RFS Committees

  • Communications Committee

    Justin Guan (Left) & Charles Hyman (Right), 2018-19 Communications Committee Co-chairs

    Active Committee Members:
    • Chris Beck
    • Chad Burk
    • Andrew Chi
    • Nadia Khan
    • Joanna Kee-Sampson
    • Sam McMurray
    • Sahil Mehta
    • Chris Moran
    • Vivek Sahani
    • Dan Shilo
    • Kyle Wilson
    • George Vatakencherry

    The Communications Committee is primarily involved in organizing, coordinating, and advertising many of the Resident & Fellow Sections' (RFS) publications and educational events. Anyone with interest in authoring or editing IR articles should consider applying for this committee. Specific projects the committee is currently involved in include:

    Quarterly In-Training E-Newsletter

    The Communications Committee, together with the Medical Student Sections' (MSC) Communications Committee, spearheads the quarterly In-Training E-Newsletter sent to trainees. Articles are regularly published to the webpage, either recapping events of the past quarter, offering advice to both medical student and residents applying for residency/fellowship, and interviewing members of the IR community. Communications Committee members regularly write or organize articles for the newsletter.

    JVIR E-Bulletin

    A new project beginning in mid-2014 is the JVIR E-Bulletin. Working with Dr. Haskal, current editor of JVIR, the Communications Committee actively works with the RFS Service Lines in creating short content-specific supplements to JVIR publications in print. Communications Committee members have the option of writing the supplements themselves, or coordinate the deadlines with service line members.

    RFS Webpage & YouTube Channel Maintenance

    Visited rfs.sirweb.org or the IR Webinars YouTube Channel lately? Working with the Clinical Education Committee, the RFS website and YouTube Channel are regularly updated. Anyone with experience or interest in learning webpage design (via WordPress) would fit will with this integral part of the Communications Committee.

    Webinar & Journal Club Coordination

    With many active RFS Service Lines creating webinars, journals clubs, and other live events, organization and coordination amongst the RFS falls on the Communications Committee. The Communications Committee is in charge of streamlining this process, an example being the new Webinar Setup process.

    The Communications Committee is in charge of teaching inexperienced RFS members the ins- and outs- of the webinar software, as well as recording appropriate webinars, post-video processing, and uploading the webinars to YouTube. Anyone with or looking for experience with video editing or webinar coordination and hosting would fit well with this project.

    In-Training ListServe Maintenance & Event Advertising

    Have you signed up for the RFS Google Group / Email List Serve? The Communications Committee is in charge of updating this crucial resource for In-Training Members, as well as using this to advertise for upcoming events.
  • Clinical Education Committee

    Shantanu Warhadpande, 2018-19 Clinical Education Chair

    2018-2019 Roster:
    • Shantanu Warhadpande - Active Chair
    • Lindsay Thornton - Former Chair (2016-2017)
    • Shantanu Warhadpande
    • Mohammed Loya
    • David Petrov
    • Joseph DeMarco
    • Jehan Shah
    • Suehyb Alkhatib
    • Edwin Takahashi
    • Matthew Krosin
    • Vibhor Wadhwa
    • Abdulrahman Masrani
    • Monica Uceda
    • Hakob Kocharyan
    • Kartik Kansagra
    • Rupal Parikh
    • Lucas Cusumano
    • Shanchita Ghosh
    • Chris Doe
    • Grace Laidlaw
    • Jennifer Darnell
    • Jill Zhang
    • Sean Rinzler
    • Trevor Lewis
    • Soham Shah
    • Dania Daye
    • Katie Shpanskaya
    • Shadab Khan
    • Rana Rabei

    The Clinical Education Committee is the arm of the Resident, Fellow, and Student (RFS) Section concerned with the collection, storage and publishing of educational materials created by or for the RFS Section. We make these materials available for educational purposes to all those interested in interventional radiology related topics. Within the committee, there are multiple subcommittees with defined projects roles. The projects we are currently pursuing include:

    Journal Primer

    In a joint effort with the Membership Council, this is an ongoing project to review and summarize journal articles relevant to the practice of interventional radiology.  Our goal is to provide a quick  reference to evidenced-based information in each of the service lines of interventional radiology to trainees and practicing interventionalists alike. Example journal primer here.

    Survival Guide

    In a joint effort with the Membership Council, this is an ongoing project to produce concise guides on the most commonly performed interventional procedures, covering indications, contraindications, pre-operative preparations, procedural summary, post-operative management and common complications.  The goal of the Survival Guide is to help trainees become proficient clinicians and interventionalists. Example survival guide here.

