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Format: 04/18/2014
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Society of Interventional Radiology awards Gold Medal to Gordon K. McLean, MD, FSIR, FACR

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Distinction recognizes his ‘extraordinary contributions to the field’

PITTSBURGH, April 12, 2011 - Gordon K. McLean, MD, FSIR, FACR, Chief of the Division of Interventional Radiology at West Penn Allegheny Health System, was awarded a Gold Medal by the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR), recognizing his extraordinary contributions to the field, dedicated service to the Society and distinguished career achievements in interventional radiology. 

The award was presented at the Society’s annual meeting March 26-31 in Chicago.

Dr. McLean is widely regarded as both a pioneer of interventional radiology procedures and an important leader in the growth of SIR. Fellow society members cited his educational background, unique style, high level of credibility, and major contributions to the science and practice of interventional radiology in awarding him the Gold Medal.

Dr. McLean completed a residency in diagnostic radiology at the University of Pennsylvania and remained there for the next decade as a faculty member and Chief of the Department of Radiology’s Angiography/Interventional Radiology section. He joined West Penn Hospital in 1989 as Chief of Angiography/Interventional Radiology and is a fellow of the American College of Radiology as well as the SIR.

He was one of the original innovators of hepatobiliary and gastrointestinal interventional procedures and has been involved in the development of original techniques and devices for the past three decades. He has published nearly 100 scientific papers including a 1991 landmark paper on angioplasty in patients with SFA (superficial femoral artery) disease.

During his years of service on the SIR Executive Council, Dr. McLean worked tirelessly to ensure that the coding methodology for interventional radiology procedures would be accepted by Medicare and that IR services were appropriately valued. He was one of the first presidents of the Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology Research and Education Foundation (CIRREF) and played an important role in establishing the foundation as a major resource for IR research funding.


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