Meet the Annual Meeting Committee
Daniel Sze, M.D., PhD, FSIR
Chair, 2019 Annual Meeting Program
Daniel Sze, MD, PhD, FSIR, is a professor at Stanford University, where he has spent the last 19 years helping to train the future thought leaders of interventional radiology. He is a member of Stanford’s Cancer Institute, Cardiovascular Institute, Institute for Immunity, Transplantation, and Infection, Child Health Research Institute and the Bio-X and BioDesign programs.
He served as a co-director of the SIR Y-90 meeting and a member of the SIRF Research Grants and Education division. His clinical and research interests concentrate on image-guided treatment of cancers using oncolytic viruses, radioembolization, chemoembolization and immunotherapy. He is an active contributor to the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology (JVIR), an investigator on clinical trials and a consultant to start-ups and device companies.
Constantino Peña, M.D., FSIR
Chair, 2019 Workshop Program
Constantino S. Peña, MD, FSIR, serves as the medical director of vascular imaging at the Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute—a Baptist Health South Florida Center of Excellence. Dr. Peña earned his B.S. and M.S. from Stanford University prior to earning his medical degree from the Yale School of Medicine. He completed his residency in diagnostic radiology in 1999 and a fellowship in vascular and interventional radiology in 2000 at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
Dr. Peña is a clinical assistant professor of radiology at the Florida International University College of Medicine in Miami as well as an affiliate assistant professor of radiology at the University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa. He has served on several SIR committees including the Interventional Oncology Service Line and International Affairs Committee. Additionally, he has served as the chair of the Cardiovascular Radiology & Intervention Council of the American Heart Association (AHA) and has served on the Radiology Information Committees of the ACR and RSNA. He enjoys reviewing for various peer-reviewed scientific journals including JVIR, CVIR, AJR, JVM and JCCT.
Nadine Abi-Jaoudeh, M.D., FSIR
Chair, 2019 Scientific Program
Nadine Abi-Jaoudeh, MD, FSIR is an interventional radiologist at the University of California, Irvine.
She has authored multiple original manuscripts and book chapters and holds two patents related to imaging technology in the angiography suite. Her research interests include innovative therapeutic methods to treat metastatic and primary liver cancer, such as fusion and functional imaging during image guided procedures. Her goal is to grow a translational research program to improve UC Irvine patient care and outcomes.
After earning her medical degree from the University of Montreal, she completed internship and residency at the University of Laval in Québec, and her IR fellowship at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. Certified in both the United States and Canada, she then joined the National Institutes of Health as a staff clinician where she was a principal and associate investigator on several human trials.
Dr. Abi-Jaoudeh is a fellow of SIR and serves as an associate editor of the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology.
Brian Funaki, M.D., FSIR
Chair, 2018 Annual Meeting Program
An internationally recognized expert in vascular and interventional radiology, Brian Funaki, M.D., FSIR, is professor of radiology and section chief, vascular and interventional radiology at the University of Chicago Medicine where he performs the full range of vascular and non-vascular interventions, including angioplasty, stenting, thrombolysis and embolization, as well as transplant-related procedures.
Funaki has previously served on SIR’s executive council. He has authored two books and 11 book chapters. He is an associate editor of SIR’s flagship publication, the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology and has served as editor-in-chief for Seminars in Interventional Radiology from 2004-2011.
Constantinos T. Sofocleous, MD, PhD, is an interventional radiologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital and a professor of radiology at Weill Cornell Medical College (both in New York), whose expertise includes the treatment of primary and metastatic liver and lung cancers using thermal ablation (radiofrequency, microwave, cryoablation) or other nonthermal sources of energy. He is also a specialist in catheter-directed therapies for the treatment of nonresectable liver tumors.
Dr. Sofocleous, who has practiced interventional oncology since 2002, is actively involved in several multidisciplinary clinical, research and educational activities at Memorial Sloan Kettering, collaborating with other specialists to determine the most appropriate treatment for patients with primary and metastatic liver and lung cancers. An internationally renowned expert in the use of interventional oncology to manage metastatic colorectal cancer, he has led several investigations focused on the ablation and radioembolization of colon cancer liver metastases as well as ablation of pulmonary metastases. He also lectures on topics such as embolization, radioembolization and ablation of liver tumors—particularly metastases from colorectal cancer. He has also lectured and published extensively in this field. A Fellow of SIR since 2005, he is also a fellow of CIRSE and one of the directors-at-large of the Society of Interventional Oncology (SIO).