SIR Foundation presented this year’s Frederick S. Keller, MD, Philanthropy Award posthumously to Constantin Cope, MD, FSIR, at the foundation’s annual Gala on Sunday. His family accepted the award on his behalf.
The award honors an individual who, through exceptional generosity and through inspiring others to give, demonstrates outstanding commitment to SIR Foundation. Dr. Cope, who passed away in November 2016, was remembered through this award as an original pioneer of interventional radiology and a leading supporter of SIR Foundation.
“Dr. Cope was a true visionary of modern medicine, revolutionizing patient care through his inventions of minimally invasive tools and image-guided techniques. This passion for invention and innovation was reflected in his generous support of scientific research through SIR Foundation,” said SIR Foundation Chair Filip Banovac, MD, FSIR, chief of interventional radiology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.
Because of his foresight and love of research, Dr. Cope’s spirit of inventiveness continues to inspire new generations of creators through the Dr. Constantin Cope Medical Student Research Award, which recognizes student authors of abstracts accepted to SIR’s Annual Scientific Meetings.
“I am honored to present this award to Dr. Cope’s family. His contributions to SIR Foundation exemplify his commitment to the future of interventional radiology,” said Frederick S. Keller, MD, FSIR, who presented the award at the Gala, held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.
Dr. Cope was one of SIR’s Founding Fellows, an SIR Foundation Leaders in Innovation Award recipient in 2004, and a Gold Medal winner in 1999. From 1983 until his retirement in 2004, Dr. Cope served as a faculty member in the department of radiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He remained an active SIR volunteer through retirement.
See Tuesday’s SIR Today for photos and more details about the Gala.