Gold Medal Policy

Gold Medal Nomination Policy of the Asia Pacific Society of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology (APSCVIR).



The APSCVIR Gold Medal was established in 2010 to recognize the excellence and lifetime achievements in Interventional Radiology among the Individual Members of APSCVIR. It will be bestowed to those who have made an exceptional contribution to the field by their outstanding achievements.


Criteria for Eligibility:

The APSCVIR Executive Committee (EC) will award the Gold Medal to Individual Members who have rendered extraordinary service to the Society or to the discipline of Interventional Radiology, such as education, basic research, clinical investigations, and activities in academic organizations or related groups.


Nomination of Candidates:

One Gold Medal nominee can be proposed by the EC members from each territory in APSCVIR. Two persons will be awarded at the Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM). Individual Members are eligible for this award. Each territory may nominate only one person each time.


Nomination Deadline:

The names of nominated candidates should be submitted to the APSCVIR Secretariat when called by the Executive Board in advance of each ASM.


Final Decision for the Award:

The EC will make the final decision with respect to the nominees for the Gold Medal at least 3 months before the ASM. The 2 successful Gold Medallists will be decided by a majority vote among the EC members. Each voting member of the EC will have 2 votes each.


Gold Medallist Acknowledgement:

APSCVIR Gold Medallists (past and present) who attend the APSCVIR ASM will be acknowledged at the meeting in the following ways:

  • 1)   Registration fee is waived (not inclusive of any social events not included in the registration)
  • 2)   A Gold Medallist lunch will be arranged for all past and present Gold Medallists attending the meeting, hosted by the Executive Board.


2021 Award

  • Yasuaki Arai


    Dr. Yasuaki Arai graduated from Jikei University School of Medicine in 1979 and completed Internal Medicine residency at the 2nd Tokyo National Hospital, and Radiology Residency at Aichi Cancer Center. He became Chair, Department of Diagnostic & Interventional Radiology, Aichi Cancer Center in 1997, Chair, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, National Cancer Center Hospital in 2004, and Chair, Interventional Radiology Center, National Cancer Center Hospital in 2015. He was appointed for the Director, National Cancer Center Hospital from 2012 to 2016, and is now the Executive Advisor to the President, National Cancer Center. His main clinical and research contributions have been in the interventional radiology, especially for interventional oncology. He is the author of over 100 original English papers in the field of interventional oncology. He is an associate editor of Journal of Interventional Radiology, Asia-Pacific journal of Clinical Oncology, and emeritus editor of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology. He has invented a lot of valuable techniques, devices and systems for interventional radiology, those include implantable port system, hepatic arterial infusion catheter system, Angio-CT (interventional CT) system, technique and devices of trans-jugular trans-hepatic peritoneo-venous shunt, Tip-deflecting microcatheter (Ninja). He had been a long-time board member of Japanese Society of Interventional Radiology (JSIR) and was the president from 2014 to 2017. He was also an annual meeting president of JSIR 2015. He founded Japan Interventional Radiology in Oncology Study Group (JIVROSG), and was the Chair. He was a course director of GEST (Global Embolization Symposium and Technology) for long years, and he was also the president of GEST Asia 2016 & 2018. He was an Executive Committee of Asia-Pacific Society of Cardio-Vascular and Interventional Radiology (APSCVIR). In addition, he has been doing important governmental works as a member of Pharmaceutical Affairs and Food Sanitation Council (PAFSC), MHL, Chair of Committee on Medical Device and In-vitro Diagnostic, Pharmaceutical Affairs Council, PAFSC, and Chair of Committee on Safety of Medical Device and Regenerative Device, Pharmaceutical Council, PAFSC.

