SIR: 1973-2013

SIR 40th Anniversary Celebration

SIR Celebrates 40 Years of Innovation

About the Society of Interventional Radiology

Few societies have accomplished so much in so short a time frame. The energy, enthusiasm and talent of SIR's leaders and members are some of its most impressive qualities. The Society was founded in 1973 and formally organized in 1974 as the Society of Cardiovascular Radiology by an active group in the field that wanted to further develop interventional aspects of radiology. Organizers sought to increase communication in the field and set forth goals that would ensure high quality patient care, and advance training and scientific research in cardiovascular and interventional radiology. Initially, the Society fostered these goals through an informal scientific exchange among members. The first formal business meeting was held in Key Largo, Fla., in 1975, and the Society offered its first annual postgraduate educational course in 1976 with 177 attendees.

The increasing scope of the specialty and the growing importance of therapeutic activities led the Society to change its name in 1983 to the Society of Cardiovascular & Interventional Radiology (SCVIR). The number of angiographers continued to rise, and the Society broadened eligibility requirements for membership. As a result, membership expanded significantly during the 1980s. In April 2002, the name was changed to Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR), which reflects the ever-expanding role of interventional radiology - a specialty that is no longer limited to the cardiovascular system in terms of how targeted treatments are performed.

Today, SIR continues to maintain steady membership growth with nearly 5,000 members. They primarily consist of physicians, but also include an increasing number of allied health professionals who work in IR settings, such as technologists, nurses, nurse practitioners and physician assistants.

Interventional Radiologists: Medicine's Trailblazers

Read more about the milestones of interventional radiology.


The Birth, Early Years, and Future of Interventional Radiology.
Josef Rösch, Frederick S. Keller, and John A. Kaufman.
J. Vasc. Interv. Radiol. 2003 14: 841-853.

The Catheter Introducers by Leslie A. Geddes and LaNelle E. Geddes, copyright 1993 by Cook Group Incorporated, Mobium Press, Chicago.

The Ship in the Balloon: The Story of Boston Scientific and the Development of Less-Invasive Medicine by Jeffrey L. Rodengen, copyright 2001 by Write Stuff Enterprises, Inc.

Learn More About the History of SIR and Interventional Radiology

SIR Thanks the Following Corporate Partners For Their Support of the 40th Anniversary Celebration.

Argon Medical Logo Bard Logo Boston Scientific logo Cook logo
Delcath Logo Nordion Medical Logo SIRTEX Logo

Sponsorship Opportunities

For opportunities to showcase your congratulatory message and corporate identity during the year-long 40th Anniversary celebration, please contact Beth Allgaier, SIR's director of corporate relations, (703) 460-5564.