Dr. John Kaufman awarded Society of Interventional Radiology high honor

March 19, 2018

Dr. John KaufmanJohn Kaufman, M.D., M.S., F.S.I.R., professor and Frederick S. Keller Chair of Interventional Radiology, OHSU School of Medicine, was recently among three recipients of the Society of Interventional Radiology's highest honor. Dr. Kaufman received the SIR Gold Medal, along with Karim Valji, M.D., F.S.I.R., and Renate Soulen, M.D., F.S.I.R., during the SIR Annual Scientific Meeting in Los Angeles. These awards acknowledge distinguished and extraordinary service to SIR or to the discipline of interventional radiology.

"The 2018 Gold Medalists through their practice, research, mentorship and leadership have propelled interventional radiology to new heights and revolutionized patient care through the power minimally invasive, image-guided medicine," said SIR 2017-18 President Suresh Vedantham, M.D., F.S.I.R., professor of radiology and surgery at the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, Washington University in St. Louis.

A past-president of SIR and former chair of SIR Foundation, Dr. Kaufman now serves as a trustee of the American Board of Radiology and president of Vascular and Interventional Advances. His research focus has been on vena cava filters and aortic stent grafts. Read Dr. Kaufman's interview with SIR Today to learn about the people and events that shaped his life and career.

The Charles T. Dotter Department of Interventional Radiology achieved full-fledged departmental status in the OHSU School of Medicine in 2017;Dr. Kaufman serves as its inaugural chair. Becoming a department was just one in a series of historical landmarks for interventional radiology – a medical field pioneered at OHSU by Charles Dotter, M.D.

The Society of Interventional Radiology is a nonprofit, professional medical society representing more than 7,500 practicing interventional radiology physicians, trainees, students, scientists and clinical associates, dedicated to improving patient care through the limitless potential of image-guided therapies. SIR's members work in a variety of settings and at different professional levels – from medical students and residents to university faculty and private practice physicians.


Doing Dr. Dotter proud: interventional radiology gets a department of its own