  • Young-Soo Do

    South Korea

    Dr. Young Soo Do is renown internationally for his scientific contribution to interventional treatment of AVMs. Among his biggest achievements is the development of the Cho-Do classification of AVMs which serves as a basis for strategic approach to the treatment of different types of vascular malformations. Dr. Do has always been keen on sharing his knowledge and experience with his peers and those who wished to learn from him. Domestic and foreign doctors from various countries of Asia including Philippines, Vietnam, China, Japan, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia etc. have continuously visited Dr. Do’s AVM clinic at Samsung Medical Center. Dr. Do has also travelled to numerous Asian countries for live demonstrations with the aim of helping those respective countries to set up their clinical service for AVMs. Before and during his Presidency of KSIR (2015-2016), Dr. Do has constantly voiced the importance of international communication and education in the Asia-Pacific region. KSIR members have had the pleasure of witnessing the growth of IICIR (annual educational program with the aim of education young  interventional radiologists from the Asia-Pacific region) under the leadership of Dr. Do.

    Dr. Do has devoted his career to improving IR care in South Korea while serving as IR section chief and chief of radiology (2011-2015) at Samsung Medical Center in Seoul and as Secretary General (2007-2008), Vice President (2013-2014), and President (2015-2016) of KSIR. During this period, Dr. Do has played a pivotal role in reaching out to international societies and it is our society’s belief that his work represents, not only the Korean IR society, but the Asia-Pacific IR society as a whole. Based on his past contributions to the regional society, not to mention more contributions to be made in the future, Dr. Do is truly a role model for many interventional radiologists in the Asia-Pacific region.

2020 Awards

  • Shozo Hirota


    Dr Hirota is a pioneer who have rendered extraordinary service such as teaching, basic research, clinical investigations, and activities in academic organizations. He has made an outstanding achievements and exceptional contribution to interventional radiology for JSIR as well as APSCVIR. He has been working at Hyogo Medical College  Hospital until his retirement. He is still active and contributing to the Societies and disciplines.  Dr Shozo Hirota is the Emeritus professor of Hyogo College of Medicine and is also the Director of IR center at Konan Medical Center, Kobe, Japan. Dr Hirota had served in various roles including the Editorial Committee of  Japanese Journal of  Interventional Radiology,  Executive Council Member of Japanese Society of Interventional  Radiology, Chairman of the Japanese board certification of Interventional Radiology and Vice President of Japanese Society of Interventional Radiology.  He has contributed as an Asian Editor of Cardiovascuar and Interventional Radiology from 2009 to 2013.

    Contribution to research include interventional treatments regarding hepatic malignancies, pulmonary AVMs and gastric varices. Dr Hirota dedicated his research on balloon occluded reterobrade transvenous obliteration for gastric varices and ectopic shunts. His classification of gastric varces on retrograde venography has been called as Hirota’s grading score.

    Education contribution include tutoring more than 40 interventional radiologists where fifteen disciples had gained Doctor of Philosophy  under his guidance . Dr Hirota had given talks to members in symposium or lectures of domestic and international congress, including the annual scientific meeting of APSCVIR (formerly named APCCVIR), SCVIR and CIRSE. Dr Hirota had also organized the 10th APCCVIR successfully in Kobe, 2012 as chairman of the organising committee of APSCVIR and was the President of APSCVIR from 2012 to 2013.

  • Alex Tang


    Dr Tang has been a tremendous and long term supporter of APSCVIR as well as an outstanding leader and educator in his home country of Malaysia. Dr Tang was President of APSCVIR from 2008 to 2010 and hosted the Annual Scientific Meeting (then known as APCCVIR) in his home country of Malaysia in 2008. Dr Tang has been an active member of the APSCVIR Executive Committee since 2010. Since 2015, Dr Tang has been on the Board of Directors for APAITO (Asian Pacific Association of Image Guided Therapy in Oncology). Following his Radiology training in Malaysia, Dr Tang completed an Interventional Radiology fellowship at the Hammersmith in London and also completed further neurointerventional training at the Radcliffe Infirmary in Oxford.

    Dr Tang has been an inspiration in starting and supporting many educational courses in his country and many others in the region, with particular emphasis on neurointervention and interventional oncology.

