There’s a story behind every woman working in IR. This September, as part of the Women in Medicine month, we are happy to offer you an insight into their inspiring journeys – if you’d like to participate in an Women in IR interview or you’d like to recommend someone to be interviewed, please contact us for more information.

Dr. Tara Graham is the current Chief of Vascular and Interventional Radiology at Trillium Health Partners and Lecturer at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine. She completed her Interventional Radiology training at University Health Network in Toronto in 2013 and has served on the CAIR board since 2014. Her practice includes Interventional Oncology, peripheral vascular disease and aortic interventions. She is the current Vice President of CAIR and Scientific Director of the CAIR annual meeting.

What brought you to interventional radiology?

I was initially drawn to the procedural element of the practice having previously considered a career in surgery and starting my training in anesthesiology. Ultimately IR lured me away from the OR.  The breadth of disease that IRs treat as well as the varying acuity of the cases makes it an exciting and challenging specialty. We are often asked to solve complex, high-stake problems that require innovation and sound clinical and technical decision making. It keeps life interesting!

What is one thing that is exciting about the future of IR?

I think that one of the most exciting aspects of IR is our evolving role in multidisciplinary care. In my relatively short time in practice, I have seen IRs truly become a core member of the clinical care team. Our perspective and expertise has become an essential part of patient care and is invaluable to the community we serve.

What is one remarkable moment/achievement in your career?

Program building has been one of the most rewarding parts of my career. Working with my colleagues to develop and grow the Interventional Oncology program at THP is a highlight. I have also worked closely with our vascular surgeons to continue to grow the advanced aortic practice at our institution. It takes a lot of commitment, patience and collaboration to program build, but the success of the programs is very satisfying.

Any hobbies, what do enjoy doing outside of work?

I try and cycle when I can. Catch me on Zwift if you can!

What is one interesting thing you want to share with us about you? 

When I’m not at the hospital, I’m home with my son Sebastian. I’ve already started him on the IR conference circuit and you may spot him at upcoming meetings as possibly the youngest attendee!