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Editor Roster & Editorial Board

The Annals Editor Roster and Editorial Board are composed of experts across the board topic areas of surgical oncology. The Editorial Board is structured into Editorial Sections that reflect the journal's content. Each section is led by a Section Editor who oversees the expert peer review of papers in that topic area. Editorial Board members are regular reviewers of the journal and are appointed for 3-year terms.

Editor-in-Chief

Charles M. Balch

Baltimore, Maryland

Dr. Charles M. Balch is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Annals of Surgical Oncology. He is currently Professor of Surgery, Oncology, and Dermatology at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, and also serves as Deputy Director for Clinical Trials and Outcomes Research and Director of the Johns Hopkins Clinical Research Network for the Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research. He is the editor of Cutaneous Melanoma, regarded as the authoritative textbook on melanoma, now in its 5th edition; is founding Editor-in-Chief of Patient Resource Cancer Guides, and was the founding Editor-in-Chief of the journal Breast Diseases. He is Chair of the Melanoma Staging Committee of the American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC). In past years, Dr. Balch has served as Executive Vice President and CEO of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and as President and CEO of the City of Hope National Medical Center. At the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, he served as Executive Vice President for Health Affairs, Vice President of Hospital and Clinics, and Head of the Division of Surgery, among other positions. Dr. Balch's leadership roles have involved the Society of Surgical Oncology (as President), the American Board of Surgery (Board of Directors and Chair of the Certifying Examination Committee), the Association of Academic Surgeons (as President) and the Commission on Cancer (Chair, Board of Directors). He was also on the founding Boards of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) and the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB).

Executive Editor

Mark S. Roh

Orlando, Florida

Mark Roh, MD, is the chairman of the Department of Surgery at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center Orlando. Dr. Roh also serves as the academic chairman for the Department of Surgery for the Graduate Medical Education Program at Orlando Regional Medical Center. Since 1994, Dr. Roh has been the executive editor of the Annals of Surgical Oncology and is the associate director of Medical Affairs at the National Surgical Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP), an NIH supported clinical trials foundation. Dr. Roh has published hundreds of articles in peer-reviewed journals and lectured nationally and internationally.

Deputy Editor

V. Suzanne Klimberg

Little Rock, Arkansas

Dr Klimberg is Professor of Surgery and Pathology, Chair of Breast Surgical Oncology and Director of the Fellowship in Breast Diseases at the University of Arkansas for Medical Science, as well as Director of Breast Cancer Program, Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute Little Rock AR. She serves in an number of important leadership roles, including the Society of Surgical Oncology (as Secretary-Treasurer, member of the Board of Directors, and Chair of trhe Maintainence of Certification Committee and the Finance Committee), the American Society of Breast Surgery (Board of Directors), the Anerican College of Surgeons (Board of Governors), the American Cancer Society (Board of Directors), National Accreditation Program for Breast Care (Board of Directors), American Board of Surgery (Director and member of the Surgical Oncology Advisory Council), and the American Board of Plastic Surgery (Director). She has also served as President, of the Association of Academic Surgery.

Biostatistics Consultant Editor

Seng-Jaw Soong

Birmingham, Alabama 

Dr Seng-jaw Soong is one of the most distinguished and productive clinical biostatisticians in the nation. He is Professor Emeritus of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Director Emeritus, Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Unit of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center.  He Chairs the Statistical Committee for the American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC), and is Vice-Chairman of the Melanoma Staging Committee. He is also the Biostatistics Consultant for the Sentinel Lymph Node Working Group International Network and previously served in this capacity for the Collaborative Antiviral Study Group (NIH/NIAID).  He has over 500 publications.

Section Editor - Multimedia

Vijay Khatri

Sacramento, California

Vijay Khatri, MD, is a Professer of Surgery and surgical oncologist, Co-Director of the Oncology Unit, and Director of the Faculty Development Program at the University of California, Davis.  Dr. Khatri was recently appointed to the Association of American Medical Colleges' (AAMC) Council of Academic Society and is a peer-reviewer for the AAMC's MedEdPortal, its publication service and repository for medical and oral health teaching materials, assessment tools and faculty development resources.  

