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Interventional radiology is a global specialty

Global outreach

Explore global outreach programs and opportunities.

Advance interventional radiology around the world. Gain access to resources and colleagues.

We may all speak different languages, but we are one global community that wants to provide patients with state-of-the-art, minimally invasive interventional radiology treatment choices.

Brian Stainken, MD, FSIR

International membership totals 600 members from 64 countries across all of SIR’s membership categories.

As we look toward our common future as interventional radiologists, it is increasingly clear that there is much to be gained from sharing.

Our goals are to unite international IR organizations and our corresponding members in the shared responsibility for communicating the important messages about the specialty to a global audience. In this section, resources have been carefully curated to make interaction between our societies easier and more productive. We’ll also provide answers to questions about where to find things on the SIR website. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions or need more information.


  —Brian Stainken, MD, FSIR

SIR International Division Councilor      

SIR Connect

SIR Connect is a members-only link to an incredible resource of 6,000 peers who share your interests, challenges and successes in a private and secure environment. Within this secure communication platform you can ask questions through the open forum and get input from several doctors all at once. You can even become an expert volunteer through this amazing platform.

Just launched is the Mentor Match platform. This unique online networking and career development tool helps you find, connect and share experiences with others.  This new platform allows you to find a mentor or mentee in the same city, on the other side of the world, area of expertise/interest or based on an array of  other demographics specific to your individual needs. Read more

International Outreach opportunities

  • SIR Giveback project, through its “International Visiting Professor Program” is designed to support Interventional Radiology (IR) educators to travel and participate in educational visits to developing countries or lower-middle income regions. The purpose is to engage, teach, interact with and learn from interventional radiologists outside of the United States.  Our focus is on elevating and enhancing the specialty of IR and developing new relationships within the global IR community. Read more
  • International Scholarship program, enables physicians within 10 years of completion of training, who are practicing outside North America, an opportunity to attend the SIR Annual Scientific Meeting. Offering physicians from other nations a chance to train and learn from their peers means that they can return to their countries to teach and enhance patient care. The program fosters professional networking through meeting participation, focused programming and optional observerships before or after annual meeting. Read more

IR could impact care worldwide

Brian Stainken, MD, FSIR, SIR International Division Councilor, discusses how minimally invasive IR treatments can impact health care outcomes worldwide.

Making connections

Lourdes Diaz, SIR 2015 International Scholars Program participant, explains how the program helped her establish contacts and develop her small practice in Spain.