Clinical Perspectives

New Tampa Bay Surgical Oncology Brings a Valuable Resource to the Region

March 20, 2019

Tampa Bay Surgical Oncology Society

The Tampa Bay area gained a valuable resource on Oct. 4, 2018, the date of the inaugural meeting of the Tampa Bay Surgical Oncology Society (TBSOS). Thanks to a group of surgical oncologists at Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute who embraced Dr. Doug Letson's suggestion to establish a local surgical oncology society, TBSOS is official.

How does TBSOS benefit the Tampa Bay area?
In support of Moffitt's mission to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer, TBSOS will provide education on the surgical care of patients with solid tumors. TBSOS welcomes multidisciplinary academic and community-based physicians, advanced practice professionals (APPs), nurses and other interested clinicians. Education venues will include formal speakers programs, journal clubs, round-table discussions, tumor boards and other platforms for sharing advances and best-practice strategies for multidisciplinary collaboration in providing superior outcomes.

What can you expect at a TBSOS meeting?
Expect to hear from local experts and phenomenal guest speakers. Case in point is the Oct. 4 inaugural meeting, which opened with remarks by Dr. Doug Letson, a presidential address by Dr. Rick Gonzalez, and an update by Congressman David Jolly on federal healthcare policy. The Charles B. Huggins invited keynote speaker, Dr. Andrew Stephenson, was introduced by Dr. Philippe Spiess, who presented a historical perspective on Dr. Huggins before introducing Dr. Stephenson, Director for the Center of Urologic Oncology at Cleveland Clinic's Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute. Dr. Stephenson spoke about "High Risk and Advanced Prostate Cancer: The Expanding Role of the Surgeon." After the lecture, attendees participated in Q&A, which preceded case presentations moderated by Dr. Julio Pow-Sang. The evening ended with an open forum and closing remarks by Dr. Spiess and Dr. Jason Fleming.

What did attendees say about the inaugural meeting?
The Oct. 4 session drew more than 60 attendees, among them physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and industry representatives. All were asked to assess the evening by completing a survey, and some of their comments follow.

  • One surgical oncologist was impressed by the excellent speaker and saw the evening as a "great opportunity to network with colleagues."
  • A nurse practitioner enjoyed hearing from community speakers such as Congressman Jolly, who gave his perspective on current healthcare issues such as telemedicine versus legislation
  • An industry representative was impressed by the pace of the event and enjoyed Dr. Gonzalez's opening remarks and Dr. Andrew Stephenson's keynote presentation
  • One physician said it provided a "good opportunity to meet and network with surgeons outside of my discipline," while another said the meeting was extremely organized

TBSOS Officers

The next TBSOS meeting on Melanoma will be at 6:30 pm, October 3, 2019 at The Tampa Club.
To attend or get more information, contact