The Leaders in Innovation Award recognizes and promotes innovation within interventional radiology, continuing IR’s historical innovative development that has revolutionized medicine over the last 40 years. The award acknowledges individuals who have conceptualized and implemented an idea that has had an advantageous impact on the practice of interventional radiology. The innovation can be a device, technique, approach, clinical practice model or anything having a significant improvement upon the quality of patient care or economics of interventional practice.
In order to be considered for this award, a nomination is required by a colleague. Nominations for the 2023 Leaders of Innovation Award are due on June 1, 2022.
2022 Leaders in Innovation Award: James Spies, MD, MPH, FSIR
James B. Spies, MD, MPH, FSIR serves as the Chairman, Chief of Service, and a Professor of Radiology at Georgetown University and Associate Executive Director for the American Board of Radiology (ABR). He has graduated from the University of California with a B.S. in fermentation science, Johns Hopkins University with a Master’s in Public health, and from the Georgetown University School of Medicine.
Dr. Spies is a Fellow of SIR and has served on numerous committees including SIR Foundation Chair from 2006 to 2008 and SIR President from 2014 to 2015. He has also received the Gold Medal from the Society of Interventional Radiology in 2019.
Dr. Spies served in the United States Air Force before joining the private practice sector for several years and then joining the faculty of Georgetown University in 2005. He has an active practice in uterine embolization for fibroids and has performed extensive research in the procedure. He has authored more than 100 published scientific studies and given more than 400 presentations and is recognized as an international authority for his research in uterine embolization. Dr. Spies also developed the Uterine Fibroid Symptom Health-Related Quality of Life Questionnaire (UFS-QOL) tool that assesses the symptoms assisted with uterine fibroid tumors, through a grant provided by SIR Foundation. This questionnaire is currently being used worldwide by several research groups.
Past Leaders in Innovation Award recipients
2021 - Andrew Cragg, MD, FSIR
2020 - John Abele, FSIR
2019 - William Cook, FSIR
2018 - Thomas O. McNamara, MD, FSIR
2017 - Riad Salem, MD, MBA, FSIR
2016 - Renan Uflacker, MD
2015 - Lindsay Machan, MD, FSIR and Kieran J. Murphy, MD, FSIR
2014 - Ziv J. Haskal, MD, FSIR
2013 - Barry T. Katzen, MD, FSIR
2012 - Michael D. Dake, MD FSIR
2011 - Scott O. Trerotola, MD, FSIR
2010 - Julio C. Palmaz, MD, FSIR
2009 - Sidney Wallace, MD, FSIR
2008 - Ernest J. Ring, MD FSIR
2007 - Robert White Jr., MD FSIR
2006 - Josef Rosch, MD, FSIR
2005 - Kurt Amplatz, MD, FSIR
2004 - Constantin Cope, MD FSIR
2003 - Irvin F. Hawkins, MD, FSIR