Surgical Oncology News

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The Society of Surgical Oncology Welcomes Record-Breaking Number of Attendees to SSO 2015, the 68th Annual SSO Cancer Symposium

Author: SSO Staff
Apr 07, 2015

ROSEMONT, IL— 1,741 surgical oncologists and professionals converged in Houston for SSO 2015, the 68th SSO Annual Cancer Symposium. Hosted by the Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO)—celebrating its 75th anniversary this year—SSO 2015 saw a record-setting number of physicians in attendance. The four- day educational and networking event offered attendees a look at the latest in the management of surgical patients with solid tumor cancers, including riveting debates and panel sessions, unparalleled symposia and workshops, late-breaking videos and poster grand rounds. In addition, SSO 2015 hosted a thriving exhibition with 60 top companies showcasing their surgical oncology services and solutions.

“The symposium is our premier annual event, providing an expansive look at the most impactful research being done today, and an excellent mix of educational offerings and exceptional networking opportunities,” said SSO President Ronald J. Weigel, MD, PhD. “This year we saw some of the most well- respected leaders and innovators in our field give outstanding presentations, while attendees engaged in some truly compelling debates regarding the research that made its debut at the meeting. With the success of SSO 2015, it’s clear the Annual SSO Cancer Symposium has become the place to go to immerse yourself in all things relevant to the advancement of surgical oncology.”

Held March 25-28 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, SSO 2015 brought together surgical oncologists, surgical and breast oncology fellows, general surgery residents, chiefs of staff, department heads and senior faculty involved in the management of breast, gastrointestinal,   melanoma, hepato-pancreato-biliary, endocrine and sarcoma cancers. During the Symposium, attendees participated in educational offerings prepared by the top minds in surgical oncology and reviewed the latest research in their field.

Highlights included:
  • The Susan G. Komen ® Symposium: “Personalized Care for Early Stage Breast Cancer”
  • “Neoadjuvant Therapy in the Modern Era,” focusing on pre-surgical breast cancer treatment
  • “The Great Debates in Breast Cancer,” featuring world renowned surgical oncologist Murray F. Brennan, MD
  • The John Wayne Clinical Research Lecture: “Challenging Paradigms in Cancer Research,” with Lee M. Ellis, MD
  • “Challenges of Gene Testing for Clinical Management,” a symposium featuring five lectures and a Q&A panel discussion
  • More than 13 additional symposia, 103 orally presented abstracts and 395 poster abstract
Many who have made significant contributions in the area of surgical oncology were also honored at SSO 2015:
  • Distinguished Service Award - Leslie H. Blumgart, MD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • James Ewing Layperson’s Award - Kristen Olewine-Milke, Harrisburg, PA
  • Colorectal Cancer Research Scholar Award - Andrea M. Abbott, MD, MS, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center
  • Harvey Baker Travelling Fellow Award - Vinod P. Balachandran, MD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research Award - Mediget Teshome, MD, MPH, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Best Clinical Research Poster - Barbara Dull, MD, Washington University
  • Best Basic/Translational Research Poster - Amanda Kirane, MD, UT Southwestern
  • Best Clinical Research Paper - Zeinab Alawadi, MD, The University of Texas Health Science Center
  • Best Basic Science Research Paper - Callisia Clarke, MD, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
In addition, SSO is celebrating its 75th Anniversary in 2015. In recognition of this milestone, special highlights at SSO 2015 included:
  • 75th Anniversary Historic Walk, which showcased photos of all past presidents
  • The James Ewing Lecture: “SSO Highlights over 75 Years: From Ewing to Weigel,” presented by Charles M. Balch, MD, Annals of Surgical Oncology Editor-in-Chief
  • The SSO Presidential Address: “The Next 75 Years,” presented by Ronald J. Weigel, MD, PhD, SSO President
  • The SSO 75th Anniversary Celebration, featuring a tribute to the many leaders and members who helped shape SSO into the thriving Society it is today
For more information, please contact Anne O’Day at 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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