Awards

Gary J. Becker Young Investigator Award Supported by Medtronic

The Dr. Gary J. Becker Young Investigator Award promotes excellence in academic research for members early in their careers. This award honors the founding editor of the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology(JVIR) by recognizing the importance of the young investigator in developing interventional solutions for the future.

In 1990, SIR Foundation established the Dr. Gary J. Becker Young Investigator Award as a way to recognize promising young practitioners of interventional medicine early in their careers and encourage their pursuit of academic careers. Each year the author of the most outstanding clinical science research paper submitted receives this distinguished award.

2016 Dr. Gary J. Becker Young Investigator Award Recipient


Sarah B. White, M.D.

Sarah B. White, MD, MS, associate professor of radiology in the division of vascular & interventional radiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, is the recipient of the 2016 Dr. Gary J. Becker Young Investigator Award. Dr. White's manuscript, "A single-center experience in capturing inpatient evaluation and management for an IR practice," demonstrated a systems approach to revenue management that led to the improvement of inpatient evaluation and management of clinical services.

Dr. White received her MD from the New Jersey Medical School in Newark and completed her residency/fellowship in the Diagnostic & Interventional Radiology Enhanced Clinical Training Pathway (DIRECT) at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Both prior to and during her radiology residency training, Dr. White was active in research, publishing several papers as first author, as well as presenting at local, regional, national and international meetings. She began her career in research in a molecular biology laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania and has also spent time at the National Institutes of Health. She has received awards for research from several national and international organizations, including the Society of Interventional Radiology, the Association of University Radiologists, the Radiologic Society of North America, Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe and was the Constantine Cope Cook Interventional Radiology endowed fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. She also obtained a master's in clinical investigation in August of 2014.

Dr. White currently sees patients at Froedtert Hospital and the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center, specializing in vascular and interventional radiology and interventional oncology. She has a translational interventional oncology laboratory that focuses on site selective delivery of new nanotechnology based drug delivery platforms for the treatment of primary and metastatic liver tumors.


2015 Dr. Gary J. Becker Young Investigator Award Recipient


Sharon Kwan, M.D.

Dr. Sharon Kwan, director of medical student education, interventional radiology section at the department of radiology/ University of Washington, is the recipient of the 2015 Dr. Gary J. Becker Young Investigator Award. Dr. Kwan’s manuscript, entitled “Thermal Ablation Matches Sublobar Resection Outcomes in Older Patients with Early-stage Non-small Cell Lung Cancer,” studies the survival outcomes of sublobar resection and thermal ablation for early-stage non-small cell lung cancer in older patients.

A previous recipient of an American College of Radiology Health Services Research fellowship and Radiological Society of North America Foundation Roentgen Resident Research award, Dr. Kwan is active in teaching and mentoring trainees and recently received a Teacher of the Year Award for medical student teaching. She is an NIH-funded scholar with the KL2 Multidisciplinary Clinical Research and Career Development Program. Her areas of research interest include healthcare utilization and comparative effectiveness and, as co-chair of the SIRF Comparative Effectiveness Subcommittee, one of her goals is to a foster a network of IR-investigators with expertise in comparative effectiveness research.

Dr. Kwan has authored multiple peer-reviewed articles in the field of radiology. Her areas of research interest include healthcare utilization and comparative effectiveness. She is currently a scholar with the NIH-funded KL2 Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Program and co-chairs the comparative effectiveness research committee of the Society of Interventional Radiology Foundation.

Dr. Kwan graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. from Yale University. She subsequently received her M.D. training from Stanford University, during which time she co-founded a student-run free clinic for the underserved. She completed her residency in diagnostic radiology and fellowship in vascular and interventional radiology at the University of California, San Francisco.


The SIR Foundation is honored to have received a charitable donation for unrestricted use from Medtronic. This SIR Foundation Dr. Gary J. Becker Young Investigator Award, among other awards, is made possible through the generosity of Medtronic.


Previous Dr. Gary J. Becker Young Investigator Award Recipients

2015 - Sharon Kwan, MD
2014 - Muneeb Ahmed, MD
2013 - Joseph P. Erinjeri, MD, PhD
2012 - Edward Lee, MD, PhD, MSc
2011 - William T. Kuo, MD
2010 - Erik Cressman, MD
2009 - Filip Banovac, MD
2006 - Michael Kuo, MD
2005 - Thomas Jahnke, MD
2004 - Kamran Ahrar, MD
2003 - Kevin Baskin, MD
2002 - Daniel Sze, MD
2001 - David Kallmes, MD
2000 - Jeff Geschwind, MD
1999 - Stephen T. Kee, MD
1998 - Kenneth Moresco , MD
1997 - Michael J. Hallisey, MD
1996 - Richard Shlansky-Goldberg, MD
1995 - Gregory S. Berkey, MD
1994 - Dean A. Nakamoto, MD
1993 - Yonghua Dong, MD
1992 - Moni Stein, MD
1991 - Douglas C. B. Redd, MD
1990 - Max P. Rosen, MD