Associate Editor

Kirby I. Bland

Birmingham, Alabama

Dr Kirby Bland is the Fay Fletcher Kerner Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) where he has also served as the Division Director of General Surgery and Deputy Director of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center. Previously, he was Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery at Brown University in Providence, RI. He has many leadership roles; he is currently the President of The American Surgical Association and First Vice-President of the American College of Surgeons, and is Past-President of The Association for Academic Surgery, The Society for Surgical Oncology, The Society of Surgical Chairs, The Southern Surgical Association and the Southeastern Surgical Congress. He is a former Director of the American Board of Surgery, as well as former Director of the American Board of Colon & Rectal Surgery. He is a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Texas-M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and received the University of Alabama School of Medicine Distinguished Alumnus Award. In 2011, he will be awarded The Heritage Award by the Society of Surgical Oncology for Lifetime Achievement in Surgical Oncology. He is the co-Editor of The Breast: Comprehensive Management of Benign & Malignant Diseases, the most extensively utilized and read medical textbook on diseases of the breast internationally, now in its Fourth Edition. He has also published as Editor of General Surgery, Principles and International Practice; The Atlas of Surgical Oncology; Immunology for Surgeons; The Mastery of Surgery; and Master Techniques in General Surgery: Breast Surgery. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Surgery.

Associate Editor

Murray F. Brennan

New York, New York 

Dr. Murray Brennan presently holds the Benno C. Schmidt Chair in Clinical Oncology, after 21 years as Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Dr. Brennan is also Vice President of MSKCC International Programs and Professor of Surgery, Weill Medical College, Cornell University. He is Past-President of the Society of Surgical Oncology, the American Surgical Association, the Society of Clinical Surgery, the International Gastric Cancer Association, and the James IV Association of Surgeons. He is a member, Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. In the American College of Surgeons, he was Second Vice-President, and also was Chair of the Commission on Cancer and the Surgical Forum Committee. In the American Board of Surgery, he was a member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Credentials Committee and the Qualifying Examination Committee. He has received numerous awards and honors, including honorary fellowships in Royal College of Surgeons of England, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, German Surgical Society, Brazilian College of Surgeons and honorary degrees from the Imperial College, London, University of Edinburgh, University of Otago, and the University of Goteborg, He was recently Associate Editor of Journal of American College of Surgeons.

Associate Editor

John M. Daly

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

Dr John M. Daly is Dean and Professor of Surgery at Temple University School of Medicine. Previously, he was Professor and Chair of Surgery at New York Presbyterian - Weill Cornell Medical Center and Professor and Chief of Surgical Oncology at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Daly has served in leadership roles in many surgical organizations, including the Society of Surgical Oncology (as President),the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (as President), the New York Surgical Society (as President), the Commission on Cancer (as Chairman), the American Board of Surgery (as Director and as Chairman of the Recertification Examination Committee), the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery (as a Director), American College of Surgeons (Board of Governors), Association for Academic Surgery(Councilman), Society of University Surgeons (Councilman), and the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group (Executive Committee). He has served as Associate Editor of HPB (Hepatic, Pancreatic and Biliary) Surgery, Cancer, and Hepato-Gastroenterology and as Editor-in-Chief of Contemporary Surgery. He has been an Editor of major surgical textbooks, including Principles of Surgery, Current Surgery, Management of Upper Gastrointestinal Cancer, Surgical Oncology: Contemporary Principles & Practices, and Gastrointestinal Oncology: Principles and Practice. Dr Daly is an honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

Associate Editor

Timothy J. Eberlein

St. Louis, Missouri

Timothy J. Eberlein, M.D. is Bixby Professor and Chairman, Department of Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) and Surgeon-in-Chief of Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis MO. He is also the Olin Distinguished Professor and Director of The Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center.Previously, he was the Richard E. Wilson Professor and Chief of Surgical Oncology and Vice Chairman for Research, Department of Surgery at the Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston, MA. He is President-elect of the American Surgical Association, and has served as President of the Society of Surgical Oncology and the Society of Surgical Chairmen. He has served as Chairman of the Surgical Oncology Advisory Council of the American Board of Surgery, and the American College of Surgeons Surgical Research and Education Committee. He was also a member of the National Cancer Policy Board for the Institute of Medicine, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. He is Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, and Associate Editor for the Yearbook in Surgery. Dr Eberlein is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons (Glasgow) and an Honorary Fellow of the Swiss Surgical Society.