    Dr Tang has been an active IR, both in clinical practice and academic activities. He was the Past President of the APSCVIR 2008-2010, Vice President, Malaysian Society of Interventional Radiologists 20012-2016, the founding member of the AP Society of Interventional Oncology and a board of director in the Asian Pacific Association in Imaged Guided Therapy in Oncology (APAITO).

    He is currently holding the position of senior consultant vascular & interventional radiologist at the Subang Jaya Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur. His major interests are endovascular revascularisation, stroke salvages, interventional oncology and management of vascular malformations.

2019 Awards

  • Abdul Samad Sakijan


    Dr. Sakijan was the professor of radiology with the National University of Malaysia and the pioneer in interventional radiology in Malaysia. He was the brain behind the establishment and setting up of IR services in the General Hospital, the then national training center in diagnostic and interventional radiology in mid 1980’s to late 1990’s. He had put in tremendous efforts and time, in teaching the young radiologists, motivating and laid a strong foundation of IR in Malaysia. He set the mile stones and precedents in the superiority of the technology in IR and became the yardstick in the line of precision medicine.

    Dr Sakijan was the first in Malaysia to start various IR procedures, including image guided percutaneous aspiration and biopsies, PTBD including plastic and metallic stenting, TACE, TIPSS, embolisation of arterial bleeding in the lungs, GIT and GUT, nephrostomy and urinary tract stenting, IVC filter placement, etc. His innovative skills and technical know how is exemplary.

    He is a highly respected mentor and professor in radiology. His efforts, good works and reputation has gained trust and confident of the other clinical specialties in the local institutions; in entrusting the IR as a subspecialty and seeking IR treatments for their patients in time of urgent needs.

    Despite his retirement from the academic roles, Dr. Sakijan remains active in teaching and performing IR procedures in his resident hospital, as well as supporting IR services in the National Heart Institute. Dr. Sakijan deserves the recognition of his hard works and contributions in IR, both the Malaysia and in the regions.

    Dr Sakijan was among the founding members of APSCVIR in 1991. Despite his passive role, his enthusiasm and immense efforts in promoting IR in Malaysia is undeniable.

  • Gao-Jun Teng


    Dr. Gao-Jun Teng is a professor of Radiology and the Chair of the Center of Interventional Radiology and Vascular Surgery at Zhongda Hospital, Southeast University in Nanjing, China. He served as the President of Zhongda Hospital since 2014.

    Dr. Teng finished his medical education in 1982, resident training in radiology in 1986, and interventional radiology fellowship in 1987. He was a research fellow of interventional radiology in Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center from 1995 to 1998.

    Dr. Teng has been focusing on both clinical practice and basic research in interventional radiology since 1987. He has extensive experiences in various interventional procedures such as interventional oncology, spinal interventions, vascular interventions, etc. He has many innovations of new devices and techniques in his interventional practice, including a series of irradiation stents for malignant obstructions with esophageal cancer, liver cancer, biliary carcinoma, and lung cancer; a new spiral automated lumbar nucleotomy that has been used to treat thousands of patients in China; and a novel endovascular ablation system for cancer pain, diabetic foot, etc.

    Dr. Teng has published more than 300 papers, 10 books or chapters, and many patents. As one of early IRs in China, he has run more than 80 workshops and trained over 6,000 IRs in China in the past 20 years. As a mentor of Ph.D. and M.S, Dr. Teng has taught more than 100 Ph.D. and M.S. graduates. He served many Chinese IR journals as IR Editors, the Editor-in-Chief of Chinese Journal of Interventional Radiology being an example, and also served many international IR journals, such as the Associate Editor of CVIR, Associate Editor of JVIR, etc.

    He was the chair of Radiology, Zhongda Hospital, Southeast University in Nanjing, China during 1998 to 2016, and was the Dean of Medical School, Southeast University from 2009 to 2014. Dr. Teng has been the President of Zhongda Hospital since 2014. During his administrative terms, he merged vascular surgery into his IR department, with over 100 dedicated IR inpatient service beds, turning it into one of the new models of clinical specialty practice.

