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A little bit about us.....

The SPIR was founded by a small group of dedicated physicians who were passionate about advancing the practice of image-guided procedures in infants and children. Early conversations began at the 2006 Pediatric Interventional Radiology Symposium (PIRS) meeting in Toronto. Soon thereafter, at the March 2007 Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) meeting in Seattle, formation of a new society dedicated to Pediatric IR was proposed. After the Society of Pediatric Radiology (SPR) meeting in Miami in May 2007, an election was held. Seven international board of directors were chosen. Professor Jim Donaldson was elected as our first SPIR president. In May 2008 the first SPIR bylaws were officially approved by the inaugural SPIR board of directors. The board of directors spent the next year addressing topics of concern to SPIR membership and planning the first meeting of our society. With the help of many SPIR member volunteers, our inaugural meeting was held in Napa Valley, California, in October 2009. Early leaders felt it important to include anyone who wished to participate, and our spirit of inclusivity remains with us today.

2021 SPIR Board of Directors


Dr. Alex Barnacle

Great Ormond Street Hospital

United Kingdom

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Dr. Joao Amaral

Hospital for Sick Children



Dr. Anne Marie Cahill

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

United States

Past President

Dr. Manish Patel

Cincinnati Children's Hospital United States


Dr. Leah Braswell

Nationwide Children's Hospital

United States

Board Member

Dr. G. Peter Feola

Primary Children's Hospital

United States

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Board Member

Dr. Gulraiz Chaudry

Boston Children's Hospital

United States


Board Member

Dr. Murthy Chennapragada

Children's Hospital at Westmead


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Board Member

Dr. Fernando Gómez Muñoz

Hospital Sant Joan de Déu


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Board Member

Dr. Michael Temple

Hospital for Sick Children


Our SPIR community

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