Associate Editor

Frederick Leslie Greene

Charlotte, North Carolina

Frederick L. Greene, MD, FACS, is the Chairman of the Department of General Surgery at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, Director of the Surgical Residency Program at that institution and Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. He has held multiple leadership roles in surgical organizations, including the American College of Surgeons (as Chair of the Commission on Cancer, Chair of the Approvals Committees, Chair of the Hospital Practice Committee, and as 2nd Vice-President), the American Joint Committee on Cancer (as Chair), Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (as President), and the Sothern Surgical Association (as Vice President). He is Associate Editor of CA:  A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, and a senior medical advisor and regular contributor to General Surgery News.

Associate Editor

Donald L. Morton

Santa Monica, California

Dr. Morton is Chief of the Melanoma Program and Director of the Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program for the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Saint John's Health Center, Santa Monica, CA where he was the Founding Director. Previously, he was Professor of Surgery and Chief, Division of Surgical Oncology and Chief, Division of General Surgery, UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA. He developed sentinel node mapping for melanoma, pioneered cytoreductive surgery and postoperative active immunotherapy for metastatic melanoma, and serves as principal investigator for multiple federally funded international phase III trials in melanoma. The journal Science placed him at the top of a list of clinical investigators who received the most grant funding from the National Institutes of Health during 2000. Dr. Morton is past president of the Society of Surgical Oncology, the World Federation of Surgical Oncology Societies, and the International Sentinel Node Society.

Associate Editor

John E. Niederhuber

Bethesda, Maryland

John E. Niederhuber, M.D. is Vice President and CEO for the Inova Institute for Translational Research and Personalized Medicine. He has served in multiple leadership capacities as Director of the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, as Deputy Director for Translational and Clinical Sciences, Office of the Director, National Cancer Institute, as Director, University of Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Center, as Chairman, Department of Surgery, and Head Section of Surgical Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine, as Professor of Surgery, Professor of Oncology and Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and as Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, Associate Dean for Research, and Chief, Division of Surgical Oncology, Section of General Surgery, at the University of Michigan Medical Center. He has served as President of the Society of Surgical Oncology, and of the American Association for Cancer Institute's, and as Chairman of the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.

Associate Editor

Nicholas J. Petrelli

Newark, Delaware

Nicholas Petrelli, MD, FACS is the Bank of America Endowed Medical Director of the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center at Christiana Care Health Systems in Newark, Delaware and Professor of Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University. He was previously Chair of the Division of Surgical Oncology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and Director of the Surgical Oncology Fellowship Training Program. His area of interest is in Gastrointestinal tumors. He is a member of the National Cancer Institute Gastrointestinal Steering Committee for clinical trials. He is Past-President of the Society of Surgical Oncology, and currently serves as Chair of the Colorectal Committee and Colorectal Working Group of the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project. He is past Chair of the Cancer Communication Committee of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. He is the Editor of the Surgical Oncology Clinics of North America, and Associate Editor for the Journal of Clinical Oncology and Surgical Oncology.

Associate Editor

Raphael E. Pollock

Houston, TX

Raphael E. Pollock, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.S. is Professor and Head, Division of Surgery and Professor of Molecular and Cellular Oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and also is the incumbent in the Senator A.M. Aiken, Jr., Distinguished Chair. Dr. Pollock also serves as Director of the Sarcoma Research Center at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.  Dr. Pollock has served in multiple leadership roles, including President of the Society of Surgical Oncology, Chair of the Soft Tissue Sarcoma Committee of the American Joint Committee on Cancer, Chairman of the Education Committee and the International Cancer Management Program for the Commission on Cancer, and as a member of the Surgical Oncology Advisory Council for the American Board of Surgery, the Board of Directors for the Connective Tissue Oncology Society, and the Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons.  A member of eleven editorial boards, Dr. Pollock serves as Editor-in-Chief for Cancer, and is Associate Editor (Surgical Oncology) for Cancer Medicine (Holland and Frei, Editions 5-8; 2000-present) as well as the Associate Editor (Oncology) for Principles of Surgery (Schwartz, Editions 8 and 9; 2004-present).

Associate Editor

William C. Wood

Atlanta, Georgia

William C. Wood, M.D. is Distinguished Professor of Surgery, and Chairman Emeritus at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA, where has also served as Director of the Winship Cancer Center. Previously, he was Chief of Surgical Oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Medical Director of the MGH Cancer Center. He has served in numerous leadership roles, including as President of the Society of Surgical Oncology, the Southern Surgical Association, and the Southeastern Surgical Congress. He has been a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology Board of Directors, the Surgical Oncology Advisory Council for the American Board of Surgery, the Board of Scientific Counselors for National Cancer Institute, and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Scotland. Dr Woods has led many breast cancer clinical trials programs as Co-Chair of the Oxford Breast Cancer Trialists' Collaborative Group, as Co-chairman of the National Cancer Institute Breast Study Group, and as Chair of the Breast Committee for both the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group and Cancer and Leukemia Group B. He is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Oncology, and Associate Editor of the American Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Associate Editor - International

