ATLANTA--The Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) elevated 23 new Fellows during the society's Annual Scientific Meeting, Feb. 28-March 5 in Atlanta. 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 the society.
"This is a prestigious honor conferred by the society to those members who are passionate in their commitment to improving medical practice by developing, testing and implementing breakthrough treatments," said SIR President James B. Spies, M.D., MPH, FSIR, who represents more than 5,000 doctors, scientists and allied health professionals dedicated to improving health care through image-guided, minimally invasive treatments. "Each of these interventional radiologists has made special contributions to the profession through their accomplishments in research, patient care and leadership," added Spies, who is an interventional radiologist and chair of the radiology department at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, in Washington, D.C.
Of those selected to be SIR Fellows, 18 were named Active Fellows and five were named Corresponding Fellows (members who practice and/or reside outside of the United States). SIR Active Fellows include Kimi L. Kondo, DO, FSIR, University of Colorado, Aurora; Charles F. Tate III, M.D., FSIR, IR Associates of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Abbas Chamsuddin, M.D., FSIR, Newton Medical Center, Covington, Ga.; James T. Bui, M.D., FSIR, University of Illinois Hospital, Chicago; Thuong G. Van Ha, M.D., FSIR, University of Chicago Hospital; Daniel E. Wertman, M.D., FSIR, Indiana University Medical Center, Indianapolis; Muneeb Ahmed, M.D., FSIR, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Dmitry Rabkin, M.D., FSIR, Brigham and Women's Hospital Boston, both Boston, Mass., and Sidney Lowell Kahn, M.D., FSIR, Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, Mass.; Nadine Abi-Jaoudeh, M.D., FSIR, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md.; Michael A. Savin, M.D., FSIR, William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Mich.; Neil M. Khilnani, M.D., FSIR, Weill Cornell Vascular, New York, N.Y.; Charles Y. Kim, M.D., FSIR, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C.; Mark L. Montgomery, M.D., FSIR, Scott and White Clinic, Temple, Texas; Aradhana M. Venkatesan, M.D., FSIR, MD Anderson Cancer Center Houston, Texas; John D. Statler, M.D., FSIR, Virginia Interventional and Vascular Associates, Fredericksburg, Va., and Eric J. Hohenwalter, M.D., FSIR, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and Timothy L. Swan, M.D., FSIR, Marshfield Clinic, Marshfield, both Wisconsin.
Corresponding Fellows include Ricardo D. Garcia-Monaco, M.D., FSIR, Hospital Italiano De Buenos Aires, Argentina; Alexis Kelekis, M.D., FSIR, University of Athens, Greece; Colin Cantwell, M.D., FSIR, St. Vincent's University Hospital, Dublin, Ireland; Yasuaki Arai, M.D., FSIR, National Cancer Center Hospital, Tokyo, Japan; and Sundeep J. Punamiya, M.D., FSIR, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore.
About the Society of Interventional Radiology
The Society of Interventional Radiology is a nonprofit, professional medical society representing more than 5,000 practicing interventional radiology physicians, scientists and clinical associates, dedicated to improving patient care through the limitless potential of image-guided therapies. SIR's members work in a variety of settings and at different professional levels--from medical students and residents to university faculty and private practice physicians. Visit sirweb.org. Follow SIR on Twitter at @SIRspecialists.
About Interventional Radiology
Clinicians in the field of interventional radiology pioneered minimally invasive, image-guided treatment, which reaches the source of a medical problem through blood vessels or directly through a tiny incision in the skin to deliver a precise, targeted treatment. Interventional radiology treatments performed by board-certified experts can deliver solutions with less risk, less pain and shorter recovery time than traditional surgery. These treatments are delivered in collaboration with the patient's care team. The specialty was founded in the early 1960s. Today interventional radiology has become synonymous with modern medicine.