Nlewsletter of lEl1e Societ¥ of Surgical IDocolog):" loc. www.surgooc.org Wiioter 2003 Colon cancer crusader Katie Couric to accept James Ewing Layman Award IiiII d~~on new, p",onrui~ Katie Couric, who has made the threat of colon cancer a focus in both her work and personal life, will accept SSO's 2003 James Ewing Layman Award during the 56th Annual Cancer Symposium in Los Angeles, March 5-9. The award is presented annually at the SSO President's Banquet to a non-physician who has made a significant contribution to improving the care of cancer patients. Previous winners have included Tommy Thompson, Laurance Rockefeller, Armand Hammer, Roger Smith, Norman Schwarzkopf and Arnold Palmer. SSO President Dr. John M. Daly, Philadelphia, PA, said Couric's "tireless efforts to bring to the forefront the need for colorectal screening to reduce mortali- ty associated with large bowel cancer have truly saved countless lives." In May 2001, Couric was honored with a prestigious George Foster Peabody award for her series, Headliner Award, and the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi award. Her piece on colon cancer also contributed to NBC News' 2001 Edward R. Murrow award for Overall Excellence in the news department. Couric knew little about colon cancer when her husband Jay Monahan received a diagnosis of advanced colon cancer in 1997. He died the next year, two weeks after his 42nd birthday. In March 2000, she launched a national campaign aimed at increasing awareness of the disease that landed her on the cover of Time Magazine. Couric, Lilly Tartikoff, and the Entertainment Industry Foundation established the National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance (NCCRA) to end the threat of colon cancer through education, new research and regular medical screenings. "Katie Couric's tireless efforts to bring to the forefront the need for colorectal screening to reduce mortality associated with large bowel cancer have truly saved countless lives. " "Confronting Colon Cancer," which aired on "Today," the NBC News morning program she co-anchors. As a part of the series, she underwent a colonoscopy on camera in an effort to demystifY the exam for viewers. She has also won six Emmys, an Associated Press Award, a Matrix Award, a National ... continued on page 2 •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• SSO/WFSOS joint meeting to feature international perspective on emerging cancer management strategies SSO's 56th Annual Cancer Symposium and the 3rd World Congress of the World Federation of Surgical Oncology Societies (WFSOS) will bring an exciting international perspective to emerging cancer management strategies. The meeting takes place March 5-9, 2003, at the Century Plaza Hotel, Los Angeles. "This joint meeting with the WFSOS will provide a stimulating international discussion on important issues in surgical oncology," said Scientific Program Chair Dr. Steven Leach, Baltimore, MD. "It will feature a program designed to update attendees on the latest strategies and controversies in the management of solid tumors, while providing members with a glimpse of new developments in molecular therapy and genomics - subjects that continue to revolutionize cancer management in the 21st Century." The meeting begins Wednesday, March 5, with a day of scientific presentations by the WFSOS. A series of innovative symposia designed to provide surgeons with a glimpse of the specialty's progress and its future follow on Thursday, March 6. ... continued on page 4 MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT 56th Annual Cancer Symposium presents vision of specialty's future ByDr.JohnM.Daly In just a few short months, the membership will convene in Los Angeles for SSO's 56th Annual Cancer Symposium. This joint meeting with the World Federation of Surgical Oncology Societies promises an in depth look at recent advances in surgical care and will feature many promiDr. John M. Daly nent surgeons and speakers from around the world. JOURNAL CONTINUES SUCCESS In addition to research and patient care, SSO is achieving incredible success in the publishing world. The latest "impact factor" ratings show that Annals of Surgical Oncology continues to gain prestige among researchers. The Institute of Scientific Information ranked our publication 6 of 139 surgery journals, and 25 of 107 oncology titles in 200l. Submissions for publication are also on the increase. As a result, Annals will fea- pressing