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Michael D. Darcy, M.D., FSIR, delivers Dotter Lecture at SIR 2017

Professor and chief of vascular and interventional radiology at the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology at Washington University in St. Louis discusses IR training and excellence

WASHINGTON (March 5, 2017)—Changes 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.

 SIR 2017 runs from March 4–March 9 in Washington. More information about the Society of Interventional Radiology, finding an interventional radiologist in your area and minimally invasive, image-guided treatments can be found online at

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The Society of Interventional Radiology is a nonprofit, professional medical society representing more than 7,000 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.

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