The four plenary sessions at SIR 2019 will cover a range of relevant and timely topics. Sunday features the traditional Dr. Charles T. Dotter Lecture and Tuesday includes the always-popular Film Panel. This year’s additional plenaries will focus on the specialty’s growth and future, with talks from thought leaders both inside and outside medicine.
All sessions take place from 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m. in Hall 5 of the Austin Convention Center.
Sunday: Opening Plenary—2019 Gold Medal Awards and Dotter Lecture
Alan H. Matsumoto, MD, FSIR, University of Virginia, will present the 35th Annual Dr. Charles T. Dotter Lecture, “Patients and patience: Why both are essential for IR in tomorrow’s health care framework.” More details available here.
In addition, SIR will honor this year’s Gold Medal recipients during the plenary: Dr. Matsumoto; Daniel Picus, MD, FSIR, Washington University, St. Louis; and James B. Spies, MD, MPH, FSIR, Georgetown University.
Monday: “Called Up to the Major Leagues” and SIR Foundation Awards
This plenary session will look at important issues facing IR as the specialty takes its place in the “major leagues” of primary specialties.
- SIR Executive Director Susan E. Sedory, MA, CAE, will speak about the structure of SIR, her vision of SIR’s future, and the strategies for future success and growth.
- Stephen L. Ferrara, MD, FSIR, an interventional radiologist in Arizona and former chief medical officer for the Navy, will speak about his recent run for Congress and how IR’s role in government and policy will help further establish the specialty.
- National Football League (NFL) quarterback Colt McCoy, who currently plays for the Washington Redskins and played college football at the University of Texas-Austin (UT-Austin), will describe the experience of entering the NFL, the intensity of competition, and the importance of advocating for oneself.
Tuesday: SIR 2019 Film Panel and JVIR Awards
The Film Panel, one of the annual meeting’s most popular events, offers an interactive format for audience members to join one of three teams in a “Family Feud”–style competition. Audience team members will help the onstage team representatives to answer questions about a variety of different IR topics. SIR has again partnered with the Radiological Society of North America to use Diagnosis LiveTM, an interactive tool that allows for individual game participation using multiple-choice questions and mobile device touch screens.
Wednesday: SIRxSW and Abstracts of the Year
The Dell Medical School at the UT-Austin opened in 2016 with the vision of reinventing medical education, including restructuring radiology and IR. Wednesday’s plenary will feature three Dell Medical School leaders sharing their concepts, models and experiences: Nick Bryan, MD, PhD, chair of the department of diagnostic medicine, which includes radiology and pathology; Mellie Price, executive director of commercialization and managing director of the Texas Health CoLab; and S. Clairborne “Clay” Johnston, MD, PhD, inaugural dean of the Dell Medical School, vice president for medical affairs at UT-Austin, and the Frank and Charmaine Denius Distinguished Dean’s Chair in Medical Leadership.