Society of Surgical Oncology News - November/December 2017

SSO News 2017-5


SSO Education Moves into the Future with ExpertEd@SSO SSO Leaders Contribute to Major Report That Sets Out to Accelerate Cancer Research and Care
New Editor-in-Chief for Annals of Surgical Oncology Announced SSO 2018 – A Bigger and Better Meeting Awaits You!
Hear the Latest on Hyperthermia and Regionally Applied Biologic Therapies at the International Symposium on Regional Cancer Therapies 2017 Fellows Institute: Another Engaging Success!
Save the Date for Locoregional Metastasis from Melanoma Webinar Annals MOC – Stay Current and Receive CME and MOC
SSO 2018 – 2019 Nominating Slate Approved The SSO Foundation 2018 – 2019 Nominating Slate Approved
Are You 100% Committed? Text SSOFDONATE to 41444 and Demonstrate Your Commitment  

SSO Education Moves into the Future with ExpertEd@SSO

Kelly McMaster, MD pictureexperted1One of SSO’s key benefits is educational content developed by the most prestigious leaders in surgical oncology. SSO achieved an important milestone for making this critical information easily available – ExpertEd@SSO. Steven Libutti, MD, Chair of the SSO Education Council, stated, “SSO’s education stands apart from other offerings because it provides surgical oncology content that is both practical and at the forefront of multidisciplinary patient care.”

libutti111The SSO Education Council was re-established this year with two primary charges: 1.) Provide oversight of SSO Education Programming, ensuring a balance of educational offerings, and 2.) Collaborate with SSO committees and external stakeholders to develop educational offerings that address various disease sites and practice settings. Dr. Libutti explains, “The council is made up of representatives from 12 SSO committees including each of the Disease Site Work Groups, as well as the Training, Community Practice Surgeons, International, Membership, and the Scientific Program Committees. This diverse group of individuals will work to ensure that SSO is responsive to the educational needs of trainees and the experienced cancer surgeon through the exploration, analysis and development of meaningful content.”

ExpertEd@SSO utilizes the latest technology to ensure that content is easily discoverable and accessible. The platform conveniently tracks CME completion and seamlessly passes credit information to the American Board of Surgery. It also maintains a detailed history of all programs and activities that have been accessed and completed. Learn more by watching this short video.

“ExpertEd@SSO provides a variety of education in various formats. I’m particularly excited by video-based learning and developing new content that utilizes this format for debates, operative procedures and expert commentary and analysis,” said Dr. Libutti. ExpertEd@SSO currently offers more than 20 educational programs that include videos of recent SSO Annual Cancer Symposia, webinars, CME articles and case studies.

accme111SSO’s educational plans for the coming years are reflective of the Society’s new strategic plan and is targeting development of over 50 new activities during the next three years. The quality of SSO’s education has been recognized by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education and has achieved Accreditation with Commendation. Overall, only 21% of ACCME-accredited providers have achieved this elite level of recognition.

SSO Leaders Contribute to Major Report That Sets Out to Accelerate Cancer Research and Care

The newly released The Lancet Oncology Commission on Future Research in the USA sets out how to accelerate cancer research and care, delivering on the US Cancer Moonshot initiative. The report builds on the Cancer Moonshot’s Blue Ribbon Panel recommendations and is authored by over 50 leading oncologists including SSO President, Kelly M. McMasters, MD, PhD, SSO Immediate Past President, Daniel G. Coit, MD and SSO Treasurer, Sandra L. Wong, MD, MS.

SSO President Kelly M. McMasters, MD, PhD said, “The Lancet Oncology Commission publication, “Future Research Priorities in the USA,” establishes surgical oncology as one of 13 key priority areas. It clearly defines the pivotal role of the cancer surgeon in strategically orchestrating a multidisciplinary care approach while providing a surgical-based treatment option that offers the best possibility for cure.  The report further defines priorities for surgical oncology that focus on access to care and eliminating disparities, innovation in surgical technology, data collection and clinical trials.”

