Fellow of the Society of Surgical Oncology (FSSO)

Show Your SSO Pride and Commitment to Surgical Oncology – The Fellow of the Society of Surgical Oncology (FSSO) Designation

Your membership in the Society of Surgical Oncology signals your commitment to being a part of a dynamic global community of cancer surgeons focused on delivering the highest-quality surgical care for cancer patients. Membership has many benefits that include access to premier education that increases levels of excellence, leading-edge research that makes a measurable impact on the profession and a focus on quality, keeping members on the forefront of practice. A benefit that is also available, but not widely known, is the Fellow of the Society of Surgical Oncology (FSSO) designation. SSO members (in good standing) in the ACTIVE, ACTIVE INTERNATIONAL and EMERITUS categories may use the designation to demonstrate affiliation with SSO, the leading surgical oncology society.

FSSO Designation Usage

Usage of the FSSO designation does not imply unique credentialing or board certification status. There is no relationship between this designation and the American Board of Surgery certification in Complex General Surgical Oncology; the ACGME fellowship training programs in Complex General Surgical Oncology; or SSO fellowship training programs in Breast Surgical Oncology. Prominent usage of the FSSO designation, however, does demonstrate a commitment to the Society and to the profession. 

You may use the FSSO designation with your name, after your doctorate degree, on business cards, website pages, physician directory listings and office stationery.

Once your membership lapses for non-payment of dues, your membership status is not in good standing and you may no longer use the designation. The FSSO designation is the exclusive intellectual property of the SSO.

The Fellow of the Society of Surgical Oncology designation (FSSO) is defined in Article II, Section 1 & 2, 2B of the SSO Bylaws.* You must be a member in good standing to utilize the designation. The FSSO designation is a value of membership; there are no additional fees or paperwork required to begin using the designation. However, per the SSO Bylaws, members in the ACTIVE, ACTIVE INTERNATIONAL and EMERITUS categories may use the designation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please refer to our list of Frequently Asked Questions for more information about the FSSO designation. If you have additional questions, please contact SSO Membership at membership@surgonc.org.

*ARTICLE II Membership. Section 1: Active Members, Section 2: Emeritus Members, 2B Rights: An Active Member shall have the right to vote and shall be eligible to hold any office within the Society. Active Members shall have the right to attend, participate in and submit abstracts for presentation at meetings of the Society.  An Active Member [Emeritus Member] shall be designated as a Fellow of the Society of Surgical Oncology.

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