Each month, meet a SIRPAC donor who is making a difference.
Saam P. Tabar, MD
SIRPAC's strength lies behind member involvement. Our members not only generously contribute to the society's political action committee, but they are often actively involved in our efforts to spread the voice of interventional radiology to Capitol Hill. Each month, SIRPAC will recognize donors who made a difference to SIR and SIRPAC in the hopes that after learning their stories will inspire others to help spread the message.
Saam P. Tabar, MD, was, admittedly, unaware of the advocacy efforts of the SIR, let alone of the fact that SIR had a PAC. Eight months later, he can now identify himself as a grassroots leader.
"I learned about SIRPAC at the annual meeting in Vancouver over dinner with friends. It was definitely an eye-opening experience for me and introduced me to a world I did not know existed," said Dr. Tabar.
That initial impression stayed with him as made his way back to his hotel and made a first-time SIRPAC contribution at the Cabinet level. Having acknowledged that he had little advocacy experience, he felt that he could at least play a part in SIR's advocacy efforts by making a contribution to the PAC.
With that one contribution, Dr. Tabar joined the ranks of only a handful of SIR members who have contributed at the Cabinet level.
Months later, Dr. Tabar decided to try his hand at advocating and made a trip to Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress. After a crash course on some of SIR's key policy issues, Tabar met with members of the Energy and Commerce and Senate Finance committees and their staff. He addressed SIR's efforts to pass a GME reform bill and educated the members about the practice of IR, providing examples of the procedures he performs at his own hospital. Tabar admitted that he was a little nervous at first, but soon felt the experience was just second nature.
"Learning about the advocacy process and being able to take part in it was extremely rewarding to me," he says. "It is a little intimidating at first, but you get the hang of it."
Tabar mentioned that he now understands the correlation between contributing to SIRPAC and SIR's ability to advocate before Congress.
Dr. Tabar's contributions certainly go a long way toward ensuring SIR has a "seat at the table" when important policy decisions are being made. SIRPAC greatly appreciates not only Dr. Tabar's generous contribution to the PAC, but his time in actively lobbying on SIR's behalf.
About Dr. Tabar
Dr. Tabar is a practicing interventional radiologist at Wellspan York Hospital in Pennsylvania. Prior to this, Tabar was chief of vascular interventional radiology at the Washington, D.C. Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He served his residency at The University of Maryland and his fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania.
"Learning about the advocacy process and being able to take part in it was extremely rewarding to me. It is a little intimdating at first, but you get the hang of it."
~Dr. Saam Tabar, SIRPAC donor of the month
A donation to SIRPAC allows SIR to build relationships with key members of the House and Senate and their staffs to advance IR through legislation that promotes patient access to IR services.