Clement Adebamowo

Ibadan, Nigeria 

Clement Adebamowo is formerly Professor of Surgery and Director of the Institute of Advanced Medical Research and Training at the University of Ibadan. He is now Director, Center for Bioethics, and Director of the West African Framework Program for Global Health, Ibadan, Nigeria, and Chairman of the National Health Research Ethics Committee of Nigeria for the Federal Ministry of Health. He is also Associate Professor of Epidemiology, University of Maryland, Baltimore and a member of the Board of Directors of the African Society for Human Genetics. He is founding President of the Society of Oncology and Cancer Research of Nigeria and serves as Chair of International Affairs Committee for the American Society of Clinical Oncology. He is Editor in Chief of Cancer in Africa Online Journal, and recently served as Editor of the Journal of Ibadan Surgeon.

Associate Editor - International

Markus Büchler

Heidelberg, Germany 

Markus W. Büchler, M.D. is Professor of Surgery, University of Heidelberg, Germany.  Surgeon-in-Chief and Chairman, Department of Surgery, Heidelberg University, Germany. He is the current president of the German Society for General and GI Surgery and the president elect of the German Surgical Society.  He has served as president for the European Pancreatic Club and the International Hepato-pancreato-biliary Association.  He has been elected as an Honorary Fellow in the Royal College of Surgeons of England, the Royal Society of Medicine of England, and the Association of Surgeons of India, among others. He has also been elected as an honorary member of the American Surgical Association.

Associate Editor - International

Attila Csendes

Santiago, Chile 

Professor Attila Csendes is Professor and Chairman of Surgery, University of Chile, Santiago.  He is an Executive Council member of the International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus.  Past-President of the Chilean Society of Surgeons and the Chilean Chapter of the American College of Surgeons.  He is a prolific author and investigator on various aspects of gastrointestinal surgery and has lectured worldwide.  He serves on the editorial board of many journals, including the British Journal of Surgery, the World Journal of Surgery, and the Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery, among others.  As a pioneer in gastric surgery, he was elected as an Honorary Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Surgical Association. 

Associate Editor - International

Sergio Rodríguez Cuevas

Mexico City, Mexico

Sergio Rodríguez-Cuevas, MD is Director of the Institute of Breast Diseases-FUCAM, in México City. He is the former Director of the Hospital de Oncología, National Medical Center (the National Cancer Institute of Mexico) and is Past-President of Mexican Board of Oncology (Consejo Mexicano de Oncología) and the Mexican Society of Oncology (Sociedad Mexicana de Estudios Oncológicos). 

Associate Editor - International

Alexander M. M. Eggermont

Paris, France

Professor Alexander M. M. Eggermont, MD, PhD is General Director of the Cancer Institute Gustave Roussy, Villejuif-Paris. He is Professor and Head of Surgical Oncology, Erasmus University MC Rotterdam; President of the European Academy of Cancer Sciences; Past President of the European Cancer Organization (ECCO) and the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) and a past member of the ASCO Board of Directors.  He is Deputy Director of Clinical Cancer Research, Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Cancer Associate Editor of Melanoma Research, and Section Editor of Nature Clinical Practice in Oncology.

Associate Editor - International

Masaki Kitajima

Tokyo, Japan 

Masaki Kitajima is President and Professor of the International University of Health and Welfare, and Professor Emeritus of Keio University School of Medicine where he previously served as Chairman of Surgery, Director of the Keio University Hospital, and Dean of the School of Medicine. He has been President of many surgical organizations, including the Japan Society of Clinical Oncology, the International Society of Surgery, the International Gastric Cancer Association, the International Sentinel Node Society, the International Society of Digestive Surgery and the International Society for Digestive Diseases.  He was elected as an Honorary Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the Royal College of Surgeons of England, the German Surgical Society, and the American Surgical Association. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Asian Journal of Endoscopic Surgery and an Editorial Board Member for the New England Journal of Medicine among others.

