Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Dear SSO 2020 Attendee,

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 cancelling 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 SSOregistration@spargoinc.comYou 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

Join Your Colleagues from Around the World to Push Progress Further. Together.

August 17-20, 2020
Hynes Convention Center
Boston, MA, USA

Take part in SSO 2020, alongside nearly 2,000 of your colleagues from the global surgical cancer care community, to “Push Progress Further. Together.” Taking place in Boston, MA, August 17-20, 2020.  SSO 2020 is not just an annual symposium. It is the International Conference on Surgical Cancer Care (formerly known as the SSO Annual Cancer Symposium).


Program Highlights

SSO President-Elect James Howe, MD talks with Herb Zeh, MD, Chair of the SSO 2020 Scientific Program Committee about SSO 2020 program highlights.


SSO HUB, a Dynamic New Experience 

SSO HUB is a new and interactive experience that replaces the conventional exhibit hall. The HUB features five clinical zones—Breast/Endocrine, HPB, Melanoma/Sarcoma, Colorectal/Upper GI and Immuno-Oncology—each with a theater where posters, videos and meet-the-expert sessions will take place. All of this is in addition to the HUB main stage where SSO 2020 attendees will view debates, challenging case reviews, industry spotlights, clinical trial spotlights and team competitions.
In addition to this highly anticipated, invigorating new environment created by SSO HUB, SSO 2020 will also offer the same exceptional educational programming that attendees have come to expect. With 27 parallel and symposium sessions, four Great Debates, four featured lecturers, interactive HUB presentations and a wealth of opportunities for attendees to connect with current and future collaborators, SSO 2020 will be the catalyst that enables you to push progress further.


Registration for SSO 2020 is now open--be sure to register soon for best rates. Visit this website often and watch your inbox for updates and new information. If you don’t already receive SSO email communications, opt-in here.

More than 1,800 cancer surgeons and other academic and community surgical cancer care professionals are expected to come together at SSO 2020 in Boston. Make sure you’re there!

For a glimpse into what you can expect at SSO 2020, view the photo gallery from SSO 2019 in San Diego.


We hope to see you at SSO 2020 in Boston!