Prognostic Risk Assessment in MDS: Incorporating the IPSS-R into Practice

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Release Date: July 30, 2018
Expiration Date: July 30, 2019

Expected time to complete this activity as designed: 15 minutes

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Program Overview

Clinicians can choose from several available risk assessment tools to ascertain prognostic information and guide treatment decisions when managing patients with MDS. Dr. Rami Komrokji discusses the role of current prognostic risk assessments, including the IPSS-R, and how these tools can be used to individualize treatment for patients with MDS, including the important role of genetic testing as a complement to prognostic risk assessments.

Target Audience

This activity is designed for multidisciplinary healthcare providers in the community setting, including hematologists, oncologists, pharmacists and other allied healthcare professionals who provide care to patients with myelodysplastic syndromes.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the importance of utilizing the IPSS-R in the risk assessment of patients with MDS
  • Summarize the role for mutational screening in MDS, in both prognosis and assessment of treatment strategies
  • Incorporate the IPSS-R into treatment decision-making in patients with MDS


Prognostic Risk Assessment in MDS: Incorporating the IPSS-R into Practice – Rami S. Komrokji, MD

Instructions for Participation and Credit

This activity is eligible for credit through July 30, 2019. After this date, this activity will expire and no further credit will be awarded.

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  3. Complete the educational content as designed.
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Faculty Biography

Rami S. Komrokji, MD
Professor of Medicine and Oncologic Sciences
University of South Florida College of Medicine
Vice Chair, Malignant Hematology Department
Moffitt Cancer Center
Tampa, Florida

Dr. Rami Komrokji received his medical degree from Jordan University School of Medicine. He completed an internship and residency at Case Western University, St. Vincent Program. He then completed a fellowship at Strong Memorial Hospital, University of Rochester in hematology/oncology and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Dr. Komrokji is Professor of Medicine & Oncologic Sciences (MOS) at the College of Medicine at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Vice Chair of the Malignant Hematology Department, and the head of the Leukemia and MOS Section at the Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa. In addition, he is a senior member of the Malignant Hematology and Experimental Therapeutics Program at the Moffitt Cancer Center.

Dr. Komrokji has authored or co-authored more than 175 peer-reviewed manuscripts, 20 book chapters, and more than 300 abstracts in hematologic malignancies. He serves as member on the myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) panel of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN). He was a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Clinical Oncology and is peer reviewer for several medical journals including Blood, Journal of Clinical Oncology, and Leukemia.

Dr. Komrokji’s interests are in phase I and II clinical trials, and in outcomes research in hematologic malignancies with a focus on myeloid neoplasms. His clinical interests are MDS, acute leukemias, and myeloproliferative neoplasms.


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Faculty Disclosure

Dr. Rami Komrokji has received honoraria as a consultant from Celgene Corporation and Incyte Corporation, as well as speakers’ bureau activities from Novartis AG.

Planning Committee Disclosures

The individuals listed below from MediCom Worldwide, Inc. reported the following for this activity: Kristin Burke, Project Manager, Keith D’Oria, Medical Writer, and Joan Meyer, RN, MHA, Executive Director, have no relevant financial relationships.

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This activity is supported by educational grants from Celgene Corporation and Onconova Therapeutics Inc.

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