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 Iinterventional 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.
SPIR 2017 Board of Directors
Roger Harned, MD, FACR
Dr. Harned is the Director of Pediatric Interventional Radiology at Children’s Hospital Colorado and an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
Dr. Harned came to Denver in 1995 after completing medical school at The University of Virginia and radiology residency and fellowship training at Emory University. As the first Pediatric Interventional Radiologist at Children’s Colorado he has participated in the expansion and integration of the service into this large pediatric facility.
Beyond the IR suite he enjoys sharing the outdoor activities of the nearby mountains with his family including fly fishing, camping, skiing, hiking and traveling around the state to watch his teenage boys play hockey.
Manraj "Raju" Heran, MD, FRCPC
Dr. Heran is the Section Head of Pediatric Interventional Radiology at British Columbia Children’s Hospital and is a diagnostic and interventional neuroradiologist at Vancouver General Hospital where he is also the Director of the VGH Diagnostic Neuroradiology Fellowship Program. Areas of specific interest include the diagnosis and management of vascular malformations, interventional neuroradiology (including acute stroke and other ischemic cerebrovascular disease), and orbital radiology.
With cross appointments in Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Pediatrics, Dr. Heran has received several awards for clinical and academic excellence, including the Family Centered Care Award at BC Children’s Hospital in 2007 and 2013, and the CAR Young Investigator’s Award in 2011.
Dr. Heran graduated from the University of British Columbia Medical School in 1996 and completed his diagnostic radiology residency training through the University of British Columbia program in 2001, and obtained his FRCPC in Diagnostic Radiology the same year.
Manish Patel, DO
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.