The report sets out a detailed roadmap to deliver on the Blue Ribbon Panel recommendations, including a focus on prevention, a new model for drug discovery and development, a vast expansion of patient access to clinical trials, and an emphasis on targeted interventions to improve cancer care for underserved groups, specifically children, cancer survivors and minority groups. The report emphasizes the importance of addressing health disparities in all recommendations.

It also highlights how technological advances, including understanding and mapping pre-cancer biology and the rapid adoption of big data, as well as new collaborations across industry, patient groups, academia, government and clinical practice will be critical to advancing research, and ultimately improving patient care.

Read the full press release.

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Sandra L. Wong, MD, MS, SSO Treasurer and Kelly M. McMasters, MD, PhD, SSO President served as authors for The Lancet Oncology Commission on Future Research Priorities in the USA

Daniel G. Coit, MD, SSO Immediate Past President

SSO Events and Announcements

New Editor-in-Chief for Annals of Surgical Oncology Announced

SSO 2018 Groupkelly-mcmastersThe Society of Surgical Oncology announces Kelly M. McMasters, MD, PhD as the new Editor-in-Chief of Annals of Surgical Oncology (ASO) effective March 2018. Dr. McMasters becomes only the second Editor in the journal’s nearly 25-year history to assume the role. He will oversee the print and online editions of ASO and with Mark Roh, MD, Executive Editor, will lead a prestigious editor roster of expert leaders in surgical oncology, including more than 20 section editors and associate section editors from around the world, as well as U.S.-based associate and deputy editors. Dr. McMasters begins his position on March 23, 2018 in conjunction with the journal’s 25th anniversary and the retirement of Charles M. Balch, MD, who established the prominence of the publication in the field of surgical oncology.  SSO President-Elect Armando E. Giuliano, MD, said, “I am very pleased to confirm the appointment of Dr. Kelly McMasters by the SSO Executive Council as the Editor-in-Chief for Annals of Surgical Oncology. Dr. McMasters has demonstrated extraordinary leadership, scholarship and commitment to the SSO and the Annals of Surgical Oncology. His tenure and contributions as a Deputy Editor for the journal make him an excellent choice to develop and implement a strategic vision for the future of the publication.”

ASO is the worldwide journal of choice of surgical oncologists and is the official journal of the Society of Surgical Oncology and the American Society of Breast Surgeons. According to Thompson-Reuters, in the 2016 impact factor ranking among all surgical oncology scholarly periodicals, ASO has the most citations of all surgical journals in the world, the highest number of source items, and a current impact factor of 4.041.

Annals of Surgical Oncology has a rich heritage as the premier source of clinical and translational science related to cancer surgery and multidisciplinary care. It is an honor and a privilege to lead an outstanding editorial board into the future,” said Dr. McMasters.

SSO 2018 – A Bigger and Better Meeting Awaits You!

The 71st SSO Annual Cancer Symposium has significantly expanded educational opportunities to bring you a full spectrum of clinical innovation and application. New for this year, the Scientific Program Committee has reorganized and clustered sessions by disease-specific tracks. As a result, attendees will be able to maximize daily schedules and attend sessions that present the next generation of surgical oncology research.

In addition, SSO 2018’s featured lecturers cover a range of topics including melanoma, hormonal control of cancers and transcriptome of pancreatic cancer cells.


Read more about the various sessions.

Register now through January 8, 2018 to receive early bird rates and don’t forget to make your hotel reservations.


Hear the Latest on Hyperthermia and Regionally Applied Biologic Therapies at the International Symposium on Regional Cancer Therapies

David Bartlett, MD pictureRegister now via ExpertEd@SSO for the the 13th International Symposium on Regional Cancer Therapies, February 17 – 19, 2018 in Atlantic Beach, FL, near Jacksonville. Hear the latest research in the areas of medical, surgical, thoracic and gynecologic oncology and gastroenterology from researchers in the field of hyperthermia and regionally applied biologic therapies.

one-oceanBy registering through ExpertEd@SSO completion of post-event CME will be simplified to save you time. Housing is open now through January 15, 2018. Accommodations are provided at One Ocean and several amenities for meeting attendees are available to those who book through the conference room block.