    Dr. Teng is the current President of the Chinese College of Interventionalists (CCI) since 2017, the Past President of the Chinese Society of Interventional Radiology (CSIR), and the Immediate Past President of Asia-Pacific Society of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology (APSCVIR) for the term of 2018-2020. He has been a fellow of SIR since 2008 and a fellow of CIRSE since 2013. He has been awarded many national and international prizes including 3 times of National Scientific and Technology Award, Distinguished Fellow of CIRSE (2015), and Gold Medal of SIR (2017).

  • Masatoshi Okazaki


    Dr. Okazaki is one of the founders of Japan Society of Interventional Radiology (JSIR). He has given great effort in developing clinical and research activities in IR in Japan as 3rd President of JSIR between year 2002 and 2008. Dr. Okazaki has provided remarkably dedicated and effective service to the Japan Interventional radiology year after year. He has been scientific meeting chairperson for the 30th Japanese Society of Angiography and Interventional Radiology as well as the 45th Annual Meeting of Liver Cancer Study Group of Japan.

    Currently he is the Emeritus Professor in Fukuoka University.

2018 Awards

  • Robert Allen


    Dr Robert Allen has been one of the founding fathers of Interventional Radiology in Australia and New Zealand. He has been a major contributor to the development of the discipline locally and to the training of a generation of Australian and New Zealand interventional radiologists. The Interventional Radiology Society of Australasia (IRSA) is proud to nominate Robert Allen for the APSCVIR Gold Medal in 2018.

    Dr Allen graduated in medicine from the University of Sydney. He trained in radiology at the Austen Hospital in the Australian state of Victoria. Upon graduation in 1974 he spent a year driving through Asia with his wife, Marilyn and three-year old daughter, Deirdre. They drove from Singapore through Malaysia, Thailand, India (where he worked for two months), Nepal, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Turkey and Iran and finally to London. He then worked for 2 years in the Radiology department in the Kings Hospital London.

    Dr Allen returned to Australia in 1978 as the director of Radiology in the Wooden Valley Hospital in Canberra. He has remained in Canberra for the 40 years since and forged a career in IR as both an innovative proceduralist and an inventor. In those early days of IR, he not only designed his own procedures but custom built the prostheses which he would use. He has been inventing devices his entire life. In his adolescence, he had built a pistol, a rifle and an electronic toothbrush which functioned well for 40 years. He also experimented with blasting powder and had a near fatal accident at the age of 14 when an experiment went wrong and he lost his left hand in the explosion.

    Despite having one hand, he has built a stellar career as an Interventional Radiologist. He has designed many interventional radiology procedures and devices, including the Allen aspiration embolectomy system, pump assisted biliary drainage, the “arachnis pentapredis” (a self-made device to allow reconstruction of benign biliary injuries and strictures) and “fast urokinase” a technique to accelerate the thrombolytic action of urokinase. There are too many other inventions to list. He is more an inventor than a publisher, a common trait of inventive genius.

    Dr Allen has spent his life teaching and has trained many radiologists in his Interventional Radiology techniques. His “disciples” extend the length and breadth of Australia and New Zealand and remain indebted to their teacher. Robert was awarded the Interventional Radiology of Australasia (IRSA) Gold Medal in 2013. He remains in active Interventional radiology practice in Canberra.

  • Nara Vaeusorn


    Professor Emeritus Nara Vaeusorn has obtained his medical degree from Mahidol university, Bangkok, Thailand and had completed a diploma of American Board of Radiology in Radiotherapy and Nuclear Medicine from The Johns Hopkins University Hospital, Maryland, USA, after which he was certified in Radiologic Pathology by the Armed Forces Institute-Pathology (AFIP), Washington D.C. and Thai Board in Diagnostic Radiology from the Royal College of Radiologists of Thailand. Dr. Vaeusorn had attended fellowship in Vascular Radiology and Interventional Radiology twice, at Lund, Uppsala and Karolinska University Hospital, Sweden and Utrecht University Hospital, Netherlands. He had also received a certificate in Medical Care and Public Health from the International Summer School, University of Osla, Norway.

