SSO 2020 – International Conference on Surgical Cancer Care

Update on SSO 2020 and COVID-19

Dear SSO 2020 Attendees,

Over the last several weeks the SSO has closely monitored reports from the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with regards to the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). As a result of the proliferation of the virus and recognizing the responsibility to protect the health and safety of SSO 2020 attendees, their patients and their families, the SSO Executive Council has decided to postpone SSO 2020 to August 17 – 20, 2020, in Boston.

The decision to postpone versus canceling the meeting was carefully weighed by the SSO Executive Council, which recognizes the significant time and effort that has been dedicated to writing abstracts, preparing presentations and making travel plans. Providing an opportunity for the surgical oncology community to come together to learn about new research and hot topics, discuss collaborations and see old friends were key factors in the decision to postpone instead of cancel the event.

We recognize the challenges with the August 17 – 20, 2020 date and know that it may not be ideal for everyone. Extremely limited venue options along with anticipating when the virus may be contained led to selection of this timing. For your convenience, your SSO 2020 March registration along with your hotel reservation (same hotel) will be automatically transferred to the August dates. You will be receiving new confirmations this week. If your schedule prevents you from attending and you need to cancel, please contact You may also review frequently asked questions.

With your help, we plan to transform this setback into a win and hold the best SSO meeting ever.  Summertime is beautiful in Boston, and we encourage you to bring your family to experience all that this region has to offer – from 400 years of history to the beauty and serenity of Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard.  We hope that you will join us in Boston this summer to experience outstanding education, the highly anticipated SSO HUB and the collegial gathering of the global surgical oncology community! 


David L. Bartlett, MD                                                 Herbert J. Zeh, III, MD

SSO President                                                             SSO 2020 Scientific Program Chair

Updated March 6, 2020



SSO 2020: Push Progress Further. Together.

Registration for SSO 2020 is open.  SSO’s annual symposium has grown and evolved significantly over the years to become a meeting that welcomes attendees from all practice settings and from all parts of the globe. This year’s symposium sessions are comprehensive in the range of topics and the depth of expertise delivered. Below are just a few of the planned symposium sessions:

  • Management of Breast Cancer in Women Age 70+
  • New Techniques for Cytoreduction and Peritoneal Chemotherapy for Colorectal Cancer: “How I Do It”
  • Controversies in Management of Primary and Metastatic Small Bowel Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Integrating Theranostic Principles into Surgical Therapy of Differentiated Thyroid Cancer.

SSO 2020 - International Conference on Surgical Cancer CareSSO 2020 will feature the debut of SSO HUB, a new and interactive experience that replaces the conventional exhibit hall. The HUB will feature five clinical zones – Breast/Endocrine, HPB, Melanoma/Sarcoma, Colorectal/Upper GI and Immuno-Oncology. Each Zone will have a theater where posters, videos and meet the expert sessions will take place. All of this in addition to the HUB main stage where you may view debates, challenging case reviews, industry spotlights, clinical trial spotlights and team competitions.


Below is a sample of programming available on the HUB Main Stage and in the Zones:

  • Invasive Lobular Carinoma: How is it Different and Does that Affect Management?
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery for Cancer: Adopt or Abandon
  • Sarcoma Tumor Board: Challenging and Controversial Cases
  • What’s new in Imaging for GI Cancer
  • Social Media for the Cancer Surgeon
SSO 2020 - International Conference on Surgical Cancer Care
SSO 2020 - International Conference on Surgical Cancer Care

As a result of this dynamic new attendee experience as well as SSO’s new branding, SSO 2020 presents an updated identity as demonstrated by a new logo and descriptor. SSO 2020 – International Conference on Surgical Cancer Care is an opportunity for exchanging knowledge in new ways and making new connections that will enhance your professional career.

SSO invites you to be a part of this exciting new conference by attending and contributing to the collective experience. Registration opens October 14, 2019. Visit for additional information.

