November 7, 2017
Panel on the Role of Interventional Radiology in Trauma Cases Held on Capitol Hill
November 8, 2017—The Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) held a panel discussion in conjunction with United States Representative Mia Love (R-UT) on the role of interventional radiologists, including the use of imaging guidance and the minimally invasive procedures they perform, as part of trauma teams responding to mass casualty incidents.
The event highlighted the medical care experiences of United States Representative Steve Scalise (R-LA) and Matthew Mika, Director of Government Relations at Tysons Food, both of whom were shot several times on June 14 during a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia.
Arshad A. Kahn, MD, FSIR, a senior interventional radiologist at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC, treated Rep. Scalise and was able to quickly stop his major bleeding with the use of embolization.
“It’s remarkable, the work that they did to keep me alive,” said Rep. Scalise. “I appreciate the work of our trauma doctors, especially Dr. Kahn.”
The panel also explored issues that limit access to adequate and timely trauma care. Rep. Love, who represents Utah’s 4th Congressional District, is sponsoring the bill, H.R. 1167, the Enhancing Opportunities for Medical Doctors Act. According to the SIR, this bill will help fill training gaps found in rural and underserved areas by expanding access to residency slots among rural programs, new medical schools, and new primary medical specialties.
Rep. Love commented, “With the growing shortage of graduate medical education residency slots across the nation, I am working to solve this issue so that we can fill the gap in the education of our needed health care providers.”
Libby Schroeder, MD, FACS, a trauma surgeon at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, DC, who treated Mr. Mika, commented, “It is an ongoing challenge to try and improve access to care, whether it’s having more surgeons trained in areas like acute care surgery in more rural areas to be able to stabilize and intervene, as well as improving access to [specialty options] like interventional radiology.”
Saher S. Sabri, MD, FSIR, Director of Interventional Radiology at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, commented on the impact that the bill could have on the field of interventional radiology.
“We need more physicians who are specialized in [interventional radiology] in rural areas. Part of the issue is that we have a lot of ability and capacity to train new residents to be future interventional radiologists, but centers often stop short of accepting new trainees because of funding. We hope this bill can help with that and reallocate slots to help fill these positions.”
The event was held on International Day of Radiology, which commemorates the invention of the x-ray and was focused on the role of radiology in emergency care.