    With his main interests including interventional radiology, vascular radiology and diagnostic imaging, for over fifty years Dr. Vaeusorn has devoted to education and has been teaching at Department of Radiology, Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University. Dr. Vaeusorn had received several distinguished awards for invention of new medical equipment, outstanding medical instructor and publications from Mahidol University, Distinguished award from the Medical Association of Thailand as an outstanding doctor of the year 1994 and Distinguished award as “The Doctor of the Year 1995 – the Fourth Asian Achievement Award” from the Asian Business Forum, Singapore.

2016 Awards

  • Ke Xu


    Dr. Ke Xu started to dabble in the treatment and clinical study of Budd-Chiari syndrome (BCS) in 1988, under the guidance of Professor Kaneko Masao and Professor Takahashi Genyichilao in Hamamachi Medical University. He has first proposed a “bidirectional location and the remote identification of IVC for open technology” and completed China’s first segmental occlusion of Budd-Chiari syndrome treated by intervention, and the first TIPS for gastrointestinal bleeding caused by liver cirrhosis and portal hypertension. So far, he has published more than 300 papers cited for more than 2,500 times, and has gained 6 national patents, 1 second and 1 third prize of national scientific and technological progress, and trained 106 doctoral and postdoctoral students.

  • Kyu-Bo Sung

    Republic of Korea

    Dr. Kyu-Bo Sung joined Asan Medical Center (AMC) in 1990, where he started developing and introducing numerous interventional radiology procedures. During his 26 years of career at AMC, he has trained 43 Radiologists into Interventional Radiologists, the number of which is about 20% of Korean Society of Interventional Radiology (KSIR) members. Dr. Sung’s has made great contributions in treating the complications after Living Donor Liver Transplatation, and has  published 150 articles in Science-Index Journal. In 2011, he gave the ‘Man Chung Han lecture’ at the annual meeting of Korean Society of Interventional Radiology. In 2013, Dr. Sung received the 1st Daewoong Medical Award, Clinical Liver Transplantation Research.

  • Osamu Matsui


    Dr. Osamu Matsui started his carrier as a specialist in angiography in 1978. He introduced CT during arterial portography (CTAP) in late 1970s and subsegemntal Lipiodol TACE with microcatheter system in late 1980s. His main clinical and research contributions have been in the Diagnostic Imaging and Interventional Radiology, especially for liver cancer. He is the author of more than 450 original English papers which appeared in Medline. He is now an associate editor of gastrointestinal section of “Radiology”, the official journal of RSNA. He was selected one of the distinguished scientists of Japan in 2009 by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

2014 Awards

  • Jae Hyung Park

    Republic of Korea

    Dr Park obtained his MD degree in 1972 and PhD in 1981 from Seoul National University. He completed his Radiology Residency in 1977 at the Seoul National University Hospital. He spent a year as Research Fellow with the Department of Radiology at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston, USA in 1983/84. Dr Park was Professor of Radiology at the Seoul National University Medical College from 1980 too 2012 after which he retired and joined Gachon University Gil Medical Center.

    Dr Park has been the past President of several societies includig the Korean Society of Molecular Imaging (2003-2004), Biomedical Engineering Society for Circulatory Disorder (2005-2007), Asian Society of Cardiac Imaging (2007) and Asia Pacific Society of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology (2010-2012). He was involved in the organisation of several large scale conferences including te 5th Asia-Oceania Congress of Radiology in 1987, the 1st Asian- Pacific Congress of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology in 1993 an again 2010 and the 50th Anniversary Scientific Meeting of Korean Radiological Society in 1995.

    Dr Park has a distinguished academic career. He has published more than 210 papers in peer reviewed international English journals and is the Editor/Co-Editor of 2 books – ‘Interventional Radiology’ by Han & Park (1999) and ‘Cardiovascular Imaging’ by Park JH (2008). He was the Associate Editor of JVIR from 1996-1999 and sits on the Editorial Board of Journal of Technique in Vascular and Interventional Radiology since 2004.

