The British Association of Surgical Oncology Medal for Excellence

To mark the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Association, the BASO Council inaugurates the British Association of Surgical Oncology Medal for Excellence to recognise the role of individual surgeons or teams in the advancement of cancer care. This award is inaugurated at the 2021 BASO Annual Scientific Conference.

BASO medal for excellence

The BASO Medal for Excellence will be presented to a professional or a team in recognition of their outstanding achievements in the field of cancer surgery: excellence in research, clinical practice, education and innovation.

This international award will be presented on a 5 year basis and will be open to all members and non-members of the Association for their contribution to UK cancer surgery.

BASO members will be invited to nominate a potential recipient.


The recipient of this honour must exhibit evidence of outstanding contributions to the present and future care of cancer patients, exemplify leadership in areas such as academic, scholarship, research, administration, policy development, education and practice.

  1. The nominee have been or are a practicing cancer clinician, scientists, educationalists, etc.
  2. The candidate for the award should have a reputation as an outstanding clinician and innovator.
  3. The areas of outstanding clinical practice, research and innovation to be considered could include:
  • Innovation approaches to diagnosis, treatment or care of cancer patients.
  • Application of technology to cancer-related care; and/or developing models of cancer care delivery.
  • Developing treatment protocols, practise guidelines, educational materials, or policies that influence the standard of care of cancer patients.
  • Have an outstanding academic / research portfolio.
  • Evidence of visiting professorship or invitations to speak nationally or internationally on issues related to the clinical care of cancer patients.
  • Advocacy on public policy issues impacting cancer surgery & care, potentially including participation in advisory panels to governmental organisations such as NHSE+I, NICE and parliamentary select committees.
  • Leadership roles in regional, national or international professional organisations related to cancer surgery and care.
  • Innovative approaches to teaching and education of professionals, patients groups and communities.
  • Exhibit selfless dedication and commitment to the cancer community at large - including patient support groups and patient families.
  • Shown exceptional commitment to supporting and improving cancer surgery and care.

4. Nominee's service to, standing within and commitment to the BASO will be given serious consideration during the review process.

5. Nominator must be an active member of the BASO by the submission deadline with the expectation that membership will be active before the award review occurs.


The Nominator should provide to BASO Office:

BASO is honoured to award the first 'BASO Medal for Excellence' to Professor Freddie Hamdy, Nuffield Professor of Surgery, Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences, University of Oxford,  in recognition of his outstanding achievements in the field of cancer surgery: excellence in research, clinical practice, education and innovation.

Listen to Professor Hamdy's inspiring presentation presented at BASO's 50th  Anniversary Celebratory event Watch it Now Button.

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