In response to rapid growth in the field of interventional oncology (IO), the World Conference of Interventional Oncology (WCIO) recently established the Society of Interventional Oncology (SIO).
Interest in IO has grown exponentially since the inception of the WCIO meeting more than 10 years ago, according to WCIO chair Jeff H. Geschwind, MD, the society’s first president.
“We realized there was a real and urgent need to create a society dedicated to interventional oncology,” said Dr. Geschwind, chair of the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging and professor of radiology and oncology at Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, CT. He serves as chair of the interventional oncology track on the RSNA Scientific Program and Refresher Course committees. In 2000, Dr. Geschwind received an RSNA Research Seed Grant.
The society will serve interventional radiologists who specialize in oncology, post-doctoral scientists and related medical professionals. It will offer four membership categories: active, affiliate, resident/fellow and student.
“The society will represent interventional oncology as a whole. It will serve as the only membership-based organization dedicated entirely to the emerging field of interventional oncology, working to further promote the mission originally put forth by WCIO — to establish, nurture and support interventional oncology as the fourth pillar of cancer therapy alongside medical, surgical and radiation oncology worldwide,” Dr. Geschwind said.
The society’s annual IO conference will maintain the name WCIO. The conference will be held June 8-11 in Boston.
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