    As a pioneer of Interventional Radiology, Dr Park has rendered extraordinary service in the fields of teaching basic research, clinical investigations and activities in academic organizations. he has made exceptional contributions to Interventional Radiology for both the KSIR as well as the APSCVIR. He established “the International Intensive Course for Interventional Radiology (IICIR)* in 2002 to train young IR doctors in the Asia Pacific region. This annual course has been running continuously in Seoul since its inception and is in its 12th year.

  • Sanjiv Sharma


    Dr Sharma graduated from Delhi University (Maulana Azad Medical College) in 1977 and obtained his MD (Radio-diagnosis) degree from the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & research in 1982 (recipient of the highest order of merit). He was the recipient of the M.L. WIG Gold Medal for Clinical Research in 1990 at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi. He was awarded the WHO Fellowship in 1996 and spent some time with the Cardiovascular & Interventional Radiology Divisions at the University of California (San Francisco), Brigham & Women Hospital and the Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA.

    Dr Sharma is currently Professor and Head, Dept of Cardiac Radiology at AIIMS. He has been the past President of the Asia Pacific Society of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology (APSCVIR) from 2004 to 2006 and the Indian Society of Vascular & Interventional Radiology (ISVIR) from 2003 to 2006. He is Chairman of the Research & Education Foundation of the ISVIR since 2009 and is the National Coordinator for the Indian National Registry of Vascular and Interventional Procedures since 1999. He is also the Editor/Associate Editor of CVIR and JVIR journals since 2009 and 2010 respectively.

    Dr Sharma has lectured and published widely. He has delivered 342 guest lectures and presentations in various meetings and teaching programs. He has published 228 scientific papers in peer-reviewed international and national journals and 38 book chapters.

    Dr Sharma has contributed much to the development of Interventional Radiology in the Asia Pacific Region. He started IR programs in the neighbouring countries of Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan by training the local manpower both in their home countries and at AIIMS; and by conducting workshops and CME programs in the local hospitals and universities to establish IR procedures locally and create awareness about IR among the local physicians, surgeons and allied specialists.

2012 Awards

  • Hideo Uchida

    Nara Medical University, Japan

    1961 Graduated Nara Medical University
    1965 Assistant of Radiology, Osaka University School of Medicine
    1972 Assistant Professor of Radiology, Osaka University School of Medicine
    1979-2001 Professor of Radiology, Nara Medical University
    2001- Present Emeritus Professor, Nara Medical University and Chairman of IVR Center in Daiyukai General Hospital.

    President, The 3rd International Symposium of Interventional Radiology and New Vascular Imaging (1990, Nara, Japan)

  • Li, Lin-sun

    Nanjing Medical University Hospital, China

    1957 ~ 1962 Nanjing Medical University, MD
    1962 ~ 1967 Resident in Surgery, Nanjing Medical University Hospital
    1962 ~ 1974 Attending Thoracic surgeon, Nanjing Medical University Hospital
    1974 ~ 1986 Attending Radiologist, associate Professor, Radiologist, Nanjing Medical University Hospital
    1986 ~ 1987 Fellow, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Australia
    1987 ~ Present Professor of Radiology, Nanjing Medical University Hospital Position of Medical Association
    1990 Founder member of The first Chinese society of Interventional Radiology
    1994~1997 Vice-Chairman of Chinese society of Interventional Radiology
    1997~ Presdien Adviser of Chinese society of Interventional Radiology
  • Ryusaku Yamada

    Osaka City University School of Medicine, Japan

    1962 Tottori University School of Medicine graduation
    1967 Osaka City University Postgraduate School graduation
    1974 Osaka City University Hospital: lecturer
    1980 Osaka City University School of Medicine: Associate Professor
    1981 Wakayama Prefectural Medical College: Professor
    1995 Japanese Radiological Society, Honorary Member
    1995- Osaka City University School of Medicine: Professor

    President, The 4th International Symposium of Interventional Radiology and New Vascular Imaging (1994, Kyoto, Japan)

