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As SIR and SIR Foundation approach their 50th and 40th anniversaries, respectively, their growth over the past 10 years has been particularly notable, in terms of membership size, programs and assets, and staff functions, with only incremental change in form or process within the organizations. 

In March 2020, the SIR Executive Council and SIR Foundation Board of Directors approved the most significant governance changes in nearly 50-year history, a monumental step forward in strengthening interventional radiology and our society. 

These transformational changes will make the SIR and SIR Foundation’s governance more skills-based, nimble and responsive, aligning it with best practices in member-driven organizations.

Over the next few months, SIR will be hosting town hall webinars to discuss the governance changes and the bylaws amendments needed to enact parts of this governance evolution, answer member questions and address any concerns prior to the SIR Members’ Business Meeting in June 2022. 

SIR Townhalls — Governance Evolution

The governance recommendations aim to address three areas: improve communication and collaboration among volunteer groups, define roles and authority of volunteer groups, and foster member engagement and leadership development.

Communication and collaboration

As SIR and SIR Foundation have grown to meet the needs of a diverse membership, the programs and services and governance structure has also evolved.

As the society becomes more complex it is essential to create a governance structure that supports effective communication and collaboration.

Define roles and authority

SIR and SIR Foundation rely on the support of nearly 800 volunteers who contribute their knowledge, energy and ideas to help SIR and SIR Foundation thrive.

Transparency in roles and clearly defined authority is necessary to effectively manage such a large volunteer network across the society and foundation.

Member engagement and leadership development

SIR and SIR Foundation have seen an increase in volunteer committee applications and leadership nominations over the past few years.

SIR and SIR Foundation leadership are committed to a culture of inclusion in which all members of the IR community can engage.

The evolution of the SIR and SIR Foundation governance structures include:

  • The transition of the SIR Executive Council into the SIR Board of Directors, a more effective and skills-based governing body. The new Board of Directors will consist of 11 members, reduced from 26 members.
  • The expansion of the former SIR Service Lines into Clinicial Specialty Councils to address the diverse clinical needs of members. 
  • The formation of a new SIR and SIR Foundation Steering Council to ensure communication and collaboration between SIR, SIR Foundation and their divisions. The Steering Council will connect divisions with the clinical expertise of the Clinical Specialty Councils. The Steering Council will focus on moving the SIR and SIR Foundation strategic plan forward by increasing the authority and accountability of the SIR and SIR Foundation divisions.
  • The creation of more opportunities for volunteers to serve in a variety of leadership positions within SIR and SIR Foundation.

Download a PDF of the new governance structure.

Governance principles

SIR and SIR Foundation leadership recognizes that the current society and foundation governance and operational structures need to evolve in order to support continued innovation and change, while still embodying the SIR core values that exemplify the culture of our volunteers and staff.

  • Governance shall operate on the principle of centralized authority and distributed decision-making.
  • To support the SIR and SIR Foundation governance, leadership shall be appointed based on leadership competencies.
  • SIR and SIR Foundation leadership shall reflect the diversity of the specialty and patients IRs serve.
  • The board relies on robust input to inform strategy from volunteer stakeholders and leaders.
  • The board determines and maintains appropriate committees with clearly defined roles, functions, authority and accountability, and appoints the members of these committees.
  • Together, the evolved operational structures build community and encourage member engagement.