Watch your email for additional program details. If you have additional questions, please contact SSO’s education department.

2017 Fellows Institute: Another Engaging Success!

Jill Onesti, MDSSO's seventh annual Fellows Institute, cosponsored by the Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association (AHPBA) and the American Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBrs), took place November 13-15 in Houston, Texas. 106 breast, surgical oncology, and HPB fellow attended the meeting, designed to meet the evolving educational needs of these fellows with hands-on lab training, case discussions, and didactic learning.

Breast Program
The breast program began with an afternoon didactic lecture on stereotactic biopsy for the surgeon, followed by an evening program where the faculty panel focused on job selection considerations and work-life balance challenges.

Tuesday morning focused on the basics of ultrasound imaging and biopsy, with a didactic lecture, a live model ultrasound lab, and an ultrasound and biopsy lab, where fellows practiced scanning methods on chicken breasts, while also learning about biopsy tools and biopsy technique.

The afternoon session was oncoplastic surgery, with didactic lectures and much of the fellows’ time spent in the cadaver lab. During the lab, fellows practiced numerous oncoplastic techniques including the round block technique (RBT), donut mastopexy, wise pattern, and nipple-sparing mastectomy. Fellows also learned about skin marking for different incision types for the nipple-sparing mastectomy.

Surgical Oncology and HPB Programs
The surgical oncology and HPB program began on Tuesday afternoon with didactic lectures on open and minimally invasive pancreatic surgery, and open and minimally invasive hepatectomy and ablative techniques. After the lectures, an engaging hour of HPB cases were discussed followed by a faculty panel discussion on job selection and work-life balance.

The next day, surgical oncology fellows learned about technical considerations in adrenal surgery, less common techniques in the management of regional disease from melanoma, HIPEC indications, setup and technique, and open and minimally invasive gastrectomy and node dissection. Didactic lectures were interspersed with interactive case discussions covering melanoma, sarcoma, colorectal and HIPEC cases.

Simultaneously, HPB fellows learned about and debated laparoscopic versus open pancreas surgery, received an overview of liver-directed therapies for malignancies and learned about the use of intraoperative ultrasound in HPB surgery. In addition, they heard from experts about surgical management of hilar cholangiocarcinoma (resection versus transplant), the management of neuroendocrine tumors, and vascular reconstruction for borderline and locally advanced pancreatic adenocarcinoma.

Wednesday afternoon, surgical oncology and HPB fellows rotated through multiple faculty-led stations in the cadaver lab. Lab stations included the ultrasound open and laparoscopic stations, where fellows practiced open and laparoscopic ultrasound targeting on porcine livers, and become more familiar with laparoscopic anatomy with a cadaver station. One cadaver station was dedicated to HIPEC setup and technique. Two cadaver stations were setup with da Vinci® Surgical Systems, allowing participants to expand their knowledge of minimally invasive robotic surgery. Two cadaver stations were dedicated to learning the novel technique of minimally invasive groin dissection. In addition, six cadaver stations were dedicated to minimally invasive and open techniques, covering gastric, adrenal, left and right upper quadrants, low anterior (LAR), and retroperitoneal sarcoma. At these stations, participants explored anatomy and techniques for each topic.

SSO and The SSO Foundation sincerely thanks all of the 2017 Fellows Institute sponsors!

Save the Date for Locoregional Metastasis from Melanoma Webinar

Lucy De La Cruz, MD pictureSave the date for the webinar “Multidisciplinary Management of Locoregional Metastasis from Melanoma” on January 16, 2018 at 5:00 PM CST. This hour-long webinar will include a panel of thought leaders including Surgical Oncologist, Jonathan Zager, MD, Medical Oncologist, Nikhil Khushalani, MD and Radiation Oncologist, Evan Wuthrick, MD.