legislative issues as the health care industry undergoes continuous change. Besides serving as a valuable information source, the State Action Center also enables members to contact state and local representatives to express opinions about pending legislation. It also allows surgeons to become an important factor in the ongoing debate about the future of health care in this country. In closing, I extend heartfelt thanks to all SSO members for allowing me to serve as your president this past year. It has been a true privilege representing you ''As you can see, we have accom- and an honor to follow in the footDr. Steven Leach and members of plished much this year, yet our steps of those who came before me. the Program Committee continue to devote long hours toward putting As you can see, we have accomplished work continues. " much this year, yet our work contintogether a program that will highlight the latest advances in cancer treatture additional room for published articles ues. We can all be confident in the judgment and research. We welcome WFSOS in 2003. I congratulate Dr. Charles Balch ment and abilities of Dr. Alfred Cohen, President Prof. Niall O'Higgins and his who will begin his presidency at the SSO for a job well done. colleagues to this educational program. Annual Business Meeting and successfully ADVOCACY EFFORTS: STATE ACTION CENTER lead our Society into the future. I thank ESTABLISH EDUCATION COMMITTEE SSO has joined with the American you for your confidence and look forward As the leading organization of cancer College of Surgeons to launch the new to seeing you in March. @i surgery specialists, we have a compelling State Legislative Action Center, which responsibility to ensure our members have will allow surgeons to keep informed of opportunities to further develop their practices and expand their knowledge. For this reason, we are creating a new continued from page 1 Education Committee, made up of members from the CME, Scientific Program, Couric became co-anchor of "Today" in 1991, after joining the program the Publications, and Website Committees. previous year as its first national correspondent. An honors graduate of the This new committee will help coordinate University of Virginia, she had joined NBC News as deputy Pentagon corresfurther education efforts on behalf of SSO pondent in 1989. She was previously a general assignment reporter with WRCmembers, devote ample resources and TV; the NBC Television station in Washington, DC, where she won an Emmy experience in crafting worthwhile educaand an Associated Press Award for her work. She began her television news tional programs, and make certain we career as a desk assistant for the ABC News bureau in her native Washington continue to master new breakthroughs before working for CNN in Washington and Atlanta and in Miami. in clinical research and patient treatment. Highlights of Couric's career include a groundbreaking political interview We are also participating in the formation with First Lady Laura Bush just prior to President Bush's inauguration, the of an ad hoc committee to oversee the first television interview with First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, the farewell accreditation of breast fellowship prointerview with Joint Chiefs of Staff General Colin Powell, and General Norman grams. Working closely with the AmeriSchwarzkopf's first interview after the Persian Gulf War. She anchored two can Societies of Breast Surgeons and days of live coverage from Littleton, Colorado, following the shooting rampage Breast Diseases, we will maintain our at Columbine High School in April 1999. Her critically acclaimed interview leadership role in this expanding field with the father of one of the victims and the brother of another made national and create standards of excellence for headlines. @i existing programs. Colon Cancer Crusader ... wrv:r 2 Dr. Eva Singletary nominated President-Elect; Dr. Timothy Eberlein, Vice President for 2003-2004 Dr. S. Eva Singletary, Houston, TX, has been nominated President-Elect of SSO for 2003-04, announced Nominating Committee Chair Dr. Glenn D. Steele, Jr., Danville, PA. He has been a member of several committees, including the Legislative Affairs, Continuing Medical Education, Local Arrangements and Nominating Committees. He is a former member of the Executive Committee of the Editorial Board of Annals of Surgical Oncology. SSO will hold elections at its Annual Business