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Society of Interventional Radiology names Michael D. Dake, M.D., FSIR, president for 2020–2021

New Executive Council and Board of Directors members announced

FAIRFAX, VA (March 31, 2020)Michael D. Dake, M.D., FSIR, an interventional radiologist and senior vice president of the University of Arizona Health Sciences in Tucson, Ariz., assumed the office of president of the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) on March 31, during the society’s annual Members' Business Meeting held via webinar.  

“In addition to continuing our pursuit of key organizational aspirations—such as fostering diversity and inclusion and supporting members in their chosen practice models—in the next year we will closely examine other challenges facing interventional radiology, such as physician burnout, particularly in the wake of the COVID-19 response, and pandemic response readiness,” said Dake, who oversees health professional training across the University of Arizona’s medical schools in Phoenix and Tucson. “Interventional radiology is attracting the most creative and intellectually stimulated students available and our challenge as leaders and educators is to help them put their training into practice in a way that is satisfying to them and supportive to their overall wellbeing and the wellbeing of the community.”

Other incoming officers of SIR’s 2020–2021 Executive Council include President-elect Matthew S. Johnson, M.D., FSIR, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis; newly appointed Secretary Parag J. Patel, M.D., M.S., FSIR, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; and Immediate Past-president Laura Findeiss, M.D., FSIR, Grady Memorial Hospital, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta.

New and re-elected members of the SIR Executive Council are:

  • Akhilesh K. Sista, M.D., FSIR, NYU Langone Health, New YorkCouncilor-at-large
  • Alda L. Tam, M.D., FSIR, MD Anderson Cancer Center, HoustonStandards Division Councilor (reappointment)
  • Saher S. Sabri, M.D., FSIR, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, WashingtonGraduate Medical Education Division Councilor

In addition, Katharine L. Krol, M.D., FSIR, assumed the role of chair of SIR Foundation Board of Directors.

The SIR Foundation also appointed the following members to its Board of Directors:

  • Theresa M. Caridi, M.D., FSIR, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Washington—Vice Chair
  • Maureen Kohi, M.D., FSIR, University of California, San Francisco—Development Division Chair
  • Clifford R. Weiss, M.D., FSIR, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore—Grants and Education Division Chair

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 8,000 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 the Society of Interventional Radiology 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