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Keep Surgical Oncology Research in Reach with Your Donation

Research studies conceived of and conducted by surgeons are important to advancing cancer care. Surgeons are uniquely positioned to conduct pivotal research studies that are critical to determining the best patient outcomes. Yet NIH has awarded limited funding in surgical oncology.


How can we ensure that surgeon scientists have access to research grant fund, even if our own projects don’t depend on SSO support? How do we support our colleagues, former trainees, or mentors in their quest to conduct high-quality surgical oncology research projects?


SSO has awarded more than $4 Million in research grants to SSO surgeon scientists, supporting key studies in numerous disease sites including breast, melanoma, sarcoma, and pancreatic cancer. Forty-four SSO members have been recipients of the Clinical Investigator Award (CIA) or the Young Investigator Award (YIA). SSO will be an ongoing source for research grant support if we make it a priority together to sustain and grow the Research and Education Fund.


Consider the innovative projects that were possible through SSO research grants:

  • Characterization of Intratumoral B cells and Microbiome to Enhance Responses to Sarcoma Immune Checkpoint Blockade, Christina L. Roland, MD, MS
  • Clinical Translation of New Immunotherapy-based Concepts in Patients with Peritoneal Metastasis, Carlos Chan, MD, PhD
  • The Impact of Perioperative Antibiotic Prophylaxis on the Fecal Microbiome in Patients with Cutaneous Malignancy, Emily Keung, MD
  • Role of Peritoneal Mesenchymal Cells in Promoting Appendix Cancer Peritoneal Dissemination and Treatment Resistance, Georgios Karagkounis, MD

Your donations make a difference!

Your generous support has helped to make this possible and with your donation, SSO can offer these grants annually to its members.


Now more than ever your help is needed to fund research studies that only the surgeon scientist can deliver. Please donate now to the SSO Research and Education Fund.

Make your gift today to ensure the availability of research grants to SSO surgeon-scientists.

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