The Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) is a nonprofit, professional medical society representing more than 7,000 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 patient care through image-guided therapy.
The vision of the Society of Interventional Radiology is to be the first choice for image-guided therapy
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.
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.
In the 50 years since interventional radiology was pioneered, image-guided medicine has rapidly evolved. Today, interventional radiology is recognized as its own specialty and is often part of a patient’s collaborative health care team, from diagnosis to follow-up care. Through the lens of our dynamic new brand, SIR and SIR Foundation are working to bring greater awareness to how interventional radiology harnesses image-guided therapies to develop breakthrough treatments, change medical practice, and improve the standard of patient care.
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2016 SIR + SIR Foundation Annual Report
The field is rapidly evolving, aided by the rise of the IR Residency and shifting demographics, and big changes in reimbursement paradigms. Learn how the society prepared for this new era in health care in the 2016 SIR + SIR Foundation annual report, “Strength through strategy.”2016 Annual Report