Meeting, Saturday, March 8, 2003, when Dr. Alfred M. Cohen, Lexington, KY, becomes SSO President, succeeding Dr. John M. Daly, Philadelphia, PA. DR. CANCE: TREASURER Dr. Cance is Professor and Chairman, Department of Surgery at the University of Florida, Gainesville, and Associate Director for Clinical Affairs of the University of Florida/Shands Cancer Center. Other candidates slated by the Nominating Committee include Dr. Timothy J. Eberlein, St. Louis, MO, Vice President; Dr. William G. Cance, Gainesville, FL, Treasurer; and Drs. Mitchell C. Posner, Chicago, and Monica Morrow, Chicago, for three-year terms on the Executive Council. Dr. Cance is a member of the Issues and Government Affairs Committee and sits on Dr. William Cance the Editorial Board of Annals of Surgical Oncology. He previously served on the SSO Executive Council, Continuing Medical Education Committee and Scientific Program Committee, which he chaired in 1998. Mail-in ballots to determine the next Councillor-at-Large were recently sent to the voting membership. SSO members will choose between Dr. Jeffrey Drebin, St. Louis, MO, and Dr. Anton Bilchik, Santa Monica, CA. The new Councillorat-Large will be announced at the Annual Cancer Symposium. DR. SINGLETARY: PRESIDENT-ELECT Dr. Singletary is Professor of Surgery, Department of Surgical Oncology at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, and Chair of the AJCC Breast Task Force. DR. POSNER: EXECUTIVE COUNCIL Dr. Posner is Professor of Surgery and Chief of Surgical Oncology at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. He is Director of the school's Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program and a professor at the Cancer Research Center. Currently SSO Vice President, Dr. Singletary serves on SSO's Constitution and Bylaws, and Planning Committees. She is Dr. Eva Singletary the Breast Section Editor for Annals of Surgical Oncology, and has served on the Publications, Issues and Government Affairs, Nominating and Program Committees. An SSO member since 1992, Dr. Posner serves on the Training Program Directors Dr. Mitchell Posner Subcommittee. He previously served on the Membership Committee and was the Scientific Program Committee Chair for the 55th Annual Cancer Symposium in Denver. Dr. Posner was awarded the Society's "Best Paper in Clinical Research" in 1988. In addition, she was program chair for the Society's 53rd Annual Cancer Symposium, held in New Orleans, and served as Councillorat-Large for the SSO Executive Council from 1996-1999. DR. MORROW: EXECUTIVE COUNCIL DR. EBERLEIN: VICE PRESIDENT Dr. Morrow is Professor of Surgery, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Director of the Lynn Sage Comprehensive Breast Program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago. Dr. Eberlein is Bixby Professor and Chairman, Department of Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis. He is also Surgeon-in-Chief, Barnes-J ewish Hospital, and Director of the institution's Siteman Cancer Center. Dr. Morrow has served on the Executive Council from 1993-1996, and on the Issues Committee from 1990-1997. A former Dr. Monica Morrow member of the Annals of Surgical Oncology Editorial Board, she also was Secretary-Treasurer of the James Ewing Foundation. In 1994, she chaired the SSO Committee on Standards for the Diagnosis and Management of Breast Disease. Dr. Eberlein chairs the SSO Finance Committee, is a member of the Publications Dr. Timothy Eberlein Committee and SSO Representative to the American Board of Surgery. He is current SSO Treasurer and previously served a three-year term on the Executive Council. Dr. Eberlein also chaired the Society's 1994 and 1995 Annual Meetings. [email protected] 3 SSOIWFSOS joint meeting to feature international perspective ... continued from page 1 Major program topics include: Esserman, San Francisco, will oversee this presentation on treating breast cancer, including the role of endocrine therapy, future roles of aromatase inhibitors and the importance of correlative science in advancing hormonal therapy. • Genomic Medicine: Molecular Approaches to Cancer Care - Drs. James R. Howe, Iowa City, IA, and Thomas K. Weber, New York City, mod- erate this presentation that will update attendees on topics including genome-wide gene expression in cancer, hypermethylation in colorectal cancer and colon cancer chemoprevention. The meeting also features several prominent cancer experts in a series of