SIR 2020 Dotter Lecture and Gold Medal Recipients

36th Annual Dr. Charles T. Dotter Lecture

This award honors one of the founding fathers of interventional radiology, Dr. Charles T. Dotter. Selection by the SIR president is based on extraordinary contributions to the field, dedicated service to the Society and distinguished career achievements in interventional radiology. Honorees deliver the lecture at SIR's Annual Scientific Meeting.


The 2020 Dr. Charles T. Dotter Lecture will be delivered at 10:30 am on Sunday, March 29, by Karim Valji, MD, FSIR.


Professor of radiology and chief of interventional radiology at the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle, where moved in 2007, Karim Valji, MD, FSIR served for many years on the University of California San Diego faculty.

Perhaps best known as the writer of three textbooks on interventional radiology, most recently The Practice of Interventional Radiology, his major areas of research have included methods for accelerated transcatheter thrombolysis and dialysis access interventions. From 2001-2005, Dr. Valji served as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology. The author of approximately 200 scientific papers, abstracts and book chapters, he has given over 250 invited lectures worldwide. Dr. Valji was named a Fellow of SIR in 1994, and has served on the SIR Executive Council. He obtained a BA from Harvard College and his medical degree from Harvard Medical School; pursued a residency in internal medicine at the University of California San Francisco, followed by a residency in diagnostic radiology and fellowship in interventional radiology at the University of California San Diego.





The 2020 SIR Gold Medals

The Gold Medal, the Society of Interventional Radiology's highest honor, is awarded not only for extraordinary service to SIR but to those who have ensured the future of interventional radiology by advancing the quality of medicine and patient care.

The Gold Medal presentations will take place on Sunday, March 29.


James F. Benenati, MD, FSIR


James F. Benenati, MD, FSIR, is a practicing interventional radiologist, medical director of the noninvasive vascular laboratory, and fellowship program director at the Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute (MCVI) at Baptist Hospital, where he has practiced since 1990. He also serves as head of interventional radiology at Radiology Associates of South Florida.

A clinical professor of radiology at the Florida International University Herbert Werthheim College of Medicine, Dr. Benenati also serves as vice chair of the new department of interventional radiology at the Florida International University School of Medicine and collaborative professor of radiology at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine. A past-president SIR, Dr. Benenati also chaired the 2005 SIR Annual Scientific Meeting. Dr. Benenati has also worked in a variety of roles within the Society including as chair of the Corporate Ambassadors Program. He delivered the Dr. Charles T. Dotter Lecture in 2014.

Dr. Benenati is the founding medical director of the Nova Southeastern University Health Sciences BS/ RVT program He served as president of the vascular division for the Intersocietal Accreditation Committee (IAC) and has served for over a decade on the IAC Vascular Testing Board.

A participant in numerous clinical research projects and national trials, his interests include peripheral arterial disease, abdominal aortic aneurysm therapy, management of pulmonary embolism, management of acute clot, and uterine fibroid embolization. He has also served as a program director of the International Symposium on Endovascular Therapy (ISET) for 30 years.

Dr. Benenati completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Notre Dame and attended medical school at the University of South Florida College of Medicine. He completed a diagnostic radiology residency at Indiana University School of Medicine and a fellowship in cardiovascular and interventional radiology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.


Michael C. Soulen, MD, FSIR

Michael C. Soulen


 Michael C. Soulen, MD, FSIR, is currently professor of radiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.


Dr. Soulen’s personal practice focuses on neuroendocrine tumors (NETs), the second-most prevalent GI malignancy. He is the founder of the NET Tumor Board at University of Pennsylvania and is the principal investigator of the RETNET trial, a global multi center randomized comparison of embolization techniques for NET liver metastases. He has chaired the North American Neuroendocrine Tumor Society Annual Meeting and is the first radiologist to sit on its board of directors. Dr. Soulen credits many mentors in his life, including his mother, SIR Founder and 2018 Gold Medal recipient Renate L. Soulen, MD, FSIR, for their support as he started the interventional radiology clinical service at the University of Pennsylvania.


Dr. Soulen has 13 years of service on the  SIR Executive Council and SIR Foundation’s Board of Directors, including as part of the Annual Scientific Meeting Committee and on the SIR Foundation Board as Research Education Division Chair. He also served on multiple committees including SIR’s RUC, CME, Council Advisory, Diversity Benchmarking and SIR Foundation Grant Review committees. He presented the Dr. Charles T. Dotter Lecture in 2010.  A champion for the growth of interventional oncology. He was annual meeting chair and president of the WCIO, now the Society of Interventional Oncology, where he serves on the board of directors. He c ompleted his residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, followed by fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.





David M. Williams, MD, FSIR


David M. Williams, MD, FSIR, is the Kyung J. Cho Professor of Radiology and professor of internal medicine at Michigan Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1983.

Dr. Williams is recognized as an international authority on endovascular treatment of aortic dissection, especially on the diagnosis and treatment of the many malperfusion syndromes that often accompany it. He is also an authority of central venous recanalization of the IVC and SVC and their major tributaries. He is author of more than 200 peer-reviewed articles, principally on these subjects.

Dr. Williams co-moderated the first SIR workshops on EVAR implantation using fluoroscopy and co-moderated SIR workshops for several years on venous recanalization. A clinical interventional radiologist for over 30 years, Dr. Williams maintains close collaborative relationships with cardiology, vascular surgery and thoracic surgery. In 2015 he received the League of Clinical Excellence Award from the University of Michigan Medical School.

Dr. Williams was born in Trenton, Mich., and graduated from Maryglade College in Memphis, Mich., with a B.A. in philosophy and obtained an M.A. in physics from Wayne State University in Detroit. After serving three years as a Navy medical physicist, he attended the University of Michigan medical school, where he completed his residency and IR specialty training. Dr. Williams notes that he owes a special debt to Kyung J. Cho, world authority on carbon dioxide vascular imaging and venous sampling and himself an SIR gold medal winner in 2012, helping him create his own IR philosophy and vision.