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Society of Interventional Radiology selects 18 Fellows

Newest leaders in research, scientific literature, teaching and leadership announced at 38th Annual Scientific Meeting in New Orleans

Society of Interventional Radiology


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The Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) announced the addition of 18 Fellows to the Fairfax, Virginia-based, national organization's roster during SIR's 38th Annual Scientific Meeting, held April 13 in New Orleans. This honor, achieved by fewer than 10 percent of SIR membership, goes to members who have demonstrated excellence in research and published works or teaching and leadership within the field of interventional radiology and/or the society.

"Election as a Fellow is one of the Society of Interventional Radiology's highest honors and the direct result of peer recognition," said SIR President Scott C. Goodwin, M.D., FSIR, who represents the national society of nearly 5,000 doctors, scientists and allied health professionals dedicated to improving health care through minimally invasive treatments. "SIR Fellows play key roles in the society. They have made--and continue to make--seminal contributions to the specialty that have advanced the science and technology of the field," said Goodwin, who is the Hasso Brothers professor and chair of the department of radiological sciences at the University of California, Irvine.

Of those selected to be SIR Fellows, 16 were named Active Fellows and two were named Corresponding Fellows (members who practice and/or reside outside of the United States). SIR Active Fellows are listed below.

  • Colorado: Elizabeth Brooke Spencer, M.D., FSIR, RIA Endovascular Clinic, Denver
  • Massachusetts: Ronald S. Arellano, M.D., FSIR, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston; Susan K. O'Horo, M.D., FSIR, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston; and Hani H. Abujudeh, M.D., FSIR, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
  • Michigan: Joseph Gemmete, M.D., FSIR, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor
  • New Jersey: Sohail G. Contractor, M.D., FSIR, New Jersey Medical School, Newark
  • New York: William Alago Jr., M.D., FSIR, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York
  • North Carolina: Charles T. Burke, M.D., FSIR, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill
  • Texas: Kamran Ahrar, M.D., FSIR, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston; Marco Cura, M.D., FSIR, Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas; Joseph R. Steele, M.D., FSIR, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston; and Anthony Goei, M.D., FSIR, Star Vascular Access Center, San Antonio
  • Utah: G. Peter Feola, M.D., FSIR, Primary Children's Medical Center, Salt Lake City
  • Washington, D.C.: Filip Banovac, M.D., FSIR, Georgetown University Hospitals, and Stephen L. Ferrara, M.D., FSIR, Institute of Medicine

Corresponding Fellows are listed below.

  • Canada: John R. Kachura, M.D., FSIR, Toronto General Hospital,Toronto, Ontario
  • Argentina: Sergio D. Sierre, M.D., FSIR, Hospital Nacional de Pediatria, Buenos Aires


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. This year, SIR celebrates 40 years of innovation and advances in interventional radiology. Visit

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