Recent Dotter Lecturers

Annual honor bestowed by the SIR President for service and innovation to the specialty

Annual honor bestowed by SIR President for innovation and advancing the specialty.

2017 Dr. Charles T. Dotter Lecturer

Michael D. Darcy, MD, FSIR

Michael D. DarcyChanges in health care payment models that emphasize quality and results provide new opportunities for interventional radiologists, said Michael D. Darcy, M.D., FSIR, who delivered the Society of Interventional Radiology's (SIR's) 2017 Dr. Charles T. Dotter Lecture on March 5 during SIR's Annual Scientific Meeting in Washington.

Darcy, professor and chief of vascular and interventional radiology at the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology at Washington University in St. Louis, told his colleagues that the advent of the new IR Residency program provides a real opportunity to focus on mastery of interventional skills throughout a trainee's residency, not just in the fellowship year.

"In addition to being a great clinician and innovator, it is also critical to have superb technical proficiency," said Darcy. "As we move to an outcome-focused and team-based payment model, the ability of interventional radiologists to achieve better technical outcomes will be a clear differentiator for referring physicians."

The Dotter Lecture, supported by SIR Foundation, is an annual event named in honor of Dr. Charles T. Dotter considered universally to be the founding father of interventional radiology. The annual lecture spotlights an outstanding interventional radiologist who has greatly contributed to the field and to SIR.

"Dr. Darcy embodies the pioneering spirit of Charles Dotter and the spirit of the Dotter Lecture, which aims to inspire interventional radiologists to pursue excellence," said SIR President Charles E. Ray Jr., M.D., FSIR, professor and head of the department of radiology at the University of Illinois, Chicago.

Focused on education throughout his career, Darcy has trained over 125 interventional radiology fellows and continues to train new interventional radiology residents. Also, actively involved in research, he's participated in multiple clinical trials and authored or co-authored numerous papers and book chapters. Darcy is also a past-president of SIR and has been involved with the society for 30 years.

Watch the 2017 Dr. Charles T. Dotter Lecture in its entirety. 

2016 Dr. Charles T. Dotter Lecturer

Scott O. Trerotola, MD, FSIR

 Scott O. Trerotola, MD, FSIR

Scott O. Trerotola, M.D., FSIR, the Stanley Baum Professor of Radiology and professor of surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia, is the Society of Interventional Radiology's (SIR) 2016 Dr. Charles T. Dotter Lecturer.

The 2011 recipient of the SIR Foundation's Leaders in Innovation award, Trerotola is also Penn Radiology's associate chair and chief of interventional radiology as well as its vice chair for quality and safety. He pursues research in hemodialysis and venous access, inferior vena cava (IVC) filters and pulmonary arteriovenous malformations (PAVM) embolotherapy, among other topics. He holds eight patents on devices for interventional procedures.

Trerotola is an original member of the National Kidney Foundation's 1997 Dialysis Outcomes Quality Initiative Clinical Practice Guidelines Vascular Access Workgroup—a document which has shaped hemodialysis access care for a generation. He has also developed multiple techniques in widespread use in the specialty, including balloon-assisted placement of large bore gastrostomy, ultra-high pressure angioplasty, forceps removal of IVC filters and back bleeding treatment for arterial emboli during dialysis declotting, among others.

A strong advocate of research in interventional radiology and evidence-based practice, Trerotola's more than 250 research and educational publications include multiple prospective randomized trials. He has mentored over 40 medical students and 25 residents in research publications.

He has served on many SIR committees and was a member of the SIR Executive Council from 1998-2004 and served as Chair of the 2001 SIR Annual Scientific Meeting. He also chaired the SIR Educational Materials Committee, editing three SIR syllabi during that tenure. He has served as interventional radiology Scientific Program Chair for the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting and has chaired the American College of Radiology (ACR) Economics Committee on Interventional and Cardiovascular Radiology.

Trerotola has received awards for teaching, distinction in reviewing and for patient advocacy and, in 2010 received the Louis Duhring Outstanding Clinical Specialist Award from his institution, reflecting peer recognition of interventional radiology's strong clinical thrust.




2015 Dr. Charles T. Dotter Lecturer

Robert Kerlan, MD, FSIR

Robert Kerlan

Robert Kerlan, MD, FSIR, is chief of interventional radiology and a professor of clinical radiology and surgery at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center. Dr. Kerlan is particularly interested in the management of liver disease, including biliary disease, portal hypertension and hepatic malignancy. In his research, he is working to develop new procedures to diagnose and treat patients with problems related to living donor organ transplants. Dr. Kerlan has also been closely involved with the development of stent grafts to prolong the durability procedure of transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunts (TIPS). He and his colleagues have developed a number of innovative techniques to perform TIPS in patients with occluded hepatic veins. 

A member of several professional organizations, he has served as president of the Western Angiographic and Interventional Society.

In 2012, he received the Outstanding Alumni Award from the UCSF radiology department and in 2005 received the UCSF Exceptional Physician Award.

His election as a Fellow of SIR occurred in 1995.

Over the course of his career, he has assisted in the training of more than 75 fellows in vascular and interventional radiology.

Dr. Kerlan received his medical degree from the University of Southern California in 1977, completed an internship in internal medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1978 and was trained in radiology at UCSF, where he served as chief resident in 1981. He is a member of the national medical honor society Alpha Omega Alpha and was the 1978 recipient of the Clarence Heller Fellowshipfor Radiologic Research and Development. Dr. Kerlan has received multiple Distinguished Reviewer Awards from SIR’s flagship journal, the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology (JVIR), and is the recipient of an American Board of Radiology Exceptional Service Award.