SURGONConnect - Winter 2016

SSO News 2016-1


SURGONConnect—February 2016 2016 Annual Town Hall & Business Meeting
2016-2017 Leadership Announced Positive Response to Call for Volunteers
SSO's International Presence Continues to Expand 2015 Fellows Institute Sees Record Attendance
New Educational Review Series Published #DoYouKnowSSO
#WearYourSSOPride Resident & Medical Student Member Category Approved
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SURGONConnect—February 2016

Welcome to SURGONConnect, a new, updated version of SSO News. Our goal is to provide brief summaries of SSO activities, along with links to more information on the SSO website. We hope you will find this new format an informative guide to SSO ongoing programs and initiatives.

2016 Annual Town Hall & Business Meeting

The Society's annual business meeting will be held Saturday, March 5, from 5:00-5:30 p.m. at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston during SSO 2016. Agenda items include introduction of new members, award announcements, reports from the SSO Treasurer, The SSO Foundation and Annals of Surgical Oncology, recognition of outgoing councilors and introduction of the new SSO President. There is still time to register for SSO 2016, the exceptional surgical oncology experience.

2016-2017 Leadership Announced

The SSO Executive Council has announced the slate of nominations for consideration at the 2016 Annual Business Meeting, taking place on Saturday, March 5, at SSO 2016 in Boston. The following candidates will succeed those Officers, Executive Council, and Nominating Committee members whose terms will expire in 2016:

Kelly McMasters, MD, PhD, Louisville, KY

Vice President
Armando Giuliano, MD, Los Angeles, CA

Douglas Tyler, MD, Galveston, TX

Executive Council (2)
Jim Howe, MD, Iowa City, IA
Julie Ann Sosa, MD, Durham, NC

Executive Council
Community-Based Representative
Ned Carp, MD, Wynnewood, PA

Executive Council
Councilor-at-Large* (1)
Karl Bilimoria, MD, Chicago, IL
Sarah McLaughlin, MD, Jacksonville, FL

Nominating Committee*:

Community-Based Surgical Oncologist (1)
Cyrus Kotwall, MD, Wilmington, NC
Chris Pezzi, MD, Abington, PA

International Surgical Oncologist (1)
Riccardo Audisio, MD, St. Helens, UK
Augusto Leon, MD, Santiago, Chile

Undesignated Representative (1)
Douglas Fraker, MD, Philadelphia, PA
Edward Levine, MD, Winston-Salem, NC

*Please note that the Councilor-at-Large position and each of the Nominating committee positions are selected through an e-ballot of the general membership.

The Executive Council approved the 2016-2017 slate of nominees as presented.

Positive Response to Call for Volunteers

SSO's Call for Volunteers for the 2016-17 Governance year met with an overwhelming response. More than 200 members volunteered for 41 open positions in SSO committees or workgroup. The expressions of interest were shared with SSO President-Elect, Daniel Coit, MD. Dr. Coit is notifying Chairs and Vice-Chairs of their appointments. Newly appointed committee members will receive notification letters shortly. SSO Headquarters staff is developing new ways to serve in order to accommodate more members interested in involvement. Look for more information on this and other new volunteer opportunities to come via email and social media. What are the SSO Committees?

SSO's International Presence Continues to Expand

Fall 2015 was a busy time for international outreach, when current SSO officers, past presidents, current ASO editor and SSO executive staff represented the Society at meetings in China, India, Mexico and Brazil. A Memorandum of Understanding between SSO and the Chinese Society of Clinical Oncology (CSCO) was signed during the meeting there. In addition, the Latin American Society of Surgical Oncology (LASSO) was formally established; we look forward to working with them in the future.

2016 promises to be another robust year for international outreach and collaboration. Learn more about SSO international initiatives.

2015 Fellows Institute Sees Record Attendance

SSO Fellows InstituteLooking for a way to get involved in the SSO? Join the ranks of Annals of Surgical Oncology manuscript reviewers and earn AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM while you do it. Learn about current issues, new research findings, multidisciplinary patient care and practice management in the field of surgical oncology by participating in the Annals Manuscript Review program. Read more.

New Educational Review Series Published

SSO and The SSO Foundation congratulate George Miller, MD, New York University School of Medicine, recipient of the Foundation's 2015-2017 Clinical Investigator Award. Dr. Miller was recognized for his work, Modulation of tumor-promoting influences of y&T cells in pancreatic carcinoma in a Phase II clinical trial utilizing perioperative gemcitabine + nab-paclitaxel. Read more.


The 2015 surgical oncology fellowship match will begin accepting applications on Wednesday, July 15. The Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) will be administering the application. An email was sent by ERAS to all program directors to register for the match. The National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), which conducts the match, sent an email to all program directors and institution officials with a password to activate their account. Fellowship applicants are required to register through the NRMP website. Applications must be submitted through ERAS by Saturday, August 15. Read more.


The SSO Fellows Institute will take place this year in Houston, TX, November 10-11, for two full days of hands-on skills labs and didactic presentations. Held at The Methodist Hospital System (MITIE), the annual training program is designed to complement the Surgical, Breast and Hepatobiliary oncology fellows’ training curriculum. Last year’s Fellows Institute drew 90 fellows and featured 21 faculty members delivering 19 lectures on a wide range of surgical oncology topics and 21 lab rotations. Read more.

Resident & Medical Student Member Category Approved

The SSO Foundation’s 75 for 75 Campaign was a great success due to the support and contributions of so many SSO members. Campaign Co-Chairs Mitch Posner, MD and Monica Morrow, MD, Foundation President and Vice President, respectively, were very pleased with how members as well as past and present leadership responded to the call for Campaign donations. The newly-appointed SSO Research Committee, chaired by H. Richard Alexander, MD, has begun to explore the development of new surgical oncology research award programs that will be supported by the funds raised. Many thanks to all who contributed. Read more.

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The SSO and The SSO Foundation thank all of our supporting companies for their commitment to SSO 2015, as well as other essential Society programs throughout the year. Their support is greatly appreciated and valued. Read more.