presentations. On Thursday, March 6, Prof. Niall O'Higgins, Dublin, Ireland, presents the WFSOS Presidential Address. SSO President Dr. John M. Daly, Philadelphia, PA, delivers the SSO Presidential Address Friday, March 7. • Breast Cancer Update: Surgery, Radiation and Systemic Therapy - Drs. Kelly K. Hunt and Anthony Lucci, Houston, TX, will lead a discussion on implications of BRCA testing, the impact of aromatase inhibitors on early breast cancer, and provide an update on accelerated radiation therapy in BRCA patients. The American Cancer Society/SSO Basic Science Lecture, March 7, features the insights of Dr. ArnoldJ. Levine, Visiting Professor, Microbiology Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ. Dr. Andrew von Eschenbach, Director of the National Cancer Institute, presents the James Ewing Lecture on Saturday, March 8. Finally, Dr. John Wong, Professor and Head, Department of Surgery, University of Hong Kong Medical Center, is the John Wayne Clinical Research Lecturer, March 8. • How Much is Enough? Clinical Volumes and Quality Care in Surgical Oncology - Moderated by Drs. Harry D. Bear, Richmond, VA, and Walley Temple, Calgary, ON, Canada, this SSOIWFSOS combined symposium will cover surgical volume standards and data behind the volume quality relationship. In planning the meeting's scientific offering, the Program Committee reviewed a record-high 433 submitted abstracts, selecting 100 for oral presentation and over 130 for poster presentation. These presentations cover important issues concerning cancer research and treatment options, as well as a variety of surgical sub-specialties. • Update on Randomized Trials in Gastric, Colorectal and Pancreatic Cancer - These presentations cover adjuvant therapy in gastric cancer, showcase results from randomized clinical trials in laparoscopic colectomy and pancreatic cancer, and highlight the future of treating rectal cancer with total mesorectal excision. Moderated by Drs. Elin R. Sigurdson, Philadelphia, PA, and Samuel A. Wells, Jr., Durham, NC. "INNOVATIVE INVESTIGATIONS" "These sessions shed light on the innovative investigations that will provide the foundation for future clinical breakthroughs," Dr. Leach explained. • No Consensus Here: An Update on Adjuvant Therapy for Melanoma - Dr. Kelly M. McMasters, Louisville, KY, moderates this presentation, which includes the advantages of vaccines for adjuvant therapy and treating melanoma with biochemotherapy. Other highlights include "Meet the Professor Breakfasts," where featured speakers of international prominence discuss the latest challenges in surgical oncology in a more intimate setting; the Cine Clinic, where noted experts narrate films of surgical procedures; and plenary sessions showcasing some of the best research taking place around the world. • Multidisciplinary Treatment Planning for the Cancer Patient: The Interactive Tumor Board - Case presentations involving pancreatic adenocarcinoma, complex hepatic cancer and esophageal carcinoma are discussed in detail by a panel of noted experts. Dr. Mitchell C. Posner, Chicago, moderates. During the Annual Heritage Presentation held Friday, March 7, Past President Dr. William C. Wood, Atlanta, GA, will honor one of his predecessors, Dr. Donald L. Morton, Santa Monica, CA, SSO President from 1992-1993. • The How, When and Why of Surgical Prophylaxis in High-Risk Patients - Drs. Jose G. Guillem, New York City, and Kenneth Offit, New York City, will moderate this joint SSO/ASCO program that covers )reastcartcer, MEN syndromes, FAPIHNPCC, and ovarian cancer. A question and answer session follows. Reaching out to embrace the next generation of members, SSO will host a special educational luncheon on minimally invasive surgery, Saturday, March 8, for fellows in SSO approved training programs. Dr. Philipp Dahm, Durham, NC, winner of last year's James Ewing Young Investigator Award, and Drs. John A. Olson, Jr. and Peter C. Wu, last year's James Ewing Oncology Fellowship for Basic Research winners, have been invited to present an update on their research during the Friday morning session. II • Evidence-Based and Cost-Effective Strategies for Preoperative Staging of the Cancer Patient - Dr. Daniel G. Coit, New York City, moderates. • Cutting Edge Strategies: Optimizing Surgical and Medical Treatment of Breast Cancer - Moderator Dr. Laura J. 4 Society to accredit breast fellowship programs An ad hoc committee comprising members The educational objectives