    YouTube Channel - IR Education

    This subcommittee is responsible for the management and posting of videos to the RFS Section YouTube Channel, "IR Education." We work closely with the Communications Committee and the individual Service Lines to identify gaps in available material and generate content.  The RFS hosted webinars and Journal Clubs are recorded then posted on this channel. 

    Educational videos created by members of the Medical Student Council are also posted on this YouTube channel.  These videos are aimed at medical students interested in Interventional Radiology. Each short video will focus on the basics of a particular IR procedure. As many medical students are unfamiliar with IR, these videos will provide context and a knowledge base on which to expand, thereby aiding in medical student education and clerkship preparation

    Case of the Month

    We select and post educational cases to the RFS website each month from our continuously expanding library. Cases are collected each year for the annual Case Competition at the SIR Annual Meeting, with all cases submitted considered for online publication. Example case here.

    Research Lecture Series

    The goal of this new project is to create a repository of lectures that aim to educate trainees on the “how-to” of clinical and basic science research in the field of interventional radiology.  We will be inviting speakers who are experienced in conducting research or research related activities to lecture in webinars hosted by this subcommittee.

  • Membership Committee

    Erica Alexander, 2018-19 Membership Committee Chair

    Service Lines:

    • Vascular Disease, Co-chairs - Mithil Pandhi & Justin Guan
    • Interventional Oncology, Chair – Jeffrey Sung
    • Pediatric IR, Co-chairs – Harris Chengazi & Maegan Lazaga
    • Pain Interventions, Chair – Shiraz Rahim
    • Neuro IR, Chair – Joe Marion
    • GI/GU/Reproduction (GGR), Chair – Matthew Czar Taon
    • Research Advisory Committee, Co-Chairs – John Smirniotopoulos & Dania Daye

    Since the origin of the service line model, the Membership Council has continued to grow and now encompasses seven discrete groups: the Vascular Disease Service Line, Interventional Oncology Service Line, Neuro Interventions Service Line, Pediatric Interventions Service Line, Pain Interventions Service Line, GI/GU/Reproduction Service Line, and the Research Advisory Committee. The service lines are led by a chairperson, with the larger service lines being further subdivided into committees. The bulk of each service line is comprised of interested medical students, residents, and their faculty mentors. All members collaborate with the SIR service lines and assist with their initiatives and projects.


    • 1. Webinars – Each service line hosts multiple webinars throughout the year to promote education related to their service line. These range in topics from didactic lectures on technique to patient management and practice building. Both IR attendings and non-IR clinicians give these lectures.
    • 2. Survival Guides – – Service lines generate survival guides that focus on common IR procedures and the key information that trainees should be familiar with. The documents include information about the indications/contraindications for procedures, technical considerations, procedure steps, possible complications, and follow up.
    • 3. Journal Primers – The service lines also produce journal primers or synopses and discussions of many of the landmark papers in IR.
    • 4. Web Presence – Many of the service lines maintain an active web presence ranging from creating and updating Wikipedia pages, to posting on Student Doctor and Aunt Minnie.

    In the Pipeline:
    • 1. Clinical Discussions on SIR Connect – Each service line will focus on clinical patient encounters and members will post their experiences on SIR Connect. These encounters will hopefully generate meaningful discussion among members to discuss IRs role in clinical care.
    • 2. Patient-Centered Video Project – The service lines are collaborating with SIR's Communications Department to videotape patient stories regarding their experience with an interventional radiology procedure. This is intended to serve as a resource for patients and to increase awareness about IR.
  • Recruitment Committee

    Bryce Bodell, 2018-19 Recruitment Committee Chair

    The RFS Recruitment Committee is dedicated to ensuring and promoting the growth and development of Interventional Radiology via the following initiatives:

    Member recruitment and application processing
    • Promote membership to strong prospective applicants in residency and medical school and Identify elements within incoming applications that suggest a good fit in the Committees and Service Lines within the RFS
    • Match applicants to Committees and Service Lines based on a number of parameters within the applications and per the needs of the Committees and Service Lines
    • Maintain a constant open-door communication policy with committee chairs, individual members, and prospective members

    RFS Classes
    • To augment the membership experience within the Service Lines and Committees, the Recruitment Committee has developed the Class concept
    • Each class is composed of 10-20 incoming RFS members
    • An introductory “Welcome to the RFS” meeting is held for each class, where the members are familiarized with the make-up of the RFS, the history of Interventional Radiology and vision of the “Father of IR” Charles Dotter, and the Initiatives of the RFS as a whole

