IMF Patient and Family Seminar 2024 — Boca Raton, FL

Date and Location:


March 15-16, 2024

Boca Raton Marriott at Boca Center
5150 Town Center Cir, Boca Raton, FL 33486


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Register to Attend the Free Patient and Family Seminar

The International Myeloma Foundation (IMF) is excited to announce that the 2024 Boca Raton Patient and Family Seminar will take place on March 15-16, 2024, in Boca Raton, Florida. 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: Saad Usmani, MD

Saad Usmani, MD (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY) 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
Matthew Drake, MD, PhD
Mayo Clinic — Rochester, MN
Amanda Goodstadt
Amanda Goodstadt, Esq.
Senior Staff Attorney, Triage Cancer
Gurbakhash Kaur, MD
UT Southwestern Medical Center — Dallas, TX
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Joseph Mikhael, MD
IMF Chief Medical Officer
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Teresa Miceli, RN, BSN, OCN
Mayo Clinic - Rochester, MN
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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 Support Group Leader
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Robin Tuohy
IMF VP of Patient Support
Dr. Peter Voorhees
Peter Voorhees, MD
Atrium Health, Levine Cancer Institute — Charlotte, NC
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 — Presented by Wendy Thomas, RN
Myeloma 101 & Understanding Your Labs — Presented by Dr. Joseph Mikhael, MD
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 Teresa Miceli, RN, BSN, OCN
Wild Card Topic: Bone Health — Presented by Matthew Drake, MD, PhD

Financial Considerations in Myeloma — Presented by Amanda Goodstadt, Esq.




Saturdays 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 Peter Voorhees, MD, Atrium Health, Levine Cancer Institute, Charlotte, NC
  • “An Approach to Relapsed Myeloma” led by Gurbakhash Kaur, MD, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas TX

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:

The IMF has secured a discounted room rate ($179 nightly plus tax) at the Boca Raton Marriott at Boca Center.  To book, please contact the Boca Raton Marriott at Boca Center (800) 228-9290 (Reservations)  or reserve a room online: Boca Raton Marriott at City Center Reservation  The discounted room rate is available if reservations are made no later than February 14, 2024 – or until the room block is full. Please see the “Info at a Glance” for more information.

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Join Us for the March for Myeloma 5k Run/Walk

Attending the Patient and Family Seminar in Boca Raton, FL? Join us Friday morning for the March for Myeloma 5K Run/Walk as well! Help raise awareness of multiple myeloma while connecting with others living with the disease. 

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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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