Associate Editor - International

Joseph M. Klausner

Tel Aviv, Israel 

Joseph M. Klausner, M.D, FACS, is Professor & Chairman of Surgery at the Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, and Professor of Surgery and the Slezak Chair in Experimental Surgery at the Sackler School of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University. He also serves as Chairman of the National Scientific Council for Surgery, Anesthesia & Intensive Care for the Israel Ministry of Health. He is past-chair of the Israel Surgical Association, the Israel Society for Surgical Oncology, the Board of Surgery for the Scientific Council of the Israel Medical Association, and the International Committee for the Society of Surgical Oncology. He is an Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Clinical Oncology, European Journal of Surgical Oncology, among others.

Associate Editor - International

Arthur K C Li

Hong Kong, People's Republic of China

Professor Arthur K C Li is Emeritus Professor of Surgery, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and was the founding Chairman of the Department of Surgery CUHK and Chairman of the Surgical Services at the Prince of Wales Hospital. He also served as Dean of CUHK and then as its President (as Vice-Chancellor). He subsequently served as Secretary for Education and Manpower of the Government of the Hong Kong. The Royal College of Surgeons of England appointed Professor Li to the Court of Patrons, its highest honor, and The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh bestowed him with its President's Gold Medal. He was also an Honorary Fellow for the Royal Society of Medicine, UK, The Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, the American College of Surgeons, the American Surgical Association and the Royal College of Physicians of London.  He had been awarded Honorary Doctorate of Science (University of Hull, UK), Honorary Doctorate of Letters (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, HKSAR), Honorary Doctorate (Soka University, Japan),  Honorary Doctorate of Laws (The Chinese University of Hong Kong, HKSAR and University of the West of England, UK) and Honorary Doctorate of Science (Medicine) (University College London, UK).

Associate Editor - International

Jose Felix Patiño

Bogota, Columbia

José F. Patiño, MD, FACS (Honorary), is Professor and Past-Chairman of the Department of Surgery, Hospital General Universitario de la Samaritana, and Hospital Universitario, Fundación Santa Fe de Bogotá. He was one of the founders of Fundación Santa Fe de Bogotá and private teaching medical center in Bogota affiliated with the University of the Andes where he is a Professor of History of Medicine and Medical Ethics and Professionalism, Universidad de los Andes School of Medicine, Bogotá, Colombia. He has served as the Minister of Health for the Government of Colombia, as President of the University of Colombia, as President, Colombian National Academy of Medicine, and as President of numerous surgical societies, including the Colombian Surgical Society, the Latin American Surgical Federation (FELAC), and the International Society of Surgery. He was elected as an Honorary Fellow by the American College of Surgeons, the American Surgical Association, the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, the Argentina Academy of Surgery, the Argentina Association of Surgery, and the Chilean Academy of Medicine, among others. He is the editor of the Colombian Journal of Surgery.

Associate Editor - International

Umberto Veronesi

Milano, Italy

Professor Umberto Veronesi MD, is the Founder and Scientific Director of the European Institute of Oncology .He was previously the Scientific Director of the National Cancer Institute in Milan for many years. In 1982, he founded the European School of Oncology. He also founded the European Society of Surgical Oncology was founder and first President of the European Cancer Society of Mastology. He was President of the International Union Against Cancer (UICC), the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer the Federation of European Cancer Societies (FECS), and the World Health Organization Melanoma Group. He has also served as Minister of Health in the Italian Government and a Senator of the Italian Parliament.

Section Editor - Bone and Soft Tissue Sarcomas

Alessandro Gronchi

 

Dr. Alessandro Gronchi is Chief of the Sarcoma Service at the Istituto Nazionale Tumori in Milan, Italy. He serves as chairman of the soft tissue sarcoma committee of the Italian Sarcoma Group (ISG), secretary of the EORTC Soft Tissue and Bone Sarcoma Group, and is a member of the Sarcoma Task Force of the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO), the Board of Directors of the Connective Tissue Oncology Society (CTOS), the International Committee of the Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO), and several other medical and scientific societies. He is Associate Editor of the Sarcoma Journal and as Sarcoma Section Editor of the Annals of Surgical Oncology.

Section Editor - Breast Oncology

Lisa A. Newman

 

Lisa A. Newman is Professor of Surgery at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and serves as Director of the UM Breast Care Center and Director of the Multidisciplinary Breast Fellowship Program. Her honors include the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast Project Minority Investigator of the Year, the Alumni Achievement Award from State University of New York Downstate Medical Center, and the University of Michigan Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Achievement Award. In the past, she has served on the Executive Council for the Society of Surgical Oncology, and the Board of Directors for the American Society of Breast Diseases. She currently serves as Chairperson for the SSO Disparities Task Force, as Co-Chair of the ASCO Disparities Advisory Board, and as the Chief National Medical Advisor of Sisters Network, Inc., A National African American Breast Cancer Survivor Advocates Organization. She also serves on numerous editorial boards involving breast diseases and disparities issues.