      • Recruitment
        • Continued growth and support of Medical Student Council, regional symposia
        • Outreach to undergraduate students
        • Work with Women In IR Committee towards diversity initiatives and recruitment

      • Training
        • Establishment of resident-run IR clinics at institutions throughout the country
        • SIR Connect IR Student/Resident Clinic Forum- encourage clinical discussion on conditions encountered
        • Continued collaboration with SIR and SARC to develop a universal curriculum to serve as a national model for the new IR Residency
        • Increased clinical focus on:
          • Stroke care
          • DVT
          • CLI / Wound Care

      • Clinical Knowledge/Practice Development
        • Wound Care Clinic Competition – to encourage exposure to wound care in training
        • Collaborate with Early Career Section towards expanding Practice Building and Personal Finance resources for trainees

  • IR Residency Training Committee

    David Duncan, 2018-19 IR Residency Training Committee Chair

    What is this committee about?

    The IR Residency Training Committee serves as a centralized resource regarding the new IR residency and promotes development of clinically oriented curriculum. The committee also provides updates regarding the transition from the traditional IR fellowship to the new training paradigm which includes the Integrated IR residency, Independent residency, and Early Specialization in Interventional Radiology (ESIR).

    What have we done?

    Our past, current and future projects include:

    • Creating a comprehensive “Frequently Asked Questions” regarding the new IR residency
    • Creating a Universal Curriculum for several IR-related clinical rotations such as vascular surgery, surgical oncology, transplant, hepatology, medical oncology, ICU, nephrology, and OB/GYN
    • Emphasizing the need for a comprehensive Intensive Care Unit (ICU) experience, developing a dedicated ICU boot camp at the annual SIR meeting, and creating podcasts and survival handbooks to best prepare IR trainees for their ICU rotation
    • Distributing multiple resources (e.g. IR Residency Cookbook) to inquiring programs that are in the process of adopting the new IR residency
    • Creating a pre-rotation medical student and junior resident online module to best prepare them for their first IR rotation
    • Developing social media outlets to provide up to date information regarding the IR residencies during the ERAS season
    • Collecting and publishing data on multiple national DR residency programs’ intent for the new IR residency through an online questionnaire
    • Creating a separate IR section on the Visiting Student Application System (VSAS)

    What does the future hold?

    As more and more programs adopt the new IR Residency, the committee will provide resource to those programs interested in realizing this exciting and monumental advancement in the training of future Interventional Radiologists. An informative guidebook detailing the proposed curricula, requirements, and common questions on the new IR Residency is published on RFS or readily available on request.   In addition, the committee will continue to develop educational tools that promote a more clinically oriented curriculum for future IR trainees. 

    The Chair of the Committee can be contacted at irresidencytraining@gmail.com.

  • Advocacy, Health Policy and Economics Committee

    Junjian Huang, 2018-19 Advocacy, Health Policy and Economics Committee Chair

    SIRPAC Advisor: Doug Huynh, JD

    Active Committee Members:
    Name Position Contributes to SIRPAC
    Junjian Huang Chair Yes
    Ajinkya Desai Member Yes
    Andrew Klobuka Member Yes
    Jeffrey Brown Member Yes
    Jeffrey Donaldson Member Yes
    Marwan Moussa Member Yes
    Michael Beaucaire Member Yes
    Michael Drabkin Member Yes
    Safet Lekperic Member Yes
    Benjamin Eovaldi Member Yes
    Reza Imani Member Yes
    Naoki Murai Member Yes
    Adam “Kyle” Deal Member Yes
    Amir Noor Member Yes
    Aaron Maxwell Member Yes
    Mohammed Loya Member Yes
    Vistasp Daruwalla Member Yes
    Zach Berman Member Yes
    Brett Hyatt Member Yes

    • - Increase member’s knowledge about how our specialty and state and federal governments interact
    • - Increase member’s awareness of the issues facing VIR
    • - Increase member’s participation in advocacy efforts at local, state, and federal levels

    Why should I get involved?
    Medicine and the various levels of the United States Government are intricately intertwined, and very important decisions are being made every day that will affect the way you practice, how your patients receive their care, and what services you will be able to offer. As a newly recognized specialty and with the Dual Certificate on the horizon, it is imperative that Vascular and Interventional Radiology has a voice at the table. If we do not advocate for ourselves and our patients, nobody else will. If we are going to succeed and continue to bring our inventive treatments and cutting edge care to all patients, we need to work to increase the awareness amongst the decision makers in our government so that they understand exactly what VIR is and why our patients need us to deliver the best care possible.