for the breast feltreatment while ensuring that participating of the SSO Training Committee, the lowship program will include breast imaging, programs meet the high standards set by the breast surgery, community service and outAmerican Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBS) Society," Dr. Kurtzman said. "These fellowand the American ships will provide surgeons, radiation oncolreach, genetics, medical oncology, pathology, Society of Breast ogists and medical oncologists with a broad plastic and reconstructive surgery, psychoDiseases (ASBD) is range of experience in caring for patients oncology, radiation oncology and research. with breast diseases." Each breast fellow will participate in a minideveloping guidelines for the accreditation mum of 50 operative procedures, including Breast fellowship program directors interestdiagnostic biopsies, partial and complete of breast fellowship ed in participating in the Society's matching mastectomies, axillary node disprograms, reportsections, sentinel node biopsies ed Dr. Scott breast fellowship program should and reconstructive procedures. Kurtzman, Dr. Scott Kurtzman Farmington, CT, In addition, the ad hoc commitbe designed to complement an instiTraining Committee Chair. tee recommends experience with tution surgical residency program..." stereotactic- and ultrasoundCreating guidelines for accreditation guided breast biopsy. is the first step in establishing a breast According to Dr. Kurtzman, success fellowship matching program, tentatively program must affirm that their programs depends on providing exposure to and sche<;luled for October 2003. With roughmeet the approved guidelines. Over the next ly 25 breast fellowship programs across three years, Training Committee members experience in the multidisciplinary the country, ASBS and ASBD approached will visit participating institutions and verify management of breast disorders. the Society in 2001 about working togeth- that each meets the minimum standards set "A breast fellowship program should be er to set standards for each training proby the ad hoc committee. Those that do not designed to complement an institution's gram, then matching candidates with prowill be dropped from the program. surgical residency program, providing grams meeting those standards. each trainee with an excellent educational "We will work closely with participating "Accrediting breast fellowship training proprograms to make certain they meet the curriculum in the management of patients grams will enable SSO to maintain its leadlevels of excellence set by SSO, ASBS and with benign and malignant breast disease," he added. @i ership role in breast cancer training and ASBD," Dr. Kurtzman explained . ''A s ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Joint SSO/ ASCO task force to review hereditary cancers The document will cover familial adenomatous polyposis, hereditary nonpolyposis colon cancer, breast, ovarian and MEN syndromes. Surgeons who may only see a patient with Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia (MEN) syndrome once a year will soon have a document to which they can turn for a timely review of prophylactic surgery in hereditary forms of cancer. A joint Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO)/American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) task force has been established to critically examine the data available on surgical intervention in patients with hereditary cancers. Co-chairs of the task force will be Drs. Jose G. Guillem, New York, for SSO, and Kenneth Offit, New York, for ASCO. Dr. Charles A. Balch, Alexandria, VA, Editor-in-Chief of The Annals of Surgical Oncology and Executive Vice President and CEO of ASCO, said the joint task force is addressing "an important and timely subject that is important to the membership" of both organizations. "The two organizations have been in closer communication in recent years, looking to identify areas of mutual interest for collaboration. This joint task force is an excellent example of an overall strategy to work together for the mutual interests of our Dr. Jose Guillem members and the cancer patient," he added. "Our purpose will be to apply SSO and ASCO expertise to develop an educational document that will be available to all clinicians involved in the management of hereditary forms of cancer. There has been much written on prophylactic surgery for hereditary cancers. However, a review of the significant