Section Editor - Colorectal Cancer

Heidi Nelson

 

Dr. Nelson is the Fred C. Andersen Professor of Surgery and formerly the Chair of the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester MN. She is presently the Group Co-Chair of the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group (ACOSOG), Committee Chair of the NCI Clinical Oncology Study Section, and Senior Board Examiner for the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery. In the past, she has served as President of the Northwest Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, President of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons Research Foundation, Program Chair of the Society of Surgical Oncology, Vice-Chair of the North Central Cancer Treatment Group, and Chair of the NCI Initial Review Committee (formerly Committee--CCIRC). In addition to being Section Editor for the Annals of Surgical Oncology, she is Co-Editor for the Diseases of the Colon and Rectum.

Section Editor - Endocrine Tumors

Herbert Chen

 

Dr. Herbert Chen, is currently Vice Chair of the Department of Surgery and Professor of Surgery and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin, as well as Chief of Endocrine Surgery in the Department of Surgery and Leader of the Endocrine-Neuroendocrine Cancer Disease Group at the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center. He is presently a Councilor for the International Association of Endocrine, Treasurer of the Society of Clinical Surgery, and a Board member of the North American Neuroendocrine Tumor Society. In the past, he has been President of the Association for Academic Surgery, Executive Council member of the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons, and a recipient of the Society of Surgical Oncology Clinical Investigator Award.

Section Editor - Gastrointestinal Oncology

Kenneth K. Tanabe

 

Kenneth Tanabe, M.D. is Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, Chief of Surgical Oncology, and Deputy Clinical Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Cancer Center., He is also Director of the MGH Liver Surgery Program, Director (MGH), Surgical Oncology Fellowship Training Program, Co-Director of the Digestive Health Diseases Liver Program, and Co-Director of the Gastrointestinal Cancer SPORE at the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center. He presently serves on the Executive Council of the Society of Surgical Oncology, and Chair of its Fellowship and Research Grant Committee. He is Melanoma Panel, Member for the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, the Section Editor for Hepatobiliary Malignancies for the journal Cancer, and also for The Oncologist.

Section Editor - Gynecologic Oncology

Charles F. Levenback

 

Dr. Charles Levenback is Professor and Deputy Chairman in the Department of Gynecologic Oncology, Division of Surgery at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX. He serves as Chairman of the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists Medical Practice & Ethics Committee, Co-Chair of the Gynecology Subcommittee for the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group, and as a member of the Executive Committee for the International Sentinel Node Society. He was previously Co-Chair of the Education Committee for the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists and a Board of Directors member for the Gynecologic Oncology Group.

Section Editor - Head and Neck Oncology

Joseph A. Califano

 

Dr. Joseph Califano is a Professor in the Head and Neck Division and the Division of Head and Neck Cancer Research at John Hopkins Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and Director of Research at the Milton J. Dance Head and Neck Center at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. At Johns Hopkins, he is Director of the Head and Neck Surgical Oncology Fellowship, and Clinical Co-Director of the Head and Neck SPORE. He is a Councilor and Founding Fellow of International Academy of Oral Oncology, and Editor of Oral Oncology.

Section Editor - Healthcare Policy and Outcomes

Frederick L. Greene

 

Frederick L. Greene, MD, FACS, is the Chairman of the Department of General Surgery at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, Director of the Surgical Residency Program at that institution and Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. He has held multiple leadership roles in surgical organizations, including the American College of Surgeons (as Chair of the Commission on Cancer, Chair of the Approvals Committees, Chair of the Hospital Practice Committee, and as 2nd Vice-President), the American Joint Committee on Cancer (as Chair), Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (as President), and the Sothern Surgical Association (as Vice President). He is Associate Editor of CA:  A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, and a senior medical advisor and regular contributor to General Surgery News.

Section Editor - Hepatobiliary Tumors

William R. Jarnagin

 

Dr.William Jarnagin is Chief of the Hepatopancreatobiliary Service, Department of Surgery at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, NY and Professor of Surgery at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University. He has also served as President of the MSKCC Medical Staff. He is currently the Treasurer and a member of the Executive Council for the American Hepatopancreatobiliary Association.

