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The Society of Surgical Oncology Introduces New Chief Executive Officer

The Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO) has named Anna Polyak, RN, JD, as the new Chief Executive Officer effective April 4, 2022.

“After an extensive national search, the SSO Executive Council is excited to announce Ms. Polyak for this important leadership role,” stated Sandra Wong, MD, SSO President. “She brings significant expertise in building collaborative industry relationships in areas of research, quality and advocacy and is adept at optimizing operational processes. Her leadership skills combined with her healthcare background will enable her to successfully direct the future of SSO.”

Polyak has a background in both the healthcare sector and association management, beginning her career as a registered nurse in the operating room. She continued to work full-time as a nurse while she attended law school and concentrated on health law. After law school, she worked as corporate counsel and a compliance attorney for government and private healthcare organizations.

Learn more here.

Fellows Institute
Houston, TX
November 28-30, 2022

Complex General Surgical Oncology (CGSO) Exam Review Course
January, 2023

Advanced Cancer Therapies
Location TBD
February 18-20, 2023

International Conference on Surgical Cancer Care
Boston, MA
March 22-25, 2023

International Conference on Surgical Cancer Care
Chicago, IL
March 13-16, 2024

International Conference on Surgical Cancer Care
Chicago, IL
March 12-15, 2025

The SSO 2018 – 2022 Strategic Plan covered seven different themes including: SSO annual meeting, membership, global impact, education, brand identity, quality and research and infrastructure. Plan highlights include:

  • Implemented 21 Task Force recommendations to enhance the SSO International Conference on Surgical Cancer Care
  • Increased the number of SSO members serving on committees by 25%
  • Formed the Global Forum of Cancer Surgeons
  • Implemented 169 new educational programs
  • Launched new SSO brand identity

View the strategic plan summary booklet.

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Speaking of SurgOnc® is a podcast brought to you by the Annals of Surgical Oncology (ASO) and the Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO). The series is hosted by ASO Deputy Editor Dr. Frederick L. (Rick) Greene, who expands upon ideas from articles published in the Annals of Surgical Oncology. Once a month, Dr. Greene interviews authors and leading experts in surgical oncology.

Listen to the most recent episode here or by pressing play on the audio player below.

SSO 2023

Plan to join colleagues at the SSO 2023 – International Conference on Surgical Cancer Care in Boston, MA.

March 22-25, 2023
Boston, MA

FELLOWS INSTITUTE

SSO’s Fellows Institute is an annual educational program that includes specialty-specific tracks along with networking opportunities. More information is available here.

November 28-30, 2022
Houston, TX

ExpertEd@SSO is your source for premier continuing education with programs.

CGSO Board Exam Review Course

Every year SSO offers the popular CGSO Board Exam Review Course, roughly two weeks before the next CGSO Certifying Exam. Learn more here.

January 23, 2023
Virtual

Advanced Cancer Therapies

Advanced Cancer Therapies (ACT) serves as a comprehensive forum to promote the research, development, and application of advanced cancer therapies in the fields of hyperthermia and regionally applied biologic therapies, primarily in HPB, melanoma and peritoneal metastases

February 18-20, 2023 

Browse our database of other meetings available across the worldwide surgical oncology community.

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