data is not readily available in one single document," Dr. Guillem said. Drs. Guillem and Offit will moderate a special program during SSO's Annual Cancer Symposium at which other task force members will speak. The program is entitled, "The How, When and Why of Surgical Prophylaxis in High-Risk Patients." Speakers include Drs. Beth Karlan, Los Angeles, Jeffrey F. Moley, St. Louis, and William C. Wood, Atlanta. @i 5 Drs. Isabelle Bedrosian, Sharon Weber awarded $30,000 James Ewing Oncology Fellowships Drs. Isabelle Bedrosian, Houston, TX, and Sharon M. Weber, Madison, WI, each have been awarded $30,000 grants as recipients of the James Ewing Oncology Fellowship for Basic Research, reported Dr. RonaldJ. Weigel, Philadelphia, PA, Fellowship and Research Grant Committee Chair. The awards will fund ongoing basic research for one year, beginning in 2003. Dr. Bedrosian will conduct her project, "Cyclin E Deregulation in Colon Cancer," at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, where she is a Surgical Oncology Fellow and Clinical Specialist in the Department of Clinical Oncology. Dr. Weber will work in the laboratory at the University of WIsconsin's Comprehensive Cancer Center. She is Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of WIsconsin Medical School. Her project is 'H31I-NM404 in Murine Hepatocellular Carcinoma." Dr. Bedrosian will conduct in vitro studies to examine cyclin E deregulation in colon cancers, with specific focus on the relative importance of cyclin E deregulation in the generation of tumors with chromosomal instability compared to those with microsatellite instability. Its purpose is to better understand the molecular events that underlie the development of chromosomal insta- bility seen in most colon tumors. In a breast cancer model, Dr. Bedrosian and her colDrs. Isabelle Bedrosian (left), and Sharon Weber leagues have shown that the most profound deregulation of cyclin E in tumor cells occurs through post-translational modifications that generate several low molecular weight (LMW) isoforms. Dr. Weber's project is aimed at evaluating the use of radiolabeled phospholipid ether for diagnostic imaging in a spontaneously arising hepatocellular cancer model in mice. Its purpose is to expand the diagnostic imaging options for patients with unresectable hepatocellular cancer, the most common solid organ malignancy worldwide. Only 10-30% of patients with these liver cancers are candidates for surgery, and chemotherapy is largely ineffective in their treatment. Many patients have multiple sites of disease, which are •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Executive Council establishes Education Committee At its October 7 meeting in San Francisco, the Executive Council approved the formation of a new Education Committee to coordinate all aspects of the Society's member education programs. SSO President Dr. John M. Daly, Philadelphia, PA, recommended the new committee be formed to better serve the changing needs of the membership. "Establishing a new Education Committee is one response to the changes taking place in the delivery of health care to our patients," Dr. Daly said. "Steps we take now to embrace future treatment breakthroughs and innovative research findings will enable SSO members to remain at the forefront of our field." The Education Committee will handle the duties of the Publications Committee, in addition to other continuing education responsibilities. Its members will consist of leaders from the CME, Scientific Program and Website Committees, and the Annals of Surgical Oncology Editorial Board. i!Ill 6 sometimes difficult to detect with conventional imaging, including PET scans. Detecting extrahepatic sites of disease will aid in choosing the appropriate therapy for these patients. Drs. Bedrosian and Weber will provide written reports on their research during 2003 and 2004 and will be invited to present their research at SSO's 2004 Annual Meeting in New York. i!Ill Applications for $20,000 Young Investigator Award due February 5 Researchers have until February 5 to apply for the 2003 James Ewing Young Investigator Award for Clinical Research. The award provides $20,000 to the sponsoring institution for one year beginning in July 2003, and may be used for salary, supplies or travel in support of a clinical research project. Eligible applicants must be surgeons within five years of their first faculty appointment. They-must be sponsored by an active