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Society of Surgical Oncology Hosts 3rd - Largest Annual Cancer Symposium to Date

Author: Kelly Janowski
Apr 18, 2013

ROSEMONT, ILL. — More than 1,600 surgical oncologists and professionals converged upon National Harbor, Md., last month for SSO 2013, the 66th Annual SSO Cancer Symposium. The Society of Surgical Oncology® hosted this four-day educational and networking event, bringing together attendees from a diverse array of backgrounds for rousing discussions, enlightening workshops and unparalleled opportunities for knowledge advancement.

“Each year, we carefully design symposium content so that our attendees get the most out of the time they have set aside from their busy professional activities,” said 2012-2013 SSO President Dr. Monica Morrow. “We were honored this year to have some of the most well-respected leaders in the field share their insights and research to standing-room only crowds about the management of breast, gastrointestinal, melanoma, hepato-pancreato-biliary, endocrine and sarcoma cancers. We look forward to building upon this success again for SSO 2014, which is March 12-15, in Phoenix, Ariz.”

Held March 6-9 at the Gaylord National Hotel in National Harbor, Md., SSO 2013 allowed surgical oncologists and other professionals in the field, including surgical and breast oncology fellows, general surgery residents, chiefs of staff, department heads and senior faculty, to connect with what’s next in surgical oncology. This leading international scientific event covered the latest techniques and advances in the management of surgical patients with solid tumor cancers.

Highlights included the well-attended dinner symposia titled “Demystifying Margins in Breast Conserving Surgery,” the James Ewing Lecture delivered by and the Great Debates, a lively series of discussions conducted by some of the field’s most respected leaders, including Drs. Murray Brennan, Raphael Pollock, Charles M. Balch, Daniel Coit, Nicholas J. Petrelli and Mitchell C. Posner.

SSO was also eager to bestow a number of awards to its members. Dr. David P. Winchester Sr. received the SSO Distinguished Service Award, which is presented for outstanding contributions to surgical oncology through service to SSO, research, or enhancing clinical care or health policy. Dr. Winchester is a past SSO president who was recognized as a clinician and researcher for his lifelong dedication to quality improvement initiatives in collaboration with the American College of Surgeons. Additionally, Dr. Karen Lo, a surgical resident at the University of Colorado, received the third annual Colorectal Cancer Research Scholar Award, which is a joint accolade from the Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation (CCCF) and the Society of Surgical Oncology®. This award recognizes excellence in translational research focused on the molecular biology of colorectal cancer. A complete list of award winners is available online at, along with a full schedule of events and abstract information. Photos, videos and interviews are available upon request.

About the Society of Surgical Oncology
Founded in 1940 as the James Ewing Society, the Society of Surgical Oncology® is the premier organization for surgeons and health care providers dedicated to advancing and promoting the science and treatment of cancer worldwide. The 2,800-member Society's focus on all solid-tumor disease sites is reflected in its Annual Cancer Symposium, monthly scientific journal (Annals of Surgical Oncology), educational initiatives, and committee structure.

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