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Society of Interventional Radiology names Suresh Vedantham, M.D., FSIR president

New Executive Council and SIR Foundation Board of Directors members announced

WASHINGTON (March 7, 2017)Suresh Vedantham, M.D., FSIR, an interventional radiologist, and professor of radiology and surgery at the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., assumed the office of president of the Society of Interventional Radiology during the society’s Annual Scientific Meeting in Washington, D.C.

"Interventional radiologists are increasingly part of the clinical health care team enhancing the team’s ability to deliver comprehensive, quality patient care through the limitless power of image-guided treatments,“ said Vedantham, who will represent the society as it reaches an all-time high of more than 7,000 doctors, trainees, students, scientists and allied health professional members. “Over the next year, through SIR, I will encourage interventional radiologists to continue to put their unique training and skill set to work, individually and as part of the integrated healthcare team, to solve today's toughest medical problems with less risk and minimal discomfort to patients.”

Besides Vedantham, other incoming officers of SIR’s 2017–18 Executive Council include President-elect M. Victoria Marx, M.D., FSIR, LAC and USC Medical Center, Los Angeles; Secretary Laura Findeiss, M.D., FSIR, University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, Knoxville; Treasurer Matthew S. Johnson, M.D., FSIR, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis; and Immediate Past-president Charles E. Ray Jr., M.D., Ph.D., FSIR, College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago.

New and reappointed members of the SIR Executive Council are Councilor-at-large Michael D. Dake, M.D., FSIR, Falk Cardiovascular Research Center, Stanford, Calif.; Councilor-at-large, Kevin Dickey, MD, FSIR, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston Salem, N.C.; Annual Scientific Meeting Division Councilor Brian Funaki, M.D., FSIR, University of Chicago; and Standards Division Councilor Alda L. Tam, M.D., FSIR, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston. In addition, the SIR Executive Council appointed Robert A. Lookstein, M.D., FSIR, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, to a one-year ex-officio term as alternative payment models councilor, and Gerald A. Niedzwiecki, M.D., FSIR, Advanced Imaging and Interventional Institute, Clearwater, Fla., to a one-year ex-officio term as private practice councilor.

Returning Executive Council councilors include: Filip Banovac, M.D., FSIR, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, SIR Foundation chair; Daniel B. Brown, M.D., FSIR, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, postgraduate medical education division; Stephen L. Ferrara, M.D., FSIR, VA Medical Center, Phoenix, health policy and economics division;  Sanjeeva Kalva, M.D., FSIR,University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, member services division; Sanjay Misra, M.D., FSIR, Mayo Clinic and Foundation, Rochester, Minn., councilor at large; Parag Patel, M.D., Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, graduate medical education division; and Brian F. Stainken, M.D., FSIR, Stamford Hospital, Stamford, Connecticut, international division. Ex-officio members include Ziv J Haskal, M.D., FSIR, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, editor, Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology; and Meridith Englander, M.D., FSIR, Albany Medical Center, Albany, N.Y., American Medical Association delegate.

SIR Foundation Board of Directors Grants and Education Division Chair Erik N.K. Cressman, M.D., PhD, FSIR, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, was reappointed to the SIR Foundation Board.

In addition to Banovac, who serves on the board and council, returning SIR Foundation Board members include: Jeremy C. Durack, M.D., MS, FSIR, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, vice chair; Stephen T. Kee, M.D., MMM, FSIR, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, immediate past chair; R. Torrance Andrews, M.D., FSIR, Swedish Medical Center, Seattle, development chair; Jeremy D. Collins, M.D., Northwestern University, quality and outcomes division chair; and Sarah B. White, M.D., FSIR, Medical College of Wisconsin, clinical research trials division chair.

About SIR

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.

About SIR Foundation

SIR Foundation is a scientific foundation dedicated to fostering research and education in interventional radiology for the purposes of advancing scientific knowledge, increasing the number of skilled investigators in interventional radiology and developing innovative therapies that lead to improved patient care and quality of life. Visit

Watch: SIR president looks to the future

During the SIR 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting, Suresh Vedantham, MD, FSIR, discusses his desire that all members be heard in order to move the society and the specialty forward.

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