Overall, the Society for Interventional Radiology (SIR) 2013 meeting was an excellent conference. I loved the innovative spirit of the interventional radiologists, their excitement about new procedures and devices, and their dedication to taking their profession to the next level by focusing on economic outcomes-based research. I was surprised by how much fun I had attending the conference sessions?particularly the morning plenary sessions. The presentations included game shows and good-natured debates, which were filled with humor and audience interactions to keep the crowed captivated. I can honestly say I didn?t expect interventional radiologists to be so funny!

Host city New Orleans was also a fantastic time. We were lucky enough to be there during the French Quarter Festival, so there was lots to do and see. I met some wonderful people, enjoyed some amazing jazz, and most importantly, ate some ridiculous food. Catfish, po-boys, muffaletta, gumbo, alligator, oysters and deep-fried EVERYTHING were all on the menu. I can?t say I was a big fan of crawfish though?too much work for too little payoff! If you find yourself in the area, definitely check out Root for some avant-garde flavors, and Cochon for a great deli experience. Willie Mays is also worth the cab ride to experience the greasiest fried chicken of your life?let's just say I was grateful to be at a conference filled with experts in managing arterial plaque.

I'll leave you with some pictures, and we'll see you again at SIR in 2014.
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