FAIRFAX, Va.Society of Interventional Radiology member Barry T. Katzen, M.D., FSIR, an interventional radiologist and founder and medical director of Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute in Miami, Fla., was awarded this year's Vascular Disease Foundation's Julius H. Jacobson II MD Award for Physician Excellence. This prestigious award recognizes outstanding contributions to physician education, leadership or patient care in vascular disease.
"For more than 30 years, I've been committed to the improved diagnosis and treatment of vascular diseases andin particularto increasing public awareness," said Katzen, past president of SIR, a national organization of nearly 4,700 doctors, scientists and allied health professionals dedicated to improving health care through minimally invasive treatments. "I'm humbled by this honor, and I want to share it with my colleagues with whom I've worked over the years: those in interventional radiology, vascular surgery, interventional cardiology and clinical medicine," added Katzen, who is also clinical professor of radiology at the University of South Florida College of Medicine.
"Interventional radiology is about patient care, research, safety andabove allcollaboration. Dr. Katzen's work in all these areas is groundbreaking," said SIR President Timothy P. Murphy, M.D., FSIR. "Dr. Katzen has been an outstanding leader in endovascular interventions for more than 30 years. He is an excellent clinician, a remarkable teacher, a dedicated investigator and a visionary innovator who has advanced endovascular interventions," added Murphy, an interventional radiologist and director of the Vascular Disease Research Center at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence. He noted that Katzen "has pioneered many of the methods of percutaneous transluminal angioplasty or PTA, popularized fibrinolytic therapy and instituted the use of 'live-case' tutorials for vascular education, which has evolved into a teaching tool for procedur
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