SSO 2020 – International Conference on Surgical Cancer Care

SSO 2020 Cancelled and Converted to Virtual Meeting Format

In consideration of the many challenges presented by COVID-19 along with SSO’s objective of ensuring the health and safety of SSO 2020 attendees, the SSO Executive Council has made the difficult decision to forgo the live meeting planned for August and instead convert SSO 2020 to a virtual format.

Please plan to join your colleagues for a live, virtual event the evenings of August 17th and 18th. The SSO 2020 Scientific Program Committee (SPC) is planning a virtual meeting with an abbreviated program schedule that will include general sessions, featured lecturers and various disease-site sessions. Select sessions will be recorded and available on demand. The SPC is hard at work reshaping the program and additional details along are forthcoming.

SSO Offers Virtual Meeting Free to all SSO Members

SSO members (in good standing) who are currently registered for SSO 2020 may participate and access all virtual meeting content for free and non-SSO members may participate for a nominal fee of $75. All registered attendees will have the option of receiving a refund or donating all or a portion of their previous registration payment to the SSO Research and Education Fund. If you are not currently an SSO member, please consider joining to take advantage of this incredible opportunity and to become part of a dynamic global community of cancer surgeons focused on the highest standards of cancer care. Details regarding the refund/donation process will be sent in approximately two weeks.

SSO 2020 Housing

If your SSO 2020 housing reservation was made through the SSO 2020 website, no further action is needed as your room reservation will be canceled.

Thank you for your patience as we work to update our technology processes and finalize a new scientific program schedule. Please watch your email for additional information over the coming weeks.

We wish you health and safety during these tough times.

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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