Gary J. Becker Young Investigator Award Supported by Covidien

The application deadline for this award is Nov. 15, 2015. How To Apply Click Here.

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.

2015 Dr. Gary J. Becker Young Investigator Award Recipient

Sharon Kwan, M.D.

Sharon Kwan, M.D., 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. 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.

Kwan graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. from Yale University. Subsequently she received her M.D. training from Stanford University, during which time she co-founded a student-run free clinic for the underserved. After completing residency training in diagnostic radiology and fellowship training in vascular and interventional radiology at the University of California, San Francisco, she joined the faculty at the University of Washington. She is currently an attending interventional radiologist at the University of Washington Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.

Kwan was a previous recipient of an American College of Radiology Health Services Research fellowship and Radiological Society of North America Foundation Roentgen Resident Research award. She is active in teaching and mentoring trainees and recently received a Teacher of the Year Award for medical student teaching. Currently 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.

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

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