VANCOUVER, British Columbia--Interventional radiologists should embrace competition as a catalyst for innovation, said Scott O. Trerotola, M.D., FSIR, who delivered the Society of Interventional Radiology's (SIR's) 2016 Dr. Charles T. Dotter Lecture on April 5 during SIR's Annual Scientific Meeting in Vancouver.
Trerotola, who is the Stanley Baum Professor of Radiology and professor of surgery at University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia, told his colleagues that competition spurs interventional radiologists to innovate and achieve better outcomes for their patients.
"If it weren't for competition we would still be doing things the old way and would not have evolved into IR clinicians," Trerotola said.
The Dotter Lecture, supported by SIR Foundation, is an annual event named in honor of one of the founding fathers of interventional radiology.
"Every year, the Dr. Charles T. Dotter Lecture highlights an outstanding interventional radiologist who has who has greatly contributed to the development of the field and provided dedicated service to SIR," said SIR President Alan H. Matsumoto, M.D., FSIR, professor and chair of the Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. "There is no question that Scott Trerotola embodies these attributes."
A 2011 recipient of the SIR Foundation Leaders in Innovation award, Trerotola has pursued research in hemodialysis and venous access, inferior vena cava filters and embolotherapy of pulmonary arteriovenous malformations, among other areas of interest. He holds eight device patents, has developed multiple procedural techniques that are in widespread use, and has advanced IR research, having published more than 250 research and educational articles.
SIR 2016 runs from April 2-April 7 in Vancouver. More information about the Society of Interventional Radiology, finding an interventional radiologist in your area and minimally invasive, image-guided treatments can be found online at sirweb.org.
About the Society of Interventional Radiology Foundation
SIR Foundation is a scientific foundation dedicated to fostering research and education in interventional radiology for the purposes of advancing scientific knowledge, increasing the number of skilled investigators in interventional radiology and developing innovative therapies that lead to improved patient care and quality of life. Visit sirfoundation.org.
About the Society of Interventional Radiology
The Society of Interventional Radiology is a nonprofit, professional medical society representing more than 6,100 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. The Society of Interventional Radiology is holding its Annual Scientific Meeting April 2-7 at the Vancouver Convention Centre, British Columbia, Canada. Visit sirmeeting.org.
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