SIR Foundation Board of Directors

Purpose of SIR Foundation Board of Directors

SIR Foundation is governed by a board of directors charged with advancing the foundation's mission and goals through the acquisition and judicious deployment of funds. The SIR Foundation Board of Directors oversee activities that consist of developing research strategy in interventional radiology; reviewing grant applications to the foundation's grant programs; developing new research programs that foster the development of, or validate, innovative interventional radiology therapies; increasing the number of interventional radiologists participating in basic and clinical research; developing educational programming focused on strategic areas needing research; fostering the development of interventional radiology researchers; fundraising; finance including investment, budget, reporting and auditing; communications to internal (interventional radiology) and external (other disciplines, industry) constituencies.

SIR Foundation's Board of Directors works closely with SIR's Board of Directors to oversee and direct the execution of the jointly crafted SIR and SIR Foundation Strategic Plan, which serves to further the mission of both organizations.

2024-2025 SIR Foundation Board of Directors roster

Maureen P. Kohi, MD, FSIR – Chair

Clifford R. Weiss, MD, FSIR – Vice Chair

Shellie Josephs, MD, FSIR - Secretary 

Raymond W. Liu, MD, FSIR – Treasurer, ex-officio 

Robert J. Lewandowski, MD, FSIR – SIR President, ex-officio 

Robert A. Lookstein, MD, FSIR - SIR President-elect 

Shellie C. Josephs, MD, FSIR - Secretary 

Nadine Abi-Jaoudeh, MD, MS, FSIR – Clinical Research and Registries Division Chair

Amy C. Taylor, MD – Development Division Chair

David A. Woodrum, MD, PhD, FSIR – Research and Grants Division Chair

Dania Daye, MD, PhD — Research Education and Outreach Division Chair

Govind Srimathveeravalli, PhD – Scientist

Daniel Y. Sze, MD, PhD, FSIR – JVIR Editor-in-chief, ex-officio

Nominations process

The duty of the SIR Foundation Nominating Committee is to seek out and select the best candidates for open positions on the SIR Foundation Board of Directors and to work with interested individuals to develop their future leadership opportunities and skills. Each year, the Nominating Committee carefully evaluates the nominations in the context of the current and future leadership needs of the foundation. SIR Foundation's needs change from year to year, and there are many qualified candidates who apply. For this reason, individuals may be nominated several times before they are selected as a candidate.

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Board of Directors roles and terms

Appointed positions

The following positions are appointed by the SIR Foundation Board and approved by the SIR Board of Directors or SIR Executive Committee.


  • Chair (two-year term*)
  • Vice-chair (two-year term*)
  • Immediate past chair (two-year term*)
  • Treasurer (three-year term)
  • SIR Foundation executive director (ex-officio)

*These positions are successive, requiring the Vice Chair’s commitment to a full six-year term: two years as vice-chair, two years as chair and two years as immediate past chair.


Additional board members

The remainder of the SIR Foundation board consists of the following division chairs:

  • Clinical research and registries division chair (three-year term)
  • Development chair (three-year term)
  • Research grants and education division chair (three-year term)


Standing SIR Board of Directors positions on the SIR Foundation Board of Directors

  • SIR president (one-year term*)
  • SIR president-elect (one-year term*)
  • SIR executive director (ex-officio)
  • JVIR editor-in-chief (five-year term)

*These positions are successive, requiring the SIR president-elect’s two-year commitment on the board: one year as SIR president-elect, one year as president.