The spirit of innovation and creativity that fueled the genesis of interventional radiology is precisely what is needed to ensure the continued growth and success of the specialty, according to Timothy P. Murphy, MD, FSIR.
Dr. Murphy will discuss the future of IR and the importance of fostering innovation and encouraging creative thinking when he delivers the 34th Annual Dr. Charles T. Dotter Lecture at 10:30 a.m. Sunday in West Exhibit Hall B.
“As we look toward the future, our efforts need to reflect the same kind of creative thinking embodied by Dr. Dotter and the other founding fathers of interventional radiology,” Dr. Murphy said. “We must focus on the importance of technology development and encourage ongoing innovation for the continued success of the specialty. That’s important because IR, to a large extent, has been the engine of innovation among surgical specialties, and our progress translates to cost-effective improvements in public health.”
The birth and evolution of the specialty, he said, was possible because of people who brought new ideas to the table and, just as important, the people who were willing to listen to them.
“We need to talk about creativity — how creativity can be fostered and what types of thought processes and personalities lend themselves to creative thinking,” Dr. Murphy said. “And then we need to provide for people with new ideas a place to be heard and be an outlet for them to develop those ideas and engage with collaborators or investors. It will be those creative thinkers who bring new technology and new procedures to help our patients in the future.”
A past-president of SIR, Dr. Murphy served on the Executive Council for nine years and has collaborated with SIR leadership to run the IR Venture Forum at the Annual Scientific Meeting. Along with his membership on the JVIR editorial board, he has served on the steering and operations committees for three key IR clinical trials. He is a Fellow in the Society of Interventional Radiology, the American College of Radiology, the American Heart Association, and the Society for Vascular Biology and Medicine.
Dr. Murphy is currently the medical director of the Vascular Disease Research Center and interventional radiologist at Rhode Island Hospital, and a professor in the department of diagnostic imaging at Brown Medical School.
The Dr. Charles T. Dotter Lecture honors the founding father of interventional radiology. Selection by the SIR president is based on extraordinary contributions to the field, dedicated service to the Society and distinguished career achievements in interventional radiology. The Dr. Charles T. Dotter Lecture is made possible via funding from SIR Foundation.