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Society of Surgical Oncology Elects Monica A. Morrow, MD, as its 2012-2013 President

Author: Curt Mattson
Apr 19, 2012

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ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL—April 2012—Monica A. Morrow, MD, New York, N.Y., was elected 2012–2013 President of the Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO), succeeding James S. Economou, MD, PhD, Los Angeles, Calif. The Society has also elected Dr. V. Suzanne Klimberg, MD, Little Rock, Ark., as its President-Elect, and Ronald J. Weigel, MD, PhD, Iowa City, Iowa, as Vice President. These elections—and those of new Council members—were ratified at the Society’s Annual Cancer Symposium held last month in Orlando, Florida.

Dr. Monica Morrow is Chief, Breast Service, Department of Surgery, and the Anne Burnett Windfohr Chair of Clinical Oncology at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, N.Y. She is also Professor of Surgery at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University. She is the editor of three breast cancer textbooks and has published more than 250 book chapters, manuscripts, and editorials.

She has served as SSO Vice-President, Secretary, Chair of the Membership Committee, and serves on the Annals of Surgical Oncology Editorial Board. She has served two previous terms on the Executive Council, and was a member of the Issues and Government Affairs Committee.

Dr. Morrow earned her MD degree at the Jefferson Medical College and completed her residency at the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont, followed by a Surgical Oncology fellowship at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

Dr. V. Suzanne Klimberg is the Muriel Balsam Kohn Chair in Breast Surgical Oncology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Professor of Surgery and Pathology, Director of Diseases of the Breast Fellowship, and Director of the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute Breast Cancer Program. She has also produced over 200 peer-reviewed articles, books and book chapters. She is a Director on the American Board of Surgery, American Board of Plastic Surgery and the newly formed Advanced Surgical Oncology Board.

Dr. Klimberg is a past Secretary/Treasurer of the Society, past member of the Corporate Relations Committee, has served on the editorial board as a Breast Section Editor and is now Deputy Editor for the Society’s journal, Annals of Surgical Oncology, and previously chaired SSO’s Maintenance of Certification Committee.

She earned her MD degree at the University of Florida College of Medicine, where she subsequently did her residency. She held fellowships at the University of Florida in Clinical Oncology and at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Diseases of the Breast.

Dr. Ronald J. Weigel is the EA Crowell Jr. Professor and Head of the Department of Surgery at the University of Iowa. He is also Professor of Biochemistry. His research is focused on gene regulation and hormone response in breast cancer.

He has served SSO as Chair of the Fellowship and Research Grant Committee, sat on the Training Committee for six years, served as SSO Representative to the American Board of Surgery for six years, and has been a member of the Executive Council for the last three years.

Dr. Weigel received BS and MS degrees in Chemical Engineering from MIT. He earned his MD degree from Yale School of Medicine along with a PhD in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry. Dr. Weigel did his general surgery training at Duke University. From there he joined the faculty at Stanford University and started his independent NCI-funded laboratory. He also holds an MBA degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.

John M. Kane III, MD, is Chief of the Melanoma Sarcoma Service, Department of Surgical Oncology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and Associate Professor of Surgery at the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York. He is also Program Director of the Roswell Park Cancer Institute’s SSO-approved Fellowship Program. He has authored over 90 manuscripts and abstracts and has twice been the recipient of Roswell Park’s Golden Apple Award, which is given to the outstanding educator in surgical oncology.

Dr Kane has served the Society of Surgical Oncology as Vice-Chair of the Training Committee and has served on the Strategic Planning Committee.

He earned his MD degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He then completed his general surgery residency and research fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh, followed by a Surgical Oncology Fellowship at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Dr. Kane previously served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Reserve.

Sandra L. Wong, MD, MS, is a surgical oncologist and health services researcher at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on improving the quality of cancer care including examination of complication and mortality rates with cancer surgery, variations in costs and treatment intensity for poor-prognosis cancers, and socioeconomic disparities in cancer care.

She has served SSO two terms on the Outcomes Research Committee and is now a member of the Gastrointestinal Disease-site Workgroup. She also serves on the Annals of Surgical Oncology editorial board.

Dr. Wong received her MD degree from the Northwestern University Medical School and completed her General Surgery residency at the University of Louisville. She completed a fellowship in Surgical Oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, also serving as Chief Administrative Fellow. Dr. Wong has also trained in clinical research design and statistical analysis, obtaining a Masters of Science from the University of Michigan's School of Public Health in 2007.


David Shibata, MD, is an associate member of the Department of Gastrointestinal Oncology and chief of the section of Colorectal Oncology at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute. He is also an associate professor of surgery and oncology at the University of South Florida College of Medicine.

Dr. Shibata received his MD degree from McGill University in Quebec, Canada. He completed a research fellowship in cancer biology at Harvard Medical School and a residency in general surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. He was a surgical oncology fellow at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

Dr. Shibata's NIH-funded laboratory research centers on the study of specific molecular mechanisms such as DNA methylation that contribute to the development of colorectal and other gastrointestinal malignancies.

Founded in 1940 as “The James Ewing Society,” the Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO) is a 2,700-member organization for surgeons and health care providers. The mission of the SSO is to improve patient care by advancing the science and practice of surgical oncology worldwide. The Society’s focus on all solid tumor disease sites is reflected in its comprehensive Annual Cancer Symposium, monthly scientific journal (Annals of Surgical Oncology), special projects, and committee structure.

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