Society of Interventional Radiology Inducts New Fellows
Fewer Than 10 Percent of Members Achieve Entrance Into Select Group of Leaders in Research, Scientific Literature and Teaching
FAIRFAX, Va.—The Society of Interventional Radiology inducted 20 new Fellows during its 37th Annual Scientific Meeting last month in San Francisco. An SIR Fellow (or FSIR) is an interventional radiologist who has been an active or corresponding SIR member for at least five years and who has distinguished himself or herself individually and has been recognized by the society as a leading contributor in educational, investigational, organizational or professional aspects of interventional radiology.
“Election as a Fellow is the highest recognition by one’s colleagues for sustained outstanding performance,” SIR President Marshall Hicks, M.D., FSIR, who represents the national organization of nearly 4,700 doctors, scientists and allied health professionals dedicated to improving health care through minimally invasive treatments.
“These individuals—in a specialty known for innovation—exemplify excellence. It is no coincidence that they are a major part of what drives interventional radiology forward,” added Hicks, head of the division of diagnostic imaging at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
Of those selected to be SIR Fellows, 18 were named Active Fellows and two were named Corresponding Fellows. SIR active Fellows are listed below.
- California: Mahmood K. Razavi, M.D., FSIR, St. Joseph Vascular Institute, Irvine
- Florida: Andrew G. Davis, M.D., FSIR, Radiology Associates of Clearwater, Oldsmar; Constantino S. Pena, M.D., FSIR, Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute, Miami; Daniel A. Siragusa, M.D., FSIR, Shands Jacksonville Medical Center, Jacksonville; and Bret N. Wiechmann, M.D., FSIR, Vascular & Interventional Physicians, Gainesville
- Illinois: Robert J. Lewandowski, M.D., FSIR, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago
- Massachusetts: Sanjeeva P. Kalva, M.D., FSIR, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
- Minnesota: Haraldur Bjarnason, M.D., FSIR, Mayo Clinic, Rochester
- New York: Francis Scott Nowakowski, M.D., FSIR, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York; Raymond H. Thornton, M.D., FSIR, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Yorktown Heights; and David L. Waldman, M.D., Ph.D., FSIR, University of Rochester
- Ohio: Baljendra S. Kapoor, M.D., FSIR, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland; and Weiping Wang, M.D., FSIR, Cleveland Clinic, Chagrin Falls
- Pennsylvania: Boris Nikolic, M.D., MBA, FSIR, Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, and Leslie B. Scorza, M.D., FSIR, Penn State Heart & Vascular Institute, Palmyra
- Rhode Island: Gregory M. Soares, M.D., FSIR, Rhode Island Vascular Institute, Barrington
- Texas: Suzanne M. Slonim, M.D., FSIR, Methodist Hospitals of Dallas
- Canada: David M. Liu, M.D., FSIR, Vancouver General Hospital, Vancouver, British Columbia
Corresponding Fellows (members who practice and/or reside outside of the United States) include Thomas J. Kroencke, M.D., FSIR, Universitaetsklinikum Charite, Berlin, Germany; and Riccardo A. Lencioni, M.D., FSIR, University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy.
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About the Society of Interventional Radiology
Interventional radiologists are physicians who specialize in minimally invasive, targeted treatments. They offer the most in-depth knowledge of the least invasive treatments available coupled with diagnostic and clinical experience across all specialties. They use X-ray, MRI and other imaging to advance a catheter in the body, such as in an artery, to treat at the source of the disease internally. As the inventors of angioplasty and the catheter-delivered stent, which were first used in the legs to treat peripheral arterial disease, interventional radiologists pioneered minimally invasive modern medicine. Today, interventional oncology is a growing specialty area of interventional radiology. Interventional radiologists can deliver treatments for cancer directly to the tumor without significant side effects or damage to nearby normal tissue.
Many conditions that once required surgery can be treated less invasively by interventional radiologists. Interventional radiology treatments offer less risk, less pain and less recovery time compared to open surgery. Visit www.SIRweb.org.