    What can I do?
    Follow us on Twitter at @IRAdvocacyRFS. Get involved! At any level, local, state, or federal, we need you. We need you to talk with your government representatives and educate them on everything Vascular and Interventional Radiology. Tell them about the full breadth of minimally invasive procedures we currently offer, tell them of the decreased recovery times and hospitals stays are treatments allow, tell them of the inventive new procedures we are working on across the globe.

    You can write letters, send emails, make phone calls. Even better, arrange for a site visit. Bring your local, state, or national official to your department and have them see what you offer. Show them the complex and elegant procedures we provide everyday to our patients. Show them how we improve lives and make patient satisfaction a priority. Have them round with you and see you as the clinician your are training to be. Help them understand this burgeoning innovative field.

    What are some things we have done?
    Last May (2014) we participated in the first ever SIR-RFS Grassroots Leadership Washington DC Event. Twelve medical students, residents, and fellows flew in and spent two days on Capitol Hill meeting with the offices of over twenty US Representatives, as well as having dedicated small group sessions with Congressmen. We introduced our specialty and the changes to new Dual Certificate Residency, as well as the need for reallocation of unused residency slots for the purposes of newly recognized residencies. See below for more:

    Members have also participated site visits with local officials, such as in Maine with State Representative Dick Farnsworth, who spent an afternoon in the VIR section observing procedures and learning about the extensive training required.

    What are we working on?
    Along with SIRPAC, we are working to have currently funded but historically unused residency spots across the nation preferentially reallocated for the use of newly approved residencies, including the IR/DR Dual Certificate. A bill was finalized in August and sponsors are currently being pursued.
  • Women in IR Committee

    Zi (Jill) Zhang, 2018-19 Women in IR Committee Chair


    To inspire, educate and promote women in Interventional Radiology (IR) while encouraging them to pursue their personal and professional goals. To serve the profession of IR in all aspects, including those inherent to education and maintenance of a well-rounded and balanced workforce.

    What have we done:

    In 2015, the Women in IR committee was reformed with the intention of increasing awareness of unique issues faced by women in IR. During the past couple of years, we have successfully established a community for networking and mentorship. We have also written and published several articles highlighting Women in IR in the RFS online quarterly newsletter as well as IR Quarterly, in addition to hosting webinars on such topics as radiation safety and unique risks faced by women in IR.

    Our goals for 2018:

    First, we want to increase our recruitment of medical students, and we believe the new integrated IR/DR residency will attract more female applicants directly from medical school.

    Second, we want to encourage our male residents and medical students to join our committee, and help to promote Women in IR. We think mentorship from interventional radiologists who are men or women is essential to help encourage female trainees to choose IR.

    Finally, we are working on increasing our social media presence to inspire and attract more women into IR. We also want to further develop our collaborations with other RFS committees. With the collaborative team efforts, we will empower more women to take on leadership roles, and support their career goals.

  • International Outreach Committee

    Rajat Chand (Left) & Marco Ertero (Right), 2018-19 International Outreach Co-chairs

    Active Committee Members:
    • Andy Moore
    • Rakesh Ahuja
    • Dan Cohen
    • Eric King
    • Fabian Laage Gaupp
    • Matthew Tangel
    • Harris Chengazi
    • Jesus Beltran-Perez
    • Umair Lodhi
    • Dinh-Huy Nguyen

    The aims of the International Outreach Committee:

    1. Expand international and US opportunities such as society meetings, observerships, and scholarship opportunities for US and international trainees.
    2. Identify, communicate, and learn from best practices that international and US IR programs are using to engage, educate and integrate medical students and junior residents early in their training.
    3. Assist RFS with all projects that requires collaboration with international societies by serving as a point of contact and by providing available resources.

    Current projects:

    1. Creation of an online resource to help international medical graduates (IMGs) to navigate the complex journey of obtaining a US IR residency spot
    2. Creation of a centralized hub for international aid projects focusing on IR outreach, with the intent of avoiding redundancy and connecting programs and interested trainees, faculty and technologists
    3. Advocating for international medical graduates within SIR and RFS
    4. Expansion of RFS presence at foreign meetings.

CLICK HERE to view the 2018 RFS Annual Business Meeting Presentation