Mohammad Zaidi Wins Poster Award at SSO Meeting

March 2018

Mohammad Zaidi, PhD, a postdoctoral research fellow in the lab of Emory surgical oncologist-scientist Shishir Maithel, MD, won the Best Clinical Poster Award at the Society of Surgical Oncology Annual Cancer Symposium held in Chicago, March 21-24.

His poster, "Defining the Number of Lymph Nodes Needed to Accurately Stage Small Bowel Neuroendocrine Tumors: An 8-Institution Study from the US Neuroendocrine Tumor Study Group," described a study that evaluated 203 patients who underwent curative-intent resection for small bowel neuroendocrine tumors (SB-NETs) from 2000–2016.

Dr. Zaidi and his co-investigators found that precise lymph node staging required a minimum of eight lymph nodes for examination, and that a finding of three or more positive lymph nodes was associated with decreased three-year recurrence-free survival, compared to one, two, or no positive lymph nodes.

The team determined that thorough regional lymphadenectomy was critical for accurate staging and management of patients with SB-NETs.