Left to right: Dr. Tara Graham (CAIR Board President), Tara Utley (Canon Medical’s VL Product Manager Canada), Luciana Nechita (CAIR Executive Director)

The Canadian Association for Interventional Radiology and Canon Medical will focus on strengthening the interests of females in the practice of Interventional Radiology.

Our joint commitment was announced on Thursday, May 27 at the “Women in IR” Cocktail Reception this past annual scientific meeting. To illustrate this under-representation, read the article: Women in Interventional Radiology: Exploring the Gender Disparity in Canada.

This year’s event created a new opportunity and opened the door for more to join the conversation. The reception space was over capacity. Quite different as explained by Dr. Tara Graham, CAIR Board President when only four of her female colleagues gathered to discuss their challenges and success in past years. Tara Utley, Senior Product Manager – Vascular at Canon Medical Systems Canada was a previous IR Technologist, and expressed her passion to see females in this specialty flourish.  Through education, mentorship, and conversation this five-year program is on course to empower existing and future Women in Interventional Radiology.