Credentialing Statements


A primary goal of the Society of Interventional Radiology is ensuring high-quality outcomes and patient safety in vascular and interventional radiology. The clinical practice guidelines of the Society of Interventional Radiology attempt to define practice principles that generally should assist in producing high quality medical care. These guidelines are voluntary and are not rules. A physician may deviate from these guidelines, as necessitated by the individual patient and available resources. These practice guidelines should not be deemed inclusive of all proper methods of care or exclusive of other methods of care that are reasonably directed towards the same result. Other sources of information may be used in conjunction with these principles to produce a process leading to high quality medical care. The ultimate judgment regarding the conduct of any specific procedure or course of management must be made by the physician, who should consider all circumstances relevant to the individual clinical situation. Adherence to the SIR Quality Improvement Program will not assure a successful outcome in every situation. It is prudent to document the rationale for any deviation from the suggested practice guidelines in the department policies and procedure manual or in the patientís medical record.

1. Response to ACC/ACP/SCAI/SVMB/SVS Clinical Competence Statement on Catheter-Based Peripheral Vascular Interventions
Pre-press Copy -- This Commentary will appear in the January 2005 issue of the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology (Accepted for publication by JVIR October 20, 2004)
David Sacks, M.D.
Standards Division Councilor, SIR

2. Training Standards for Physicians Performing Peripheral Angioplasty and Other Percutaneous Peripheral Vascular Interventions: A Statement for Health Professionals from the Special Writing Group of the Councils on Cardiovascular Radiology, Cardio-Thoracic and Vascular Surgery, and Clinical Cardiology, the American Heart Association
David C. Levin, Gary J. Becker, Gerald Dorros, Jerry Goldstone, Spencer B. King, III, James M. Seeger, James B. Spies, John A. Spittell, Jr, and Lewis Wexler
J Vasc Interv Radiol 2003 14: S359-S361.

3. Credentials for Peripheral Angioplasty: Comments on Society of Cardiac Angiography and Intervention Revisions
David Sacks, Gary J. Becker, and Terence A.S. Matalon
J Vasc Interv Radiol 2003 14: S363-S367.

4. Training Standards for Physicians Performing Uterine Artery Embolization for Leiomyomata: Consensus Statement Developed by the Task Force on Uterine Artery Embolization and the Standards Division of the Society of Interventional Radiology—August 2000
James Spies, Gerry Niedzwiecki, Scott Goodwin, Nilesh Patel, Robert Andrews, Robert Worthington-Kirsch, John Lipman, Lindsay Machan, David Sacks, Keith Sterling, and Curtis Lewis
J Vasc Interv Radiol 2003 14: S369-S371.

5. Position Statement: Documenting Physician Experience for Credentials for Peripheral Arterial Procedures—What You Need to Know: A Consensus Statement Developed by the Standards Division of the Society of Interventional Radiology
Curtis A. Lewis, David Sacks, John F. Cardella, and Tricia E. McClenny
J Vasc Interv Radiol 2003 14: S373.

6. Credentials for Uterine Artery Embolization
James B. Spies, MD, and David Sacks, MD
J Vasc Interv Radiol 2004; 15:111–113.

7. Training, Competency, and Credentialing Standards for Diagnostic Cervicocerebral Angiography, Carotid Stenting, and Cerebrovascular Intervention
John J. Connors, III, MD, David Sacks, MD, Anthony J. Furlan, MD, Warren R. Selman, MD, Eric J. Russell, MD, Philip E. Stieg, MD, PhD, and Mark N. Hadley, MD, for the NeuroVascular Coalition Writing Group
J Vasc Interv Radiol 2004; 15:1347-1356.

8. Carotid Stenting, Stroke Prevention, and Training
David Sacks, MD, and John J. Connors, III, MD
J Vasc Interv Radiol 2009; 20:S302-S305.

9. Training Guidelines for Intra-arterial Catheter Directed Treatment of Acute Ischemic Stroke
J.J. "Buddy" Connors, M.D., FSIR; David Sacks, M.D., FSIR; Carl M. Black, M.D.; E. Bruce McIff, M.D., FSIR; MJB Stallmeyer, M.D., Ph.D.; John Cole, M.D., M.S.; Joan C. Wojak, M.D.; Robert Mericle, M.D.; and Kieran J. Murphy, M.D., FSIR

10. Requirements for Training in Interventional Radiology
Daniel A. Siragusa, MD, John F. Cardella, MD, Robert A. Hieb, MD, John A. Kaufman, MD, MS, Hyun S. Kim, MD, Boris Nikolic, MD, MBA, Sanjay Misra, MD, Scott A. Resnick, MD, Wael E. Saad, MD, Geogy Vatakencherry, MD, and Michael J. Wallace, MD
J Vasc Interv Radiol,2013;24:1609-1612