The SSO Foundation                      

In October 2014, the James Ewing Foundation was rebranded as The SSO Foundation in order to more closely align its name with SSO.


Along with the name change, a new logo and brand identity was crafted for The SSO Foundation to illustrate the pillars of the Foundation: research, education and innovation. The logo features The SSO Foundation in a clean, modern typeface, accompanied by an icon accented with the recognized cancer awareness ribbon in the shape of “S” signifying SSO. The spherical shape of the icon, along with the ribbon’s added subtle reference to the equator, represent SSO and the Foundation’s contributions to global efforts to overcome cancer and inspire hope among cancer patients. Read the news release to learn more about the new name and identity.

Supported by contributions from SSO members, patients, private individuals and organizations, The SSO Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides funding for translational and clinical cancer research and surgical oncology education programs and initiatives. Through its sponsorship of lectureships and awards, the Foundation recognizes excellence and innovation in, and contributions to, the advancement of multi-disciplinary surgical oncology patient care.

Established in 1978, the fundraising arm of SSO was originally named in honor of James Stephen Ewing, MD, the founder of SSO and widely regarded as the “Father of Oncology." Ewing’s legacy will continue to be honored by The SSO Foundation through its support of The James Ewing Lecturer and The James Ewing Layman’s Award. Learn more about Dr. Ewing’s legacy as a researcher and clinician.

Each year the Foundation sponsors the following lectureships and awards in conjunction with the SSO Annual Cancer Symposium, including:

The Donald L. Morton, MD, Fund

The Society of Surgical Oncology lost an esteemed member, valued past president and pioneer in surgical oncology with the passing of Donald L. Morton, MD, on January 10, 2014.

In honor of Dr. Morton, the James Ewing Foundation is accepting donations in his memory. Please note on your donation to direct payment to The Donald L. Morton Fund. The JEF and SSO plan to collaborate with his family to develop an appropriate mechanism honoring Dr. Morton's legacy in surgical oncology education and research.

To read more about Dr. Morton, please click here.

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Donate to The SSO Foundation by using the secure PayPal button here or by downloading The SSO Foundation Form, and mailing or faxing it with your credit card information or check payable to "The SSO Foundation" to The SSO Foundation, 9525 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Suite 870, Rosemont, IL 60018 (Fax: 847-427-1411).

If you have any questions, please contact The SSO Foundation at or 847-427-1400, ext. 107.