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You’re invited: What is IR and why does it matter?

Wednesday, May 2, noon ET, Cannon 340, presented by SIR, in coordination with Rep. Mia Love of Utah

WASHINGTON (April 24, 2018)—Join the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR), in conjunction with Rep. Mia Love, on May 2 for a look inside the newest and most competitive specialty in medicine—interventional radiology.

Interventional radiology (IR) is the minimally invasive, image-guided treatment of medical conditions without open surgery. Through a small incision, these specially trained physicians can stop a stroke; relieve the pain of uterine fibroids, fractured vertebrae, or phantom limbs; re-vascularize limbs to avoid unnecessary amputations; staunch bleeding caused by trauma; obliterate tumors; and more. IRs are also innovators, exploring ways to quiet the hunger signals to the brain or eliminate osteoarthritis knee pain without drugs or major surgery.

Hear from three interventional radiologists and an IR patient and discover why the newest medical specialty is at the center of solving the nation’s most pressing medical issues. And learn how Rep. Love’s bill, H.R.1167, the Enhancing Opportunities for Medical Doctors Act, will help to ensure an adequate number of interventional radiologists are trained to meet the demand for their services.

This event will also be streamed via Facebook Live on the SIR Facebook page.

Read more about the Enhancing Opportunities for Medical Doctors Act.


  • Theresa M. Caridi, MD, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
  • Arshad A. Khan, MD, FSIR, MedStar Washington Hospital Center
  • Venu Vadlamudi, MD, INOVA Alexandria Hospital
  • Jeannie Franklin, interventional radiology patient
  • Susan E. Sedory, SIR executive director

WHEN: Wednesday, May 2, 12–1:30 p.m. ET

WHERE: Cannon House Office Building, Room 340, Washington, D.C. and SIR’s Facebook page


  • For Hill staff, medical professionals and interested members of the public, contact Doug Huynh,
  • For press registration only, contact Elise Castelli,

Media contact information

Elise Castelli
SIR Director, Communications and Public Relations
Phone: (703) 460-5572 

About the Society of Interventional Radiology

The Society of Interventional Radiology is a nonprofit, professional medical society representing more than 7,500 practicing interventional radiology physicians, trainees, students, scientists and clinical associates, dedicated to improving patient care through the limitless potential of image-guided therapies. 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.