The Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) is a nonprofit, professional medical society representing more than 8,000 practicing interventional radiology physicians, trainees, medical students, scientists and clinical associates, including physician assistants, nurse practitioners, radiologic technologists and paramedical professionals. 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. The society’s core purpose and mission is to work with its members to deliver patient-centered care through image-guided therapy.
Interventional radiologists pioneered minimally invasive 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 less recovery time than traditional surgery. These treatments are delivered in collaboration with the patients’ care team. The specialty was founded in the early 1960s. Today interventional radiology is synonymous with modern medicine.
The mission of the Society of Interventional Radiology is to improve lives through image-guided therapy.
The vision of the Society of Interventional Radiology is to optimize minimally-invasive patient care.
A scientific foundation dedicated to fostering research in interventional radiology, SIR Foundation serves the purposes of advancing scientific knowledge, increasing the number of skilled investigators, and developing innovative therapies that lead to improved patient care and quality of life. The foundation is committed to fostering the development and enhancement of innovative, minimally invasive, image-guided therapies from inception to mature clinical application and to conduct educational programs in the service of its mission.
The success of our specialty is grounded in the clinical expertise of our members and is fortified and expanded by the diversity of their backgrounds and experiences. An innovative, competitive IR workforce requires more than market competencies—it must also carry the power of innate, authentic human connection. As a specialized group of medical practitioners, the diversity of our membership is vital to the overall wellbeing of our specialty and the patients we serve.
SIR values a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). Our definition of diversity includes, but is not limited to the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, physical and mental ability, socioeconomic status, religious belief, or nationality.
SIR’s Diversity and Inclusiveness Advisory Group works with society leadership and volunteers to increase diversity, equity and inclusion through recruitment; awareness and collaboration with industry partners and other organizations; growing DEI education and opportunity within society leadership, governance and volunteerism; researching healthcare disparities; and data and benchmarking. We offer a range of programs and resources to help our membership build a more diverse and inclusive workforce that is focused on patient care.
SIR honors its luminaries
SIR’s awards program recognizes excellence, extraordinary contributions and distinguished service to the society and the profession. The SIR Foundation awards recognize and promote innovation within SIR and the profession. They also expose fellows, residents, and medical students to the annual meeting and interventional radiology research opportunities.Learn more
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Interventional radiologists are known for their innovative spirit when it comes to tackling tough medical issues and delivering quality patient care. 2020 saw IRs put their imagination in action, tapping into that spirit and skillset not merely to overcome unprecedented challenges, but to leverage the challenges of our changing healthcare environment into opportunities that will propel IR to new heights.2020 Annual Report