Jeanne LaBerge, MD, FSIR Receives SIR Gold Medal

The Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) presented its highest acknowledgement, the SIR Gold Medal, to Jeanne M. LaBerge, MD, FSIR, during its Annual Scientific Meeting in Washington, DC, held March 4-9, 2017. “It is a great honor to receive the Gold Medal Award from the Society of Interventional Radiology,” said Dr. LaBerge “The SIR has led the way in innovation, collaboration and improved patient care. It has been a privilege to work with members of the organization to spearhead a new training program for Interventional Radiologists.”

Interventional radiology has provided innovative care for patients for more than 40 years and has never stopped defining the future of medicine and adapting to the ever-evolving health care landscape,” commented SIR President Charles E. Ray Jr., MD, FSIR. “Gold Medal recipients embody the inspiration and promise of IR’s limitless potential.” The award nomination noted Dr. LaBerge’s “significant impact on IR clinical practice, IR education, and IR research.”

“Dr. LaBerge has contributed extensively to the Society of Interventional Radiology and has given innumerable presentations at the scientific meeting.  She has been an important part of the SIR leadership for over two decades and was a previous Chairperson of the Scientific Program,” commented Robert K. Kerlan Jr., MD, FSIR, chief of interventional radiology in the UCSF Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging. “She is a recognized world leader in developing and refining the Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt (TIPS) procedure. Moreover, she is one of the principal architects of the Interventional Radiology Residency program.”

Jeanne LaBerge, MD, FSIR is a professor in residence at UCSF, and is chief of interventional radiology at UCSF’s Mount Zion campus. Dr. LaBerge is known for focus on education and training, as well as for her clinical interests in portal hypertension and hepatobiliary interventional radiology. She has assumed several prominent roles within radiology leadership, such as her selection to the American Board of Radiology (ABR) Board of Trustees. She also served as a member of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Residency Review Committee for radiology. In her leadership roles at ABR and ACGME, Dr. LaBerge has been instrumental in the development and implementation of the new IR Residency and IR/DR certificate—a landmark achievement for interventional radiology and a transformative event in IR training. In 2011, Dr. LaBerge delivered the annual SIR keynote address, the Dr. Charles T. Dotter Lecture. She has been a Fellow of SIR since 1992. She received the UCSF Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging Outstanding Alumnus award in 2016.

Dr. LaBerge received her MS in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 1976 and her medical degree from the University of Utah School of Medicine in 1980; completing her residency in radiology from UCSF in 1984, which was followed by a fellowship in angiography/interventional radiology from UCSF in 1985. She joined the UCSF Faculty upon completion of her fellowship.