Past Annual Cancer Symposia

Over the years, SSO Presidential Addresses have covered an array of topics ranging from the growth and evolution of the Society, changes in the care of cancer patients, overcoming personal and professional challenges and ethical considerations. While topics may range, the constant element is the deep passion for the profession and for improving the lives of cancer patients. View past SSO Presidential Addresses here.

Armando E. Giuliano, MD, (2018-2019)

SSO 2019 Presidential Address -

Incoming SSO President Dr. David L. Bartlett (2019) introduced Dr. Armando Giuliano for his Presidential Address titled, "Serendipity and Strategy on the Path of Progress."

Presented for outstanding contributions to surgical oncology through service to SSO, research, or enhancing clinical care or health policy. This is the successor to the Society of Surgical Oncology Heritage Award and 2018 marks the first year of this award with the new name “The Charles M. Balch, MD, Distinguished Service Award.” Charles M. Balch, MD has dedicated more than 30 years of service to the SSO, demonstrating leadership on multiple fronts and serving as SSO President in 1991. His passion for the Society and for the field of surgical oncology is evidenced by 25 years of service to the Annals of Surgical Oncology, in which his actions as Founding Editor-in-Chief has led to the worldwide growth and prominence of the journal.

A list of recipients can be found here.

The James Ewing Layperson’s Award is presented annually and is the highest award of the Society, given to a physician whose work has had a major impact on surgical oncology.  Work is defined in the broadest sense, and includes basic, translational, clinical, and health services research as well as public policy.

Find a list of recipients here.

This prestigious award is selected by the SSO President and is given to an individual whose work has impacted the clinical practice of surgical oncology. The recipient presents a lecture at the SSO Annual Cancer Symposium in the year they are awarded.

Learn more about past recipients here.

This lecture award is delivered by an MD or PhD performing innovative basic or translational research relevant to the understanding of cancer biology or the care of the cancer patient. This award is funded by the American Cancer Society.

See a list of recipients here.

In 2007, SSO established a new Clinical Investigator Award (CIA) program with the goal of promoting patient-oriented research through the training of surgical oncologists in clinical and translational science.

Learn more about the award and see a list of recipients here.

The SSO Young Investigator Award in Surgical Oncology promotes and recognizes translational or clinical research that advances innovative ideas and concepts designed to improve health outcomes through advances in the delivery of cancer-related care.

See a list of recipients and learn more about the award here.

Each year the SSO awards a $1,000 grant to assist in providing travel support for a postdoctoral oncology trainee whose paper is accepted for presentation at the SSO Annual Cancer Symposium. The SSO Scientific Program Committee selects the winner based on a blind peer-review of abstracts submitted.

See a list of the award recipients here.

Each year, the Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation (CCCF) awards a $2,000 grant to provide travel support for a postdoctoral surgical oncology trainee whose paper is accepted for presentation at the SSO Cancer Forum held during the SSO Annual Cancer Symposium. The paper must be primarily focused on colorectal cancer.

A list of recipients can be found here.

For a full list of contest winners click here.

Each year, SSO offers two Poster Contest Awards of $500 each; one for the best Basic/Transitional Research Poster and one for the best Clinical Research Poster. Based on submissions, the Scientific Program Committee selects the top ten finalist posters from all entries submitted. During the Symposium, the finalists’ posters are prominently displayed, and attendees vote to select the winner of each category.

For a full list of recipients click here.

The James Ewing Layperson’s Award is intended to thank and honor non-physicians for their work in support of public awareness, patient resources, or clinical or research efforts in the prevention or cure of cancer.

For a list of recipients of the James Ewing Layperson’s Award go here.

As a result of the Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO) partnership with various international societies, the SSO debuted a Global Partners Posters section at SSO 2016. Partner societies were invited to submit their top abstracts from their respective world-wide events over the past year. It is the Society’s intent to continue to incorporate this opportunity as part of the Annual Cancer Symposium programming.

Find a list of previous posters here.

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