What is the Future of Myeloma?

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Additional Event Speakers
IMF CEO Yelak Biru
Yelak Biru
IMF President and CEO
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Erin Bair, Esq
Triage Cancer – Chicago, IL
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Caitlin Costello, MD
University of California San Diego
Deborah Doss, RN
Deborah Doss, RN, OCN
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute — Boston
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Amrita Krishnan, MD, FACP
City of Hope Beckman – Duarte, CA
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Joseph Mikhael, MD
IMF Chief Medical Officer
Teresa Miceli Headshot
Teresa Miceli, RN, BSN, OCN
Mayo Clinic - Rochester, MN
Wendy Thomas Headshot
Wendy Thomas, RN, MSN, CHPN
Bloch Cancer Care Pavilion - University of Kansas Health System, KC Area Myeloma Support Group Leader
Michael Tuohy
Michael Tuohy
Patient Advocate and 24-Year Myeloma Survivor
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Robin Tuohy
IMF VP of Patient Support
Topics Covered in this Seminar
Hot Topics in Myeloma — Presented by Joseph Mikhael, MD
Shared Decision Making — Presented by Teresa Miceli, RN, BSN, OCN Resource Review — Presented by Robin Tuohy
Advanced Care Planning — Recording from Wendy Thomas, RN
Myeloma 101 & Understanding Your Labs — Presented by Dr. Joseph Mikhael, MD, and Teresa Miceli, RN, BSN, OCN
Clinical Trials & Patient/Care Partner Testimonial — Presented by Joseph Mikhael, MD and Yelak Biru
Patient, President & CEO Address Presented by Yelak Biru
Symptom Management and Living Well with Myeloma — Presented by Deb Doss, RN BSN OCN
Financial Considerations in Myeloma — Presented by Erin Bair, Esq., Staff Attorney, Triage Cancer




Saturday's agenda will include: 

An "Ask the Experts" Session

  • Led by IMF Chief Medical Officer Dr. Joseph Mikhael along with the faculty panel

Morning Breakout Sessions: Treatment Approaches in Myeloma (Choose One)

  • “Newly Diagnosed: An Approach to Frontline Therapy” led by Caitlin Castello, MD, University of California San Diego Health—San Diego, CA
  • “An Approach to Relapsed Myeloma” led by Amrita Krishnan, MD, FACP, City of Hope—Duarte, CA

Afternoon Breakout Sessions: Patient and Care Partners (Choose One)

  • Patients Only – Lessons Learned with Michael Tuohy, Patient & International Myeloma Foundation Support Group Leader
  • Care Partners Only with Robin Tuohy, Vice President, Support Groups, International Myeloma Foundation
For those traveling and needing accommodations:

For accommodations during the 2024 San Francisco Patient and Family Seminar, please note the following: 

Crown Plaza Foster City —San Mateo – 1221 Chess Drive, Foster City, CA 94404

Discounted Room Rate:

Standard King - $149 + tax
Queen Double - $159 + tax
Discounted Room Rate Deadline: March 18, 2024 *
*Subject to room availability

To book your room online:

IMF Patient & Family Seminar 2024 - International Myeloma Foundation Patient and Family Seminar April 2024

To book your room by phone:

  • Dial 1-888-233-9527
  • Say you are attending the International Myeloma Foundation (IMF) Patient & Family Seminar and would like to book a room at the discounted rate

To cancel your room:

  • Dial 1-888-233-9527
  • Request to cancel your reservation

*Please note, if you cancel your reservation within 48 hours of your arrival, the hotel will charge the card on file for 1 night + tax. The IMF is not responsible for any cancellation charges issued by the hotel.  

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Learn Myeloma Terms and Definitions:

Additional Resources:

Multiple Myeloma Informational Booklets:

Download myeloma educational publications created by the International Myeloma Foundation. 

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