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Remembering George Fueredi, M.D., FSIR

SIR notes passing of long-time member, health policy/economics advocate George A. Fueredi, M.D., FSIR. As a tribute to Dr. Fueredi, a fund in his name has been established by friends and SIR colleagues that will allow donations to be made to SIR Foundation in recognition of his many outstanding contributions. Read the obituary, SIR’s letter of condolence.

Gala attendees turn tomorrow’s possibilities to realities through enthusiastic support of IR research!

SIR Foundation’s fifth annual Gala was as successful as it was an incredibly memorable experience at the Georgia Aquarium. The evening, which raised more than $370,000 to support building IR’s future through research, was filled with celebration of advances in the specialty, opportunities to connect with colleagues and a look at some of the world’s most enchanting sea creatures. SIR Foundation is grateful to all those who contributed to the evening and who so generously showed their support of its mission. The 2015 Gala highlights will be featured online in late March.

Interested in helping to raise funds for IR research through the 2016 Gala in Vancouver? There are lots of easy ways to become involved: Serve on the Gala Committee, donate an auction item, help to coordinate a physician group – whichever is your preference, we’d love to hear from you!

Learn about the vision to heal

Vision to Heal The Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) is excited to announce a new brand for the society and its research organization—SIR Foundation—that celebrates the pioneering spirit of interventional radiology and its focus on quality patient care. Both organizations believe in harnessing the power of image-guided therapies to develop breakthrough treatments, change medical practice and improve the standard of patient care … learn more …

Fund IR’s future through a donation in support of research

Fund IR’s futureSIR Foundation works tirelessly to advance IR. Volunteers and leadership recently submitted new IR performance measures for CMS's consideration. Standardized reports and a national IR quality registry continue to gain momentum. Young investigators continue to seek out foundation resources in growing numbers. We are pleased to share details about these efforts and more in this issue of the Chair’s Update. Read it today! Please consider supporting these efforts by making a tax-deductible donation.


On behalf of its steering committee, Principal Investigator Suresh Vedantham is pleased to announce that the NIH-sponsored Acute Venous Thrombosis: Thrombus Removal with Adjunctive Catheter-Directed Thrombolysis (ATTRACT) Study has completed accrual of its originally planned cohort of 692 patients. ATTRACT, which enrolled patients in 56 hospitals, will determine if the use of pharmacomechanical catheter-directed thrombolysis in patients with acute proximal deep vein thrombosis (DVT) prevents the post-thrombotic syndrome and improves quality of life.

According to Dr. Vedantham, "ATTRACT is more than three times the size of the only other multicenter randomized controlled trial of DVT thrombolysis. Combined with its strong methodological design and rigorous conduct, the successful enrollment of the entire sample should cement the credibility of the study’s results. This could not have occurred without strong community participation, including our active collaboration with SIR Foundation and a public endorsement of the study by the U.S. surgeon general." Learn more about the history of the ATTRACT trial.

2014 Grant Recipients

SIR Foundation funds 8 new grant recipients in 2014

SIR Encourages Participation in TEVAR Aortic Dissection Project

SIR encourages members to learn more about the TEVAR Aortic Dissection Project from the Society for Vascular Surgery Patient Safety Organization (SVS PSO), in collaboration with the FDA, Gore and Medtronic. This is a new quality improvement project to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of TEVAR devices used to treat descending aortic dissection. Learn more...

SIR Foundation Funds HHMI Award

SIR Foundation Congratulates Erik Velez on being named the recipient of the 2014-2015 HHMI-SIR Foundation Medical Research Fellow! A current medical student at the University of California, Erik will spend the next year in the lab of Dr. Muneeb Ahmed at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School studying secondary local and systemic effects of image-guided microwave thermal ablation on tissue and tumor biology. Click here to learn more about Erik’s upcoming research.

SIR Foundation Pioneer Circle continues to grow

Launched last Fall, the Pioneer Circle, a new annual fund effort, has raised more than $160,000 for IR research and education. Will you help us continue this progress by becoming a Pioneer Circle member? See the Summer issue of the Chair’s Update to hear what your colleagues have to say about being a founding donor.

AHRQ Announces Interest in Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) Mentored Career Development Grants

AHRQ has developed grant programs focused specifically on comparative effectiveness research, providing training for individuals conducting research related to Health Communication, Decision Making, and Evidence Dissemination in PCOR. For more information click here

A Special Thanks to Generous SIR Foundation Discovery Campaign Donors

The SIR Foundation is pleased to announce the results of its Discovery Campaign. Launched initially in 2007 with a SIR membership phase, the Discovery Campaign is a major fundraising initiative designed to ensure that minimally invasive medicine continues to grow and move into new areas of discovery. The Foundation thanks hundreds of SIR members and industry captains who included the Foundation in their giving and contributed more than $6 million to the Foundation's mission of advancing IR through research and education.

The Discovery Campaign and its donors have succeeded in raising sustaining funds that will support several goals key to advancing the specialty:

  • Educate the public, providers, payors and policy-makers on the effectiveness of IR procedures through the creation and maintenance of registries and other research efforts targeted at contributing to Level 1 evidence regarding the efficacy of interventional radiology procedures, helping to increase public knowledge of this cutting-edge field of medicine and ensuring that patients receive the most effective, least invasive treatments.
  • Double the number of investigator grants in a program that has an impressive 25 to 1 return on investment via acquisition of external funding, enabling the next generation of researchers to investigate new procedures that will become tomorrow's standard of care.
  • Support clinical trial efforts in IR by enabling the Foundation to serve as a research incubator and resource provider in IR clinical trials, identifying critical research topics, organizing research consensus panels and providing clinical trial planning grants to help bring more IR trials to fruition.
  • Enable the development of new procedures and therapies that will maintain IR at the forefront of image-guided interventions well into the future.

Annual Fund Donations Essential to Success of a Growing Mission

Did you know that the SIR Foundation does not receive funding from SIR member dues? It relies on donations from members and the public to ensure SIR Foundation is the premier source of research funding, data collection, outcomes, and education for IRs. Annual fund donors provide the financial backbone for operation of the Foundation and enable us to respond to new ideas and programs that advance IR through research and education. Please invest in your specialty's progress by making your annual fund donation today.

Opportunity to Submit Proposals for Carotid Intervention Research

Members who have an interest in carotid interventions have an opportunity to submit a proposal for academic research leading to an abstract or manuscript. The National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR) Carotid Artery Revascularization and Endarterectomy Registry (CARE) program collects patient, provider and facility characteristics; device and lesion characteristics; adverse event rates, including 30 day follow-up and many more measures. Applicants can request funding from NCDR to perform and pay for all data analysis and statistical work. For more information about the CARE registry and to download a research proposal application

Read more about the CARE registry; a research proposal application may be downloaded here as well.