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The Society of Surgical Oncology Announces New President and Executive Council Officers

Rosemont, IL – The Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO) is pleased to announce the 2021 – 2022 newly elected Executive Council Officers. The Society’s new President is Douglas S. Tyler, MD, MSHCT, FSSO. Dr. Tyler currently holds the John Woods Harris Distinguished Chair in Surgery at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX. He also holds an Adjunct Professor appointment at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in the Department of Surgical Oncology. Dr. Tyler’s clinical practice focuses on GI cancers and melanoma. He has published over 260 peer-reviewed manuscripts and over 75 book chapters. His research interests focus on surgical oncology especially melanoma and surgical training. He was also Chairman of the Complex General Surgical Oncology Board, a component Board of the American Board of Surgery (ABS), from 2014-2016, overseeing the credentialing process for individuals who have trained in ACGME approved Complex General Surgical Oncology Fellowships.

Serving as SSO’s President-Elect is Sandra L. Wong, MD, MS, FSSO. Dr. Wong is the William N. and Bessie Allyn Professor of Surgery, Chair of the Department of Surgery at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, and Professor of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. She is a nationally recognized authority in the management of soft tissue sarcoma, melanoma, Merkel Cell carcinoma, and gastrointestinal cancers. Her health services research program has been funded by National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the American Cancer Society. Her research broadly focuses on the quality of care; she is currently working on the development and implementation of electronic patient reported outcomes to improve symptom management and on the study of rural disparities in surgical oncology care. Dr. Wong has expertise in the development and implementation of clinical practice guidelines and advises on health policy and technology evaluation. Dr. Wong has published well over 210 peer-reviewed studies and also serves as the Health Services Research and Global Oncology Section Editor for the Annals of Surgical Oncology. She has been honored with numerous medical student and resident teaching awards.

Russell S. Berman, MD, FSSO, has been named SSO Vice President for a three-year term. Dr. Berman is a Professor of Surgery at New York University Grossman School of Medicine where he is Vice Chair for Surgical Education and Faculty Affairs, Chief of Surgical Oncology, and Director of the General Surgery Residency Program. Dr. Berman has served the SSO in numerous capacities including six years as Chair of the Training Committee, Chair of the SCORE Committee and was elected to two terms on the SSO Executive Council. Dr. Berman is a member of the American Board of Surgery (ABS) Council and sits on numerous ABS committees. He is presently serving a two-year term as Chair of the Complex General Surgical Oncology Board. For the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer, Dr. Berman functions as a subject matter expert in melanoma. He is on the editorial board of multiple oncology and surgical oncology journals including Annals of Surgical Oncology and NCI Physicians Data Query.

Other SSO Officers include Kelly K. Hunt, MD, fulfilling the third and final year of her term as Secretary, Ronald DeMatteo, MD, FSSO, serving in the second year of a three-year term as Treasurer, and Immediate Past President, James R. Howe, MD, FSSO. M. Eileen Widmer, CAE, CFRM is the Chief Executive Officer. For a complete listing of all SSO Executive Council members, please visit www.surgonc.org/about-sso/leadership.

About the SSO

The Society of Surgical Oncology is a dynamic global community of cancer surgeons shaping advancements in the profession to deliver the highest quality surgical care for cancer patients. SSO promotes leading-edge research, quality standards and knowledge exchange, connecting cancer surgeons worldwide to continuously improve cancer outcomes. Our highly regarded educational resources inspire members and spur each cancer surgeon to grow, improve and thrive. These exceptional resources include the Annals of Surgical Oncology, the leading publication in surgical oncology, ExpertEd@SSO, the Society’s educational platform with numerous free-of-charge surgical oncology resources, SurgOnc Today® podcast program, featuring informative interviews with authorities in surgical oncology and signature event, the International Conference on Surgical Cancer Care. Learn more at www.surgonc.org.

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