  • Thomson, Kenneth

    The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Australia

    Prof. Kenneth Thomson has been a pioneering Interventional Radiologist in Australia and New Zealand. He was born in New Zealand but has spent his Radiology career based in Melbourne, Australia. He has expertise in cardiovascular and interventional radiology and is a foundation member of the Society of Minimally Invasive Therapy and the Interventional Radiology Society of Australasia. He has published and lectured widely on aspects of interventional radiology and his research interests are vascular stents, molecular imaging, endografts and therapeutic embolic agents. He has been President of the Asian & Oceanian Society of Radiology. President, The 3rd Asia-Pacific Congress of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology (1997, Melbourne, Australia)

2010 Awards

  • Han, Man Chung

    Republic of Korea

    Dr. Han Man Chung, Professor Emeritus of SNU’s College of Medicine and former head of Seoul National University (SNU) Hospital, is a respected doctor who has made global-scale advancements in angiography and interventional radiology. He is also famous as a doctor who overcame cancer. Dr Han introduced cardiovascular angiography using the Seldinger technique in Korea in 1971 which subsequently was put into use nationwide. Dr. Han also introduced the concept of IR in the Korean Journal of Radiology under the name of Active Radiology in 1978, presenting new procedures that were in application then, such as biliary stone removal, biliary drainage, GI bleeding control with epinephrine infusion, and hepatic artery embolization.

    The first congress (APCCVIR) was held in Seoul, Korea, in 1993. Dr. Han Man Chung chaired the inaugural congress which brought together participants from 22 countries (mostly from the Asia-Pacific region) and greatly contributed to the advancement of IR in the area. Since then the congress has been hosted by a different country in the Asia-Pacific region biannually.

    Dr Han had also co-authored a book entitled Interventional Radiology which was published in 1998.

  • Hiramatsu, Kyoichi


    1959 Graduated Kanazawa Univ. School of Medicine
    1967 Fellow in Radiology, Harvard Medical School (Peter Bent Brigham Hospital)
    1971 Assistant Professor of Radiology, Keio Univ. School of Medicine
    1976 Associate Professor of Radiology, Keio Univ. School of Medicine
    1991-2000 Professor of Radiology, Keio Univ. School of Medicine
    2000- 2000- present Visiting Professor, Keio Univ. School of Medicine
  • Tan, Lenny


    Professor Lenny Tan is currently Professor of Radiology at the Department of Diagnostic Radiology, National University Singapore (NUS) as well as the Emeritus Consultant at Department of Diagnostic Imaging, National University Hospital (NUH). He is also Director, Development & Outreach Unit, Faculty of Medicine, National University of Singapore, Acting Director/Senior Clinical Advisor, Clinical Imaging Research Centre (CIRC) and Clinical Director at National Healthcare Group Diagnostics. His previous appointments included being Dean, Faculty of Medicine, NUS; Chairman, Medical Board, NUH; Chairman, Specialist Training Committee (Radiology), Director, Graduate School of Medical Studies, NUS; Head, Dept of Diagnostic Radiology, NUS; Head, Dept of Diagnostic Radiology, Singapore General Hospital and Director, School of Radiography.

    Prof Tan is widely recognized as the Father of Interventional Radiology (IR) in Singapore. He has made immense contribution to the field of IR not just in Singapore but also internationally. He was the founding President of Asia Pacific Society of Cardio Vascular and Interventional Radiology (APSCVIR) in 1990 and became its President again in 2000. He was also the past President of International Society of Radiology (ISR) from 1994-1998 and Asian Oceanic Society of Radiology (AOSR) from 2004-2006. Prof Tan has organized several large scale radiological conferences including WCIO (2008), AOCR (2004, 2001), APCCVIR (2000), ICR (1994) and delivered numerous lectures on IR at innumerable national and international conferences.

    Prof Tan’s awards include the Public Administration Medal – Silver awarded by the President of Singapore (National Day Award, 1982), the Beclere Medal, International Society of Radiology (2000) and the National Healthcare Group Lifetime Achievement Award (2006).