Each year, the WCIO programming committee works to provide attendees with a premiere educational event by inviting trusted and experience faculty from all over the world to lend their expertise in the field of interventional oncology.
Kieran P. J. Murphy, MD, FRCPC, FSIR is Vice Chair and Director of Research and Professor of Neurointerventional Radiology in the Department of Medical Imaging at the University of Toronto. Dr. Murphy joins the ranks of highly experienced and knowledgable speakers at this year's premier event for interventional oncology. IO Insights recently spoke with Dr. Murphy to discuss his goals as a speaker at WCIO 2016, what he hopes attendees will take away from his session and his advice for those attending a WCIO event for the first time.
IO Insights: What is your session for WCIO 2016?
Dr. Kieran Murphy: Musculoskeletal & Palliative Care Interventions.
IO: What is your overall goal for this session and who is the ideal audience for this session?
KM: My goal is to educate the attendees and ensure they feel competent to perform these procedures when they return home. This session is intended for the committed interventional radiologist with a busy practice who takes satisfaction and pride in relieving pain in his fellow humans.
IO: What new content will be highlighted?
KM: It’s important to schedule regular follow up with your patients so that you don't wait until the benefit of your intervention has worn off before they have to contact you and schedule a repeat treatment.
IO: How does this session fit into the overall goal of the WCIO meeting?
KM: We will discuss how to ensure a long-term relationship and adequate proactive follow-up instead of episodic care.
IO: What advice would you give to a first-time attendee to WCIO 2016?
KM: I recommend a first time attendee socialize and build a social network, as this group is committed to teaching and mentoring.
IO: When you're not treating patients or teaching and mentoring fellow interventional oncologists, what do you like to do in your free time?
KM: I love to race cars, whether it be on tarmac or on ice. I read a wide variety of topics from physics and nonfiction to fiction. I have also started writing a book entitled, "Divergence: The Source of Medical Invention" for Rotman School of Business University of Toronto Press. It's focused on the remarkable people who have built our field, often by experimenting on themselves.
Join Dr. Murphy and other colleagues at the premier event for interventional oncology this summer, 9-12 June 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. Visit the WCIO2016 website to learn more about what you can find at this year’s event.
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