Faculty: Soroush Rais-Bahrami, MD, Daniel Song, MD, György Kovács, MD

Moderators: Albert Bossi, MD and Tom Polascik, MD


Soroush Rais-Bahrami, MD

Dr. Soroush Rais-Bahrami is an Associate Professor of Urology and Radiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham as well as being a co-founder of the UAB Program for Personalized Prostate Cancer Care. He received a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Maryland. He later received his Medical Degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and then completed residency training in urologic surgery at the Arthur Smith Institute for Urology at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine in New York. Following residency he further specialized in urologic oncology as a fellow at the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Rais-Bahrami has a strong interest in the development and implementation of imaging for the diagnosis, staging, and treatment of urologic cancers as well as developing, improving, and employing robotic and minimally-invasive techniques for the treatment of urologic malignancies. His research interests focus on kidney cancer as well as prostate, bladder, testicular, penile, and adrenal cancers, with a particular interest in incorporating advanced imaging modalities, into translational and clinical research projects to better guide treatment of urologic cancers.

Daniel Song, MD

Dr. Song is a Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology and Molecular Radiation Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  He serves as the Director of Genitourinary Radiotherapy and Director of Faculty Affairs, as well as the Co-Director of the Johns Hopkins Prostate Cancer Multidisciplinary Clinic.  His research focus is on technological innovations for improving the practice of prostate radiotherapy, as well as the conduct of clinical trials in innovative methods of brachytherapy and radiosensitization for prostate cancer. 

Professor György Kovács M.D., Ph.D., Sen.hon.

Finishing the Medical University of Szeged/Hungary 1977, he was resident in the Municipal Centre of Radiotherapy in Budapest/Hungary.

1984-87 research fellow at the Oncology Research Centre of the German Academy of Sciences and completed his academic thesis in "Fast neutron treatment of salivary gland tumors". 1989-91 Alexander von Humboldt Foundation research fellowship at the WWU Radiotherapy Department, Münster/Germany. 1991-2005 he received a full professorship in radiotherapy at the CAU Kiel/Germany and led the Interdisciplinary Brachytherapy Centre. 2005 - 2019 full professor in radiotherapy at the University of Lübeck/Germany and leading the Interdisciplinary Brachytherapy Unit.

Since 2016, Educational Program Director at Gemelli – INTERACTS, and since 2019 Professor at UCSC Rome, Italy.

He was GEC- ESTRO Chairman (2008-2010); leader of the GEC-ESTRO H&N and Skin WG (2010-2018); Director ESTRO-EAU Interdisciplinary Prostate Brachytherapy Teaching Course (1992-2012); ESTRO-ACROP board member (2013-2018); ESTRO-APAC Executive Board Member (2016); first Chairman of the DEGRO Brachytherapy Group, Germany (1992- 2008).

Scientific prizes: the "Strebel-Medal" (German speaking Radiotherapy Societies, 2003), the "Iris Fischer Memorial Lecture Award" (Yale University/ USA, 2009), the "Samir Desai Oration Lecture Award" (Indian Brachytherapy Society, 2014), the "Elis Berven Lecture Award" (Swedish Oncology Society, 2017), and the ESTRO “Life Achievement Award” (2019). He is honorary member of the Hungarian- (2010), Belgian- (2011) and Pakistan (2018) Radiotherapy Societies, as well "Senator honoris causa" of the University of Szeged/Hungary (2014). He published more than 250 scientific papers in peer-reviewed international journals (h-factor 32).

Albert Bossi, MD

Dr Alberto Bossi is currently at the Amethyst-Radiotherapy Clinic in Paris, France and has been Head of the Urology and Prostate Brachytherapy Unit at the Gustave Roussy Cancer Institute in Villejuif, France. He graduated in Medicine and Surgery in 1988 and Specialized in Radiotherapy and Diagnostic Radiology in 1992 at the University of Pavia. After a Clinical Fellowship at the Dept of Radiation Oncology at the Academic Medical Centre in Amsterdam he worked in Como and Milan. In 2001 he was appointed Adjunct Clinical Head at the Department of Radiation Oncology of the University Hospital in Leuven, Belgium where he worked till 2006 before moving to IGR. Dr Bossi is member of several scientific Society and he has served as Coordinator of the Genito-Urinary Working Group of the EORTC in 2006-2009. He has been the Course Director of the Multidisciplinary ESTRO-EAU-ESMO Teaching Course on Prostate Cancer and teacher at both the ESO (European School of Oncology) and EAU (European Association of Urology) Prostate Courses. He is PI and co-PI (Principal Investigator) of two major European Phase III trials on Prostate Cancer and has published over 190 papers in peer-reviewed journals. Dr Bossi is reviewers for several journals.