The Women in IR (WIR) section promotes women within the specialty by inspiring and empowering women interventional radiologists to achieve their personal and professional goals and serve as a resource to SIR and SIR Foundation leadership. The WIR section addresses a variety of topics relevant to physicians and is inclusive to all SIR members.
WIR section objectives
Women in IR Champion Award
The 2022 Women in IR Champion Award recipient is Kari J. Nelson, MD, FSIR. Dr. Nelson was honored at the SIR 2022 Annual Scientific Meeting in Boston.
Dream Big Book Club
Geared toward mid-career women, the book club aims to help physicians learn to lead their own life in all realms both personal and professional, as well as teach them to be strategic and intentional in their career. Monthly facilitated discussions will be led by authors, topic experts and members of the WIR Governing Council to explore the concepts in each book and foster professional growth through career and life. Book club members are encouraged to join as many discussions as time allows.
Discussions are held as Zoom webinars on Tuesday evenings, 8-9:30 p.m. ET and consist of the speaker’s presentation, followed by a panel discussion (the speaker and selected WIR members) with open Q&A. Learn more about the Dream Big Book Club.
Women in IR webinars
Women in IR is proud to present a series of webinars on topics relevant not only to women, but to the entire IR community. Watch past recordings or register for upcoming webinars below.
Why IR? (Oct. 22, 2020)
Work-life integration (Dec. 10, 2020)
Experts of IR (Feb. 25, 2021)
When to intervene: advocating for gender equality in IR (Jan. 13, 2022)
The WIR Section is dedicated to increasing diversity among speakers at SIR meetings and at jointly sponsored and endorsed meetings. The SIR Speakers' Bureau list is used to identify potential speakers for national and regional meetings, as well as invited guest speakers. Grants will be available to defray the travel costs associated with speaking engagements.
The Society of Interventional Radiology and the WIR section issued a position statement to support interventional radiologists who choose to become parents. The statement was published in the July 2017 issue of SIR’s Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology (JVIR).
“The choice to become a parent should not prevent an interventional radiologist from having a successful career, nor should a successful career in IR preclude parenthood,” said Meridith J. Englander, MD, FSIR, co-founder of SIR’s Women in Interventional Radiology section.
To support interventional radiologists with families, SIR encourages institutions and practices that employ IRs to craft policies that provide paid parental leave for new parents, and include the maintenance of full benefits and 100 percent of pay, for at least six weeks.Read the position statement
Volunteer to serve
Volunteering with SIR and SIR Foundation is an excellent way to network and contribute to the specialty.
Careers in IR
SIR’s Career HQ is the premier electronic recruitment resource for interventional radiology. Job seekers, whether you are looking for a new job or ready to take the next step in your career, Career HQ can help find the right opportunity for you.Find a job
The WIR online community was created to support women in interventional radiology and encourages the open exchange of information which will help individuals further their careers. And to also provide a forum for women in interventional radiology to meet, interact and network.Join the conversation