CoC Annual Meeting Sunday, other events throughout Clinical Congress

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) invites all Fellows of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and other Clinical Congress attendees to the CoC Annual Meeting, 3:00−5:00 pm Sunday at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, Grand Hall A. More than 300 surgeons, visiting oncologists, and other health care professionals are expected to attend.


Highlights of the CoC Annual 
Meeting include:

  • Keynote address by Mark A. Peterson, PhD, chair, department of public policy, professor of public policy, political science, and law, University of California, Los Angeles, Luskin School of Public Affairs
  • Neoadjuvant Radiation in Stage I Rectal Cancer: Worse Outcomes? by Kristina Go, MD, University of Florida, 2017 CoC Paper Competition Winner
  • CoC update
  • CoC elections
  • Recognition of outgoing CoC members

At the conclusion of the CoC Annual Meeting, all participants are invited to attend the CoC Reception at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, Marina Courtyard. For additional meeting information, contact [email protected].


ACS-CRP sessions at 
Clinical Congress

The CoC and the ACS Clinical Research Program (ACS CRP) are sponsoring a number of educational sessions at Clinical Congress that are of value to surgical oncologists and other members of the cancer care team.



9:45 am–5:15 pm

Breast Cancer: National and International Disparities 

San Diego Convention Center, 7AB

Sponsored by the CoC

Panelists: Anees B. Chagpar, MD, MSc, MA, MPH, MBA, FRCSC, FACS; Ronda Shirletta Henry-Tillman, MD, FACS; Lisa A. Newman, MD, MPH, FACS, FASCO; Marissa Howard-McNatt, MD, FACS; Monica Morrow, MD, FACS; Pranjali Vikas Gadgil, MBBS; Ainhoa Costas-Chavarri, MD, MPH, FACS; Tracey E. Irvine, MA (Cantab), MB, BS(Hon), FRCS; Cary S. Kaufman, MD, FACS; Michael D. Sarap, MD, FACS



11:30 am−1:00 pm

Management of the Axilla in Breast Cancer 

San Diego Convention Center, 20A

Sponsored by the CoC

Moderators: Laurie J. Kirstein, MD, FACS, and Judy C. Boughey, MB, BCH, FACS



2:30–4:00 pm

Children with Carcinomas: Striving for Collaborative Care

San Diego Convention Center, 9

Sponsored by the CoC

Moderators: Kenneth Gow, MD, FACS, and Carmen C. Solorzanom, MD, FACS



2:30−5:45 pm

The ACS/CoC National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer: How Does It Work and How to Prepare for the Site Survey 

San Diego Convention Center, 30A

Sponsored by the CoC

Moderators: Steven D. Wexner, MD, FACS, and David P. Winchester, MD, FACS



4:15–5:45 pm

Gastric Cancer: East Meets West (and Everybody in Between) 

San Diego Convention Center, 20A

Sponsored by the CoC

Moderators: Daniel G. Coit, MD, FACS, and Stephen C. Yang, MD, FACS


9:30 am−5:00 pm

Minimally Invasive Endocrine Surgery: Is It Worth It? 

San Diego Convention Center, 11A

Sponsored by the CoC

Moderators: William B. Inabnet, MD, FACS, and David J. Terris, MD, FACS



11:30 am−12:30 pm

Positioning Your Cancer Program for Cancer Accreditation 

San Diego Convention Center, 27A

Sponsored by the CoC

Moderator: Mary Milroy, MD, FACS



2:30−4:00 pm

Evolving Concepts in the Eighth Edition American Joint Committee on Cancer Staging Manual Systems: Breast Cancer, Colorectal, and Melanoma

San Diego Convention Center, 3

Sponsored by the ACS Clinical Research Program (ACS-CRP)

Moderators: David J. Winchester, MD, FACS, and David R. Byrd, MD, FACS



4:15−5:45 pm

ACS Operative Standards for Cancer Surgery 

San Diego Convention Center, 2

Sponsored by the CoC and the ACS CRP 

Moderators: Matthew H.G. Katz, MD, FACS, and Waddah B. Al-Refaie, MBBCh, FACS


8:00−9:30 am

Controversies and the Appropriate Incorporation of Emerging Technologies in Multidisciplinary Treatment of Liver and Pancreatic Cancer 

San Diego Convention Center, 7AB

Sponsored by the ACS CRP

Moderators: Clancy J. Clark, MD, FACS, and George J. Tsioulias, MD, FACS



9:00 am−4:30 pm

Surgical Oncology for the Rural and Community Surgeon

San Diego Convention Center, 11A

Sponsored by the CoC

Chairs: Aeisha K. Rivers, MD, FACS, and Mark W. Puls, MD, FACS



12:45−1:45 pm

Commission on Cancer Oncology Lecture: The Evolving Enigma of Regional Lymph Nodes in Surgical Oncology 

San Diego Convention Center, 5AB

Sponsored by the CoC

Lecturer:Daniel G. Coit, MD, FACS



2:30−4:00 pm

Melanoma Surgery—What We Need to Know in 2017 

San Diego Convention Center, 20BC

Sponsored by the CoC

Moderators:Jonathan S. Zager, MD, FACS, and Keith A. Delman, MD, FACS



2:30−4:00 pm

Precision Medicine in Surgical Oncology: What Every Surgeon Needs to Know 

San Diego Convention Center, 1AB

Sponsored by the CoC

Moderators: Funda Meric-Bernstam, MD, FACS, and Raphael Bueno, MD, FACS



4:15−5:45 pm

Clinical Trials: Why and How You Should Incorporate Them into Your Practice

San Diego Convention Center, 30B-E

Sponsored by the ACS CRP

Moderators: Kelly Hunt, MD, FACS, and Y. Nancy You, MD, FACS