Section Editor - Medical Oncology

Eduardo Cazap

 

Eduardo Cazap MD, PhD is an authority on breast and cervical cancer as well as global health issues. He is now President of the International Union against Cancer (UICC-Geneva). He is the founder and first President of the Latin American & Caribbean Society of Medical Oncology (SLACOM), past-President of the Argentine Association of Clinical Oncology, a member of the Board of Directors of the National Cancer Institute of Argentina, and a Board Member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO-Alexandria). Dr. Cazap also serves as Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Breast Health Global Initiative, and is Chair of the International Clinical Trials Working Group.

Section Editor - Melanomas

Kelly M. McMasters

 

Dr. McMasters is Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Louisville (UL) and Director of the Multidisciplinary Melanoma Clinic at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center. He previously was Director of the Division of Surgical Oncology at UL. He serves on the Executive Council of both the Society of Surgical Oncology and the International Sentinel Node Society. He is Principle Investigator of the Sunbelt Melanoma Trial and was recently President of Southeastern Surgical Congress.

Section Editor - Neuro-Oncology

Ziya L. Gokaslan

 

Dr. Gokaslan is Professor of Neurosurgery, Oncology, and Orthopaedic Surgery at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in Baltimore MD, as well as Vice-Chairman of Neurosurgery, and Director of the Neurosurgical Spine Program. He was previously on the surgical faculty at M D Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. He serves as Chairman of the AANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves. Dr. Gokaslan's clinical practice focuses on the radical surgical treatment of both primary and metastatic spinal tumors, sacral neoplasms and spinal cord tumors.

 

Section Editor - Pancreatic Tumors

Andrew M. Lowy

 

Dr. Andrew Lowy is Professor of Surgery and Chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology at the University of California, San Diego CA. Previously, he was Chief of Surgical Oncology at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He is presently Chair of the Foregut Disease Committee for the Society of Surgical Oncology and Co-Chair of the Pancreatic Cancer Task Force for the National Cancer Institute.

Section Editor - Radiation Oncology

Thomas A. Buchholz

 

Thomas A. Buchholz, MD, is Professor and Chair, Department of Radiation Oncology, Interim Division Health, Division of Radiation Oncology, and Director of the Breast Cancer Radiation Oncology Program at The University of Texas M.D Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. He is President-elect of the American Radium Society, Editor-In-Chief of Breast Diseases: A Yearbook Quarterly, and Associate Editor of the American Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Section Editor - Reconstructive Oncology

Anthony P. Tufaro

 

ANTHONY P. TUFARO, D.D.S, M.D., is Associate Professor of Surgery and Oncology in the Divisions of Surgical Oncology & Endocrine Surgery and the Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, MD. He is also Vice-Chief of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. Dr Tufaro is uniquely trained in dentistry and medicine, in addition to residencies in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, General Surgery, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, and Head & Neck Surgical Oncology. He serves on the Skin Cancer Staging Committee for the AJCC and the Head and Neck Program Committee for the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Section Editor - Thoracic Oncology

Stephen C. Yang

 

Stephen C. Yang, M.D. is The Arthur B. and Patricia B. Modell Professor of Thoracic Surgery, Chief of Thoracic Surgery and Professor of Surgery and Oncology at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. He serves as the medical student Surgical Clerkship and Curriculum Director, Director of the Thoracic Oncology Program, and Associate Director of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency. Amongst his honors, he is the recipient of the 2008 Johns Hopkins Deans Faculty Award for Clinical Teaching.

Section Editor - Translational Research and Biomarkers

James C. Cusack

 

James C. Cusack, Jr., M.D. is Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Surgical Oncology Laboratories at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA. He serves on the Executive Council of the Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO) and the Program Committee of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) GI Symposium. He has previously served as Chair of the Scientific Program Committee of the SSO, and as section editor for Cancer. 

Section Editor - Urologic Oncology

Eila Skinner

 

Dr. Eila C. Skinner is Professor and Vice-chairman of Urology at the Keck University of Southern California (USC) School of Medicine. She is also Director of the Urology residency training program at USC. She has also served as the Chief of Staff for the combined medical staff of USC University Hospital and the Norris Cancer Center, and as Chair of the USC Medical School Clinical Curriculum Committee. Nationally, she serves on the American Board of Urology, on the Executive Committee of the Society of University Urologists, and has Chaired the Bylaws Committee for Society of Urologic Oncology. An outstanding educator, she has received numerous teaching awards as Outstanding Teacher in the USC School of Medicine and as Teacher of the Year in the USC Department of Urology.

