SOURCE: Society of Interventional Radiology

Society of Interventional Radiology

April 05, 2016 16:43 ET

Society of Interventional Radiology Names Charles E. Ray Jr. President

New Executive Council Members Announced

VANCOUVER, BC--(Marketwired - April 05, 2016) - Charles E. Ray Jr., M.D., Ph.D., FSIR, an interventional radiologist, and professor and head of the department of radiology at the College of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago, assumed the office of president of the Society of Interventional Radiology during the society's Annual Scientific Meeting in Vancouver.

"The main focus of my presidency will be cultivating the next generation of interventional radiologists, particularly as we enter the first year of the new interventional radiology residency," said Ray, who will represent the society's more than 6,100 doctors, scientists and allied health professionals dedicated to improving health care through image-guided minimally invasive treatments. "I will encourage interventional radiologists to demonstrate the limitless potential of this field through our unique skills, collaborative opportunities and sharp focus on patient care."

Besides Ray, other incoming officers of SIR's 2016-17 Executive Council include President-elect Suresh Vedantham, M.D., FSIR, Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, St. Louis, Mo.; Secretary M. Victoria Marx, M.D., FSIR, LAC and USC Medical Center, Los Angeles; Treasurer Matthew S. Johnson, MD, FSIR, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis; and Immediate Past-president Alan H. Matsumoto, M.D., FSIR, FACR, FAHA, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, Va.

New Executive Council members include Robert J. Lewandowski, M.D., FSIR, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Annual Scientific Meeting Division, and Sanjeeva Kalva, M.D., FSIR, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, member services division. Returning Executive Council division councilors include Donald F. Denny Jr., M.D., FSIR, Princeton Healthcare System, N.J., health policy and economics; Daniel B. Brown, M.D., FSIR, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, postgraduate medical education; Filip Banovac, M.D., FSIR, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, SIR Foundation chair; Boris Nikolic, M.D., MBA, FSIR, Albany Stratton VA Medical Center, N.Y., standards; Parag Patel, M.D., Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, graduate medical education; and Brian F. Stainken, M.D., FSIR, Stamford Hospital, Stamford, Connecticut, international.

Councilors-at-large include Michael D. Dake, M.D., FSIR, Falk Cardiovascular Research Center, Stanford, Calif.; Laura Findeiss, M.D., FSIR, University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, Knoxville; and Sanjay Misra, M.D., FSIR, Mayo Clinic and Foundation, Rochester, Minn. Ex-officio members include Ziv J Haskal, M.D., FSIR, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, editor, Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology; and Meridith Englander, M.D., FSIR, Albany Medical Center, Albany, N.Y., American Medical Association delegate.

About the Society of Interventional Radiology

The Society of Interventional Radiology is a nonprofit, professional medical society representing more than 6,100 practicing interventional radiology physicians, 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. Visit The Society of Interventional Radiology is holding its Annual Scientific Meeting April 2-7 at the Vancouver Convention Centre, British Columbia, Canada. Visit

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Contact Information

  • Interviews are available by contacting SIR's communications department staff:

    Elise Castelli
    SIR senior manager PR and communication
    (703) 460-5572

    Ellen Acconcia
    SIR senior manager, web and content strategy
    (703) 460-5582

    From April 2-6, they will be available in the Vancouver Newsroom at (778) 331-7650 or (778) 331-7651.