The Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO) announced that Sandra L. Wong, MD, MS, FSSO, is its president-elect. Wong, the William N. and Bessie Allyn Professor of Surgery at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and Professor of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, is the chair of the Department of Surgery at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) and Geisel. She is a nationally recognized authority in the management of soft tissue sarcoma, melanoma, Merkel Cell carcinoma, and gastrointestinal cancers.
“The SSO is dedicated to advancing the best possible surgical care for patients with cancer through research, education, and multiple quality initiatives,” Wong said. “As such, the SSO is really my go-to professional society and I’m so honored to serve in this leadership role. I look forward to continuing multidisciplinary collaborations in order to improve clinical cancer care and outcomes for all.”
Wong’s 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. Wong has expertise in the development and implementation of clinical practice guidelines and advises on health policy and technology evaluation. She 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. Wong has been honored with numerous medical student and resident teaching awards.