SSO 2018 Spotlights Innovation and Application

SSO 2018 Dr. McMasters speaking at the podiumSSO 2018’s expanded content format allowed for greater exploration into innovative multidisciplinary treatments and scientific innovations that pave the way for future progress in treatments. But, cancer care is a spectrum that is not only about surgery, chemotherapy or radiation, but also the leadership role of the surgical oncologist along that path. Outgoing SSO President, Kelly M. McMasters, MD, PhD stated during the SSO Presidential Address, “It is time for us to change the conversation about appropriate care for end-stage cancer patients.”

SSO 2018 provided an engaging and welcoming environment for cancer surgeons from all countries and treatment settings. As such, SSO 2018 set new records for both the volume of content and the number of attendees. Over 1,900 attendees from 45 countries traveled to Chicago including 415 international cancer surgeons. In addition to record-breaking attendance, SSO 2018 welcomed over 400 first-time attendees, a 20% increase over 2017. Abstract presenters represented 20 different countries along with faculty and moderators from 10 countries. 515 surgical trainees joined their mentors in attending the Symposium, many presenting for the first time on an international stage. SSO 2018 also recognized the various achievements of surgeon scientists and cancer activists, as shown in the table below.

SSO 2018 award winners

The Charles M. Balch Distinguished Service AwardNorman Wolmark, MD and Bernard Fisher, MDDrexel University School of Medicine and University of Pittsburgh
2018-2020 Clinical Investigator AwardHeather Neuman, MD, MSUniversity of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
2018 Donald L. Morton Young Investigator Award in MelanomaMichael Lowe, MD, MAEmory University School of Medicine
Best Clinical Research PaperNaruhiko Ikoma, MD, MSUniversity of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Best Clinical Research PosterMohammad Y. Zaidi, MD, MSEmory University
Best Basic Science Research PaperAndre B. Martel, MDUniversity of Ottawa
Best Basic/Translational Research PosterBrett Ecker, MDUniversity of Pennsylvania
Harvey Baker Traveling Fellow AwardRoheena Z. Panni, MDWashington University in St. Louis
James Ewing Layperson’s AwardAlex Kimura, Sam Kimura and Taylor ShortenSharing America’s Marrow

Dr. McMasters and Dr. Giuliano with gavel“Every year SSO’s Annual Cancer Symposium evolves and grows in dynamic and energizing ways. SSO 2018 presented a great range of clinical concepts, treatments, and philosophies that challenged conventional ideas and laid the foundation for moving multidisciplinary cancer care forward,” said Armando E. Giuliano, MD, SSO President, whose term began at the conclusion of SSO 2018.

SSO 2018 Quick Reference Links
SSO 2018 Virtual Meeting
SSO 2018 CME and MOC
SSO 2018 Photo Gallery

Please be sure to save the date for SSO 2019 in San Diego, CA, March 27 – 30, 2019.

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