Latin American Scientific Advisory Board - Co-Chair

Hugo Villar

 

Hugo V. Villar is Professor and Associate Chairman in the Department of Surgery, and Chief, Section of Surgical Oncology at the University of Arizona Medical Center in Tuscon, AZ. Dr. Villar is renowned for his leadership role as Chairman of the Commission on Cancer for the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Clinical Oncology for his development and implementation of Cancer Management Courses given throughout Latin America. He is an honorary member of the national surgical societies in Chile, Mexico, Columbia, Peru, Bolivia, and Ecuador. In 2007, he was voted "Distinguished Latin American Surgeon in the United States" by FELAC (Federacion Latino Americana de Cirugia). Dr. Villar has served in many leadership roles in the American College of Surgeons, including as National Chair, and Chair of the Executive Committee for the Commission of Cancer, as Vice Chair of the International Relations Committee, as a member Executive Committee in charge of Latin American Governors, and as Chairman of the Committee for International Outreach for Clinical Trials in its Oncology Group. In addition, he has been President of the Arizona Chapter of both the American College of Surgeons and the American Cancer Society.

Latin American Scientific Advisory Board - Co-Chair

Enrique Waugh

 

Born in Santiago-Chile in 1967, went to medical school and general surgery residency at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. After the fellowship in GI surgery, traveled to USA to clinical fellowship in surgical oncology for 2 years. Back in Chile since 1999, dedicated to development of surgical oncology education and training. Currently, member of Society of Surgical Oncology and American Society of Clinical Oncology, member of board of directors of Sociedad de Cirujanos de Chile.

Latin American Scientific Advisory Board

Ricardo César Pinto Antunes

 

Ricardo Antunes is Vice-President of the Brazilian Cancer Society, Chairman of the Paulista Cancer Institute, and Chief of the Surgical Oncology Department at the Civil Servant Hospital of Sao Paulo Brazil. In addition, he serves as Coordinator of Medical Education of the Brazilian Cancer Society and the Ministry of Culture and Education for Brazil and is Editor-in-Chief of the Brazilian Cancer Society Magazine.

Latin American Scientific Advisory Board

Luiz Antonio Negrão Dias

 

Luiz Antonio Negrão Dias is Chairman of the Abdominal Surgery Department, of Erasto Gaertner Hospital in Curitiba Brasil, where he was previously superintentent of the Hospital.  He is also a founding partner and member of the medical staff of the Institute Oncology of Paraná, and Professor of Oncology at the Positivo University.  In 2009, he was President of the Brazilian Congress of Oncology.  

Latin American Scientific Advisory Board

Jose Leon Duarte

 

 

Jose L. Duarte MD, is a leading Surgical Oncologist from the Department of Surgery in the National Cancer Institute of Paraquay. He has been President of the Paraguayan Society of Surgical Oncology.

Latin American Scientific Advisory Board

Rogelio Martínez-Macias

Latin American Scientific Advisory Board

Heriberto Medina-Franco

 

Heriberto Medina-Franco, is Associate Professor of surgery at the National Institute of Medical Sciences and Nutrition in Mexico City, Mexico. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a member of both the Mexican Academy of Surgery as well as the National Academy of Medicine.  Currently, he is Chair of the International Committee of the Society of Surgical Oncology.

Latin American Scientific Advisory Board

Antonio Andres Magoulas Perdicaris

 

Antonio Andres Magoulas Perdicaris, MD PhD is a surgical oncologist in Sao Paulo Brazil. He is Head Professor of Oncology in the Medical School at University Metropolitan of Santos, an educational consultant for the Brazilian Society Cancer and Coordinator of the Brazilian Cancer Society Health Program at City Department of Education of São Paulo.  

Latin American Scientific Advisory Board

William Sanchez Maldonado

 

Dr. William Sanchez Maldonado is Professor and Chairman of Surgery at Universidad Militar Nueva Granada and Universidad de la Sabana in Bogota, Colombia. He is also Chair of Department of General Surgery at Military University Hospital. Dr. Sanchez serves in an number of important leadership role including: Latinoamerican Federation of Surgery "FELAC" (as President of the Commission on Cancer), The Colombia Surgery Association (as Secretary, Treasurer and member of the Board of Directors), and The American College of Surgeons Chapter Colombia (as secretary-treasurer).

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