The latest addition to the Annual Meeting Committee, 2019 Scientific Program Chair Nadine Abi-Jaoudeh, MD, FSIR, comes into her new role with previous experience planning a scientific meeting.
Dr. Abi-Jaoudeh chaired a meeting of the Society of Vascular Sciences of Québec while a resident at the University of Laval Internal Medicine in Québec, Canada.
“It was a meeting of 400–500 physicians,” said Dr. Abi-Jaoudeh, an associate professor and director of clinical research of the department of radiological sciences, at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine. “It was similar to SIR in the sense that I started very young and worked my way up. I enjoyed it greatly and wanted to do the same with SIR.”
Dr. Abi-Jaoudeh has been to every SIR annual meeting since her first in 2006, when she was a PGY-4. She has presented, moderated and served on several committees at those meetings.
This year, in addition to her usual meeting workload, she will watch SIR 2018 with a careful eye toward the 2019 scientific program.
Looking ahead, Dr. Abi-Jaoudeh said that she wanted to help increase visibility at the meeting for women and underrepresented minorities while making sure research and basic-science abstracts have a prominent place in the meeting. She also wants to highlight the work of junior faculty.
“People tend to read a lot more of what’s been published by those who are already established, which is normal because they have a track record,” she said. “But we also need to encourage younger people trying really hard and doing good things — to shine a light on their work and encourage them.”
After receiving her medical degree from the University of Montreal, she completed her internship in internal medicine and residency in radiology at the University of Laval. After her residency, she completed an interventional radiology fellowship at the University of Virginia. She is board-certified in both Canada and the United States.