Prostate Cancer Symposium 2019
 Program (tentative)

10:00 am   Registration

10:30 am   Opening

10:45 am   Ashley Ross, MD:

             "Identification and Management of

                   Prostate Cancer after Initial Treatment"

12:00 pm   Lunch

  1:15 pm   Michael Folkert, MD: 

             "The Role of Brachytherapy in Local 

                   Salvage Therapy for Prostate Cancer"

  2:30 pm   Marie Woerner, DPT: 

                        "Physical Therapy for the Male Patient"

  4:00 pm   Tour (optional) of Texas Center for 

                   Proton Therapy

McKesson Building
Irving, TX

Ashley E Ross, MD, PHD is an urologist and physician scientist with a clinical focus in prostate cancer.  He is part of Texas Oncology and Texas Urology Specialists, serves as the Executive Medical Director of the Mary Crowley Cancer Research Center in Dallas, and is an associate chair for the US Oncology Research genito-urinary committee.  Previously, Dr. Ross directed the Brady Urological Prostate Cancer Program of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.   

Dr. Ross has led research efforts in basic science, translational, and clinical areas of prostate cancer research and has over 100 peer reviewed original articles published as well as several editorials and book chapters.
Dr. Ross enjoys hiking, spending time with family and motorcycling.
Residency in Urology
Chief Resident, Johns Hopkins Medical Institution, Baltimore, MD
Internship in Surgery
Johns Hopkins Medical Institution, Baltimore, MD
Medical Doctorate
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
Doctor of Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD

Accolades & Memberships

Alpha Omega Alpha
American Urologic Association
American Society of Clinical Oncology
Prostate Cancer Foundation Young Investigator Award, 2015
Department of Defense Prostate Cancer Research Award, 2015
Patrick C. Walsh Research Award, 2015
Johns Hopkins Clinical Scientist Award, 2012

Michael R Folkert, MD is an Assistant Professor and Medical Residency Director in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the UT Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW) in Dallas, TX, USA. At UTSW, he serves as the Co-Director of the Brachytherapy Program and Director of the Intraoperative Radiation Therapy Program, and co-leads their multi-disciplinary Sarcoma and Gastrointestinal Malignancy programs.
Dr. Folkert leads the prostate brachytherapy program for primary and recurrence disease, and developed the first high-dose-rate prostate brachytherapy program in Texas.
Dr. Folkert originally trained as a medical physicist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Massachusetts General Hospital with a PhD in Radiological Sciences, but then transitioned to clinical medicine, training at Harvard Medical School and then Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center with an emphasis on Brachytherapy. His clinical research focuses on novel brachytherapy applicators for all body sites, toxicity assessment and reduction techniques in brachytherapy and stereotactic body radiation therapy, and complex multiparametric image analysis for cancer outcomes prediction. Additionally, he has a professional interest in brachytherapy and procedural education for residents and practicing physicians. He has served as PI on Phase I and II clinical trials, has published over 40 peer-reviewed papers and authored 9 book chapters, and has received grant funding from industry, the American Cancer Society, NIH, and the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.

Marie B Woerner PT, DPT, WCS, CLT graduated from the Texas Tech Health Science Center with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2008. After graduating she took the advice of many experienced mentors and practiced at a busy outpatient orthopedic clinic here in Fort Worth, TX. There she had the opportunity to treat a variety of diagnosis from low back pain to turf toe. 
In addition to these diagnoses, many of her patients also included postoperative shoulders, knees, spine, and ankles, allowing her to develop her orthopedic manual skills and individualized practice style.
After several years treating orthopedic patients, Marie transitioned into Women’s and Men’s Health by completing an American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) approved residency. During her residency she had the opportunity to mentor with top clinicians in the North Texas area

After several years treating orthopedic patients, Marie transitioned into Women’s and Men’s Health by completing an American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) approved residency. During her residency she had the opportunity to mentor with top clinicians in the North Texas area. Upon completion of her residency, Marie was offered a clinical faculty position with the  University of North Texas (UNT) Health Science Center and began to develop the Pelvic Health Program for the University. During her time at UNT she was able to grow a thriving practice, as well as obtain her Board Certification in Women’s Health, making her one of the only Board Certified Specialists recognized by the APTA in Tarrant County. She also developed a strong interest in Functional Dry Needling and obtained her certification through Kineticore, where she was able to  learn from many outstanding clinicians. Marie has a passion for helping others, spreading the word about pelvic health, and strives to provide exceptional care to all her patients.
Dr. Woerner is happily married with 2 children who she loves to spend time with.

Career Highlights
Residency trained in Women’s Health
Board certified in pelvic health through American Physical Therapy Association.
Certified in Functional Dry Needling and lymphedema
Held a dual appointment at UNTHSC in department of PT and OBGYN.
Guest speaker for multiple organizations including Plaid for Women in Keller, NTxPCC, Tarrant County Birth Network, and others.

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