SSO member and conduct research at that member's institution. Clinical projects involving human research must contain docu-mentation by the Institutional Review Board inclusive of the protocol approval date. Award winners will submit a final report (not exceeding four pages) one year from the funding date. W1llllers will also be asked to give a brief presentation at the Society's 2005 Annual Meeting. Applications are available by calling the SSO Executive Offices at 847/427-1400. Completed applications (one original and seven copies) should be sent to: JEF Fellowship Awards Committee 85 W. Algonquin Road, Suite 550 Arlington Heights, IL 60005 i!Ill Annals to feature 200 additional pages in 2003 Annals of Surgical Oncology, SSO's According to Dr. Balch, having a short lence by the number of times it is cited r - - - - - - - - - - - - - , time frame between peer-reviewed medical in other medical journals. journal, will feature an acceptance and publicalSI's most recent study showed that Annals additional 200 pages of tion is important to was cited in other medical journals a total scientific articles in 2003. authors, editors and readof 1,S47 times in 2001 - compared with The move comes in light ers. The Executive 1,439 in of an increasing number 2000"Annals of Surgical Oncology is resulting in of manuscript submissions and will help reduce the an ONCOLOGY JOURNAL now ranked 6 of 139 surgery titles, an Impact Jor SURGEONS time between a paper's Factor ratand 25 of 107 titles in oncology." ing acceptance and publicaof3.30S. tion. Annals of Council agreed with "Manuscript submissions Surgical Oncology is now ranked 6 of 139 the Editorial Board's to Annals are on the rise. surgery titles, and 25 of 107 titles in recommendation for We received more suboncology. additional pages. missions in the first eight Manuscripts submitted for potential months of 2002 than in IMPACT FACTOR INCREASES publication in Annals should be sent to: all of 2001," said Dr. Charles M. Balch, Along with its size, the Journal's Impact Melissa Nunnally, editorial assistant, Alexandria, VA, Editor-in-Chief. Factor continues to increase. A publicaAnnals of Surgical Oncology, 3 30 John "Expanding space in each issue will help tion's Impact Factor, determined each year Carlyle St., Suite 300, Alexandria, VA us bring important topics to our readers by the Institute of Scientific Information 22314. Phone: 703/299-1185. E-mail: in a more timely manner." (1S1), ranks a publication's academic excel- [email protected] @i •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Matching Program places 36 candidates in approved training programs Thirty-six residents who applied for surgical oncology training positions were matched through the SSO Matching Program, reports Dr. Scott Kurtzman, Farmington, CT, Training Committee Chair. The program places candidates seeking positions with SSO-approved training programs. Following are the residents and institutions to which they have been assigned: • University of Chicago - Dr. Zahra Shafaee, Bronx, NY • City of Hope National Medical Center - Drs. Colette Pemeijer, Oregon, WI, Lisa M. Guirguis, Nashville, TN, and Glen R. Gibson, West Lebanon, NH • M.D. Anderson Cancer Center - Drs. Thomas A. Aloia, Raleigh, NC, Robert Andtbacka, Montreal, Canada, Keith Delman, Glen Cove, NY, Laura ~ambert, Lebanon, NH, John Mullen, Brighton, MA, and Jennifer F. Tseng, Boston, MA • Fox Chase Cancer Center - Drs. James Garber, Savannah, GA, Leonard R. Henry, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and Ryan K. Takamori, Houston, TX • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center - Drs. Joseph Bennett, Chicago, IL, David J. Bentrem, Chicago, IL, Katherine T. Morris, Portland, OR, Kevin K Roggin, Birmingham, AL, James Tomlinson, Santa Monica, CA, Sandra L. Wong, Louisville, KY, and JenJen Yeh, Boston, MA • Ohio State University - Dr. Henry J. Kaufman, Iv, Chattanooga, TN • Roswell Park Cancer Institute - Drs. Frank Cannizzo, Belle Harbor, NY, Wade G. Douglas, Buffalo, NY, Ted James, Manhasset, NY, andJ. Alexander Palesty, Woodbury, CT • John Ulilyne Cancer Center - Drs. Joseph Kim, Cincinnati, OH, Steve R. Martinez, Setauket, NY, Shawn E. Young, Grand Rapids, MI, and Theresa Zogakis, Roseville, MN • University of Miami - Dr. Sarah Snell, Louisville, KY • Roger Williams Medical Center & Cancer CenterDr. Michael Di Siena, Mechanicville, NY • H. Lee Moffitt Cancer & Research Institute - Drs. PamelaJ. Hodul, La