Indian Association of Surgical Oncology
It is close to 3 decades now that Surgical Oncology emerged as an important specialty of surgical practice in India.
It is close to 3 decades now that Surgical Oncology emerged as an important specialty of surgical practice in India. First CME programme in Oncology was held by Tata Memorial Hospital in 1975 attended by 200 surgeons from all over the country. Success of this programme led Dr B Ramamurthy, the then President of Association of Surgeons of India (ASI) to invite Dr Ashok Mehta to organize first CME in Oncology at Ahmedabad Conference in December 1975. Dr Ashok Mehta wrote to the ASI for starting Oncology Section of ASI after success of the CME. A resolution was passed and Oncology Section was created at the Annual ASI Conference in Delhi in 1976. Stalwarts like Dr DJ Jussawala, Dr SJ Mehta, Dr Atm Prakash and Dr AE Desa…Read more
It is an honour to address you from the Desk of the prestigious Presidential Chair of IASO. It was on persuasion by Senior Past Presidents & EC members that I agreed to take up this responsibility being uncontested. Thanks for the faith that they all have in me in my abilities. I will try my best to keep up the good work of my predecessors.
Considering the alarming increase in cancer cases globally, my aim for the coming one year is as follows:
- Increase the drive for Membership for IASO, especially in
Allied Oncology Specialties like _ Gynae, Uro, Ortho, Breast, ENT where many Surgeons are doing more than 50% Oncological works during their schedule. The future of Cancer Care will be Organ specific and it is high time that we embrace all these societies to make the gamut more complete.
- Since I was chosen to get representation from Eastern
India, I aim to get more people on board from this region- not only as members but also their active participation in the Scientific conferences. The Trainees should get more involved in presenting through Papers/ Posters/ Videos
- Organize more Zonal CMEs for Doctors and also training sessions for Paramedics so that the holistic care of Cancer reaches even the remote areas. This can be clubbed with Cancer Awareness programmes which will benefit the Society directly through prevention and early detection
- Our predecessors have already set up tie ups with SSO (Surgical Society of Oncology, USA) & ESSO (European Society of Oncology) apart from many reputed Institutes in India where young surgeons can go on Fellowship through a selection process during NATCON. These are great opportunities and we hope to create more opportunities in future
- Make the IASO website more interactive through our team so that we can put up good videos by the doyens in India, and also Orations. Surgical innovations in Indian context will be given priorities. Indian guidelines for Cancer Management will also be there (which are in the process of being created by National Cancer Grid)
- Indian Journal of Surgical Oncology should see more publications from you all. The data from India, in spite of very good works being done in different Institutes, are lacking
- Update the IASO Members` Directory along with photos. We will need your support to contact the members of your region who otherwise cannot be contacted
- Finally, we welcome your suggestions so that we can do many more good things in future. You are free to write to me at [email protected] or IASO Secretariat at [email protected]
Looking forward to seeing you in the upcoming MIDCON in March 2020 at Tirupati (under the leadership of Dr Narendra Hullikol), NATCON in September 2020 at Delhi (under the leadership of Dr Rudra Acharya) and ofcourse the Mega ICC Conference (which is going to be hosted by IASO under the leadership of our Past Presidents Dr Sanjay Sharma & Dr Dhairyasheel Savant) in Mumbai in November, 2021.
My best wishes to the Organizers in advance,
Prof (Dr) Arnab Gupta,
President, Indian Association of Surgical Oncology,
Director, Saroj Gupta Cancer Centre & Research Institute, Thakurpukur, Kolkata