Michael D. Darcy, MD, a professor of radiology and an associate professor of surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has been awarded a Gold Medal from the Society of Interventional Radiology. The award was given in recognition of his distinguished and extraordinary service to the society as well as his achievements in advancing the quality of medicine and patient care through interventional radiology. The Gold Medal is the society’s highest honor.
Interventional radiologists use imaging techniques to guide minimally invasive surgical procedures to diagnose and treat many kinds of conditions. Darcy, a former chief of the interventional radiology section at the university’s Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, is known for his expertise in management of gastrointestinal bleeding and interventions on the portal vein that leads to the liver.
Darcy served as president of the society from 2002 to 2003, and as chair of the SIR Foundation from 2007 to 2009. The SIR Foundation supports research on innovative therapies using interventional radiology with the potential to improve patient care and quality of life. His contributions to the field were recognized previously when he was invited to deliver the Dr. Charles T. Dotter Lecture at the society’s 2016 meeting.