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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 the Executive Council. The WIR Section addresses a variety of topics relevant to physicians and is inclusive to all SIR members.

SIR 2020 Programming

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Women in IR Reception
6:30-7:30 pm

The Women in IR reception provides a venue to promote women within the specialty by inspiring and empowering women interventional radiologists.

Monday, March 30, 2020

WIR InspIRed Lecture and Lunch*
12:00-1:00 pm
Washington State Convention Center - Ballroom 6C

Arghavan Salles, MD is a minimally invasive and bariatric surgeon. She completed medical school and residency in general surgery at Stanford prior to completing her fellowship in minimally invasive surgery at Washington University in St. Louis. She stayed on faculty at Washington University for three years prior to moving back to Stanford in 2019. Dr. Salles obtained a PhD in education from Stanford University during her residency training, and her research focuses on gender equity, implicit bias, diversity, inclusion, and physician well-being. She is a sought-after speaker and has given almost 50 national and international invited talks related to gender equity, physician well-being, and weight bias.

Dr. Salles is a prolific researcher and writer, having had her work published in prominent medical journals such as JAMA Network Openand JAMA Surgery. She also writes for broad audiences through outlets such as USA TodayTIME Magazine, and Scientific American. She is passionate about helping women and under-represented minorities achieve their full potential at work.

*Attendance open to all attendees based on room capacity.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Women in IR (WIR) Governing Council Meeting
7:00 -9:15 am
Washington State Convention Center - Room 203

2020 Women in IR Champion Awardee: Meridith Englander, MD, FSIR

The WIR Section awards the 2020 WIR Champion Award to Meridith Englander, MD, FSIR. Dr. Englanger has consistently made a significant contribution to the advancement of women in IR, such as in sponsorship, mentorship, teaching, promotion, advocacy, and recruitment. 

Presentation of the award will take place at the SIR 2020 Annual Meeting in Seattle.



Featured resources

The Women in IR Section is pleased to announce the launch of the Pregnancy ToolkitThis toolkit is designed to fill the gap and support female physicians in their journey through the challenges and nuances of motherhood in interventional radiology whether in training or practice. The toolkit includes sections written by new mothers in IR for new mothers in IR, current challenges, current solutions, FAQs, what you really need to know but didn’t know you needed to know, anecdotal tales and advice. Additional resources include:

WIR section objectives

  • To work with the Society, Executive Council and SIR and SIR Foundation committees to increase the number of women within SIR 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.

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 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.



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, chair 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

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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!


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Volunteer to serve

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


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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.

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Join the WIR discussion

WIR 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.

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