SIR Sections

Women in IR

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

  • To work with the society and foundation, leadership and committees to increase the number of women within SIR and SIR Foundation leadership by providing a pathway for professional leadership development within the organization
  • To provide a forum that supports women in interventional radiology and encourages the open exchange of information which will help individuals further their careers
  • To provide a forum for women in interventional radiology to meet, interact and network
  • To develop and present educational programs on a diverse range of topics relating to interventional radiology, career opportunities, career longevity and economic concerns
  • To prepare and distribute information to the members that is interesting, educational and relevant


Women in IR Champion Award

The 2023 Women in IR Champion Award recipient is Shellie C. Josephs, MD, FSIR. Dr. Josephs was honored at the SIR 2023 Annual Scientific Meeting in Phoenix.

    Dream Big Book Club

    The Dream Big Book Club is geared toward mid-career women, but all SIR members are welcome to participate. 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. 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 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 on SIR Now

    Women in IR newsletter

    Inaugural edition: Fall 2020

    Winter 2021

    Spring 2021

    Summer 2021

    Winter 2022

    Spring 2022

    Fall 2022 

    Winter 2023

    Spring 2023

    Speakers' Bureau

    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.  




    Supporting women in interventional radiology

    Position Statement on Parental Leave

    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

    Mentor Match

    Mentor Match graphic

    SIR’s Mentor Match Program allows you to connect with a mentor or mentee in the same city or on the other side of the world, based on areas of expertise, interest or an array of other demographics specific to your individual needs. Learn more!


    Enroll now

    Volunteer to serve

    Volunteering with SIR and SIR Foundation is an excellent way to network and contribute to the specialty.


    Get informed

    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

    Join the WIR discussion

    Join the WIR discussion

    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