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In-transit melanoma is defined as the development of many tumor nodules between the primary tumor and the regional nodal basin. Although in-transit melanoma is uncommon, the implications of the disease are serious, with a high risk of recurrence, disease progression and metastasis. Clinical trials are ongoing to evaluate specific combinations of regional, intralesional and systemic therapies and their sequence, leaving surgical oncologists with limited evidence on multimodal treatment.

This webinar will offer 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM and 1 MOC that may be applied towards Part 2 of CME/MOC. This is a complimentary activity.

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Amgen.

Annals MOC – Stay Current and Receive CME and MOC

annals111The Annals of Surgical Oncology (ASO) promotes clinical and translational cancer research with an emphasis on clinical trials. It also publishes timely articles about public policy and patient-advocacy issues related to the surgical patient with cancer.  For the last four years, SSO has made available select articles as part of the Annals MOC program to provide quick and easy access to the most engaging and timely clinical information.  Each article offers 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM and 1 self-assessment credit that may be applied towards Part 2 of the ABS MOC Program.  In approximately one-hours’ time, you can read the article and take four questions to receive CME and MOC.

In conjunction with the launch of ExpertEd@SSO, seven new articles will be available. Topics include: stage III colon cancer, hyperparathyroidism, gastroesophageal adenocarcinoma, rectal cancer with metastatic mesorectal lymph nodes, papillary thyroid cancer, retroperitoneal sarcoma. Visit ExpertEd@SSO to access these articles.

ASO has a strong history of publishing high-impact articles. According to Thompson-Reuters, in the 2016 impact factor ranking of all surgical oncology scholarly periodicals, ASO has the most citations of all surgical journals in the world, the highest number of source items and a current impact factor of 4.041. Please be sure to check out these clinically relevant and authoritative manuscripts from ASO.

SSO 2018 – 2019 Nominating Slate Approved

International Symposium on Regional Cancer Therapies pictureThe SSO Executive Council approved the recommended slate at its October 23rd meeting. The following surgical oncology leaders have been slated to succeed those whose terms are concluding in March 2018.


The SSO Foundation 2018 – 2019 Nominating Slate Approved

Genevieve Boland, MD Twitter chat imageNext year’s Board of Directors slate has been finalized according to SSO Foundation President Monica Morrow, MD. The new appointments are:

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Are You 100% Committed? Text SSOFDONATE to 41444 and Demonstrate Your Commitment

ExpertEd@SSO picture100commited111The SSO Foundation (SSOF) recently launched a fundraising campaign, 100% Committed, urging you and every SSO member to donate, applying the commitment that drives SSO members each day to be surgeons, leaders, scholars, and mentors.

A career in surgical oncology requires intense commitment: to patients, to ongoing education, to surgical expertise, and for many, to advancing collective knowledge through research. The SSOF supports that commitment by offering research grants. The Young Investigator Award (YIA), offered annually through the SSOF, is entirely supported by member donations. The 2018 YIA award will be funded through the special Morton Fund, a fund established in honor of Dr. Donald L. Morton.

The YIA research grant was established to serve as a springboard to future grants and as a platform for research projects eligible for future publication. The YIA recipient in 2016, Dr. Kamran Idrees, Assistant Professor of Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical School, proposed research on the impact of health literacy on post-surgical patient outcomes. JAMA Surgery recently featured Dr. Idrees’ research in its October issue, highlighting results of the study supported in part by SSOF.

With the YIA at the forefront of the funding needs of the SSOF, it’s critical for SSO members to be 100% Committed. The SSO membership has the capacity to support the YIA, as well as other SSOF programs, if EVERY member donates, at the level that fits into their charitable giving, this year and every year. Please consider making a gift by December 31, 2017 to join the campaign and to be featured on the SSOF Donor Board in 2018. You may do so by texting SSOFDONATE to 41444 or by visiting the SSOF website. Your contribution is critical to support research, education, and other important initiatives of the SSO and The SSOF.