A founding member and executive of the Canadian Association for Interventional Radiology, dr. Martin Simons’ contribution to VIR medical education in Canada and abroad is immense. His role as a staff at UHN/MSH VIR for greater than 20 years has directly contributed to the most number of fellowship trained interventional radiologists in Canada. With the help of his colleagues, he has developed one of the most competitive and desirable Canadian VIR Fellowships. More recently, he was involved in gaining Royal College Interventional Radiology Subspecialty designation and developing the Interventional Radiology Residency Subspecialty Training Requirements/Objectives of Training.

Dr. Simons has made a significant contribution to Interventional Radiology scientific literature and daily clinical practice. He has regularly published in leading VIR journals on various clinically relevant topics. His main contributions have been in the fields of vascular malformations (high and low flow), hepatobiliary intervention including TIPS, uterine fibroid embolization, and hemodialysis vascular access. Moreover, Dr. Simons has established the largest prostate artery embolization practice in Ontario. He is also pushing the envelope by initiating a multidisciplinary study on left gastric embolization in the bariatric population. These are monumental accomplishments that ensure the ongoing role of VIR in providing cutting-edge patient-care.