Grange Park, IL, and Quan P. Ly, Clementon, NJ • University of Pittsburgh - Drs. Thomas C. Gamblin, Macon, GA, Maryann Kivlen, North Potomac, MD, and Sai Varanasi, Staten Island, NY @i 7 New Surgery State Legislative Action Center makes it easy for SSO members to contact state lawmakers A new Surgery State Legislative Action Center in which SSO is participating will make it easier for members to contact their state legislators and track state legislative issues. "The Action Center's software uses zip code matching technology to connect SSO members with their state legislators, even if they have forgotten the lawmaker's name and address. It will make it easy to generate letters and make direct contact when issues get hot," said Christopher Gallagher, Manager of State Affairs, American College of Surgeons (ACS), Washington, DC. SSO is one of 12 surgical specialty organizations participating in the Surgery State Legislative Action Center, hosted by ACS. Members of each participating society receive Internet access to a list of state leg- islative issues or action alerts both their organization and other participating specialty societies are advocating. "In addition to areas of concern to surgical oncologists, like development of state cancer plans, the State Action Center will enable SSO members to add their support to state level issues affecting the entire surgical community, such as the recent crisis in skyrocketing professional liability insurance premiums," Gallagher said. "This critical issue is having a profound impact on patient access to care-leaving a growing number of community and teaching hospitals as the sole portal for patients seeking specialty care," he added. A similar action program has been effective in helping surgeons make contacts at the federal level, according to Gallagher. "It's the first step to bringing many of our surgeons into the advocacy processenabling the Society's leaders to identify those individuals who are willing to reach out to legislators, so that they can organize grass roots efforts that include telephone and other direct contacts," he explained. The Action Center is an electronic advocacy tool. It facilitates effective communication on legislative issues and helps to get people involved in the legislative process. Other participating organizations include the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, American Association of Clinical Urologists, American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, American Society of General Surgeons, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons. I!Il! SSO unveils revamped Website at www.surgonc.org The Society's presence online received a fresh new look as the Website Committee unveiled an updated, easier-tonavigate Website for visitors. "We have updated the SSO Website to be more visually appealing for users and provide a more functional setting for finding useful information about SSO programs," said committee chair Dr. Dido Franceschi, Miami, FL. "The new format also lets us post timely information quickly due to greater software compatibility." Log onto www.surgonc.org to see the Website's new look and to access important information at the click of a mouse. Members can: • View the scientific program for the March 6-9, 2003 Annual Meeting. • Connect to the American College of Surgeons Legislative Action Center. Members can receive the latest infor-:mation on a variety of issues, including payment updates, funding for trauma systems and an update on the Patients'· Bill of Rights. The Action Center lets surgeons contact Congressional and government leaders on pressing issues in medical care and provides a guide for contacting media outlets across the country. • Access Annals of Surgical Oncology. Members can view the complete publication online. • View the Society's updated, annotated oncology bibliography. The bibliography is organized by disease sites and features links to abstracts of articles included in the reference guide. . • Scan job listings featured in Annals of Surgical Oncology. • Connect with approved training programs. The Website offers a complete listing and description of SSO-approved . training programs. Surgeons can download training program applicationsin PDF format. • Earn CME credit by viewing symposia from last years Annual Meetingin Denver,CO. • Find upd~~tidcontact information on all SSO members. GI!Il!I!Il!
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