2021 SPIR Board of Directors

Dr. Alex Barnacle, President

Great Ormond Street Hospital, United Kingdom

Dr Barnacle is a paediatric interventional radiologist at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London. Her clinical interests include the diagnosis and treatment of vascular malformations, renal stone disease and ablation. 

Dr. Barnacle undertook her undergraduate medical training at the University of Southampton and her radiology training at Charing Cross and Hammersmith Hospitals in London. She completed an 18 month fellowship in paediatric radiology and interventional radiology at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, followed by a 12-month fellowship at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia.


She is passionate about promoting the development of paediatric IR. She sits on the membership and scientific program committees of CIRSE, the Royal College of Radiologists IR committee, and the Women and Diversity committee and Paeds IR special interest group of the British Society of Interventional Radiology. She was fortunate to be involved in two recent visits to Lady Ridgeway Children’s Hospital in Colombo, Sri Lanka, where she helped the local teams to establish a growing paediatric IR service. 

Dr. Anne Marie Cahill, President-Elect

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, United States

Dr. Cahill is currently at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and serves as the Division Chief of Interventional Radiology and Director of Image-Based Therapy for Vascular Anomalies. Dr. Cahill’s areas of focus include vascular malformation therapy, endovascular therapy of renovascular hypertension and venous thrombolysis.

Dr. Cahill received her medical degree and training in Ireland and completed two fellowships -  a general pediatric fellowship at British Columbia Children's Hospital and a pediatric interventional fellowship at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Leah Braswell, Secretary

Nationwide Children's Hospital, United States

Dr. Braswell is a Pediatric Interventional Radiologist at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. 

Dr. Braswell completed medical school and training at the University of Arkansas which included fellowships in pediatric radiology and pediatric interventional radiology.

She is honored to help serve on the SPIR BOD and has many friends and mentors in the society who continue to shape her career. Leah believes that taking care of kids is one of life’s greatest privileges. When not reading films, she is usually planning the next vacation with her wife and kids, researching craft beer, and posting adventures on Instagram.

Dr. Joao Amaral, Treasurer

Hospital for Sick Children, Canada

Dr. Joao Amaral is a Pediatric Interventional Radiologist at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto. He is currently the Division Head of Pediatric Interventional Radiology at the Image Guided Therapy Centre and the co-chair for the Image Guided Care Centre at the Hospital for Sick Children. Dr. Amaral’s areas of special interest include the diagnosis and management of vascular malformations, renovascular disease and MR guided procedures.

Dr. Amaral graduated from the Federal University of Parana - Brazil in 1996 and completed his diagnostic radiology residency training at the same institution in 2000. He then completed a fellowship in Pediatric Radiology and Pediatric Interventional Radiology at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

Dr. Manish Patel, Past President

Cincinnati Children's Hospital, United States

Dr. Patel is an Associate Professor of Radiology at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati specializing in Pediatric Interventional Radiology. Dr. Patel is the Fellowship Director for the Pediatric Interventional Radiology program, Medical Director of the Vascular Access Team and Co-Director of the Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia (HHT) Center


Dr. Patel completed his residency at the University of Missouri at Kansas City and his Pediatric Radiology Fellowship at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

Dr. G. Peter Feola, Member-at-Large

Primary Children's Hospital, United States

Dr. Feola is an  Interventional Radiologist at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah, and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Utah School of Medicine.

Dr. Feola came to Salt Lake City in 1998 after completing medical school and radiology residency at Baylor College of Medicine.  He went on to complete a fellowship in pediatric radiology including pediatric interventional radiology at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia with additional training in adult interventional radiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.  


When not working in the hospital he is caring for his chickens and bees. He enjoys skiing in the winter and cycling year-round. 

Dr. Gulraiz Chaudry, Member-at-Large

Boston Children's Hospital, United States

Dr. Chaudry is a pediatric interventional radiologist at Boston Children's Hospital and an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School. He is the director of the pediatric vascular and interventional radiology fellowship program and specializes in the interventional treatment of vascular anomalies. Particular areas of interest are the imaging and intervention of overgrowth syndromes and osseous lymphatic disorders.  

Dr. Chaudry graduated from the University of Edinburgh Medical School. He completed residencies in pediatrics and radiology in the UK, followed by fellowships in pediatric radiology and pediatric interventional radiology at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada.

Dr. Murthy Chennapragada, Member-at-Large

Children's Hospital at Westmead, Australia

Dr Murthy Chennapragada is an Interventional and Paediatric radiologist based in Sydney, Australia. He is a senior Staff specialist Radiologist at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead in Sydney and a Clinical senior lecturer with the University of Sydney, Australia.


Dr Chennapragada graduated from Osmania Medical College, Hyderabad, India and obtained radiology training in India and Australia. He completed a Fellowship in Paediatric Medical Imaging in Sydney, and a Vascular and Interventional Radiology fellowship in Toronto, Canada. His areas of special interest include paediatric hepatobiliary interventions, Liver transplant related imaging and interventions, and renovascular interventions.


He is an active member of SIR, CIRSE, and RSNA, and enjoys close ties with the regional paediatric radiology societies in Asia oceanic region and India. Outside of radiology, his interests include photography, travel, cricket and Indian movies.

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Board Member

Dr. Michael Temple

Hospital for Sick Children


Dr. Fernando Gómez Muñoz, Member-at-Large

Hospital Sant Joan de Déu, Spain

Dr. Gómez Muñoz is the lead consultant in interventional radiology at the Netherlands Cancer Institute (Amsterdam) and coordinate the pediatric interventional oncology at the Hospital Clinic-Hospital Sant Joan de Deu consortium in Barcelona. Together with a multidisciplinary team, they built a pioneer ablation program for several pediatric malignancies including primary and secondary tumors in lung, liver and bone.


Dr. Gómez Muñoz graduated in medicine at th Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and became specialist in radiology at the Hospital Universitario y Politécnico La Fe (Valencia). He is also a PhD graduate at the Universidad de Valencia. He got the CIRSE grant for training in pediatric interventional radiology at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Currently, he develops several research project on the combination of locoregional techniques and immunotherapy and artificial intelligence intelligence and radiomics.